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. In Farm and Ranch Management, to compete in today’s market, farmers and ranchers need strong entrepreneurial, financial and business skills. With an agricultural economics degree, farmers can better analyze market conditions and prepare their businesses accordingly. Such skills also are beneficial in other careers, such as banking, estate planning, real estate appraising, seed and feed sales and commodity marketing. In Resource Economics and Management, agricultural economists make decisions that are both economically and ecologically sound, helping communities develop and implement policies for environmental protection, advise food processors about ground water protection, or lobby Congress for an environmental group. In Business, careers include grain merchandiser, sales representative, production manager or marketing consultant. Agriculture economists promote commodities for farm organizations, develop marketing programs for food companies, or forecast prices and demand. Students can also complete all course work necessary to become a certified financial planner.
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.
|MATH 1400||Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I||3-5|
|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 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 1100||Atoms and Molecules with Lab||3-4|
|or CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I|
|or BIOCHM 2110||The Living World: Molecular Scale|
|or BIOCHM 2112||Biotechnology in Society|
|AG_EC 1041||Applied Microeconomics||3|
|AG_EC 1042||Applied Macroeconomics||3|
|AG_ED_LD 2220||Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources||3|
|or COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking|
|PHIL 1200||Logic and Reasoning||3|
|Department core requirements||18|
|AG_EC 2123||Quantitative Applications in Agricultural Economics||3|
|AG_EC 2183||The Agricultural Marketing System||3|
|AG_EC 2225||Statistical Analysis||3|
|or STAT 2500||Introduction to Probability and Statistics I|
|AG_EC 3282||Agribusiness Finance||3|
|AG_EC 4251||Agricultural Prices||3|
|AFNR 2120||Working with Data Using Excel||1|
|ACCTCY 2036||Accounting I||3|
|or ACCTCY 2136H||Honors Accounting I|
or ACCTCY 2026
|ACCTCY 2037||Accounting II||3|
|or ACCTCY 2137H||Honors Accounting II|
or ACCTCY 2027
|ECONOM 3229||Money, Banking and Financial Markets||3|
|Supporting Agriculture Sciences||9|
|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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