Agricultural Economics - BS, Food Marketing Systems Option

The Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics offers students four options: Finance and Real Estate, Food Marketing Systems, Policy and Economic Analysis, and Rural Entrepreneurship. The course requirements for the freshman and sophomore years are the same for all Agricultural Economics options.

Requirements for graduation are listed in the Texas A&M University Student Rules and this catalog. With the exception of physical activity and general elective requirements, courses taken to satisfy degree requirements must be taken for letter grades.

The curriculum in Agricultural Economics is designed to train graduates for a wide variety of jobs in agriculturally-oriented business firms and agencies. Flexibility is included in the curriculum so that a student, in consultation with an academic advisor, can develop a degree program which best fits personal career objectives.

While not required on the degree plan, students are strongly encouraged to participate in internships (AGEC 484) to broaden their knowledge base and gain real-world experience to greater enhance employability after graduation. Students also have an opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member in a directed studies project. Directed studies projects (AGEC 485) enable students to receive additional instruction in areas of their career choice. To receive credit for AGEC 484 and/or AGEC 485 coursework, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. For Students who have completed between 30 and 59 hours total:
    1. have completed a minimum of 12 of those hours at Texas A&M
    2. have completed AGEC 105, either ECON 202 or ECON 203, MATH 141, MATH 142, AGEC 217 and ACCT 209 or ACCT 229 (or their equivalents);
    3. have a minimum GPR of 2.75 (overall, in major, and in CBK classes if applicable); and
    4. obtain approval of the department head and supervising professor.
  2. For students who have completed 60 or more hours, you must:
    1. have completed a minimum of 12 hours at Texas A&M;
    2. have completed AGEC 105, either ECON 202 or ECON 203, MATH 141, MATH 142, AGEC 217 and ACCT 229 or ACCT 229 (or their equivalents);
    3. have a minimum GPR of 2.5 (overall, in major, and in CBK classes if applicable); and
    4. obtain approval of the department head and supervising professor.

Note: Please see an advisor to determine where internship and/or directed studies credit may be used on your degree plan.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship program. This internship allows students to work a semester in Washington, D.C. with a member of the Texas delegation. To receive credit for this experience, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. have completed AGEC 105 or 3 hours of economics;
  2. have a minimum GPR of 2.25 (overall, in major, and in CBK classes, if applicable);
  3. be classified as a junior or senior; and
  4. obtain approval from the department head and supervising professor.

Note: Please see an advisor to determine where internship and/or directed studies credit may be used on your degree plan.

All sophomore (200) through senior (400) level agricultural economics courses have prerequisites which are strictly enforced. Prerequisites are shown in the agricultural economics course description portion of this catalog. You may also find a list of agricultural economic course prerequisites on our website. Prerequisites are subject to change and students should review the prerequisite list on our website before registering each semester.

Food Marketing Systems Option

The Food Marketing Systems Option is designed to provide a well-founded basis in principles, concepts and methods for students interested in management, marketing, sales and related professional careers in the agricultural industry and/or related professions.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
AGEC 105Introduction to Agricultural Economics 3
AGLS 101Modern Agricultural Systems and Renewable Natural Resources 1
ENGL 103 or ENGL 104Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition or Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 141Finite Mathematics 3
American history elective 13
Technical agriculture elective 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
MATH 142Business Calculus 3
American history elective 13
Creative Arts elective 33
Language, philosophy and culture elective 33
Life and physical sciences elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
ACCT 209Survey of Accounting Principles 3
AGEC 217Fundamentals of Agricultural Economics Analysis 43
ECON 202Principles of Economics 3
Government/Political science elective 13
Life and physical sciences elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ACCT 210Survey of Managerial and Cost Accounting Principles 3
ECON 203Principles of Economics 3
Communication elective 3
Government/Political science elective 13
Life and physical sciences elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
AGEC 314Marketing Agricultural and Food Products 3
AGEC 315Food and Agricultural Sales 3
ECON 323Microeconomic Theory 3
STAT 303Statistical Methods 3
Directed non-agricultural economics elective 53
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
AGEC 317Economic Analysis for Agribusiness Management 3
AGEC 330Financial Management in Agriculture 3
AGEC 340Agribusiness Management 3
AGEC 481Ethics in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics 1
Directed agricultural economics elective 63
General elective 73
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
AGEC 429Agricultural Policy 43
AGEC 452 or AGEC 453International Trade and Agriculture or International Agribusiness Marketing 3
Directed agricultural economics electives 66
General elective 73
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
AGEC 430 or ECON 311Macroeconomics of Agriculture or Money and Banking 3
AGEC 447 or AGEC 448Food and Agricultural Price Analysis or Agricultural Commodity Futures 83
Directed agricultural economics elective 53
General elective 74
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

Students under ROTC contract, see Requirement 7 of the Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree.

2

Any course offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, except 285s, 484s, 485s and agricultural economics courses.

3

The 6 hours of international and cultural diversity courses, as required for graduation, may be met in the curriculum. Students may select Language, Philosophy and Culture and Creative Arts elective that also  meet the international and cultural diversity requirement.

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 to be selected in one or more departments outside of the Department of Agricultural Economics. A minimum of 3 of these hours must be at the 300- or 400-level. To be selected in consultation with an advisor.

6

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.

8

AGEC 447 is a fall only class. AGEC 448 is a spring only class.