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Agribusiness Economics & Management: Agricultural Economics Emphasis

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Agribusiness Economics & Management: Agricultural Economics Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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A degree Agribusiness Economics and Management (ABEM) prepares students to assume responsible positions in the management of the world's natural and human resources. Private firms and government agencies seek employees with excellent problem-solving and communication skills. Students develop these skills through their studies in agribusiness management, finance, economic theory, natural resource economics, environmental regulation, quantitative techniques, and economic development, both domestic and international. This option is flexible so that students can add an optional minor in the area of their interest.

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 109C Applied College Algebra with Data Analysis or MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications 3
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
MIS 111 Computers and Internetworked Society 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 163, 263, OR ISTA 116, SBS 200, OR MATH 115A Business Mathematics I (MIS 111 or ABE 120 is a pre-requisite to MATH 115A), 3
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
3rd Semester
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues or ECON 201A Principles of Economics and ECON 201B Principles of Economics 3
ACCT 200 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
MATH 113 Elements of Calculus OR 122A/B Calculus I with Applications OR 125 Calculus I 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
MATH 122B 4
5th Semester
AREC 315 Agribusiness Economics and Management 3
AREC 339 Economic Statistics 3
Communication Elective 3
Elective - Upper Division 3
AREC 197A Strategy and Planning for Academic Success 1
6th Semester
AREC 304 Intermd. Product Consumption Analysis 3
AREC 360 Poverty and Development of Nations 3
AREC Concentration Elective 3
Communication Elective 3
Elective - Upper Division 3
7th Semester
AREC 464 Economics of Policy Analysis 3
AREC Concentration Elective 3
Elective - Upper Division 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
AREC 403 Market and Price Analysis 3
AREC Concentration Elective 3
Elective - Upper Division 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of communications, economics, environmental policy, and natural resources gained from a degree in Agribusiness Economics and Management in the Agricultural Economics concentration provides a solid and specialized foundation for careers and future study. Graduates in Agricultural Economics might work in food production or natural resources management or for agricultural businesses, government agencies, and consulting firms. A major in Agricultural Economics is excellent preparation for future study in business administration, law, or public policy.

Potential Career Areas

  • Financial Advising
  • Management
  • Purchasing
  • Education
  • Market Research
  • Cooperative Extension Services
  • Production

Sample Employers

  • Farms
  • Greenhouses
  • Agricultural Equipment Companies
  • Commercial Food Producers
  • Seed Companies
  • Nonprofit Organizations (food aid and microfinance)
  • Schools and Colleges
  • Consulting Firms
  • Government Agencies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Agricultural Extension Agent $22,000 - $68,000
Farm Labor Contractor $19,140 - $30,000
Purchaser, Farm Products $31,240 - $59,780
Agricultural Sales Representative $33,000 - $122,000
Financial Examiner $44,970 - $74,900
Contract Administrator $32,770 - $64,500
Farm Management Advisor $25,420 - $52,000
Economist $51,410 - $84,900
Financial Analyst $25,420 - $74,400
Market Research Analyst $33,280 - $60,300
Agricultural Consultant $34,750 - $0
Rural Appraiser $25,850 - $25,850
Grain Merchant $31,240 - $64,810