Bachelor of Science, Major in Agricultural Business

Agribusiness is a program for students interested in management in agriculture. The agribusiness curriculum prepares students for employment in finance, ranch management, business management, state and federal agencies, risk management, sales and marketing, and many other fields related to business and economics. The program includes courses in farm and ranch management, marketing, natural resources, government policy, budgeting, finance, business organization and management, and other related courses.

Bachelor of Science, Major in Agricultural Business
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences) 23
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Degree Specific Requirements
ACOM 3360Communication Skills for Agriculturists3
or ENGL 3330 Intro to Technical Writing
ECON 2301Principles Of Macroeconomics 23
MATH 1324Mth for Mngl Decision Making 13
MATH 1342Elementary Statistics3
or STAT 3379 Statistical Methds in Practice
Major: Foundation
AGRI 1131Intro to Pro Leadership Skills1
or UNIV 1301 Intro To Collegiate Studies
AGRI 1309Computers in Agriculture3
or BUAD 1305 Electronic Communications Tech
or CSTE 1330 Introduction to Computers
ANSC 1319
ANSC 1119
Animal Science
and Animal Science Laboratory
4
AGBU 2317Principles of Agri Economics3
AGBU 2385Analysis of the Agr Sector3
AGBU 2389Agribusiness Financl Analysis3
or ACCT 2302 Principles of Managerial Acc
AGBU 3361Agribusiness Org & Mgt3
AGBU 3367Agricultural Finance3
AGBU 3385Quant Mthds for Agribusiness3
AGBU 4340Agribusiness Marketing3
AGBU 4363Agricultural Sales & Consulting3
AGBU 4374Agr Mkt Analysis & Prices3
AGBU 4375Advanced Agribusiness Mgt3
AGBU 4386Agriculture & Food Policy3
PLSC 1307
PLSC 1107
Plant Science
and Plant Science Laboratory
4
Major: Prescribed Electives
Select two courses from the following:6
Agribusiness Ventures
Natural Resource Economics
Legal Issues in Agribusiness
Special Topic
Economics of Land Use & Planng
Farm & Ranch Management
International Agriculture
Major: Prescribed Advanced Electives
Advanced Electives from: ACOM, AGBU, AGED, AGET, AGRI, ANSC, EQSC, PLSC or WMGT3
Minor: Required 3
Minor9
Minor (Advanced)9
Total Hours120
1

MATH 1324 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area II (Mathematics) and the degree specific requirements.

2

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences).

3

The following minors cannot be paired with this degree program: Minor in Conservation Biology and Minor in Early Childhood Education.

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IX1AGRI 1309, BUAD 1305, or CSTE 13303
AGRI 1131 or UNIV 13011ENGL 130213
ANSC 1319
ANSC 1119
4ECON 230143
ENGL 130113MATH 1342 or STAT 33793
HIST 130123PLSC 1307
PLSC 1107
4
MATH 132433 
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area III4Component Area III4
AGBU 23173Component Area V3
AGBU 23853AGBU 2389 or ACCT 23023
HIST 130223POLS 230653
POLS 230553Minor63
 16 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IV3Component Area IX3
AGBU 33613ACOM 3360 or ENGL 33303
AGBU 33673AGBU 43403
AGBU 33853Major: Prescribed Electives73
Minor63Minor63
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGBU 43743AGBU 43753
AGBU 43633AGBU 43863
Advanced Electives from: ACOM, AGBU, AGED, AGET, AGRI, ANSC, EQSC, PLSC or WMGT3Major: Prescribed Electives73
Minor Advanced 66Minor Advanced 63
 15 12
Total Hours: 120
1

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area I (Communications).

2

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VI (U.S. History).

3

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area II (Mathematics).

4

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences).

5

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VII (Political Science/Government).

6

The following minors cannot be paired with this degree program: Minor in Conservation Biology and Minor in Early Childhood Education.

7

See, Prescribed Electives course list below. 

Major: Prescribed Electives 7
AGBU 4319Agribusiness Ventures3
AGBU 4362Natural Resource Economics3
AGRI 4364International Agriculture3
AGBU 4365Legal Issues in Agribusiness3
AGBU 4369Special Topic3
AGBU 4377Economics of Land Use & Planng3
AGBU 4378Farm & Ranch Management3

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Agricultural Business is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Communicate professionally both orally and in writing.

  • Build teamwork and collaboration skills.

  • Use analytical skills to make data-driven decisions.

  • Perform feasibility and risk analyses and apply critical thinking to evaluate business opportunities.

  • Execute market research and identify target markets.

  • Analyze financial statements to evaluate the financial status of agribusinesses.

  • Assess the impact of government policies on agribusinesses.