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Undergraduate Majors

If you’re here to build a meaningful career in an industry with great job prospects and a wide range of opportunities, the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics offers two majors to help you pursue your aspirations. Whether you choose Agribusiness Economics and Management (ABEM) or Environmental and Water Resource Economics (EWRE), you will roll up your sleeves and apply economic and data analysis to understand and find solutions to critical issues related to the management of resources including land, people, food, and water.

Launch Your Business Career with an Agricultural Economics Major

In 2019, USA Today ranked agricultural economics as the #2 career for employability, with an unemployment rate of less than 1 percent. That is the lowest unemployment rate among 162 majors! It’s also one of the highest paying career paths in the agricultural industry with a median salary of $105,020 per year. If you're interested in business majors, you can't beat agricultural economics for job prospects! 

Build Business Skills

Both of our undergraduate majors will help you develop a strong foundation of business and economics knowledge and skills that employers are looking for in their new hires. You will graduate with an understanding of business administration including marketing, finance and trade, and natural resource use and management with a focus on the agricultural and natural resource industries. But, that doesn’t mean you have to work in the agricultural industry when you graduate! Our graduates go on to all types of business careers including health care, finance, entertainment, sports, real estate, agriculture and more.

We’re here to help you make the most of your undergraduate degree program. Contact us to learn more about our majors, your classes, internship opportunities, clubs, and other opportunities that will prepare you to launch your career.

See and hear from graduate Danielle Jess about her experience as an agribusiness major. 

B.S. Agribusiness Economics & Management (ABEM)

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If you are passionate about developing new, long-lasting solutions to land, people, food, water, and capital resource challenges, and want to build businesses through the sustainable use of natural resources, this is the program for you. You'll learn how to apply business and economic practices, including data analysis, to solve problems and make decisions to further your career whether in the United States or abroad.  

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B.S. Environmental & Water Resource Economics (EWRE)

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Do you envision yourself transforming communities through better use of our environmental and water resources? If yes, this is the program for you. You'll work alongside faculty mentors to develop innovative, lasting solutions to critical issues at the intersection of science, politics, law and the management of our natural world. Your studies also will incorporate information technology, project management, marketing, data analysis and communication. 

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Alternative Programs

Interested in a minor in agribusiness economics and management or environmental and water resources economics? Adding one of our minors to a major outside of our department can broaden your knowledge and increase the value of your education. We also offer an accelerated master's program that allows you to complete your bachelor's and master's degrees in five years.

Undergraduate Minors

We offer undergraduate minors in agribusiness economics and management, and environmental and water resource economics. 

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Accelerated Master's Program

Our accelerated master's program is open to all active, current university undergraduate students majoring in either agribusiness economics or environmental and water resource economics. Starting the accelerated master's program at the end of your junior year with a 3.3 cumulative GPA allows you to complete two degrees in five years and save on graduate tuition and fees.  

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Are You a Current Student? Connect with an Advisor.

Danielle Buhrow, undergraduate senior academic advisor and graduate program coordinator for the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, is here to help! Schedule an appointment in Trellis Advise or send an email with your questions.