Agribusiness Major

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GU Agribusiness Management Requisites

The agribusiness management degree program has a 63-credit requirement which include four agribusiness-specific courses.  These four courses are:

AGRI 101: Introduction to Agribusiness Concepts in Today’s Society

Which lays a solid foundation of agribusiness through an overview of career opportunities in the industry, management concepts, the vocabulary, and understanding of the requirements to operate a small profit-oriented business in today's agricultural economic environment.

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Recognize a broad range of agribusiness definitions and assimilate them in to various local and global business applications.  Implicit in this ability is the foundational understanding of the business of production agriculture.
  2. Apply basic business analytics to optimize the use of scarce natural resources and within the context of how the production of crops and livestock locally and globally impact humans, demographics, and quality of human life.
  3. Demonstrate the role that business management has in the successful operation of an agribusiness firm, including the interrelated nature of the four functions of management--planning, organizing, controlling, and directing--and how they help agribusiness managers accomplish their goals.
  4. Integrate the desire to maximize the long run profits of the firm by profitably satisfying customers' needs, and that this is the common business management principle that unifies everything a manager does.
  5. Explain the difference between managing things and leading people.  And to Integrate the two golden rules of agribusiness management--be the kind of boss you would like to work for, and treat the customers the way the customers want to be treated.

Required Text: Beierlein, James, G., Schneeberger, Kenneth, C., and Osburn Donald D. (2014). Principles of Agribusiness Management (5th ed.). Long Grove, IL:  Waveland Press, Inc.

AGRI 201: Agricultural Marketing

Covers the principles of agricultural marketing by examining consumers, marketing functions, institutions, and commodities.  Special emphasis is given to the marketing of agricultural products as commodities, services provided under contract, and value-added products.

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

1.  Identify and discuss marketing and the economic forces at work in agricultural markets at both the firm level and the industry level.

2.  Recognize and describe different participants and other economic actors (producers, processors, institutions, rules/regulations, etc.) in agricultural supply chains connecting producers to consumers.

3.  Compare and evaluate the broad range of transactions and market channels that move inputs into and out of farm production facilities across crop and livestock markets domestically and internationally.

4.  Assess and manage decisions to move products into commodity, value-added, or residual (waste) markets, including the option of moving product components into different market segments.

5.  Demonstrate a competence in communication of agricultural marketing systems: verbally, mathematically, and graphically.

Required Text: V. James Rhodes, Jan L. Dauve, Joseph L. Parcell. (2015). The Agricultural Marketing System (7th ed.). Columbia, MO: Mizzou Publishing.

AGRI 301: Agricultural Economics

This course teaches economic issues related to human integration (food, feed, fuel, and recreation) with the environment (waste remediation). Topics include conflicts in the use of land, air and water; property rights and public policy.  These challenges show up in day to day operations as: climate change, world poverty, water quality, genetic modification (GMOs), organic food, and renewable energy.  This course looks at emerging issues in the context of historical production through the lens of a solid analytical framework.  How do policies and markets complement and conflict on all the wide variety domestic and international commerce?  Upon completion, there will be a sense of confidence in the annual rhythm global agribusiness benefits and costs.

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

1.  Identify and discuss agricultural marketing and the economic forces at work in food, feed, energy recreation, fertilizers, fiber, chemicals and remediation.

2.  Recognize and describe domestic and international barriers and policies that restrict and enhance agribusiness activities and profit.

3.  Compare, evaluate and solve the best, multi-product, market pathway while considering carbon, nutrient and water benefits and costs under simulated constraints in the US and abroad.

4.  Demonstrate a competence in communication of positive and negative economic impacts: verbally, mathematically, and graphically.

Required Text: Patrick Westhoff. (2010). The Economics of Food: How Feeding and Fueling the Planet Affects Food Prices. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Publishing.

AGRI 401: Issues, Leadership, and Personal Development in Agribusiness

In this class students draw upon the insights and experience from industry practitioners.  Managers and leaders in the agribusiness field share how they developed their careers, leadership qualities, ethics in today’s society, and their faith, integrated with their management style. The students’ own leadership skills will be developed as they explore different views of several issues, and the changes associated with those issues, in agriculture.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

1.  Identify and describe key skills necessary for business success

2.  Write professional summaries.

3.  Develop a professional outlook to study and work.

4.  Prepare and deliver effective presentations.

5.  Professionally interact with practicing managers and work effectively in teams with no formal leader.

6.  Keep abreast of current management news events.

No Required Text:  The Wall Street Journal and current news and speakers provide the context.

While these four courses outline the agribusiness management-focused classes, the balance of coursework will be a blend of management, business analytics, biology, and environmental sciences.  In addition to the theoretical framework, experience is a critical component of the degree (practicums, internships and special projects).  Graduates will have achieved understanding and confidence to deliver innovation with confidence and the understanding of the business climate to be successful in their careers.

Agribusiness Major Requirements:

AGRI 1XX Introduction to Agribusiness (3 cr)

AGRI 2XX Agriculture Marketing (3 cr)

AGRI 3XX Agricultural Economics (3 cr)

AGRI 4XX Issues, Leadership & Personal Development (3 cr)

ACCT 101 Principles of Accounting I (3 cr)

BUSN 101 Business Management (3 cr)

BUSN 222 Business Law (3 cr)

BUSN 2XX Operations Management (3 cr)

BUSN 3XX Statistics (3 cr)

BUSN 380 Strategic Management (3 cr)

BUSN 405 Practicum (3-8 cr)

BUSN 409 Capstone (3 cr)

ECON 201 Principles of Economics I (3 cr)

ECON 202 Principles of Economics II (3 cr)

ENTR 1XX Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 cr)

ENTR 3XX Entrepreneurship Lab I (3 cr)

FINA 341 Corporate Finance (3 cr)

MRKT 201 Marketing (3 cr)

9 credits from the following list:

            ACCT317 Income Tax Theory (3 cr)

            ACCT 319 Tax Applications (2 cr)

            BIOL108 Environmental Science & Stewardship (4 cr)

            BIOL115 Plants and People (4 cr)

            BIOL215 Survey of the Plant Kingdom (4 cr)

            BIOL 300 Field Biology (4 cr)

            BIOL370 Basic Ecology (4 cr)

     MRKT 333 Sales and Sales Management (3 cr)

            MRKT 334 Advertising (3 cr)


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