Agricultural Economics - BS, Rural Entrepreneurship 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 the above Agricultural Economics options.

In addition to the four options, the department offers a five year program in conjunction with the Bush School of Government & Public Service which would allow a student to receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S. AGEC) in Agricultural Economics and a Master's of Public Service and Administration degree.

The Agricultural Economics program is designed to assist in the development of skills in agriculture, applied economics, and economic logic which students can utilize to analyze and communicate about financial, real estate, sales, marketing, policy, and entrepreneurship issues in Texas, the nation, and the world. Graduates are trained for a wide variety of jobs in agricultural and non-agricultural oriented businesses, firms, and agencies in both the public and private sectors. Flexibility is included in the curriculum so that a student, in consultation with an academic adviser, can develop a degree program which best fits personal career objectives and could include one or more of the following experiences: industry internship;  the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship program; and research, directed studies, or study abroad opportunities.

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

Rural Entrepreneurship Option

The Rural Entrepreneurship Option is designed to provide a well-founded basis in principles, concepts and methods for students interested in owning and/or managing or otherwise being engaged in working with a rural business.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
AGEC 105 Introduction to Agricultural Economics 3
AGLS 101 Modern Agricultural Systems and Renewable Natural Resources 1
ENGL 103
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
or Composition and Rhetoric
3
MATH 141
Finite Mathematics
or Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences
3
American history elective 1 3
Technical agriculture elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
American history elective 1 3
Creative Arts elective 3 3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3 3
Life and physical sciences elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
ACCT 209 Survey of Accounting Principles 3
AGEC 217 Fundamentals of Agricultural Economics Analysis 4 3
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 3
Government/Political science elective 1 3
Life and physical sciences elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ACCT 210 Survey of Managerial and Cost Accounting Principles 3
ECON 203 Principles of Economics 3
Communication elective 3
Government/Political science elective 1 3
Life and physical sciences elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
AGEC 314 Marketing Agricultural and Food Products 3
AGEC 340 Agribusiness Management 3
ECON 323 Microeconomic Theory 3
STAT 303 Statistical Methods 3
Directed non-agricultural economics elective 5 3
General elective 7 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
AGEC 317 Economic Analysis for Agribusiness Management 3
AGEC 330 Financial Management in Agriculture 3
AGEC 429 Agricultural Policy 4 3
AGEC 481 Ethics in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics 1
Directed agricultural economics elective 6 3
Directed non-agricultural economics elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
AGEC 344 Food and Agricultural Law 3
AGEC 424 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship – Economic Analysis 3
Directed agricultural economics elective 6 3
General elective 7 4
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
AGEC 425 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship – Financial Analysis 3
AGEC 430
Macroeconomics of Agriculture
or Money and Banking
3
Directed agricultural economics elective 6 3
General elective 7 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120