College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural & Resource Economics

Field of Study

Business Management includes courses taken in the College of Business and Management. In addition to two semesters in accounting, this field will expose you to upper-level courses in business finance, marketing, management and law.

BMGT 220 Principles of Accounting I
BMGT 221 Principles of Accounting II
BMGT 340 Business Finance
BMGT 350 Marketing Principles
BMGT 364 Management and Organization
BMGT 380 Business Law I

Other 300 – level BMGT courses may be substituted, with permission of advisor.  The AREC department cannot authorize students to take BMGT courses that are restricted to business majors.   

Farm Management and Entrepreneurship (NEW!) provides a number of courses that could be used by students interested in entrepreneurship and small business management practices.   Courses in entrepreneurship offered by ENES and BMGT can be used in this supporting field.  Farm management is similar in many respects to management of other small businesses.  

Six courses (18 credits) from the following:
BMGT 220 Accounting I
BMGT 221 Accounting II
ENES 140 Discovering New Ventures
ENES 461 Advanced Entrepreneurial Opportunity Analysis in Technology Ventures
ENES 471 Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
INAG 103 Agricultural Marketing
INAG 201 Agricultural Human Resources Management
INAG 204 Agricultural Business Management
INAG 205 Analyzing Alternative Enterprises
One of the following can also be selected: BMGT 289E Entrepreneurial Thinking for Non-Business Majors: How Not to Miss Great Opportunities Your Life Throws At You / ENES 210 Entrepreneurial Opportunity Analysis and Decision-Making / INAG 102 Agricultural Entrepreneurship

OR other courses related to the field may be used with permission of advisor.

Political Process features training in political science as well as agriculture, natural resources and environmental economics. Students selecting this field are well-prepared for law school or graduate programs in public affairs or international relations. You may also pursue careers in government agencies or governmental affairs positions in private industry.

Any six courses (for a total of at least 18 credits) in government and politics (GVPT) chosen with permission of the advisor.  

Environmental and Resource Policy includes the natural resource and environmental economics courses offered in the Department of Economics. You then choose four courses from biology, geography, agronomy, chemistry and government. When combined with a field in political process, students are prepared to work with a public interest or environmental agency.

Six courses (for a total of at least 18 credits) from the following list:

ANTH 450 Theory and Practice of Environ Anth
HIST 405 Environmental History     
GEOG 372 Remote Sensing
Econ 481 Theory and Policy in Environ Economics
GEOG 373 Geographic Information Systems
GVPT 273 Introduction to Environmental Politics
GVPT 306 Global Ecopolitics 

Other courses related to environmental policies or sciences can be substituted with permission of the advisor.

International Agriculture recognizes the multi-national nature of major agricultural firms and markets. Students learn the economics of development, the geography of population, differences in economic systems, and the international aspects of markets and trade. This field can be combined with business management or a self-designed field in a foreign language to prepare you for employment in an international firm or organization.

Six courses (for a total of at least 18 credits) from the following list:

ECON 305 Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON 315 Econ Devel of Underdeveloped Areas
ECON 340 International Economics
GVPT 200 International Political Relations
GVPT 350 International Relations in the Third World
PLSC 303 International Crop Production
ENST 440 Crops Soils and Civilization

Other courses related to international economics, business, politics, or agriculture can be substituted with permission of the advisor.

Food Production prepares you for management positions in food processing firms. This field supplements your foundation in economics and business management with courses in the principles of mechanics of food processing.

Six courses (for a total of at least 18 credits) from the following list:

PHYS 117 (or PHYS 121) Introduction to Physics
BSCI 170 (formerly BSCI105) Principles of Biology
BSCI 223 General Microbiology
NFSC 100 Elements of Nutrition
NFSC 112 Food Science and Technology
NFSC 430 Food Microbiology
NFSC 431 Food Quality control

Other courses related to food science can be substituted with permission of the advisor.

Agricultural Science

Six (or more) courses (for a total of at least 18 credits) from the following list: 

PLSC 204 Fundamentals of Agricultural Mechanics
PLSC 100 or 101 Intro to Horticulture or Intro to Crop Science.
ANSC 101 Principles of Animal Science
ENST 105 Soil and Environmental Quality

Other courses in agricultural science, chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Substitutions to the above listed courses may be made with the permission of advisor.


Advanced Degree Preparation

Six (or more) courses (for a total of at least 18 credits) from the following list:

ECON 407 Advanced Macroeconomics
ECON 414 Game Theory
ECON 415 Strategic Behavior and Incentives
ECON 422 Econometrics I
ECON 423 Econometrics II
ECON 425 Mathematical Economics
MATH 141 Calculus II
MATH 240 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MATH 241 Calculus III

Other courses in mathematics, statistics, or econometrics may be substituted with permission of the advisor.

Student Designed Field

This field requires a written proposal listing at least six courses totaling at least 18 credits.  The proposal must be submitted to the Undergraduate Committee of the AREC department.  Committee approval must be obtained 30 or more credit hours before graduation.  A student designed field may be used to study a foreign language as part of the AREC curriculum.

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