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Agricultural Business

Curriculum in Agricultural Business

Administered by the Department of Economics. The major in agricultural business prepares students for advanced studies and for careers in agricultural finance, management in agricultural supply and marketing industries, commodity merchandising and research, business research and management, farm and ranch operations, commercial farm management and appraisal, agricultural sales and marketing, agricultural reporting and public relations, agricultural extension, international activities, and government service. A major in agricultural business with a minor in economics is not permitted; however, a double major in agricultural business and economics is permitted.

Students majoring in Agricultural Business often choose elective coursework leading to minors in the College of Business or in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, or emphasizing specific areas within agricultural business such as finance, management, commodity analysis, research, agricultural sales and marketing, environmental economics, farm and ranch operations, international economics, agricultural extension, or government service.

The major in agricultural business requires a minimum of 120 credits and a 2.00 minimum GPA.  Only 65 credits from a two-year institution may apply, which may include up to 16 technical credits.  In addition, at most 9 P-NP credits of free electives can be applied toward the degree, and a minimum of 15 credits must be earned from courses taught by the Department of Economics at ISU.

International Perspective: 3 cr.

3 cr. from approved list.

U.S. Diversity: 3 cr.

3 cr. from approved list.

Communication/Library: 12.5 cr.
ENGL 150Critical Thinking and Communicationarr †
ENGL 250Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Compositionarr †
One of the followingarr †
Business Communication
Report and Proposal Writing
Technical Communication
One of the followingarr †
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Presentation and Sales Strategies for Agricultural Audiences
LIB 160Information Literacyarr †
A grade of C or better must be earned in two of the English composition courses (ENGL 150, ENGL 250, and (ENGL 302 or ENGL 309 or ENGL 314)) and the speech fundamentals course (SP CM 212 or AGEDS 311).
Total Credits0 †
† Arranged with instructor.
Humanities and Social Sciences: 6 cr.
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomicsarr †
Three credits from approved course list.arr †
Total Credits0 †
† Arranged with instructor.
Ethics: 3 cr. from approved list.
Life Sciences: 6 cr.
One of the following:arr †
Introductory Biology
Principles of Biology I
Three credits from approved list of coursesarr †
Total Credits0 †
† Arranged with instructor.
Mathematics 12-14 cr.
One of the following:arr †
Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
One of the following:arr †
Applied Economic Optimization
Calculus II
STAT 226Introduction to Business Statistics Iarr †
STAT 326Introduction to Business Statistics IIarr †
† Arranged with instructor.
Physical Sciences: 5 cr.
CHEM 163
  & 163L College Chemistry
   and Laboratory in College Chemistry
arr †
or PHYS 111 General Physics
Total Credits0 †
† Arranged with instructor.
Agricultural, Food, or Natural Resources Sciences:  6 cr. from approved course list.
General Economics 9-10 cr.
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomicsarr †
ECON 301Intermediate Microeconomicsarr †
One of the following:arr †
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions
ECON 492Graduating Senior SurveyR
Total Credits0 †
† Arranged with instructor.
Business and Agricultural Business 28.5 cr.
ACCT 284Financial Accountingarr †
FIN 301Principles of Financearr †
Six credits from Acct 285 or any 300-489 ACCT, FIN, MKT, MGMT, MIS, or SCM courses.arr †
ECON 110Orientation in Agricultural Businessarr †
ECON 235Introduction to Agricultural Marketsarr †
ECON 292Career Seminararr †
Nine credits of ECON courses from approved department list.arr †
Three credits of 400-489 level ECON courses.arr †
Total Credits0 †
† Arranged with instructor.
Electives 32-35 cr.

Agricultural business majors seeking a double major in economics must take a minimum of 42 credits in economics. These include all of the economics courses required for the economics major. To double major in economics, agricultural business majors must also earn an average grade of C or higher in ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics , ECON 102 Principles of Macroeconomics , ECON 301 Intermediate Microeconomics , and ECON 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics , with no grade lower than a C‐.