Agribusiness - BS

In conjunction with Mays Business School, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Department of Agricultural Economics offer a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness.

Students pursuing the agribusiness degree must have a GPR of 2.0 in the courses included in the Common Body of Knowledge.

Curriculumn in Agribusiness (BS)

The Bachelor of Science is offered in Agribusiness. The BS Agribusiness degree prepares students for careers in the nation’s growing agribusiness sector which provides the products and services for the production, processing and distribution of food and fiber. With the potential for expanded export opportunities, the need for graduates for agribusiness positions is increasing. The agribusiness program combines the common body of knowledge requirements of a degree in business with coursework emphasizing the understanding of the unique institutional and managerial challenges facing agribusiness firms. Students integrate business management principles with technical knowledge to develop practical decision-making skills.

Upper-Level Entry into Agribusiness

The requirements and procedures for consideration for upper level are as follows:

  1. In order to be considered for upper-level and possible admission into the program of study in agribusiness, a student must have:
    1. Satisfactorily completed at least 60 semester credit hours.
    2. Satisfactorily completed all of the following eight courses:
      ACCT 229Introductory Accounting3
      ACCT 230Introductory Accounting3
      AGEC 217Fundamentals of Agricultural Economics Analysis3
      ECON 202Principles of Economics3
      ECON 203Principles of Economics3
      MGMT 211Legal and Social Environment of Business3
      MATH 141Finite Mathematics3
      MATH 142Business Calculus3
    3. Students should complete the freshman and sophomore sequence of courses as listed under Curriculum in Agribusiness. Following this sequence will allow the timely application for consideration for upper-level.
    4. Admission, if granted, will be effective upon successful completion of the in-process courses; however, if all requirements are not met prior to the start of the next semester, admission will be revoked.
  2. Transfer students: Transfer students admitted to the Agribusiness degree will be classified as AGBL (lower-level Agribusiness) students until they complete all requirements listed previously in item 1.
  3. Change of curriculum students: Texas A&M students who change curriculum into the Agribusiness degree from another college or department at the University will be classified as AGBL (lower-level Agribusiness) students until they complete all requirements listed in item 1.
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
AGEC 105Introduction to Agricultural Economics 13
MATH 141Finite Mathematics 3
American History 23
Communication elective 33
Life and physical sciences elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 142Business Calculus 3
American History 23
Creative arts elective 3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3
Life and physical sciences elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
ACCT 229Introductory Accounting 3
ECON 202Principles of Economics 3
MGMT 211Legal and Social Environment of Business 3
Government/Political science elective 23
Life and physical sciences elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ACCT 230Introductory Accounting 3
AGEC 217Fundamentals of Agricultural Economics Analysis 43
ECON 203Principles of Economics 3
Communication elective 33
Government/Political science elective 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
AGEC 340Agribusiness Management 3
ECON 322 or ECON 323Applied Microeconomic Theory or Microeconomic Theory 3
FINC 341Business Finance 3
MKTG 321Marketing 3
SCMT 303Statistical Methods 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
AGEC 317Economic Analysis for Agribusiness Management 3
AGEC 429Agricultural Policy 43
MGMT 363Managing People in Organizations 3
SCMT 364Operations Management 3
Directed elective-international 53
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
AGEC 431Cases in Agribusiness Finance 73
AGEC 481Ethics in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics 1
Directed elective-international 53
General electives 75
Technical agricultural elective 63
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
AGEC 414Agribusiness and Food Market Analysis 3
AGEC 430 or ECON 311Macroeconomics of Agriculture or Money and Banking 3
AGEC 440Agribusiness Strategic Analysis 3
General electives 76
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

Satisfies the University Core Curriculum Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

2

For those students under ROTC contract, see Requirement 7 of the Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree.

3

Three hours must be selected from ENGL 103 or ENGL 104.

4

All undergraduate students must take at least two (2) specific courses in their major designated as writing intensive (W). This course is an approved W course.

5

Six hours required. Three hours of international coursework may be taken outside of the Mays Business School. A complete list of approved international electives is available in the college Undergraduate Program Office, Room 214 of the Agriculture and Life Sciences Building, or can be found on our website.

6

Three hours of technical agriculture electives to be selected from any course offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences except 285s, 484s, 485s and agricultural economics courses. To be selected in consultation with an advisor.

7

Any Texas A&M or transfer course (except KINE 198 and KINE 199; STLC 001-STLC 003) not used to meet other requirements.

Agribusiness Common Body of Knowledge

ACCT 229Introductory Accounting3
ACCT 230Introductory Accounting3
AGEC 217Fundamentals of Agricultural Economics Analysis3
AGEC 440Agribusiness Strategic Analysis3
AGEC 481Ethics in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics1
ECON 202Principles of Economics3
ECON 203Principles of Economics3
FINC 341Business Finance3
MGMT 211Legal and Social Environment of Business3
MGMT 363Managing People in Organizations3
MKTG 321Marketing3
SCMT 303Statistical Methods3
SCMT 364Operations Management3
Total Semester Credit Hours37

BS in Agribusiness Major Field

AGEC 105Introduction to Agricultural Economics3
AGEC 317Economic Analysis for Agribusiness Management3
AGEC 340Agribusiness Management3
AGEC 414Agribusiness and Food Market Analysis3
AGEC 429Agricultural Policy3
AGEC 430Macroeconomics of Agriculture3
or ECON 311   or Money and Banking 
AGEC 431Cases in Agribusiness Finance3
ECON 322Applied Microeconomic Theory3
or ECON 323   or Microeconomic Theory 
Total Semester Credit Hours24