Agricultural Economics

Major Requirements

Major: Agricultural Economics

Degree Type: 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 Agricultural Economics
AGEC 242Introduction to Agricultural Management3
AGEC 244Agricultural Marketing3
AGEC 246Introduction to Agricultural Finance3
AGEC 339Quantitative Methods & Decision Making3
AGEC 375Applied Agricultural Law3
or AGEC 484 Agricultural Policy
Select one from the following:3
Farm and Agribusiness Management II
Agricultural Price Analysis
Applied Risk Analysis
Capstone: Select one from the following: 13
Integrated Farm and Ranch Management
Advanced Commodity Trading
Agribusiness Industrial Strategy
Agribusiness Finance
AGRI 150Agriculture Orientation (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take 150.) 21
ECON 189Skills for Academic Success1
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 211Introduction to Computational Economics3
ECON 341Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON 343Intermediate Macroeconomics3
MATH 144Mathematics for Business (or any higher math)4
STAT 330Introductory Statistics3
STAT 331Regression Analysis2-3
or ECON 410 Econometrics
TL 116Business Software Applications3
Select one of the following:3-6
Fundamentals of Accounting
Elements of Accounting I
and Elements of Accounting II
Select one communication course from the following:3
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication (May satisfy general education category B/D)
Business and Professional Speaking
Small Group Communication
Organizational Communication I
Agribusiness & Applied Economics Electives: 9
Select a minimum of 9 credits of 300-400 AGEC or ECON electives
Agriculture Science & Technology: 39
Complete 9 credits from 2 other areas in the College of AFSNR other than Agribusiness & Applied Economics. (This includes courses with the following prefixes: ASM, ANSC, ABEN, CFS, ENT, MICR, NRM, PPTH, PLSC, RNG, SOIL & VETS.)
Total Credits74-78

Students are advised to consider which capstone course they will take by the end of their second year. This planning allows time to complete the required prerequisites for the capstone prior to the senior year.


 AGRI150 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 150.


Exception to the 9 credits of Agriculture Science & Technology - Students do not need to complete these 9 credits if the student completes a minor from the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources.

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • Students must earn, at least, a 2.00 cumulative GPA that is based on the courses that satisfy major requirements.
  • Students majoring in Agricultural Economics may not pursue minors in either agribusiness or economics.