Total Units Required: 120
The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business provides students with an excellent and comprehensive background in business theory combined with a working knowledge of production agriculture. The University Farm, computer lab, and off-campus internships are available to provide valuable practical experience. The emphasis of this degree program is to prepare students for entry-level management positions. Specialized subject areas include agricultural marketing, agricultural finance and appraisal, and agricultural business management.
All courses taken to fulfill program course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as credit/no credit grading only.
Course Requirements for the Major: 80 units
Completion of the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, is required of all candidates for this degree. Courses in this program may complete more than one graduation requirement.
|ABUS 101||Introduction to Agricultural Business and Economics||3|
|ABUS 231||Computer Applications in Agriculture||3|
|ABUS 261||Farm Accounting||3|
|ABUS 262||Management Accounting for Agriculture||3|
|AGRI 180||The University Experience||1|
|BLAW 203||Introduction to Business Law||3|
|CHEM 107||General Chemistry for Applied Sciences||4|
|ECON 102||Principles of Macroeconomic Analysis||3|
|MATH 105||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Introduction to Animal Science|
|Introduction to Plant Science|
|Introduction to Soil Science|
|Select six units from the following:||6|
Any lower-division Agricultural Business (ABUS), Agricultural Engineering Technology (AGET), Animal Science (ANSC), Plant and Soil Science (PSSC), or Agriculture (AGRI) course.
|ABUS 301||Agricultural Production Economics and Quantitative Analysis||3|
|ABUS 311||Agricultural Markets and Pricing||3|
|ABUS 321||Agribusiness Management||3|
|ABUS 415||Agribusiness Data Analysis||3|
|ABUS 421||Advanced Agribusiness Management||3|
|ABUS 451W||Agricultural Policy (W)||3|
|ABUS 465||Agricultural Finance||3|
|AGRI 331||Agricultural Ecology||3|
|AGRI 482W||Agricultural Issues (W)||3|
|Select three units from the following:||3|
|Select 12 units from the following:||12|
Any upper-division College of Agriculture courses selected with approval of your advisor. Nine of the 12 units should be Agricultural Business (ABUS) courses. Up to 3 units of internship can be used in this area.
To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.
Students may double count only one approved upper-division General Education Pathway course with a required option elective.
Honors in the Major
Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It requires 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.
The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or academic competition. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.
Some common features of Honors in the Major program are:
- You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. All 6 units are honors classes (marked by a suffix of H), and at least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H, 599H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.
- You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
- Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
- Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
- Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.
- Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.
While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.
See Bachelor's Degree Requirements for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 39 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.
General Education Requirements: 48 units
This major has approved GE modification(s). See below for information on how to apply these modification(s).
- ANSC 101 is an approved major course substitution for Life Science (B2).
- AGRI 482W is an approved major course substitution for Upper-Division Social Sciences (UD-D).
Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units
You must complete a minimum of two courses that focus primarily on cultural diversity. At least one course must be in U.S. Diversity (USD) and at least one in Global Cultures (GC). See Diversity Requirements for a full list of courses. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.
Upper-Division Writing Requirement
Writing Across the Curriculum (EM 17-009) is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of four Writing (W) courses, two of which are designated by the major department. See Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning and Writing Requirements for more details on the four courses. The first of the major designated Writing (W) courses is listed below.
- ABUS 451W Agricultural Policy (W)
The second major-designated Writing course is the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GW) (EO 665). Students must earn a C- or higher to receive GW credit. The GE Written Communication (A2) requirement must be completed before a student is permitted to register for a GW course.