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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Agribusiness and Applied Economics

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The Agribusiness and Applied Economics major integrates business and economic principles needed to manage, market, and finance agribusiness firms in domestic and international markets. Students will also refine their accounting and communication skills. Students completing this major earn the degree Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

Possible Career Options

Bank Manager Commodity Merchandiser
Farm Manager/Operator Financial Analyst
Futures Broker International Trade Specialist 
Loan Officer Marketing Representative
Natural Resource Economist Political Lobbyist
Public Policy Analyst Research Economist
Small Business Owner  


Classes and Curriculum

The required courses teach students the principles of business, economics, strategic management, marketing, finance, data analysis, and accounting. In addition, the elective courses include topics such as sales, human resource management, grain marketing, agricultural law, and cooperatives. Students may also take international courses such as the economic development of China, Latin America, or Sub-Saharan Africa. The program requirements a student will follow are determined by their admit term (first term of undergraduate enrollment at Ohio State).

Curriculum Requirements


Prior terms: Summer 2018 - Spring 2020 (pdf) |  Summer 2020 - Summer 2022 (pdf) |  Autumn 2022 - Summer 2023 (pdf)


After Graduation

90.3% 4.8%

Numbers are based on responses from graduates six months post-graduation date.

* Average Salary: $54,649


Getting Involved

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The Agribusiness Club

The club hosts guest speakers from various agribusinesses who inform students of their work and offer recruitment advice for internship and job opportunities. The members also take an annual trip to tour agribusiness facilities as well as do community service and fundraising projects.


National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Ohio State Chapter

Every year, the team competes nationally, presenting a marketing plan for a new product. In participating, students hone their skills in market research, business writing, and public speaking. The competition also includes a number of professional development and networking activities.


Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Ohio State Chapter

Each year, the faculty from Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics select several students to represent Ohio State at the annual AAEA Conference. The AAEA sponsors four activities for students: an academic bowl, a paper competition, an outstanding chapter competition, and a creative club competition. 




Kassie Kurzhals
Academic Advisor
Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
(614) 292-7911