Agricultural Business, A.A.S., Major #0511

Agricultural Business is a ThinkPad University curriculum in which the use of laptop computers is integrated into courses.

The curriculum is intended for anyone interested in obtaining an agriculturally oriented business education. The skills and knowledge obtained can be applied in numerous areas of the nation’s largest industry, all the way from managing modern farm operations to retail sales of agricultural commodities.

The Agricultural Business major allows the student to tailor his or her curriculum beyond a basic core of required courses. The Marketing option consists of a strong core of agriculturally oriented and marketing courses. The Technology option provides a basic core of agribusiness courses as well as the opportunity for the student to choose a number of courses in an agricultural technical area. A strength of this option is that the student not only will acquire a degree of knowledge in a technical area, but will also acquire good business skills to manage technology. The Transfer option is intended for students that desire to transfer into a bachelor degree program at a later date. It provides for a more generalized curriculum.  Career opportunities exist within farm management, farm credit, farm services, banking, agricultural retail store management, farm insurance, agricultural sales, and marketing. One can also transfer into our bachelor degree program in Agricultural Business Development.

 Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand consumers’ behavior (this is your behavior) and the determination of demand for agricultural commodities and food products;

  • Gain an understanding of the United States and the world food marketing system from the point of initial agricultural production until the finished product is in the hands of the consumer;

  • Utilize the tools of financial analysis, management, and planning to solve problems in agriculture and in their own personal lives. These tools include budgeting, present value analysis, financial feasibility analysis, financial statements, and methods of risk analysis and management

 Curriculum Requirements - 60-61 Credits

Courses

Credits

Marketing Option - 60 Credits

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics

OR

AGBS 225 - Environmental Economics

3

AGBS 110 - Introduction to Food & Agribusiness

3

(Students transferring into Agricultural Business who have

completed AGBS 240 are not required to enroll in AGBS 110)

AGBS 200 - Marketing Agricultural Products

3

AGBS 240 - Farm Finance & Management

4

AGBS 250 - Decision Making for Agricultural Managers

3

BSAD 209- Salesmanship

3

ACCT - Accounting as Advised

3

JOUR 272 - Public Relations & Publicity Management

OR

BSAD 300 - Management and Communications

3

CITA as Advised

OR

OFFT 110 and

OFFT 100 or 106 or 109

2-3

COMP 101 - Composition & Research

3

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

OR

COMP 111 - Introduction to Speech

3

SUNY General Education Courses as Advised

14

General Electives as Advised

13

Technology Option - 60 Credits

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics

OR

AGBS 225 - Environmental Economics

3

AGBS 110 - Introduction to Food & Agribusiness

3

(Students transferring into Agricultural Business who have

completed AGBS 240 are not required to enroll in AGBS 110)

AGBS 200 - Marketing Agricultural Products

3

AGBS 240 - Farm Finance & Management

4

AGBS 250 - Decision Making for Agricultural Managers

3

ACCT - Accounting as Advised

3

CITA as Advised

OR

OFFT 110 and

OFFT 100 or 106 or 109

2-3

COMP 101 - Composition & Research

3

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

OR

COMP 111 - Introduction to Speech

3

SUNY General Education Courses as Advised

14

General Electives as Advised

19

Transfer Option - 61 Credits

This option meets the needs of students interested in agricultural education, cooperative extension, business or general agriculture. Proper selection of elective courses allows this option to address a wide variety of student interest areas.

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics

3

AGBS 200 - Marketing Agricultural Products

3

AGBS 240 - Farm Finance & Management

4

AGBS 250 - Decision Making for Agricultural Managers

3

ACCT - Accounting as Advised

3

CITA as Advised

OR

OFFT 110 and

OFFT 100 or 106 or 109

2-3

COMP 101 - Composition & Research

3

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

MATH 102 - Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry

3

CHEM 121 - General College Chemistry

4

SUNY General Education Courses as Advised

7

General Electives as Advised

21-22

Suggested Course Sequence

Year 1/Fall - 15 Credits

AGBS 100 - Agricultural Economics

3

COMP 101 - Composition & Research

3

MATH - Mathematics as Advised

3

SUNY General Education as Advised

3

Electives as Advised

3

Year1/Spring - 14 Credits

AGBS 200 - Marketing Agricultural Products

3

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

ACCT - Accounting as Advised

3

OFFT 100 - Word Processing Software

1

OFFT 110 - Introduction to Spreadsheet Software

1

HIST - History as Advised

3

Year 2/Fall - 18 Credits

AGBS 240 - Farm Management & Finance

4

SUNY General Education Science as Advised

3

Foreign Language as Advised

3

Electives from DANS/AGBS/AGRO/BSAD as Advised

8

Year 2/Spring - 14 Credits

AGBS 250 - Decision Making for Agricultural Managers

3

Electives from DANS/AGBS/AGRO/BSAD as Advised

8

SUNY General Education as Advised

3