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Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
University of Idaho
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Moscow, ID 83844-2334

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Undergraduate Programs

B.S. in Agribusiness
Agribusiness is a broad topic that covers industries like agricultural input supply, production agriculture, grain handling, as well as food and fiber manufacturing and marketing. In short, it deals with the business of agriculture from fertilizers and other agricultural inputs to the consumer's plate and closet. A major distinction between agribusiness and agricultural economics is the agribusiness major emphasizes topics like business law, marketing, and organizational behavior. Majors in agribusiness find jobs in a variety of professions, including banking, sales, marketing, management, and consulting.
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B.S. in Agricultural Economics
The agricultural economics major prepares students for agribusiness or rural and economic development which often times require more analytical skills. These opportunities include some graduate work in agricultural economics. This major places a strong emphasis on mathematics and economic theory to prepare students for careers as professional economists for commercial agribusiness firms, government agencies, or educational institutions.
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Minor in Natural Resource Economics
A Natural Resource Economics Minor teaches students to weigh options and make important decisions concerning the management, protection, restoration, and development of our natural resources. Students in this minor have the opportunity to understand the interactions between human society and our natural environment. This minor fits well with majors in all natural resource fields, including range management and environmental science.
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Minor in Agribusiness
An Agribusiness minor can open doors to careers that may be closed to applicants without some business background. Examples include ranch manager, agricultural equipment sales and agricultural lending. The minor fits well with majors in Animal Science, Ag Systems Management, Ag Education and other College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) majors. Some of the 19 credits required for the minor are also required in various CALS majors.
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  • CALS Financial Aid