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College of Agriculture

Agricultural Economics: Commodity Marketing

Agricultural economics, with a concentration in commodity marketing, prepares graduates to apply economic and business principles for banks, farm credit institutions, grain companies, farm equipment and fertilizer manufacturers, and food processing firms. Graduate schools, government agencies and consulting firms seek individuals with a strong background in quantitative methods, advanced courses in applied economics and strong credentials in economic theory. Commodity marketing graduates are highly trained to analyze management problems and possess the technical skills in mathematics, statistics and economic theory to give themselves an edge in any market.

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) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(1) AGEC 29800 (Sophomore Seminar) (3) MGMT 20000 (Introductory Accounting)
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry) (3) Agricultural economics selective
(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) (3) Written or oral communication selective
(3) Social science selective (3) Elective
(3) Elective
(16) (15)

Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) AGEC 32100 (Principles of Commodity Marketing) (3) AGEC 42100 (Advanced Commodity Marketing)
(3) AGEC 35200 (Quantitative Techniques for Firm Decision Making) or mathematics/sciences selective* (3) AGEC 45100 (Applied Econometrics) or mathematics/sciences selective*
(3) Economics selective (2) AGRY 30500 (Seed Analysis and Grain Grading) or (3) ANSC 35100 (Meat Science)†
(3) Social science, humanities or international understanding selective (3) Humanities selective
(5) Electives (3) Written or oral communication selective
(4) Electives
(17) (18)  

Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) AGEC 30500 (Agricultural Prices) (3) Economics selective
(4) AGEC 41100 (Farm Management) or
(3) AGEC 43000 (Agricultural and Food Business Strategy) ‡
(2) Mathematics or sciences selective
(3) Food and agribusiness management selective (3) Social science or humanities selective
(3) Social science or humanities selective
(30000+ level)
(7) Electives
(4) Electives    
(17)   (15)  

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

† Reduce elective requirements by one credit if ANSC 35100 is selected.

‡ Increase elective requirements by one credit if AGEC 43000 is selected.