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Department of Agricultural Business
Major (60-61 units)
Agricultural Foundation (9 units)
(Select three lower-division courses from the below areas. No more than 3 units are allowed in the Ag Business area. No more than 6 units may be taken in any one of the remaining areas. Courses listed are approved introductory level courses. General Education courses cannot be double-counted for credit herein.)
--- Ag Business: AGBS 5
--- Animal Sci: ASCI 1, 21, 31, 35, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91
--- Food Sci/Nutr: FSC 1, 41; NUTR 54; CULG 50, 55
--- Mech Ag: MEAG 3, MEAG 20
--- Plant Sci: CRSC 1; HORT 1; OH 1
--- Soil/Water: SW 2
--- Vit/Enol: VIT 1; ENOL 15, 45
Business Management Base (18-19 units)
--- AGBS 2 or ECON 50
--- AGBS 28 or BA 18
--- AGBS 31 or ACCT 4A
--- AGBS 32 or ACCT 4B
--- AGBS 71 or DS 73 or MATH 11
--- AGBS 76 or IS 52, 52L
Agricultural Business Core (24 units)
--- AGBS 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170S
Career Specialty (9 units)
A required concentration of upper-division units in agricultural economics is selected to match the student's career goal in consultation with the student's assigned faculty adviser. (See major program of study advising check sheet for elective course listings in various subfields.
Additional requirement (0-1 unit)
Agricultural Business majors must take the following courses, which also satisfy General Education requirements:
Area B4: DS 71 or MATH 75
Area D3: AGBS 1
General Education requirements (51 units)
Electives and remaining degree requirements (6-9 units)
Upper-division writing skills by exam or writing course.
Courses supplementary to the major are strongly recommended.
Total units (120)
Grade requirements. Students majoring in agricultural business
must earn a grade of C or better in each of the lower-division AGBS courses
used to satisfy the Business Management Base and the Additional Requirements
in the major.
- New students should request the Advising Information brochure that includes a program-of-study check sheet and explanatory notes about requirements for the major.
- All students are assigned a faculty adviser. Consult the department bulletin board for the current listing. Make an appointment each semester to review your academic record and to schedule remaining courses in order to graduate in a timely manner.
- Prospective transfer students should consult with a community college academic adviser about their program of study to determine which California State University, Fresno AGBS courses are articulated as equivalent for lower-division credit. Transfer students may also consult ASSIST, the statewide articulations database, www.assist.org.
- Credits earned for articulated community college courses do not count toward upper-division units in the major.
- Students intending to pursue graduate study in agricultural economics or agribusiness should include approved courses in intermediate macroeconomic theory, differential and integral calculus, inferential statistics, and linear regression in their bachelor's degree program.
- A double major of agricultural business with animal sciences, food and nutritional sciences, or plant science must have 36 mutually exclusive units (including a minimum of 18 upper division). A double major requires the approval of the department chairs administering these programs of study. General Education and elective units may be applied (i.e., double counted) toward a second major or a minor. (See Double Major or Minor in this catalog and consult with the appropriate department adviser.)
- Unit limits for courses included in the major exist for AGBS 80/180 (4 units combined maximum allowed) and AGBS 194 (3 units maximum allowed).
- General Education courses cannot be double-counted for credit in the 60-unit major. G.E. courses may be used to satisfy additional requirements to the major.
This minor field of study is principally designed for agricultural science and business majors. Those students majoring in animal, plant, and food sciences as well as agricultural education may seek to complement their technical knowledge with competencies in agricultural business for professional advancement. Students majoring in one of the business degree options may anticipate staying in the San Joaquin Valley where they will most likely become involved with and require an understanding of the agricultural sector as employees, clients, or customers of agribusiness firms. The minor also provides a foundation for graduate study in agricultural business or agricultural economics.
You should consult with your faculty adviser in the Agricultural Economics
Department to plan your program. The adviser and the department chair must
approve the minor program of study before it can be filed with the Office
of Evaluations, and recorded on your transcript.
The minor consists of 24 units, of which equivalent courses are acceptable for a maximum of 12 units.
Intro Microeconomics: AGBS 1 (3 units)
Financial Accounting: AGBS 31 (3 units)
Intermediate Microeconomics: AGBS 100 (3 units)
Financial Principles: AGBS 130 (3 units)
Organizational Behavior: AGBS 120 (3 units)
Production Operations: AGBS 110 or AGBS 124 (3 units)
Agricultural Marketing: AGBS 160 (3 units)
Government Policy: AGBS 150 (3 units)
Total (24 units)
Note: The Agricultural Business Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.
- University policy states that courses fulfilling requirements for a minor may be counted toward General Education.
- Students pursuing a minor are expected to have basic computer competencies (AGBS 76 recommended) and fundamental quantitative reasoning skills (AGBS 78 or DS 71 or MATH 75 recommended) before enrolling in the required upper-division courses.
- The department waives AGBS 1, 31, 120, and 130 for students who have already received credit for ECON 40, ACCT 4A, MGT 104 or 110, and FIN 120 respectively. Such course waivers correspondingly reduce the unit requirement for the minor from the maximum of 24 to a possible 12 - the minimum allowable under the Title 5 code. This adjustment accommodates the university policy that "courses in a major cannot be applied toward a minor unless designated as 'additional requirements' to the major."
- Concerning the course selections to satisfy the production operations core requirement, consult with the minor adviser about which choices match your career plans.
- All courses in the minor must be taken for a letter grade; CR/NC grading is not acceptable.
- Agricultural business majors must complete the lower-division business management base courses (AGBS 2, 28, 31, 32, 71, 76) and the lower-division additional requirements to the major in General Education Foundation Area B4 (DS 71 or MATH 75) and Breadth Area D3 (AGBS 1) before enrolling in upper-division AGBS courses.
- Non agricultural business majors who select the Production Management
Option (Animal Sciences Major), the Production Management Emphasis (Plant
Science Major), or the Teacher Preparation Option (Agricultural Education
Major) must complete AGBS 1, 31, and 76 before enrolling in any upper-division
AGBS courses. Note: DS 71 or its equivalent is a prerequisite for
some core upper-division AGBS courses. Permission of instructor may be
necessary to register for some upper-division AGBS courses because of the
general prerequisite structure indicated in note 1 above for students majoring
in agricultural business and the specific prerequisites listed in individual