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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Agribusiness Management

University Park, College of Agricultural Sciences (AG BM)
University Park, The Smeal College of Business
World Campus

PROFESSOR SPIRO STEFANOU, Program Coordinator

Graduates can be found working in the food production, processing, financial services, wholesaling and retailing industries, both in the United States and abroad. A substantial number are employed by agricultural supply firms. Typically, B.S. degree holders begin their careers in sales or as management trainees, and then progress to management as they develop higher levels of expertise and experience. Penn State Agribusiness Management graduates chose careers in many other places. They also are employed in banking and the investment and mutual funds industries, and others have gone to law school, graduate school, or into rural development. The quality and diversity of the program enables Agribusiness majors to undertake a variety of jobs.

This major, which is offered jointly with The Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business, includes a core of courses required of all business students. Combining the required specialization area with a minor or electives also allows a student to focus on a particular area of interest.

For the B.S. degree in Agribusiness Management, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 6-9 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 81- 84 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (47 credits)
AG BM 102(3)[1], AG BM 106(3)[1], ECON 104 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ACCTG 211(4), AG BM 302(3)[1], AG BM 308W(3)[1], AG BM 320(3)[1], AG BM 338 IL(3), ENGL 202D GWS(3), MIS 204(3), SCM 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
FIN 301(3), SCM 301(3), MKTG 301(3), MGMT 301(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (22-25 credits)
AG BM 101 GS(3)[1] or ECON 102 GS(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)[77]
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
R SOC 011 GS(3) or SOC 001 GS(3) (Sem: 3-6)[78]
AG BM 407(3) or AG BM 408(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Take 3-6 credits in Social, Ethical and Legal Environment of Business from the following: B A 243(4); B LAW 341(3) and B A 342(3); B LAW 243(3) (Sem: 2-6)
Select 6 credits of AG BM 440(3), AG BM 420(3), AG BM 460(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits in a specialty area, in consultation with an adviser (at least 6 of these credits must be at the 300 or 400 level) (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[77] AG BM 101 required unless ECON 102 was taken before entering the AG BM major.
[78] R SOC 011 required unless SOC 001 was taken before entering the AG BM major.

 

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-06-001

Review Date: 04/12/2011

UCA Revision #1: 8/2/06

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