Agribusiness Management - Program Description

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Agribusiness Management is designed for entering students that desire an academically rigorous curriculum that offers students an opportunity to intensely focus on agribusiness management and broaden their education through a significant component of liberal arts and sciences and other business courses. Students are introduced to the principles of accounting, finance, marketing, strategy, operations, human resources, economics, ethics, and communications. The program will provide students with the management skills needed to make effective decisions and develop markets for their products.

Agricultural businesses in the U.S. range from very small operations (those who are looking to add value to their product) to large enterprises with annual sales in the millions of dollars. Despite the size, all of these businesses compete in both local and international markets. These dynamic agriculture markets are both constant and evolutionary: constant because of the ongoing challenges of supplying adequate food and related products to the ever-growing diverse world population; evolutionary because of the new research and production techniques that test the abilities of the best managers.

To be successful in today’s marketplace, this generation of farm managers and owners need to spend more time making management decisions and developing both management skills and new markets than did the generations before them. (Kays, Edwards-Farm Management) Graduates may pursue graduate study or management positions with corporate agribusinesses that seek to employ Farm Appraisers, Agricultural Policy Analyst, Quality Controller to mention only a few growing areas of Agriculture employment.

Students in this Major:

  • Are educated in all of the functional managerial areas
  • Use cutting-edge case studies to hone analytical skills

Career Opportunities:

The employment opportunities cover a broad range, including major employers and also entrepreneurships. Graduates are working in:

  • technical sales representatives
  • food brokers
  • accountants
  • financial managers
  • market analysts
  • fruit and vegetable marketing representatives
  • sales managers
  • small animal health care distribution
  • international business specialists

Admission Requirements:

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Students must be prepared to take ENGL 101 (Composition and the Spoken Word).
  • Transfer students must meet re-registration requirements to be considered for admission.


Semester I Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
AGMT 100 Introduction to Agribusiness 3
BSAD 100 Introduction to Business 3
CITA 110 Intro. to Information Technology 3
ENGL 101 Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 1/2) 3
FYEP 101 First Year Experience 1
  MATH Elective (GER 4) (MATH 111 recommended) 3-4

Semester II Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
ACCT 101 Foundations of Financial Accounting 4
ECON 101 Macroeconomics (GER 7) 3
ECON 105 Survey of American Economic History (GER 9) 3
MATH 141 Statistics 3
  Natural Science (GER 5) 3-4

Semester III Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
ACCT 102 Foundations of Managerial Accounting 3
ECON 103 Microeconomics 3
BSAD 203 Marketing 3
BSAD 215 Small Business Management 3
  World History and Global Awareness (GER 10) 3

Semester IV Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
BSAD 201 Business Law I 3
FSMA 210 Introduction to Finance 3
  DEISJ Elective (GER 3) 3
  World Languages (GER 11) (Spanish recommended) 3-4
  General Elective 3

Semester V Credits

Semester VI Credits

Semester VII Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
BSAD 340 Management Communications* 3
BSAD 345 Technological Innovations & Entrepreneurship 3
  Program Elective 3
  U/L Program Elective 3
  U/L Program Elective 3

Semester VIII Credits

Prefix Course Name Credits
AGMT 410 Internship AND/OR
U/L Program Elective(s)
AGMT 450 Capstone in Agribusiness Management 3

* Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

U/L = Upper Level Courses (300/400)
GER = General Education Requirement

Upper Level Program Electives: ACCT, BSAD, ECON, FSMA, LEST (300+ level courses)

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Business Department Director
Nick Kocher
MacArthur Hall 422