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Agricultural and Resource Economics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #442 (QS) , CO, | Online
The Agricultural and Resource Economics programme offered by Colorado State University teaches students the operating techniques and business skills used in the modern food and fiber industry. This program builds student knowledge and skills needed to manage small- and medium-sized businesses in agriculture and allied industries.

About

Two things tend to distinguish the Agricultural and Resource Economics programme offered by Colorado State University from a typical business degree: first, our focus tends to be on small- and medium-sized businesses where the decision maker must be more attuned to all dimensions of their operating environment, whereas more traditional business degrees often focus on a larger business organization where functions are more specialized. Second, the major emphasizes the importance of understanding the underlying technical processes that drive business decisions through formal course requirements in the agricultural sciences. The interface between technical training in agricultural sciences, economics, and management sets this degree apart.

Completing this program enhances students’ professional development, technical competence, problem-solving skills, and communication skills. The program operates in the nexus of business management, public policy, and agriculture. Strong interdisciplinary coordination in the department allows majors in agricultural business to strengthen their technical training by simultaneously completing a second major in allied fields including animal science, equine science, soil and crop science, agricultural education, technical journalism, and other fields of interest.

Learning Outcomes

Successful students will demonstrate:

  • Technical competency including appropriate use of economic theory in formulating analytical problems, identifying and gathering appropriate data, and employing appropriate economic methods to analyze those problems, utilizing appropriate available computer technology
  • Ability to solve real-world problems beyond the pedagogical context. Students will be able to identify a problem and its scope, evaluate resources to address the problem, formulate alternative solutions, and select the solution(s) most consistent with a stated objective
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication including the ability to communicate critically and analytically at a professional level
Potential Occupations

Although students from farms and ranches choose this major each year, business-oriented students with a wide variety of backgrounds have launched successful careers with this versatile degree. Graduates establish careers in management, marketing, sales, and finance to name a few areas. Participating in internships and experiential opportunities is strongly encouraged to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who seek further specialization are prepared to pursue advanced studies.

Examples of career paths of recent graduates include, but are not limited to: commodity broker, agricultural statistician, loan officer, farm manager, supply chain analyst, farm machinery sales representative, grain merchandiser, operations manager, landscape contractor, human resources specialist, ranch manager, credit analyst, crop insurance agent, precision ag technologist, feedlot manager, agricultural chemical sales representative, real estate appraiser, and elevator manager.

Concentrations
  • Agricultural Economics Concentration
  • Farm and Ranch Management Concentration

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Scholarship application deadlines:
    • Early Action (non-binding) - Applications completed by December 1.
    • Regular Decision - Applications completed by February 1.
    • Space available admission consideration after these dates.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Orientation to Agricultural Systems Transfer Seminar 
  • Food Animal Science 
  • Introduction to Equine Science  
  • Food-From Farm to Table  
  • Horticultural Science
  • General Crops  
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics

          English Language Requirements

          • Minimum required score:

            6.5

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          • Minimum required score:

            79

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          • Minimum required score:

            550

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          • Minimum required score:

            53

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          Academic Requirements

          You need the following GPA score:

          Required score: 3.4

          Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.4 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

          • The required GPA score for the international students is 3.5.

          Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

          General Requirements

          • If you are applying as a freshman, you may apply use the Common Application or the CSU Application. 
          • Applying to CSU requires a $50 application fee payable by Visa or MasterCard.
          • Submit only your most recent high school transcript. We’ll ask for additional transcripts only if necessary.
          • ACT or SAT results
          • A personal statement is required from all freshman applicants.
          • We require one counselor OR teacher recommendation. Additional recommendations are optional.

            Tuition Fee

            • International

              29884 USD/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 29884 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
            • National

              11982 USD/year
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 11982 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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            Living costs for Fort Collins

            • 1210 - 1800 USD/month
              Living Costs

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