College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural & Resource Economics

Agricultural and Resource Economics

The Agricultural and Resource Economics (Ag-Econ) concentration provides students with the flexibility to select a field of study that fits their career interests. Students can also customize their degree program by declaring a Student-Designed field of study in consultation with an advisor. Be sure to consult the Ag-Econ 4-year plan.

Requirements for the Ag-Econ concentration:

- Six (6) benchmark courses completed with a C- or better.

- Five (5) upper-level AREC courses at the 400-level (note: AREC 306 and AREC 380 can also count as upper-level AREC courses).

- Three (3) courses (9 credits minimum) in a field of study of your choice (see more information below).

The fields of study recommended under the Ag-Econ concentration are as follows:

Agricultural Science

Three (3) courses (minimum 9 credits) required. The following list is of the approved courses, and other courses in agricultural science can be chosen in consultation with an advisor:

PLSC 204 Fundamentals of Agricultural Mechanics
PLSC 100 or 101 Intro to Horticulture or Intro to Crop Science.
ANSC 101 Principles of Animal Science
ENST 105 Soil and Environmental Quality

Advanced Degree Preparation

Three (3) courses (minimum 9 credits) from the following list:

ECON 414 Game Theory*

ECON 415: Market Design*

ECON 422 Econometrics I* (Note: credit only granted for AREC 422 or ECON 422)

ECON 423 Econometrics II*

MATH 141 Calculus II

MATH 240 Introduction to Linear Algebra

MATH 241 Calculus III

STAT 401: Applied Statistics & Probability II

STAT 410: Intro to Probability Theory

STAT 420: Introduction to Statistics

STAT 430: Introduction to Statistical Computing with SAS


Other courses in mathematics, statistics, or econometrics may be substituted with advisor permission. Please note that economics majors get first priority on many upper-level ECON courses. AREC students must obtain permission directly from the Economics department on the first day of class, pending space availability.

Environmental and Resource Policy 

Three (3) courses (minimum 9 credits) from the following list. Other courses not on this approved list can be submitted to the Assistant Director for approval:

ANTH 450 Theory and Practice of Environ Anthropology
HIST 405 Environmental History     
GEOG 372 Remote Sensing 
Econ 481 Theory and Policy in Environ Economics
GEOG 373 Geographic Information Systems
GVPT 273 Introduction to Environmental Politics
GVPT 306 Global Ecopolitics

Other courses can be substituted with advisor permission.

International Agriculture 

Three (3) courses (minimum 9 credits) from the following list:

ECON 305 Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON 315 Econ Development of Underdeveloped Areas
ECON 340 International Economics
GVPT 200 International Political Relations
GVPT 350 International Relations in the Third World
PLSC 303 International Crop Production
ENST 440 Crops Soils and Civilization

Other related courses can be substituted with advisor permission.

Food Production 

Three (3) courses (minimum 9 credits) from the following list:

PHYS 117 (or PHYS 121) Introduction to Physics
BSCI 170 (formerly BSCI105) Principles of Biology
BSCI 223 General Microbiology
NFSC 100 Elements of Nutrition
NFSC 112 Food Science and Technology
NFSC 430 Food Microbiology
NFSC 431 Food Quality control

Other related courses can be substituted with advisor permission.

Political Process 

Any three (3) courses (minimum 9 credits) in government and politics (GVPT).

Student-Designed Field of Study

Requires submission of a written proposal for advisor approval listing at least three courses totaling at least 9 credits.

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