2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Aug 04, 2020  
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Food and Agricultural Business Major, BS in Agricultural and Resource Economics


Advisors

McLemore, Park, and Riley

Students majoring in food and agricultural business are prepared for a wide variety of career opportunities. The focus of their studies is on the functioning of the agri-food sector in the global economic system and the economic principles for decision making by business managers, consumers, policymakers and others within that sector. Students complete a curriculum designed to provide them with a broad-based education and the specialized skills necessary for a successful career in the agri-food industry or with a related organization or public agency. The curriculum builds upon the university-wide general education requirements by adding a set of directed electives from within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, a set of core courses from within the College of Business Administration, and a set of required courses within the Department of Agricultural Economics. Students customize their program by selecting among upper-division electives within the department. General elective hours in the curriculum allow flexibility for students to pursue a minor within some area of technical agriculture or another field such as communications. Students have ample opportunity to develop strong microcomputer skills and gain practical real-world experiences through case study analyses, the NAMA marketing team, internships, and extracurricular activities.

Students graduating with a major in food and agricultural business have many career options. Many graduates take positions in management or marketing with businesses involved in the farm input supply sector. This would include large multinational corporations that manufacture inputs such as machinery, chemicals, and feed, as well as local retailers of such items. Other graduates manage operations involved in the production of agricultural commodities or the processing of food products. Graduates also find career opportunities with food distribution and retailing companies serving as managers, marketing representatives, or in areas of customer service and public relations. Graduates are employed in financial institutions, insurance agencies, or real estate companies. Many industry organizations and government agencies also have employment opportunities for our graduates. It is not uncommon for our graduates to take positions with businesses that are outside the agri-food industry. Graduates also find themselves well prepared for graduate study in agricultural economics or agribusiness management, as well as for professional programs such as law.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics • Food and Agricultural Business Major


                               

First Year

Hours Credit

AGEC 110  1
NUTR 100 * 3
1Biological Science Elective* 4
2Cultures and Civilizations  Electives* 6
ENGL 101 *, ENGL 102 * 6
MATH 123 *, MATH 125 * 6
PSYC 110 * or POLS 102 * or SOCI 120 * 3
   

Second Year

 
ACCT 200  3
AGEC 212  3
AGEC 201 * 4
FDST 101  or FDST 150  3
AGNR 290  3
PHIL 243 * 3
3Physical Sciences Electives* 8
STAT 201 * 3
   

Third Year

 
AGEC 310 , AGEC 320 , AGEC 324 , AGEC 342 , AGEC 350 , AGEC 412  16
ALEC 440 * or ENGL 360 * 3
4Nondepartmental CASNR Electives 6
CMST 210 * or CMST 240 * 3
2Arts and Humanities  Electives 3
   

Fourth Year

 
AGEC 410 , AGEC 442  4
5Agricultural Economics Electives 12
Any 300-level Economics course 3
4Nondepartmental CASNR Electives 3
Free Electives 8
   
 

Total 120

   
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 Selected from BIOL 101 , BIOL 102 , BIOL 130 , BIOL 140 .
2 Selected from any course on the University General Education list .
3 Selected from CHEM 100 , CHEM 110 , CHEM 120 , CHEM 130 , GEOG 131 , GEOG 132 , GEOL 101 , GEOL 102 , GEOL 103 , ESS 210 .
4 Selected from any CASNR course with the following exceptions: (1) if ESS 120  or ESS 220  or ALEC 440  are used to meet other requirements, they may not be used to meet this requirement; and (2) no more than three credit hours can be used from ANSC 360  and ANSC 461 .
5 A maximum of 3 credit hours can be used from each of the following courses: AGEC 356 , AGEC 492  and AGEC 493 .
 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics • Food and Agricultural Business Major • Agricultural Equipment Systems Management Concentration


 

The agricultural equipment systems management concentration is a unique interdisciplinary program that combines courses from the food and agricultural business major with courses from Biosystems Engineering Technology. Students develop a high degree of technical expertise with respect to agricultural equipment, as well as the ability to apply sound business and economic principles to management of a business. Graduates are particularly well prepared for career opportunities in the agricultural machinery industry as dealership managers, as well as with agribusiness firms in operations management.

Students in this concentration are strongly encouraged to obtain an industry internship that will complement their academic program.

             

First Year

Hours Credit

AGEC 110  1
BIOL 111 *, BIOL 112 * 8
1Cultures and Civilizations * 6
ENGL 101 *, ENGL 102 * 6
MATH 123 *, MATH 125 * 6
AGNR 290  3
   

Second Year

 
ACCT 200  3
AGEC 212  3
AGEC 201 * 4
BSET 202  3
CHEM 120 * 4
PHIL 243 * 3
PHYS 161 * 3
ESS 210  4
STAT 201 * 3
   

Third Year

 
AGEC 310 , AGEC 320 , AGEC 324 , AGEC 342 , AGEC 350 , AGEC 412  16
ESS 324  3
BSET 326  3
ALEC 440 * or ENGL 360 * 3
1Arts and Humanities  Elective* 3
CMST 210 * or CMST 240 * 3
PSYC 110 * or POLS 102 * or SOCI 120 * 3
   

Fourth Year

 
AGEC 410 , AGEC 442  4
2Agricultural Economics Electives 9
BSET 432 , BSET 452 , BSET 462  9
Any 300-400 level BSET Elective 3
Any 300-level Economics course 3
 

Total 122

   
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 Choose any course from University General Education list .
2 A maximum of three credit hours can be used from each of the following courses: AGEC 356 , AGEC 492  and AGEC 493 .