BS in Agricultural Economics

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.  The solid foundation of economic skills and agricultural knowledge acquired prepared students for any number of careers, including Policy Analysis, Farm and Ranch Management, Resource Economics and Management, and Business.  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.  

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Major Program Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics are required to complete all University general education, University undergraduate requirements, degree, and major requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.

Students transferring into agricultural economics from other degree programs at MU or from other colleges or universities must have a 2.7 cumulative GPA for all work attempted.

Foundational Courses
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3-5
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Prior approval by adviser chair required to replace MATH 1400 and AG_EC 2123 with MATH 1500
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1030 General Principles and Concepts of Biology with Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1200 General Botany with Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
or F_W 1100 Introductory Zoology with Laboratory
CHEM 1100Atoms and Molecules with Lab3-4
or CHEM 1320 College Chemistry I
or BIOCHM 2110 The Living World: Molecular Scale
or BIOCHM 2112 Biotechnology in Society
AG_EC 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics
AG_EC 1042Applied Macroeconomics3
or ECONOM 1015 Principles of Macroeconomics
AG_ED_LD 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
or COMMUN 1200 Public Speaking
PHIL 1200Logic and Reasoning3
Department core requirements18
AG_EC 2123Quantitative Applications in Agricultural Economics3
AG_EC 2183The Agricultural Marketing System3
AG_EC 2225Statistical Analysis3
or STAT 2500 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I
AG_EC 3282Agribusiness Finance3
or FINANC 3000 Corporate Finance
AG_EC 4251Agricultural Prices3
Supporting courses24
AG_EC 1200Applied Computer Applications3
ACCTCY 2036Accounting I3
or ACCTCY 2136H Honors Accounting I
ACCTCY 2037Accounting II3
or ACCTCY 2137H Honors Accounting II
AG_EC 4301Topics in Agricultural Economics3
Supporting Agriculture Sciences9
Courses in biological engineering; agricultural systems management; animal sciences; fisheries and wildlife; food science; forestry; natural resources; plant science; soil and atmospheric science; and biochemistry

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Semester Plan

A semester plan is not currently available for this degree.

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Explorations

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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