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Undergraduate Degree Options and Curriculum

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics offers two undergraduate degrees - Agribusiness and Applied Economic Management, with specialized fields of study in each. AAEC also offers multiple minors that are available to students around the university.

Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness

The Agribusiness Management option prepares students to enter the largest industries in the world — food, fiber, and fuel. This option allows students to concentrate on agricultural finance, farm and agribusiness management, marketing, and agricultural price risk management.  In recent years, opportunities in the agricultural finance and credit fields have increased tremendously.

This degree option also provides students with the flexibility to acquire additional education in related fields such as animal science, horticulture, agronomy, and environmental management.

The Veterinary Business Management option requires students to complete the scientific course work necessary to apply to veterinary school, while also taking business-oriented classes to assist in running a veterinary practice.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Economic Management

The Community Economic Development Major prepares students to work with local, state, or federal government as well as non-governmental organizations in managing issues related to improving economic conditions in rural areas. Topics include rural job creation, labor markets, growth-agriculture conflicts, and land-use management.

The Environmental Economics: Management and Policy Major builds upon the broader base of general Applied Economic Management. Courses include the economics of resource usage, planning, public policy, environmental economics, and political science. Agencies and organizations that address problems of rural poverty, natural resource usage, and provisions of public services to non-urban areas require this training so students wishing to pursue a career in these fields should highly consider this option.

The International Trade and Development Major requires a multidisciplinary background to help prepare students for careers in the fast-growing areas of international trade and development. Students who complete this major seek careers with corporations, the Peace Corps, private volunteer agencies, and national and international government agencies.

The Food and Health Systems Economics Major brings together economics expertise from both the food and the health system to prepare students for fulfilling careers in areas as diverse as public health to nutrition economics. Students in this major learn about animal and crop production, food processing, nutrition, as well as health as an integrated system. Students will graduate from this major prepared to address the complex and interrelated issues that link food and health, from obesity issues to unexpected pandemics.

AAEC Minor Options:

  • Agribusiness Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Economics
  • Development and International Trade
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics

If you are curious about any of our undergraduate programs or would more information, please contact our undergraduate advisor Katie White.

See also, the USDA's employment outlook for AAEC and related majors.