2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Agricultural Business (B.S.)

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus, Online

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Nicole Klein, Associate Director
Ness School of Management and Economics
Harding Hall 100

Program Information

The major in Agricultural Business prepares students to excel in the challenging environment of the modern agricultural industry. Graduates are creative, adaptable, and well educated in economics and management. The program combines education in management and economics with a strong technical knowledge in production agriculture and skills in problem solving. The curriculum emphasizes economic theory, agricultural business management, quantitative methods, and agricultural and biological science electives. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree  in agricultural economics, agri-business, or related fields are well prepared by this degree program. This degree program is also available online.

Course Delivery Format

The program offers courses on campus, with limited online coursework, usually during the summer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  • Be able to use analytical methods to make effective decisions.
  • Be able to communicate effectively.
  • Be able to evaluate matters of ethics in the profession and the culture more broadly.
  • Have the requisite body of knowledge in management and economics.

Academic Requirements

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in BADM 485 - Strategic Management , CSC /MGMT 325 - Management Information Systems (COM) FIN 310 - Business Finance (COM) HRM 460 - Human Resource Management (COM) , and (MGMT 360 - Organization and Management (COM)  or AGEC 371 - Agricultural Business Management ).

If a student chooses to double major in two majors offered through the Ness School of Management and Economics (Economics, Agricultural Business, Business Economics and Entrepreneurial Studies), the second major needs to have at least 15 credits that are distinct from the first major.

Requirements for Agricultural Business Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements

Major Requirements


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements* 25-26 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 75-77 Credit Hours
Electives** 17-20 Credit Hours

*System General Education Requirements for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree shall include a minimum of 30 credit hours. Some general education coursework may be counted for Major Requirements and Supporting Coursework.
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.