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Major in Agricultural and Food Business Economics

The Agricultural and Food Business Economics major gives students what they need to succeed in the world of food and agricultural business. This major provides students with a knowledge of business and economics practices as well as a deep understanding of animal, plant, and food systems. Graduates in this major are highly qualified to fill a wide variety of positions, ranging from market researcher to product analyst to food broker in a variety of venues, including: private industry, commercial farms and ranches, government agencies, production agriculture, and universities.

Employment and Career Possibilities within this major

  • Food Systems Analyst
  • Agricultural Production Manager
  • Food Industry Manager
  • Agricultural Marketing Executive
  • Non-profit Executive
  • Natural Resource Protection Officer
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Public Policy Manager or Analyst
  • Commodity Broker
  • Agricultural Production or Marketing Consultant
  • Loan Officer
  • Agricultural Finance Analyst or Manager

Examples of Required/Preferred Classes for First Year Students

  • EconS 101: Fundamentals of Microeconomics
  • EconS 102: Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
  • CropS/Hort 102: Cultivated Plants
  • A S 101: Animal Science
  • AFS 101: Introduction to Agricultural and Food Systems
  • Math 201: Mathematics for Business and Economics
  • Math 202: Calculus for Business and Economics

Required Math

  • Math 201: Mathematics for Business and Economics
  • Math 202: Calculus for Business and Economics
  • Stat 212: Introduction to Statistical Methods

Transfer Pathways

Many of our best students attend local community colleges prior to transferring to WSU. Below is a list of suggested WSU courses to take locally and transfer into WSU. You can find your institution’s equivalent courses with our Transfer Course Search Tool or submit a course for evaluation with our Course Evaluation Request Form.

  • BIOLOGY 106 Intro to Organismal Biology, 107 Intro to Cell Biology and Genetics or 120 Introductory Botany (2 of these)
  • CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry or 105 Principles of Chem I
  • CHEM 102 Chemistry Related to Life Sciences or 106 Principles of Chem II
  • ENGLISH 101 Introductory Writing
  • COM 102 Public Speaking in the Digital Age
  • ECONS 101 Fundamentals of Microeconomics
  • ECONS 102 Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
  • ACCTG 230: Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • MATH 201: Introduction to Finite Math or MATH 220: Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • MATH 202: Calculus for Business or MATH 171: Calculus I
  • SOIL_SCI 201: Soil a Living System
  • ANIM_SCI 101 Introduction to Animal Science
  • WSU UCORE [DIVR] course
  • WSU UCORE [HUM] course
  • STAT 212 Introduction to Statistical Methods

Check out our Transfer Student page for more information about the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) Transfer Student Experience!

Student Organizations/Clubs Associated with this Major

  • Economics Club

Information for New students

This is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural and Food Systems with a major in Agriculture and Food Business Economics. It is managed by the School of Economic Sciences.

From a Student’s Perspective…

Juliana LeClair
Agricultural and Food Business Economics teaches students about agricultural production, economic markets, and where the two meet, giving them a firm understanding of how agricultural products go from producer to consumer. – Juliana LeClair, CAHNRS Ambassador, Class of 2021

Contact Information

Rebecca Liao
Academic Coordinator
rebecca.liao@wsu.edu
(509) 335-1667

For information about advising visit the CAHNRS Academic Advising page.