Agribusiness and Applied Economics

The Agribusiness and Applied Economics major is one of the most popular majors in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. In 2015, more than 300 students were enrolled in the program.

Why should I major in Agribusiness and Applied Economics?

Agribusiness and Applied Economics majors are prepared for careers in a variety of sectors, from corporate jobs in companies like Kraft, John Deere, Merrill Lynch, and Huntington, to farm management positions. 

95 percent 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 $40,431, ranking the AEDE program as having one of the higher starting salary averages in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Employers actively recruit AEDE students as they know AEDE grads are prepared for the real world since the nationally-ranked program provides a firm foundation in finance, marketing, and strategy, and offers insight into modern agribusiness practices and trends. 

How is the program structured?

Agribusiness and Applied Economics students take 36 to 43 semester credit hours of required and elective courses.

A minor study area outside of the major is required. More than 180 minors are available from across the University. The minor consists of an additional 12-15 credit hours.  

An internship experience worth 2 credit hours is required.

An Honors Program is available for students who want a more individual curriculum or a research orientation to explore the possibility of graduate studies.

Tell me more about the excellent faculty in the Agribusiness and Applied Economics program.

In recent years, AEDE faculty have won over 30 teaching awards and have written over 50 books and multiple scientific research articles.

Two-thirds of the faculty have international agricultural experience.

The faculty have doctorate degrees from 20 universities and more than 16 areas of specialization such as marketing, management, and finance.

Each student enrolled in the major is assigned a faculty advisor.

Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS)

The Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) major launched in the Fall of 2012 and has had great success, enrolling record numbers of students.  

Why should I major in EEDS?

EEDS is a a multi-disciplinary degree program that focuses on the human, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability.

This cutting-edge major provides the core knowledge and skills students need to launch a career in sustainability in the private, public or non-profit sectors. EEDS is unique in the fact that it is one of the first sustainability academic programs in the country to offer a business component.

The goal of the EEDS major is to provide students with rigorous coursework and training in sustainability to prepare them for the career path they choose. EEDS gives students that have a passion and a purpose the tools they seek to become agents of change.

How is the program structured?

All EEDS students take an integrated set of coursework in environmental economics, business management, environmental sociology, community and international development, ecological engineering and environmental sciences.

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.

Tell me more about the excellent faculty in the EEDS program.

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.