Agricultural economics is the study of the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Agricultural Economics from the University of Idaho provides the practical problem-solving skills based in mathematics that allow you to analyze many aspects of the agricultural industry. You’ll graduate prepared to work in a variety of institutions applying your knowledge of economics and business to food production, rural development and natural resources. You will also be well prepared for graduate school in applied economics.
As a student in the program, you’ll learn from experienced professors involved in today’s most pressing issues for agribusiness. You will practice commodities trading, immerse yourself in policymaking during a field trip to the state capital, or role-play adversaries in natural resource disputes.
Senior year, you will draw on everything you’ve learned to assess an issue and present the findings to a real-world client. A recent group of seniors found ways for HomeGrown Poultry to minimize waste by marketing poultry byproducts. Our seniors have also worked for the J. R. Simplot Company and local companies like the McGregor Company, Primeland, Pacific Northwest Farmers' Cooperative, and Bio Tracking.
You may also complete an internship for a legislative office, a research organization or a business.