What can you become with a degree from AAEC? 

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics puts economic and financial theory to work to address business, financial, and social needs, offering students specialized fields of study in:

  • Agribusiness Management 
  • Community Economic Development
  • Environmental Economics and Management
  • International Trade and Development
  • Veterinary Business Management (our pre-vet option)

Our academic programs provide the educational background to pursue a wide variety of careers, including (but not limited to) agribusiness manager, agricultural lender, commodity trader, entrepreneur, economic development specialist, or economic analyst. Many of our students also go on to pursue advanced or professional degrees. Students work closely with faculty and are afforded the opportunity to customize their academic plans to their personal and professional goals.

In addition to the formal courses, students learn a great deal about life beyond college with great opportunities outside the classroom.


Mike Ellerbrock
Undergraduate Program Director
218 Hutcheson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Katie White
Undergraduate Advisor
309 Hutcheson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

AAEC: By the Numbers

  • Number of faculty: 29
  • Undergraduate students: 280
  • Graduate students: 39