Agricultural and Resource Economics Major

Program Director: Lars Olson, Ph.D.

Agricultural and Resource Economics majors complete a set of prerequisite courses, a core of classes offered by the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department, and one or more fields comprised of selected courses from outside the department.  The core includes courses in economic reasoning, agribusiness management, environmental and resource policy, agricultural policy, economic development, and analytical methods.  The program permits students flexibility in choosing fields to fit their career interests.  Majors must complete one and are strongly encouraged to complete two fields.  The curriculum balances breadth and depth, and lets students develop academic skills in two or more areas.  The program provides a good foundation for careers in economics, resource or environmental policy, agribusiness, and international agriculture.  Students are also able to minor in Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the degree program, students should have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  1. An understanding of economic terms and concepts.
  2. An ability to draw inferences from data.
  3. A knowledge of relevant laws, institutions, and policies.
Course Title Credits
Prerequisite Courses
ECON200Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON201Principles of Macroeconomics3
AREC326Intermediate Applied Microeconomics3
ECON321Economic Statistics3
or BMGT230 Business Statistics
MATH120Elementary Calculus I3
or MATH140 Calculus I
STAT100Elementary Statistics and Probability3
or MATH107 Introduction to Math Modeling and Probability
Specialization (from list below)24
Agribusiness
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Environmental and Resource Economics
Total Credits42

Specializations:

Agribusiness

Course Title Credits
Select five of the following courses: 15
Farm Management and Sustainable Food Production
Computer-Based Analysis in Agricultural and Resource Economics
Economics of Production
Econometric Analysis in Agricultural and Environmental Economics
AREC425
Economic Methods and Food Consumption Policy
Commodity Pricing and Markets
Introduction to Agricultural and Resource Law
Agricultural Water Quality: Policy and Legal Issues
Food and Agricultural Policy
Commodity Futures and Options
Agricultural Development, Population Growth and the Environment
Sustainable Economic Development
Natural Resources and Public Policy
The Economics of Climate Change
Economics of Land Use
Energy and Environmental Economics
Environmental Economics
Special Topics in Agricultural and Resources Economics
Other upper-level AREC courses with permission of advisor.
Select three courses from one of the following fields:9
Business Management
Farm Management and Entrepreneurship
Student Designed Field
Total Credits24

Agricultural and Resource Economics

Course Title Credits
Select five of the following courses: 15
Farm Management and Sustainable Food Production
Computer-Based Analysis in Agricultural and Resource Economics
Economics of Production
Econometric Analysis in Agricultural and Environmental Economics
AREC425
Economic Methods and Food Consumption Policy
Commodity Pricing and Markets
Introduction to Agricultural and Resource Law
Agricultural Water Quality: Policy and Legal Issues
Food and Agricultural Policy
Commodity Futures and Options
Agricultural Development, Population Growth and the Environment
Sustainable Economic Development
Natural Resources and Public Policy
The Economics of Climate Change
Economics of Land Use
Energy and Environmental Economics
Environmental Economics
Special Topics in Agricultural and Resources Economics
Other upper-level AREC courses with permission of advisor.
Select three courses from one of the following fields:9
Agriculture Science
Advanced Degree Preparation
Food Production
Political Process
Student Designed Field
Total Credits24

Environmental and Resource Economics

Course Title Credits
Select five of the following courses: 15
Computer-Based Analysis in Agricultural and Resource Economics
Economics of Production
Econometric Analysis in Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Agricultural Water Quality: Policy and Legal Issues
Agricultural Development, Population Growth and the Environment
Sustainable Economic Development
Natural Resources and Public Policy
The Economics of Climate Change
Economics of Land Use
Energy and Environmental Economics
Environmental Economics
Other upper-level AREC courses with permission of advisor.
Select three courses from one of the following fields:9
Advanced Degree Preparation
Natural Science
Social Science
Total Credits24

Fields:

Advanced Degree Preparation

Course Title Credits
Choose three of the following courses:
Advanced Macroeconomics
Game Theory
Market Design
Econometrics
Advanced Topics in Econometrics
Mathematical Economics
Calculus II
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Calculus III
Applied Probability and Statistics II
Introduction to Probability Theory
Theory and Methods of Statistics
Introduction to Statistical Computing with SAS
Any other upper-level ECON/MATH/STAT course chosen in consultation with advisor.

Agricultural Science

Course Title Credits
Choose three of the following courses:
PLSC204
PLSC100
or PLSC101
ENST105
Principles of Animal Science
AGRI SCI
Other courses in agricultural science, chosen in consultation with an advisor 1
1

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

Business Management

Course Title Credits
Choose three of the following courses:
Business Finance (BMGT340N) 1
Marketing Principles and Organization (BMGT350N)
Managing People and Organizations (BMGT364N)
Business Law I (BMGT380N)
1

Course has prerequisites that do not count toward major requirements.

Farm Management and Entrepreneurship

Course Title Credits
Choose three of the following courses:
Discovering New Ventures
Advanced Entrepreneurial Opportunity Analysis in Technology Ventures
Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
Agricultural Marketing
Agricultural Human Resources Management
Agricultural Business Management
Analyzing Alternative Enterprises
Entrepreneurial Thinking for Non-Business Majors: How Not to Miss Great Opportunities Your Life Throws at You
Entrepreneurial Opportunity Analysis and Decision-Making in 21st Century Technology Ventures
Agricultural Entrepreneurship

Food Production

Course Title Credits
Choose three of the following courses:
PHYS117
Fundamentals of Physics I
Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology
and Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology Laboratory
General Microbiology
Elements of Nutrition
Food: Science and Technology
Food Microbiology
Food Quality Control
Other courses related to food science can be substituted with permission of advisor
Total Credits0

Natural Science

Course Title Credits
Choose three of the following courses:
Weather and Climate
and Weather and Climate Laboratory
Principles of Ecology and Evolution
and Principles of Ecology and Evolution Lab
Chemistry I - Fundamentals of General Chemistry
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
Fundamentals of Soil Science
Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Sciences
Geography of Environmental Systems
and Geography of Environmental Systems Laboratory
Fundamentals of Physics I
and Fundamentals of Physics II
Any higher-level lab science course

Political Process

Course Title Credits
GVPTAny three courses in government and politics, chosen with permission of the advisor.

Social Sciences

Course Title Credits
Choose three of the following courses:
Introduction to Ecological and Evolutionary Anthropology
Changing Climate, Changing Cultures
Archaeological Methods and Practice
Method and Theory in Ecological Anthropology
Introduction to Environmental Politics
Global Environmental Politics
Human Societies
Scarcity and Modern Society
SOCY406
Environmental Sociology
Sustainability
Sustainability
Any higher-level social sciences course chose in consultation with advisor

Student Designed Field

Course Title Credits
This field requires a written proposal listing at least three courses totaling at least 9 credits. 118
Total Credits18
1

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.

Other Requirements for the Major

All courses must be passed with a grade of "C-" or better to count towards prerequisite courses, major core courses, or field requirements.  "C- or better" means any grade for which the University awards 1.7 or more quality points in calculating GPA.  Beginning with students matriculating Fall 2012, to be awarded a baccalaureate degree, students must have a minimum (2.00) cumulative grade point average across all courses used to satisfy major degree requirements.

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