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Agriculture and Applied Economics

University of Wyoming
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Program description

Agriculture and Applied Economics

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics offers four options within the agricultural business bachelor of science degree program. They are agribusiness management, farm and ranch management, international agriculture, and livestock business management. All four options focus on the development of critical thinking, research, and communication skills for students interested in

  1. Agricultural operations
  2. Small rural businesses
  3. Community economics
  4. Financial institutions
  5. Agricultural and natural resources development
  6. Other pursuits where applied economic tools will be useful

The agricultural business curriculum is designed to enable our students to:

  1. Communicate effectively economic, agricultural, business decision-making and natural resource concepts
  2. Fit into a business, agency, or academic environment and use economic concepts to quantify and analyze relevant issues
  3. Be familiar with issues related to agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities

A brief description of minimum course requirements for each of the four options in agricultural business is given below. In addition, professional advisers will work with students to tailor a curriculum to individual interests and goals.

Agribusiness Management Option

This curriculum is for students preparing for careers in the agribusiness field. Applied agricultural economics courses are supplemented with marketing, management, finance and other courses from the College of Business and production-oriented courses from other departments in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Farm and Ranch Management Option

This curriculum is for students intending to become operators or professional managers of farms, ranches or feedlots. It is also well suited for students interested in the field of agricultural finance, or a minor in biological fields such as agroecology or range management.

In this option, courses in farm and ranch management, finance, and marketing are supplemented by courses in crops, range management, veterinary sciences and animal science, with electives in other areas.

International Agriculture Option

This curriculum is for students who desire training related to international agricultural business, or with agricultural and economic problems of developing nations. International trade and relations, world food production, agricultural and economic geography, foreign language, economic development and comparative systems are emphasized in this program.

Livestock Business Management Option

This curriculum is for students intending to work in any sector of the livestock and meat industry, ranging from input suppliers, to ranches, feedlots, meat packing companies, marketing and sales agents, futures/commodities exchange groups, policy makers, and international trade organizations. In this option, courses in farm and ranch management, agricultural finance, marketing, and trade are supplemented with courses in animal science, biology, range management, food science, data analysis, and other disciplines. Students may pursue a minor in Animal Science as part of this option, but can choose the non-minor version instead. Students will gain a broad understanding of both the business and science of the livestock industry.

Admission requirements

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Undergraduate major in agricultural economics or economics is not required.

Students may be required to complete program prerequisite courses, without graduate credit, that were not completed in their undergraduate education.

Specifically, students who have not completed at least one course in calculus, statistics, and intermediate microeconomic theory may be required to complete these courses without graduate credit during their first semester in residence.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Farm and Ranch Business Management
  • Applied Economic Decisions
  • Agricultural Law
  • Applied Equity Investing
  • Natural Resource Planning and Economics
  • World Food, Ag, & Development
  • Agribusiness Marketing
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Gender and Race in the Economy
  • Intermediate Econometric Theory
  • International Food and Farm Cultures
  • Negotiation
  • Agriculture and Economic Development
  • Agricultural Finance
  • Negotiation Analysis
  • Community Economic Analysis
  • Advanced Farm/Ranch Management
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Economics of Range Resources
  • Natural Resource Law and Policy
  • Water Resource Economics
  • Agricultural Commodities and Futures Markets
  • Agricultural Market Analysis
  • International Agricultural Trade, Markets and Policy
  • Problems in Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Economics Internship
  • Agribusiness Entrepreneurship
  • Technical Communication for Agribusiness
  • Gender and Race in the Economy
  • Intermediate Econometric Theory
  • Theory of Producer Behavior
  • Quantitative Methods in Agricultural Economics
  • Negotiation
  • Negotiation Analysis
  • Community Economic Analysis
  • Advanced Natural Resource Economics
  • Communicating Research
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Advanced Agricultural Market Theory
  • Consumer Behavior and Prices Analysis
  • Advanced Seminar
  • Advanced Problems in Agricultural Economics
  • Practicum in College Teaching
  • Continuing Registration: On Campus
  • Continuing Registration: Off Campus
  • Thesis Research
  • Internship

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The University of Wyoming is located in the safe and inviting college town of Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie is a community located about two hours north of the large, metropolitan city of Denver, Colorado. Laramie is nestled in a valley at...

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82071 Laramie

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