Agricultural Economics - BS, Policy and Economic Analysis Option

The Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics, with an option in Policy and Economic Analysis is designed to assist in the development of economic theory and quantitative analysis skills that students can apply to analyze and communicate about agricultural policy and economic issues in Texas, the nation, and the world.  The option equips students with analytical skills to understand the causes, nature, and effects of government participation in agriculture; and interrelationship of the American agriculture and agribusiness sector with the political and economic system, public administration, and interest group representation.  A student’s educational experience is further enriched with supportive high impact opportunities such as participation in the Agriculture and Natural Resource Program (ANRP) Congressional Internship; Texas State Government Internships, Commodity groups and Lobby internship; Study Abroad and Independent research.  With the aid of faculty and staff advisors, students in the Policy and Economic Analysis option design their plan of study reflecting their particular future goals by incorporating higher-level electives outside the department.  Students interested in graduate education may focus on developing a strong background in the following areas: quantitative analysis, economic theory, and applied economics. Those interested in entering law school may focus on courses in law, political science, and technical writing. Furthermore, those students interested in careers in government and policy may focus on courses in policy, political science, and management.

Graduates are trained for a wide variety of careers in local, state, and federal governments, and also with commodity groups and lobby firms. 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.  A good number of students have pursued this option and continued on to law school. 

The BS in Agricultural Economics with a Policy and Economic Analysis 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 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 elective 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 340 Agribusiness Management 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 429 Agricultural Policy 4 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 344
Food and Agricultural Law
or International Trade and Agriculture
3
AGEC 447 Food and Agricultural Price Analysis 3
Directed agricultural economics elective 6 3
Directed non-agricultural economics elective 3,5 3
General elective 3,7 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
AGEC 350 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 3
AGEC 430
Macroeconomics of Agriculture
or Money and Banking
3
Directed agricultural economics elective 6 3
General elective 3,7 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120