Degree Fact Sheet
Agricultural & Food Business Management
Help Solve the World’s Most Pressing Issues
The Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural & Food Business Management teaches students to navigate the important intersection of business and agriculture. We combine practical skills (marketing, finance, management) with rigorous analytical approaches. This degree equips students with tools that are highly sought by employers in agribusinesses, food systems, and banking, and essential to managing farms of all sizes.

Faces of AgSci

“I chose to major in Agricultural & Food Business management because I want to play a role in strengthening the future of agricultural.” - Kourtney Lehman, National FFA Secretary

College of Agricultural Sciences

  2,396 |  
Total number of AgSci
undergraduate students
  99 |  
Number of undergraduate
students in this major
  $500K |  
In scholarships for
AgSci students
  $90M |  
In funding for AgSci
research each year

Degree Options

  • Agricultural & Food Business Management major: on campus
  • Agricultural Business Management minor: on campus and online

Degrees that Pay. Careers that Matter.

Job opportunities are abundant for graduates with expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or ecological sustainability. This expertise helps solve the world’s most pressing issues in the arenas of world hunger, human health, and environmental conservation. Discover how you can build a meaningful career that helps make tomorrow better.

Potential Career Paths:

  • Farm Manager or Owner
  • Buyer or Purchasing Agent
  • Market Analyst
  • Farm Inspector or Quality Controller
  • Agricultural Sales or Marketing
  • Farm Loan Officer

Individualized Advising

Advisors help students develop their course of study. They are the students’ link to scholarships and campus resources, advise on matters of professional development, and point students toward experiential learning and leadership opportunities that will help them be successful in their agricultural or business careers after graduation. For advising, contact Tjodie Richardson

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B.S. in Agricultural & Food Business Management | 2019-2020

  Fall Winter Spring Opportunities
First Year AEC 121: Disc Ag and Resource Econ 1 AG 111: Info Tech in Agriculture 3 ECON 202: Macroeconomics * 4  
  COMM 111: Public Speak. or COMM 114 3 MTH 241: Calc for Mgmt & Soc Science * 4 Bacc Core – Lit & Arts 4  
  MTH 111: College Algebra * 4 WR 121: English Composition * 3 WR 222 or 214 3  
  Bacc Core – Western Culture 3 Bacc Core – Soc. Proc. 3 Bacc Core – Phy. Sci. 4  
  Bacc Core – Cult. Div. 3 PAC Course 1      

Total Credits

14 Total Credits 14 Total Credits 15  
Second Year AEC 251 – Intro. To Agricultural and Food Economics * 3 AEC 211: Agri and Food Management * 4 AEC 221: Agri and Food Marketing * 3  
  BA 211: Financial Accounting * 4 BA 213: Managerial Accounting * 4 HHS 231: Lifetime Fitness for Health 2  
  Bacc Core – Bio. Sciences 4 Bacc Core – West. Cul. 3 Bacc Core – Bio or Phys Sciences 4  
  Bacc Core – Diff, Power & Discrim 4 WR 323: Eng. Comp. or WR 327 * 3 Unrestricted Elective 3  
  Total Credits 15 Total Credits 14 Total Credits 14  
Third Year BA 330: Legal Env. Of Bus. 4 AEC 311: Int. Appl. Econ I: Prod & Cons. * 4 AEC 447: Ag Price and Market Analysis 4  
  ST 351: Intro to Statistical Methods I * 4 ST 352: Intro to Statistical Methods II 4 Business Upper Div Course 4  
  Bacc Core – Contemp. Global Issues 3 Business Upper Div Course 4 AEC Upper Div. Elective 4  
  Bacc Core – Diff. Power & Discrim. 3 AEC Upper Div Elective Course 4 Unrestricted Elective 4  
  Total Credits 14 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 3
Fourth Year AEC 465: Ag & Food Financial Mgmt 4 AEC 442: Agri. Business Management 4 AEC 461: Agri. & Food Policy Issues 4  
  AEC 466 Ag, & Food Marketing Management 4 AEC Upper Div Elective Course 4 AEC Upper Div Elective Course (if any) 3  
  AEC Upper Div Elective Course 3 Unrestricted Elective 4 Unrestricted Elective 4  
  Bacc Core – Sci, Tech and Society 4 Unrestricted Elective 4 Unrestricted Elective 4  
  Total Credits 15 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15 Total Credits 180*

This is a sample schedule intended for informational purposes only. Students should consult with their OSU academic advisor to create a personalized degree plan. Students will still need to complete either projects or internship (credits to be determined with advisor). *Means that you need a C- or higher.