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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics



Agribusiness and Applied Economics major

Students are prepared for careers in a variety of sectors, including farm management, agricultural banking and finance, and commodity marketing with companies such as Kraft, John Deere, Merrill Lynch, Huntington and Heartland Bank. 93.8% of AEDE graduates are employed or are attending graduate school within six months of graduation.
Additionally, the average undergraduate starting salary for Agribusiness and Applied Economics majors is over $48,000. This ranks the major as having one of the highest starting salaries in the college.
Click on the Agribusiness and Applied Economics Course Diagram to view recent prerequisite curriculum updates which make the major more applied in nature. 
Students take 36 to 43 semester credit hours consisting of required and elective courses.
Students choose between 180 minors consisting of an additional 12-15 credit hours from across the University. 
Kassie Kurzhals is the AEDE academic advisor for this major.

Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS)

This multi-disciplinary and cutting-edge degree program focuses on the human, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. It provides the core knowledge and skills students need to launch a career in the private, public or non-profit sectors.
Students engage in an integrated set of coursework and rigorous training in sustainability to become agents of change.
Students build on this foundation by choosing to specialize in one of four areas: Sustainability and Business, Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis, Community Development or International Development
94.5% of EEDS graduates are employed or are attending graduate school within six months of graduation and the average undergraduate starting salary reported by graduates is $49,832.
Since EEDS is a joint major between the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) and AEDE, students enrolled in the program take classes with faculty working in both areas.
Additionally students can take classes from a wealth of exceptional faculty in partner programs associated with the EEDS major, including the Fisher College of Business; Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering; City and Regional Planning; International Studies; Center for Resilience; John Glenn School of Public Affairs; and the President’s and Provost’s Council on Sustainability. 
Katie Zimmerman is the AEDE academic advisor for EEDS.