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College of Agriculture

Agribusiness: Agribusiness Management

Increasing opportunities exist for agricultural graduates to enter managerial positions in business. These businesses may be large or small and may be organized as proprietorships, partnerships, corporations or cooperatives. They include meat, dairy and poultry processing industries; grain handling, feed manufacturing, and seed and fertilizer firms; transportation and storage concerns; and wholesale and retail food businesses. Although this Department of Agricultural Economics curriculum gives special emphasis to agriculturally related businesses, its requirements are broad enough to allow adequate preparation for nonagricultural businesses. This option also has enough flexibility to permit you to prepare for an international career in agricultural business and can serve as a foundation for graduate school.

Credit Hours Required: 130 (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year
First Semester
Second Semester
(1) AGEC 20200 (Spreadsheet Use in Agricultural Business) (3) AGEC 21700 (Economics)
(3) AGEC 20300 (Introductory Microeconomics for Food and Agribusiness) (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University) (4) Biological sciences selective
(0.5) AGR 11200 (Introduction to Agricultural Economics Academic Programs) (3) Humanities selective
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) (3) Elective
(3) MA 22000 (Introduction to Calculus) or
MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I)
(4) Biological sciences selective
(16) (16)

Sophomore Year
Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(3) AGEC 22000 (Economics of Agricultural Markets) (3) AGEC 33000 (Management Methods for Agricultural Business) or ENTR 20000 (Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
(1) AGEC 29800 (Sophomore Seminar) (3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry) (3) MGMT 20000 (Introductory Accounting)
(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) (3) Humanities selective
(3) Social science selective (3) Human relations management selective
(3) Elective (3) Written or oral communication selective
(16) (18)

Junior Year
Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) AGEC 32700 (Principles of Food and Agribusiness Marketing) (3) AGEC 45100 (Applied Econometrics) or mathematics or sciences selective*
(3) AGEC 35200 (Quantitative Techniques for Firm Decision Making) or mathematics or sciences selective* (3) AGEC 45500 (Agricultural Law) or MGMT 45500 (Legal Background for Business I)
(4) AGEC 42400 (Financial Management of Agricultural Business) (3) Food and agribusiness management selective
(3) Industrial technology selective (3) Written or oral communication selective
(3) Social science or humanities selective (6) Electives
(16) (18)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) Agricultural economics selective (3) AGEC 43000 (Agricultural and Food Business Strategy)
(3) Economics selective (3) Food and agribusiness management selective
(3) Social science, humanities or international understanding selective (2) Mathematics or sciences selective
(6) Electives (3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level)
(4) Electives
(15) (15)

* Student must complete quantitative techniques for firm decision-making or applied econometrics.