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Undergraduate Degree Programs

PROGRAM CURRENTLY ON HOLD;
NOT ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS
Begin Date of Enrollment Hold: December 18, 2013

Agricultural Business

Berks College
University Park, College of Agricultural Sciences (2 AGB)

Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

PROFESSOR JANELLE B. LARSON, in charge, Berks College
PROFESSOR SPIRO STEFANOU, Program Coordinator, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University Park

The Agricultural Business major helps prepare students for employment in commercial agriculture and businesses serving agriculture. Five options allow students to specialize in either Crop or Animal Production, Food Technology, Horticulture, or General Agribusiness Management, which provides training in management, business organization, and marketing.

The first two semesters are offered at selected locations, where students fulfill basic course requirements in accounting, business, English, and natural and social sciences. The second year at the University Park campus provides course work in livestock and crop production, food technology, horticulture, management, and agribusiness. Each option allows the student a choice of courses to satisfy special interests and needs. The Food Technology and Horticulture options can be completed at both University Park and at Penn State Berks, although some course substitutions may be necessary, as not all courses listed below are offered at both campuses.

For the Associate in Science degree in Agricultural Business, a minimum of 63 credits is required depending on the option chosen.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 21 credits
(9 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR. Requirements for certain options also will fulfill other general education requirements.)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 3-5 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 45-48 credits
(This includes 9 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 16 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (13 credits)
ENGL 015 GWS(3), CAS 100 GWS(3), ACCTG 211(4), AG BM 101 GS(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
AG BM 200(3)[1] or MGMT 301(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 29-32 credits

ANIMAL PRODUCTION OPTION: (31-32 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (13 credits)
AGRO 028(3), AN SC 201(4)[1], A S M 101(3), SOILS 101 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-7 credits)
B A 243(4) or B LAW 243(3) or AG 301W(3) or B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) (Sem: 3-4)
AG BM 102(3) or AG BM 220(3) or MKTG 220(3) or MKTG 221(3) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits in animal science from AN SC 100(3), AN SC 207(2), AN SC 208(1), AN SC 301(3), AN SC 305(3), AN SC 306(3), AN SC 308(4), AN SC 309(4), AN SC 310(3), AN SC 311(4), AN SC 322(3), AN SC 324(3), and AN SC 327(3) (Note: some courses may have biology and/or chemistry prerequisites.) (Sem: 3-4)

CROP PRODUCTION OPTION: (30-31 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
A S M 101(3), AGRO 028(3)[1], ENT 313(2) and ENT 316(1), SOILS 101 GN(3) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-7 credits)
B A 243(4) or B LAW 243(3) or AG 301W(3) or B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from agronomy, agroecosystems science, horticulture or turfgrass science. (Note: some may have biology and/or chemistry or other prerequisites.) (Sem: 3-4)

FOOD OPTION: (29-30 credits)
(Note: some courses may have biology and/or chemistry prerequisites.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (23 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), MICRB 106 GN(3), MICRB 107 GN(1), FD SC 200(3)[1], FD SC 201(1), FD SC 205(3), FD SC 206(3), MIS 204(2), NUTR 251 GHA(3) (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-7 credits)
AG BM 102(3) or AG BM 220(3) or MKTG 220(3) or MKTG 221(3) (Sem: 3-4)
B A 243(4) or B LAW 243(3) or AG 301W(3) or B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) (Sem: 3-4)

GENERAL OPTION: (30-31 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
AG BM 102(3), AG BM 106(3), AGRO 028(3), SOILS 101 GN(3), A S M 101(3) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-7 credits)
B A 243(4) or B LAW 243(3) or AG 301W(3) or B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) (Sem: 3-4)
AG BM 220(3)[1] or MKTG 220(3)[1], or MKTG 221(3) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 6 credits in agribusiness management or business (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3 credits in agronomy, animal science, agroecosystems science, horticulture, or other courses in agriculture. (Sem: 3-4)

HORTICULTURE OPTION: (30-31 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
HORT 101 GN(3)[1], HORT 202(3), SOILS 101 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-10 credits)
AG BM 102(3) or AG BM 220(3) or MKTG 220(3) or MKTG 221(3) (Sem: 3-4)
HORT 137(3) or HORT 138(3) (Sem: 3-4)
B A 243(4) or B LAW 243(3) or AG 301W(3) or B A 241(2) and B A 242(2) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from horticulture, turfgrass science, agribusiness or business. (Note: some may have prerequisites.)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2006

Blue Sheet Item #: 34-03-001

Review Date: 6/9/08

UCA Revision #1: 8/2/06

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