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Agricultural Business – Bachelor of Science (BS)

For all the growing, tending, labor, sweat and tears that go into food production in the United States, agriculture and its related industries are business—big business—amounting to about 5.5 percent of America’s gross domestic product.

Do you want to run your own farm? Manage a large ranch? Work in agricultural finance? Maybe trade agricultural commodities on the global market? The University of Wyoming’s bachelor’s degree program in agricultural business can help you become part of this critical economic sector.

What is Agricultural Business?

Agricultural business is a flexible, interdisciplinary major that combines the study of business and agriculture. As an agricultural business major, you will have the chance to study government, biology, international studies as well as general business subjects viewed through the lens of the agricultural industry. This wide-ranging program with its opportunities for internships and study abroad gives you an outstanding foundation from which to apply to graduate school, launch a business or begin a career as an innovator working in the agricultural economy.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Concentrations:

  • Agricultural Business Management
  • Farm and Ranch Management
  • Livestock Business Management
  • International Agriculture

Resident Tuition: $134/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $537/credit hour

Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

94% of agricultural business majors get full-time jobs in their area of study

Agricultural Business Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

The agricultural business major gives you an education you can take in almost any direction, from Big Ag and banking to boutique grain production and marketing.

Conduct undergraduate research, study abroad, complete an internship and take advantage of the small classes we offer in which you can get to know your professors. Whether you want to start your own business or promote agricultural goods worldwide, you can take this business-oriented major into an ag-related career, graduate school, law school or a non-agricultural profession.

Check out these opportunities for agricultural business students:

Four Concentrations. Customize your agricultural business program with one of these concentrations:

  • Agricultural Business Management
  • Farm and Ranch Management
  • Livestock Business Management
  • International Agriculture
Internships. Pack your résumé with skills and experience, honing your chops at UW’s student farm or Cowboy Branded Meats. Or learn the ropes at Farm Credit Services of America, the Wyoming State Senate, the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation or the Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association.

Study Abroad. Explore the world and get a taste of other cultures through one of three targeted agricultural business travel classes: (Tip—UW offers a lot of scholarships to help cover study abroad costs.)

  • Australia’s Export-led Ag Sector—Journey down under where you will visit more than a dozen agricultural operations, spend a week at the University of New England and wrap up in beautiful Sydney.
  • France’s Food and Farm Culture—Head to the Continent where you will live with a host family, learn about sustainable food production in Europe and take field trips to Paris, Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley.

Student clubs, organizations and teams. Build your network and leadership skills by getting involved in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ more than 30 student groups including American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers, Wyoming Collegiate Cattle Association, ACRES Student Farm, the Livestock Judging Team, FFA, Gamma Sigma Delta honorary and many others.

Undergraduate research. Work with professors conducting research in areas such as farm and ranch management, agricultural research and development, food policy and marketing, resource and environmental economics and energy economics.

What Can You Do With an Agricultural Business Bachelor’s Degree?

The University of Wyoming agricultural business degree program has been designed to prepare you for graduate school, law school and a host of professions including:

  • Farm or ranch manager
  • Farmer or rancher
  • Commodities trader
  • Entrepreneur
  • Agricultural marketer
  • Agricultural lender
  • Financial analyst
  • Food processing plant manager
  • International trade manager

Here are just a few of the places where University of Wyoming agricultural business graduates have blazed trails:

  • National Western Stock Show
  • USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
  • S. Embassy Guatemala
  • Great Falls Development Authority
  • State of Wyoming Economic Analysis Division
  • Colorado State University
  • Arabian Horse Association
  • Farmers and Merchants Bank NE
  • Flood Marketing
  • Fuji Seal
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days

Amazing Stories from Agriculture Business Majors

“I spent the summer interning as the farm director at ACRES (the UW student farm). There has been no substitute for the hands-on experience in farm management that I was able to gain that summer as I learned about marketing crops through farmers markets and community-supported agriculture shares, personnel hiring and management, pest control and countless other areas. I loved working at ACRES.”

-Perry Baptista, B.S. in Agricultural Business and Economics ’14, is the head of farm operations strategy at Plenty Inc.

Example of Agricultural Business Courses

These are just a sampling of classes you might take as an agricultural business student at the University of Wyoming:

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Farm and Ranch Business Management
  • World Food, Ag and Development
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Agribusiness Marketing
  • Agricultural Finance
Check out the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business degree program curricula.

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