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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


Majors and Minors

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Agribusiness and Applied Economics (AAE)

Courses taught in AAE teach the business and economics principles needed to manage, market and finance agribusiness firms in both domestic and international markets. Students who choose to major in AAE are prepared for careers in a variety of sectors that include farm management, agricultural banking and finance, commodity marketing and more. Graduates in AAE receive a B.S. in Agriculture and go on to become employed with companies such as Kraft, John Deere, Merrill Lynch, Huntington and Heartland Bank.

Six months after graduation, 95% of AEDE graduates are employed or attending graduate school. The average starting salary for AAE majors is $51,054 ranking the major as having one of the highest starting salaries among all departments in the college. Students in the major take 36 to 43 credit hours consisting of both required and elective courses. Students are able to choose among 180 minors from across the university, consisting of an additional 12-15 credit hours.

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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. They can 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

Since EEDS is a joint major between our department and the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), 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. Graduates receive a B.S. in Environment and Sustainability. Six months after graduation, 93.6% of graduates are employed or are attending graduate school. The average starting salary reported is $51,617.

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Ohio State undergraduate students who are majoring in a program other than AAE are permitted to minor in an AEDE program of study. Minors offered include the following:

To declare one of our minors, please contact your academic advisor.


Questions? We are here to help. Please email AEDE Undergraduate Services below for more information about majoring or minoring in AAE or EEDS. | 614-292-7911