Degree Requirements

Major: Agribusiness

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable.  Students should carefully review major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Major Requirements

Core Courses for Agribusiness:
AGEC 242Introduction to Agricultural Management3
AGEC 244Agricultural Marketing3
AGEC 246Introduction to Agricultural Finance3
AGEC 339Quantitative Methods & Decision Making3
AGEC 344Agricultural Price Analysis3
AGEC 346Applied Risk Analysis3
AGEC 397Fe/Coop Ed/Internship1-3
AGEC 445Agribusiness Industrial Strategy (capstone)3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (May satisfy general education category B)3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics (May satisfy general education category B)3
ECON 341Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON 343Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ACCT 200Elements of Accounting I3
ACCT 201Elements of Accounting II3
Agriculture Science & Technology:9
Complete nine (9) credits from two (2) areas in the College of AFSNR other than Agribusiness & Applied Economics. (Includes: ASM, ANSC, ABEN, CFS, ENT, MICR, NRM, PPTH, PLSC, RNG, SOIL & VETS.) EXCEPTION - All 9 credits may be in the same area if a student completes a minor from within the College of AFSNR.
Areas of Specialization: Select one of the Areas of Specialization listed below.6
Additional Requirements for Agribusiness
AGRI 150Agriculture Orientation1
ECON 189Skills for Academic Success1
TL 116Business Software Applications3
Communication Requirement: Select one of the following:3
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication (Gen Ed B/D)
Business and Professional Speaking
Small Group Communication
Organizational Communication I
Math Requirement:
MATH 144Mathematics for Business (or any higher math)4
STAT 330Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R)3
STAT 331Regression Analysis2 or 3
or ECON 410 Econometrics
Minor Requirement16-24
In addition to the requirements for the major in Agribusiness, students must complete a minor in Accounting (19 cr), Business Administration (24 cr), Entrepreneurship (16 cr), Logistics Management (19 cr), or Banking (18 cr).
Total Credits88-99
Areas of Specialization: Select one
Finance - 6 Credits
AGEC 446Agribusiness Finance3
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Real Estate
Advanced Agricultural Lending
Money and Banking
Economics of Entrepreneurship
Public Economics
Total Credits6
Management - 6 Credits
MGMT 320Foundations of Management3
Select one of the following:3
Applied Agricultural Law
Introduction to Transportation & Logistics
Advanced Logistical Analysis
Economics of Entrepreneurship
International Trade
Total Credits6
Marketing - 6 Credits
AGEC 444Advanced Commodity Trading3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Commodity Trading
National AgriMarketing Association (NAMA) I
and National AgriMarketing Association (NAMA) II
Economics of Entrepreneurship
International Trade
Total Credits6

 AGRI189 is only required for first-time, first-year students--A first-time, first-year student is defined as a student who has not yet completed a college course as a college student.  Students that are not first-time, first-year students that either transfer into the university or change their major are not required to take AGRI 189.

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • Students must earn, at least, a 2.00 cumulative GPA that is based on the courses that satisfy major requirements.

Minor Requirements

Minor: Agribusiness

Required Credits: 18

Minor Requirements

Required Courses
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Agricultural Management
Agricultural Marketing
Introduction to Agricultural Finance
Elective Courses: A minimum of 9 credits from the following:9
Intermediate Microeconomics
Any AGEC prefix courses numbered 242 or higher (excluding AGEC 397 and AGEC 496)
Total Credits18
  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.
  • Students must earn a minimum 2.00 GPA for the minor requirements.
  • Minor requirements are to be met with didactic courses only.
  • This minor is not available to Agricultural Economics majors.