The Agricultural Business major teaches students the operating techniques and business skills used in the modern food and fiber industry. This program builds student knowledge and skills needed to manage small and medium sized business in agriculture and allied industries. This is true whether the business is directly involved in production, value-adds to raw agricultural products, or provides support services including the distribution, processing, packaging, and marketing of agricultural products.

Two things tend to distinguish the major in Agricultural Business from a typical business degree: first, our focus tends to be on small and medium sized businesses where the decision maker must be more attuned to all dimensions of their operating environment, whereas more traditional business degrees often focus on a larger business organization where functions are more specialized. Second, the major emphasizes the importance of understanding the underlying technical processes that drive business decisions through formal course requirements in the agricultural sciences. The interface between technical training in agricultural sciences, economics, and management sets this degree apart.

Completing this program enhances students’ professional development, technical competence, problem solving skills, and communication skills. The program operates in the nexus of business management, public policy, and agriculture. Strong interdisciplinary coordination in the department allows majors in agricultural business to strengthen their technical training by simultaneously completing a second major in allied fields including animal science, equine science, soil and crop science, agricultural education, technical journalism, and other fields of interest.

Learning Outcomes

Successful students will demonstrate:

  • Technical competency including appropriate use of economic theory in formulating analytical problems, identifying and gathering appropriate data, and employing appropriate economic methods to analyze those problems, utilizing appropriate available computer technology
  • Ability to solve real-world problems beyond the pedagogical context. Students will be able to identify a problem and its scope, evaluate resources to address the problem, formulate alternative solutions, and select the solution(s) most consistent with a stated objective
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication including the ability to communicate critically and analytically at a professional level

Potential Occupations

Although students from farms and ranches choose this major each year, business-oriented students with a wide variety of backgrounds have launched successful careers with this versatile degree. Graduates establish careers in management, marketing, sales, and finance to name a few areas. Participating in internships and experiential opportunities is strongly encouraged to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who seek further specialization are prepared to pursue advanced studies.

Examples of career paths of recent graduates include, but are not limited to: commodity broker, agricultural statistician, loan officer, farm manager, supply chain analyst, farm machinery sales representative, grain merchandiser, operations manager, landscape contractor, human resources specialist, ranch manager, credit analyst, crop insurance agent, precision ag technologist, feedlot manager, agricultural chemical sales representative, real estate appraiser, and elevator manager.

Concentrations

Effective Fall 2015

Freshman
AUCCCredits
AGRI 192 or 292Orientation to Agricultural Systems
Transfer Seminar
 1
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Food Animal Science  
Introduction to Equine Science  
Food-From Farm to Table  
Horticultural Science3A 
General Crops  
AREC 202Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)3C3
Select four credits from the following: 4
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)3A 
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)3A 
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
CHEM 103Chemistry in Context (GT-SC2)3A3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
CS 110Personal Computing 4
ECON 204Principles of Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1B1
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 30-31
Sophomore
 
ACT 205Fundamentals of Accounting 3
AREC 224Introduction to Agribusiness Entrepreneurship 1
AREC 305Agricultural and Resource Enterprise Analysis 3
MATH 141Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)1B3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Advanced Writing23
Agricultural Science Electives1 6
Foundations and Perspectives23B, 3D, 3E9
Elective 2
 Total Credits 33
Junior
 
AREC 310Agricultural Marketing 3
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the following: 3
Personnel Management in Agriculture  
Introduction: Economics of Natural Resources  
Water Law, Policy, and Institutions  
Economics of Outdoor Recreation  
Agricultural Law  
International Agricultural Trade  
Water Resource Economics  
Real Estate Appraisal Principles  
Real Estate Appraisal Practices  
AREC 335/ECON 335Introduction to Econometrics 3
ECON 306Intermediate Microeconomics 3
FIN 305Fundamentals of Finance 3
MKT 305Fundamentals of Marketing 3
MKT 362Professional Selling 3
STAT 301Introduction to Statistical Methods 3
Agricultural Science Electives1 3
Electives 3
 Total Credits 30-31
Senior
 
Select two courses from the following: 6
Agricultural Production Management  
Agricultural Finance  
Agricultural Commodities Marketing  
AREC 428Agricultural Business Management4A,4C3
Select one of the following: 3
Ag- and Resource-Based Economic Development4B 
Agricultural Policy4A,4B,4C 
Select a minimum of six credits from the following, not taken elsewhere: 6
Personnel Management in Agriculture  
Introduction: Economics of Natural Resources  
Water Law, Policy, and Institutions  
Economics of Outdoor Recreation  
Agricultural Law  
Agricultural Production Management  
Agricultural Finance  
Agricultural Commodities Marketing  
International Agricultural Trade  
Water Resource Economics  
Real Estate Appraisal Principles  
Real Estate Appraisal Practices  
Ag- and Resource-Based Economic Development  
Agricultural Policy  
Agricultural Science Electives1 3
Electives3 3-6
 Total Credits 24-27
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

Select from the courses in AGED, AGRI, ANEQ, AREC, BSPM, FTEC, HORT, LAND, SOCR, FSHN 150, NR 120A-NR 120B, or NR 320. A maximum of 6 AREC credits may be used as Agricultural Science Electives.

2

Select three courses to meet the AUCC core requirements in Arts and Humanities (3B), Historical Perspectives (3D), and Global and Cultural Awareness (3E)

3

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   1
Orientation to Agricultural Systems    
Transfer Seminar    
AREC 202Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)X 3C3
CS 110Personal Computing   4
Select four credits from the following:   4
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)  3A 
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)  3A 
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1) X3A 
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)  1B1
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Food Animal Science    
Introduction to Equine Science    
Food-From Farm to Table    
Horticultural Science  3A 
General Crops    
CHEM 103Chemistry in Context (GT-SC2)  3A3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
ECON 204Principles of Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)  3C3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
AUCC 1B (MATH) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ACT 205Fundamentals of Accounting   3
AREC 224Introduction to Agribusiness Entrepreneurship   1
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Agricultural Sciences Electives (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   6
CS 110 must be completed by the end of Semester 3.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AREC 305Agricultural and Resource Enterprise Analysis   3
MATH 141Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)X 1B3
Advanced Writing  23
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Elective   2
ECON 204, ACT 205, and one of the following: ANEQ 101, ANEQ 102, FTEC 110, HORT 100, or SOCR 100, must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   17
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AREC 310Agricultural MarketingX  3
ECON 306Intermediate Microeconomics   3
MKT 305Fundamentals of MarketingX  3
STAT 301Introduction to Statistical MethodsX  3
AREC Choice Block (300- to 400-level AREC courses not previously taken) (See List on Program Requirements Tab)   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AREC 335/ECON 335Introduction to EconometricsX  3
FIN 305Fundamentals of Finance   3
MKT 362Professional Selling   3
Agricultural Science Elective (See List on Program Requirements Tab)   3
Elective   3
AREC 305 and ECON 306 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AREC Choice Block (300- to 400-level AREC courses not previously taken):   6
Select two courses from the following:   6
Agricultural Production Management    
Agricultural Finance    
Agricultural Commodities Marketing    
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AREC 428Agricultural Business ManagementX 4A,4C3
Select one course from the following:X  3
Ag- and Resource-Based Economic Development  4B 
Agricultural Policy  4A,4B,4C 
Agricultural Sciences Elective (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3
ElectiveX  3
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   12
 Program Total Credits:   120