The agribusiness industry accounts for nearly one-fifth of the U.S. gross national product and employs close to one-fourth of the U.S. labor force. There is a continuing strong demand by agribusiness firms, ranging from large multinational corporations to emerging food manufacturing and input supply firms, for highly qualified and better trained employees in both management and the agricultural sciences. Students who have mastered economic and business concepts along with agricultural sciences do extremely well in finding rewarding careers following graduation.
The agribusiness program at North Dakota State University recognizes the importance of agribusiness to the nation’s economy and the long tradition of the department in training the industry’s leaders. The agribusiness major has several main components.
- Students are exposed to a range of concepts and methods useful in agribusiness decision-making in each of three areas of specialization: finance, management and marketing. Equally important, agribusiness graduates will master problem solving and effective communication skills to face challenges encountered in their professional careers.
- Agribusiness students are required to participate in an internship during their studies. Employers continue to place high importance on work-related experience when they evaluate potential employees. Employers know that all NDSU agribusiness graduates have gained valuable work experience through the required internship.
- Collaboration with the College of Business leads to concurrent satisfaction of a minor in one of the business fields. Minors in either accounting or business administration are encouraged.
The Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics also offers an agricultural economics major. Students should refer to the Agricultural Economics fact sheet. Students in other majors may earn a minor in agribusiness.
Agribusiness graduates find career openings in many areas of specialization, including positions as international and domestic grain traders; elevator managers; sales representatives with chemical, seed, feed and fertilizer companies; analysts for railroads, transport and renewable energy companies; logistics managers; finance and credit officers; food company managers; experts with the foreign agriculture service; and analyst positions in market development organizations. In addition to a rewarding set of career opportunities following graduation, many students choose to continue with graduate studies to further develop their analytical and management skills. Although many graduates find successful careers in North Dakota and Minnesota, others pursue careers throughout the nation and the world.
The department enjoys a growing international reputation for its excellent staff in agribusiness research and teaching. Faculty specialties include sales, finance, food marketing, food safety, industrial strategy, and commodity trading.
Agribusiness faculty expertise is complemented by other departmental faculty specializing in farm management, natural resource and environmental economics, and economic development. The quality of the faculty has been recognized by numerous awards for teaching and research excellence at both the state and national levels.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Several $500 scholarships are available to outstanding freshmen entering the program each fall semester. Scholarships also are available to transfer students and students already in the agribusiness program at NDSU.
The department annually awards $50,000 in scholarships (ranging from $500 to $2,500) to agribusiness and agricultural economics majors.
The College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources awards scholarships each year. Contact the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics for information about any of these scholarship opportunities.
Student loan, grant and work-study information is available from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships or One Stop.
General Education Requirements
|First Year Experience|
|1||AGRI 189 - Skills for Academic Success|
|3||COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public|
|3, 3||ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II|
|3||English Upper Level Writing Course|
|3||STAT 330 - Introductory Statistics|
|6||Science & Technology|
|4||CSCI 116 - Business Use of Computers|
|6||Humanities & Fine Arts|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences|
|ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics|
|3||ECON 202 - Principles of Macroeconomics|
|3||ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics|
|3||ACCT 200 - Elements of Accounting I|
|3||ACCT 201 - Elements of Accounting II|
|3||AGEC 242 - Introduction to Agricultural Management|
|3||AGEC 244 - Agricultural Marketing|
|3||AGEC 246 - Introduction to Agricultural Finance|
|3||AGEC 339 - Quantitative Methods and Decision|
|3||AGEC 344 - Agriculture Price Analysis|
|3||AGEC 346 - Applied Risk Analysis|
|1-3||AGEC 397 - Internship|
|3||AGEC 445 - Agribusiness Industrial|
|3||ECON 341 - Intermediate Microeconomics|
|3||ECON 343 - Intermediate Macroeconomics|
|1||AGRI 150 - Agriculture Orientation|
|4||MATH 144 - Mathematics for Business|
|2 or 3||STAT 331 - Regression Analysis or|
|ECON 410 - Econometrics|
|19-24||Minor and Electives|
This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.
Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics
North Dakota State University
Barry Hall 500
Dept #7610, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802