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College of Agriculture

Agricultural Economics: Quantitative Analysis

Graduate schools, government agencies and consulting firms seek individuals with a strong background in quantitative methods and economic theory as well as advanced courses in applied economics. Graduates of this Department of Agricultural Economics undergraduate program have opportunities to enter graduate school in agricultural economics, law school and other areas of more advanced educational training. They also have opportunities to enter positions in the field of finance, marketing, business management and farming. They are highly trained to analyze management problems and possess the technical skills in mathematics, computer science, statistics and economic theory to gain 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) (3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II)
(0.5) AGR 11200 (Introduction to Agricultural Economics Academic Programs) (4) Biological sciences selective
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) (3) Humanities selective
(3) 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 45100 (Applied Econometrics) or STAT 50100 (Experimental Statistics I)*
(1) AGEC 29800 (Sophomore Seminar) (3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(1) AGEC 37500 (The Process of Economic Research) (3) Economics selective
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry) (1) Research
(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) (3) Written or oral communication selective
(3) Social science selective (3) Elective
(3) Elective
(17) (16)


Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) AGEC 35200 (Quantitative Techniques for Firm Decision Making) or mathematics/sciences selective* (3) MGMT 20000 (Introductory Accounting)
(3) Economics selective (3) Economics selective
(2) Research (2) Research
(3) Social science, humanities or international understanding selective (3) Humanities selective
(5) Electives (3) Written or oral communication selective
(3) Elective
(16) (17)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) AGEC 59600 (Mathematical Economics) (3) Agricultural economics selective
(3) ECON 34000 (Intermediate Microeconomic Theory) (3) Economics selective
(3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level) (3) Social science or humanities selective
(6) Electives (8) Electives
(15) (17)

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