BS in Agricultural Economics with Emphasis in Public Policy
Degree Program Description
In the field or in public service, agricultural economists apply economic concepts and problem-solving skills to effectively and efficiently manage farm, environmental and commercial decisions. Agricultural Economics is for students interested in improving food production and processing, developing agricultural policy, helping rural communities preserve and develop their economic strengths, or protecting our natural resources. This emphasis is for students specifically interested in public policy, government, and pursuing graduate studies and/or law school. It prepares students in focus areas such as environmental and natural resource management, international economic development, and international trade and agricultural policy. Many of these careers are in the public sector or relate and work with public institutions. In Policy Analysis, Agricultural economists often are employed by environmental groups, government agencies, commodity organizations and media to interpret how agricultural policies affect various interest groups. These policies include all aspects of agriculture, from water and soil use to technology adoption to international trade patterns. Such policies affect all of us through food and energy prices, the quality of our water and air, product development, and international trade and negotiations.
Major Program Requirements
In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics degree program requirements, the following courses are required within the public policy emphasis:
|Emphasis core requirements||24|
|AG_EC 2070||Environmental Economics and Policy||3|
|AG_EC 3230||Agricultural and Rural Economic Policy||3|
|AG_EC 3271||International Agricultural Development||3|
|or AG_EC 3272||International Food Trade and Policy|
|AG_EC 4990||Economic Analysis of Policy and Regulation||3|
|ECONOM 4351||Intermediate Microeconomics||3|
|Public Policy Electives||9|
|Ethical Issues in Agriculture|
|International Food Trade and Policy|
|Agribusiness and Biotechnology Law|
|Rural and Agricultural Law|
|General Farm Management|
|Economics of Managerial Decision Making|
|Agricultural Marketing and Procurement|
|Agri-Food Business and Cooperative Management|
|International Agricultural Development|
|International Food Trade and Policy|
|International Agriculture and Natural Resources|
|International Agriculture and Natural Resources - Humanities|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|AG_EC 1041||3||AG_EC 1042||3|
|AG_EC 4301||3||AG_EC 4301||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||BIO_SC 1010||3|
|MATH 1100||3||BIO_SC 1020||2|
|PHIL 1200||3||MATH 1400||3|
|POL_SC 1100, 2100, HIST 1100, or HIST 1200||3|
|AG_EC 2183||3||AG_EC 2070||3|
|AG_EC 2225||3||AG_EC 2123||3|
|ACCTCY 2036, 2026, or 2136H||3||AG_EC 3230||3|
|CHEM 1100, 1320, BIOCHM 2110, or BIOCHM 2112||3||AG_ED_LD 2220 or COMMUN 1200||3|
|Humanities Elective||3||ACCTCY 2037, 2027, or 2137H||3|
|AG_EC 3271 or 3272||3||AG_EC 3282||3||AG_EC 4940||3|
|ECONOM 3229||3||International Elective||3|
|AG_EC 4251||3||Supporting Agriculture Science||6|
|Supporting Agriculture Science||3||Public Policy Elective||3|
|Public Policy Electives||6||AG_EC 4990||3|
|Free Electives||7||Free Electives||9|
|Total Credits: 120|
- ENGLSH 1000
- MATH 1100
- MATH 1400
- BIO_SC 1010 and BIO_SC 1020
- CHEM 1100
- AG_EC 1041
- AG_EC 1042
- POL_SC 1100, HIST 1100 or HIST 1200
- AG_ED_LD 2220 or COMMUN 1200
- PHIL 1200
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