Agricultural Economics - BS, Food Marketing Systems Option

The Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics, with an option in Food Marketing Systems is designed to assist in the development of economic theory and quantitative analysis skills that students can apply to analyze and communicate about the food marketing issues in Texas, the nation, and the world.  Students apply analytical skills to address operations involved in movement of agricultural commodities from farmer to consumer via several intermediaries; functions involve buying, selling, transportation, storage, financing, grading, pricing and risk bearing; agricultural supply chain or value chain is studied in detail; marketing aspects of commodities and differentiated goods.  A student’s educational experience is further enriched with supportive high impact opportunities such as business and industry internships, study abroad, directed studies and research, and industry professional mentorship, and participation in prestigious sales competitions such as the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) student competition.

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. The program prepares students to continue on to graduate school, or pursue the 5-year combined program (BS-AGEC and MPS-PSAA) with the Bush School of Government and Public Service.  The flexibility in the program allows a student to specialize in an area such as sales.  These students end up joining major agriculture, non-agriculture and technology sales firms.

The BS in Agricultural Economics with a Food Marketing Systems option is also offered in McAllen, Texas.

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 140 Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 3
American history 1 3
Technical agriculture elective 2,3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
AGEC 117 Critical Thinking and Decision Making in Agricultural Economics 1
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
American history 1 3
Creative arts 3 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3 3
Life and physical sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
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 1 3
Life and physical sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ACCT 210 Survey of Managerial and Cost Accounting Principles 3
ECON 203 Principles of Economics 3
Communication 3
Government/Political science 1 3
Life and physical sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
AGEC 314 Marketing Agricultural and Food Products 3
AGEC 315 Food and Agricultural Sales 3
ECON 323 Microeconomic Theory 3
STAT 303 Statistical Methods 3
Directed non-agricultural economics elective 3,5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
AGEC 317 Economic Analysis for Agribusiness Management 3
AGEC 330 Financial Management in Agriculture 3
AGEC 340 Agribusiness Management 3
AGEC 481 Ethics in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics 1
Directed agricultural economics elective 6 3
General elective 3,7 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
AGEC 429 Agricultural Policy 4 3
AGEC 452
International Trade and Agriculture
or International Agribusiness Marketing
3
Directed agricultural economics electives 6 6
General elective 3,7 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
AGEC 430
Macroeconomics of Agriculture
or Money and Banking
3
AGEC 447
Food and Agricultural Price Analysis 8
or Agricultural Commodity Futures
3
Directed non-agricultural economics elective 3,5 3
General elective 3,7 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120