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.
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.
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:
The Agribusiness minor provides an understanding of business concepts important for effective agribusiness decision-making and an understanding of the role of economic constraints in the efficient operation of an agribusiness firm. Emphasis is placed on applying concepts and skills to the food system. Firms included in the food system are chemical companies, bio-engineering firms, farms, agricultural cooperatives, international commodity trading firms, and international food distribution and retailing companies. See the minor academic requirements and learn more about course options.
The EEDS minor offers students a multi-disciplinary program that focuses on the human, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability – often referred to as people, planet and profit. Through enrollment in the EEDS minor, students learn sustainability concepts to complement their work in their major program of study. EEDS is a joint program between our department and the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR). Students enrolled in the minor take classes with faculty working in both areas. See the minor curriculum sheet and learn more about course options. Agribusiness and Applied Economics majors can minor in EEDS.
The Environmental Economics minor provides students with an understanding of the application of economic principles to contemporary natural resource and environmental processes, problems, and policies. Relevant complementary principles in ecology, hydrology and thermodynamics are also emphasized. Students acquire a solid foundation in the theories and methods of natural resource economics and benefit-cost analysis for addressing issues such as soil and water conservation, pollution control policy, land use, environmental benefit estimation, and management of natural systems. See the minor curriculum sheet and learn more about course options.
The Farm Management minor provides students with an understanding of business management concepts important for effective farm-level decision-making and an opportunity to develop an array of skills needed to manage production, finance, marketing, and human resources. See the minor curriculum sheet and learn more about course options.
The International Economic Development minor provides students with an understanding of socio-economic development problems, processes and policies, primarily in developing countries. Students acquire international awareness and the skills necessary to understand the inter-relationships between population, food systems, the environment, culture, and global relationships involving trade, capital and commodity markets. See the minor curriculum sheet and learn more about course options.
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.
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