Agriculture Degree and Outreach Programs
The Department of Agricultural Economics (founded in 1970) offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business (since 1971-1972), which combines economic analysis with business applications focused on the agricultural sector. It was one of the first programs of its kind in the nation and its curriculum became recognized as a national model (one of four) in 1985 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture sponsored Agribusiness Education Project, comprised of agricultural industry leaders and higher education scholars from around the country. The coursework consists of lower division electives in agricultural sciences (broadening requirement), lower division business management (base requirement), upper division agricultural economics (core requirement), along with upper division career specialty electives primarily from the main sub-disciplinary areas (depth requirement). There are also Additional Requirements to the Major (General Education lower division courses in mathematics, economics, biology, and chemistry that meet dual purposes).
Mechel Paggi, Director, Center for Agricultural Business
Fresno, California, USA
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