Nov 30, 2021  
2021-2022 General Catalog 
  
2021-2022 General Catalog

Agribusiness - BS


College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Department of Applied Economics

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  • Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that student-specific plans may differ.
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Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits 120

 

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA
Credits of C- or better 100 Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above) 40
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements    see link University Studies Depth Requirements    see link
NOTES: The highest math requirement for this degree is STAT 2300: Business Statistics (QL) .

 

Admissions Requirements for this Program

New freshmen Admitted to USU in Good Standing

 

Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU 2.5 GPA

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

APEC 1600: Natural Resources and American Economic Institutions (BAI)    3     APEC 2010: Introduction to Microeconomics (BSS)  or ECN 2010: Introduction to Microeconomics (BSS)   3  or 3    
ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)   3     APEC 2120: Small Firm Accounting Basics   3    
MATH 1050: College Algebra (QL)   4     ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2)   3    
DATA 1100: Excel for Business Analysis   1     MATH 1100: Calculus Techniques (QL)   3    
DATA 2100: Data and Information in Business   3     Breadth Creative Arts (BCA) Course   3  
Elective 1        
Total Recommended Credits: 15   Total Recommended Credits: 15  
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Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

ACCT 2010: Financial Accounting Principles   3     MGT 2050: Legal and Ethical Environment of Business   3    
APEC 2310: Small Firm Management   3     Breadth Humanities (BHU) Course   3  
STAT 2300: Business Statistics (QL)   4     Breadth Physical Sciences (BPS) Course   3  
Elective 2   Minor Course 3  
Breadth Life Science (BLS) Course   3   CAAS Elective 3  
Total Recommended Credits: 15   Total Recommended Credits: 15  
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Third Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

APEC 3010: Introduction to Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness (DSS)   3     APEC 5020: Strategic Firm Management (CI)   3   Recommended elective
APEC 3310: Analytical Methods in Applied Economics (QI)   3     APEC 3012: Introduction to Natural Resource and Regional Economics (DSS)   3    
CAAS Elective 3  

Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) Course 

3  
ASTE 3050: Technical and Professional Communication Principles (CI)   3     UD CAAS Elective 3  
Depth Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) Course   3   Minor Course 3  
Total Recommended Credits: 15   Total Recommended Credits: 15  
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Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

APEC 5940: U.S. Agricultural Policy Analysis  or APEC 5950: Applied Economics Policy Analysis   3  or 3     Minor Courses 9  
APEC 5010: Firm Marketing and Price Analysis (QI)   3   Recommended elective Electives 6  
APEC 5015: Firm Management, Planning, and Optimization (QI)   3   Recommended elective      
UD CAAS Elective 3        
Minor Course 3        
Total Recommended Credits: 15   Total Recommended Credits: 15  
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The Agribusiness major provides a foundation for employment in the agricultural sector and in businesses and institutions serving agriculture and rural regions, such as banks and financial institutions, production, marketing and buying cooperatives, value-added food producers, real estate and land management, agricultural chemical production and sales, and farms and ranches. Graduates of this program are employed in a variety of agribusiness operations throughout the United States. Agribusiness graduates have achieved prominence in positions in wholesale and retail sales and service, stock and commodity brokerage, real estate appraisal, banking and farm credit, insurance, and in farm and ranch operations. Classwork provides training in basic business and economics, as well as the specific management tools required for agricultural enterprises.

There are four emphasis areas that a student can major in under the Agribusiness degree: 1) Farm and Ranch Management, 2) Agricultural Finance, 3) Agricultural Marketing, and 4) International Agribusiness. However, you can also obtain the major without an emphasis area. This makes for a very versatile major and, with careful selection of elective credits, students can be well trained for a wide variety of agribusiness careers. For example, students who graduate and plan to work in production agriculture on a farm or ranch can obtain a minor in either Animal and Dairy Science or in Agronomy to complement the Agribusiness-Farm and Ranch Management major. Students seeking a career path in the food manufacturing, processing or retailing industries should take elective coursework from the Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science department, which will give them great training for careers in those sectors. Students who want to pursue a career in the banking industry, or in management, or a large agribusiness corporation could take the Agribusiness-Agricultural Finance major and get additional coursework from the Huntsman School of Business where they could obtain a Business minor. Great opportunities abound for students with Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from USU.

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness, a student must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in all major and emphasis courses, as well as a grade of C or better in each course required for the major. Agribusiness majors with a dual major must satisfy the admission and graduation requirements of both majors. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Students must complete the General Education Requirements .

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements .

Several of the required courses listed for this major will meet general education and university studies requirements. For more detailed information about courses, the recommended sequence for taking them and the selection of CAAS electives, see the APEC academic advisor in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Student Services Center, Lisa Allen, lisa.allen@usu.edu, 435-797-0454.

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Elective Requirement


Students must complete 6 credits of lower-division and 6 credits of upper-division courses with the following prefixes: ADVS, ASTE, LAEP, NDFS, and PSC. Contact the program’s academic advisor for recommendations or additional options.