Agricultural Business Degree, major or minor at Graceland University

Agricultural Business Degree

Graceland University is listed in The Princeton Review – Guide to 353 Green Colleges 2015.

Graceland University’s C.H. Sandage School of Business offers an agricultural business degree with a focus to produce global agricultural professionals. Graceland’s agricultural business program empowers and transforms students for successful careers and ethical leadership in agriculture.

Experiential learning opportunities include internships and an agricultural business practicum to gain vital professional experience. The bachelor of arts degree liberates each graduate for advanced degrees, professional careers and financial independence. Through the Agricultural Business Club, students gain leadership experience in managing: FFA events, fund-raising auctions, test plots, program marketing, finances, and non-profit organizations.

BA Degree - Agricultural Business Major

In addition to the essential education requirements, majors in Agricultural Business must complete a concentration of 42 semester hours in Accounting, Agriculture, Business, Economics, and Mathematics including:

  • ACCT3220 Agricultural Accounting and Taxation 3 s.h.
  • AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture 3 s.h.
  • AGRI2100 Agricultural Management and Markets 3 s.h.
  • AGRI3100 Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation 3 s.h.
  • AGRI4700 Agricultural Business Practicum 3 s.h.
  • ACCT2310 Financial Accounting 3 s.h.
  • BUAD3330 Principles of Marketing 3 s.h.
  • BUAD3340 Business Law 3 s.h.
  • ECON1300 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 s.h.
  • ECON1320 Principles of Microeconomics 3 s.h.

Electives in Accounting, Agriculture, Business, or Economics 6 s.h.

  • An Agricultural Business major must also complete:
  • BUAD1420 Math for Decision Making 3 s.h. or
         MATH1510 Calculus I 4 s.h.
  • MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.

 

Agricultural Business Minor

A minor in Agricultural Business consists of 18 semester hours as follows:

  • ACCT2310 Financial Accounting 3 s.h.
  • ACCT3220 Agricultural Accounting and Taxation 3 s.h.
  • AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture 3 s.h.
  • AGRI2100 Agricultural Management and Markets 3 s.h.
  • AGRI3100 Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation 3 s.h.
  • ECON1320 Principles of Microeconomics 3 s.h.

 

Agricultural Plant and Animal Sciences Minor

A minor in Agricultural Plant and Animal Sciences requires 21-23 semester hours to include:

  • AGRI1300 Crop Production and Soil Management 3 s.h.
  • BIOL1500 Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution* 3 s.h. or BIOL1520 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology* 4 s.h.
  • BIOL2430 Animal Biology 4 s.h.
  • BIOL2440 Plant Biology 4 s.h.
  • CHEM1300 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry 4 s.h.

Additional Biology electives from among the following courses 3-4 s.h.

  • BIOL1100 Introduction to Sustainability 3 s.h.
  • BIOL1260 Environmental Biology 3 s.h.
  • BIOL1500 Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution* 3 s.h.
  • BIOL1520 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology* 4 s.h.
  • BIOL3400 Ecology and Conservation Biology 3 s.h.

*Students may not count BIOL1500 or BIOL1520 as both a required and an elective course for the minor.

Courses for Agricultural Business

ACCT2310 Financial Accounting 3 s.h.
An introduction to the study of accounting dealing with the preparation and analysis of the balance sheet, income statement, and related accounting records. Prerequisites: One MATH course.

ACCT3220 Agricultural Accounting and Taxation 3 s.h.
Exposure to accounting methods and taxation policies specific to agricultural producers and businesses. Prerequisite: ACCT2310 Financial Accounting.

AGRI1100 21st Century Business 3 s.h.
Orientation to Agricultural Business including global issues, current industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding competitive markets and preparation for broad-based (liberal arts) education.

AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture 3 s.h.
Sustainable International Agriculture explores global issues, incremental and transformative steps toward sustainable agriculture, international development opportunities, current agricultural industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding the need for agricultural infrastructure and production, embracing sustainability, and appreciating broad-based, liberating (essential) education. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability

+AGRI1300 Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management 3 s.h.
An analytical course in agronomy applying multiple perspectives in studying crops, soils, and environmental sciences to understand the interconnectedness of agricultural systems in global communities. Includes questioning the sources of assumptions about and the strengths/weaknesses of past innovations of production and management. Recognizes the soil and crops as the sources of food, fiber, and fuel and emphasizes the need for diverse innovation in varied ecosystems to improve global conditions. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation

AGRI2100 Agricultural Management and Markets 3 s.h.
Overview of agricultural management and markets including exposure to management of commodity/livestock production, product differentiation/promotion, pricing issues, and distribution opportunities/challenges. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

AGRI3100 Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation 3 s.h.
Application of economics and financial resource allocation to agricultural businesses from producer to distributor to the end consumer. Content includes equity and credit practices for operations and for capital investments. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

AGRI3700 Internship in Agricultural Business 1 - 3 s.h.
Internship with professionals who are in agricultural business. The student takes an active role in identifying and arranging for a field sponsor. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 hours. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

AGRI3900 Topics in Agricultural Business 1 - 3 s.h.
Selected topics in agricultural business as determined by student interest and instructor expertise. Topics will be announced prior to each semester they are offered. Course may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

AGRI4700 Agricultural Business Practicum 3 s.h.
A capstone experience for students to apply their skills and education in agricultural business in a practicum setting (preferably in the type of business in which they gain future employment) and present their experience and education in a seminar with other students.

BIOL1500 Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution 3 s.h.
A study of the diversity of life, focusing on the evolutionary processes that shape life and the ecological interactions among organisms and their physical environments. Goal 1A

BIOL1100 Introduction to Sustainability (Also SUST1100) 3 s.h.
An introduction to the fundamentals of sustainability and its impact on biological systems. Explores how sustainability relates to population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history. Practical approaches to this course will be tied closely to small-scale agriculture and water use with hands-on fieldwork at the campus EcoPlot. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

BIOL1260 Environmental Biology (3-0) 3 s.h.
An exploration of the environment, including the normal structure and functioning of ecosystems and the human impact on these ecosystems. Current environmental issues, such as human population growth, air and water pollution, climate change, loss of biodiversity, and ecosystem degradation, will be considered. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Peace, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

BIOL1520 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology (3-2) 4 s.h.
A comparative study of form and function across organisms, focusing on the various structures and strategies used by plants and animals to fulfill basic life needs. Additional fee required. Goal 1A

+ BIOL2430 Animal Biology (3-2) 4 s.h.
A survey of the major groups in the animal kingdom, including sponges, cnidarians, molluscs, arthropods, echinoderms, vertebrates, etc. Within each group, taxonomy, internal and external form, reproduction, nutrition, and habitat will be considered. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: BIOL1400, BIOL1500, or BIOL1520. Goal 1A

+ BIOL2440 Plant Biology (3-2) 4 s.h.
A survey of the major groups in the plant kingdom, including nonvascular plants, ferns and fern allies, gymnosperms, and angiosperms. Within each group, taxonomy, internal and external form, and reproductive life cycles will be considered. In addition, plant growth and metabolism, algae, and fungi will be covered. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: BIOL1400, BIOL1500, or BIOL1520. Goal 1A

+ BIOL3400 Ecology and Conservation Biology (3-0) 3 s.h.
A study of how organisms interact with one another and with their physical environments at the physiological, population, community, and ecosystem levels. Case studies will use ecological concepts to develop conservation strategies for species, habitats, and ecosystems. Corequisite (for Biology majors): BIOL3401 Ecology and Conservation Biology Lab. Goal 6, EL06 Science - World Citizenship, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

BUAD1420 Math for Decision Making 3 s.h.
A beginning course in finite mathematics and calculus for students in business, economics, management, and the social and life sciences. Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra.

BUAD3330 Principles of Marketing 3 s.h.
A decision-oriented overview of marketing management in modern organizations. The most basic objectives of the course are to provide students with a broad introduction to marketing concepts, the role of marketing in society and in the firm, and the various factors that influence marketing decision-making. Students will be exposed to and expected to learn the "language of marketing" (that is, terms, concepts, and frameworks) used by practicing marketing managers. Prerequisite: ECON1320 and junior standing.

BUAD3340 Business Law 3 s.h.
Study of legal rules governing the usual business transactions and relations. Consideration of selected cases in areas such as contracts, agency, sales, negotiable instruments, private property, and bankruptcy. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above.

CHEM1300 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry with Lab 4 s.h.
Examination of the chemical processes underlying the natural cycles of Earth including the impact anthropogenic processes and emissions have on these cycles. The course will also examine the technological innovations that have affected emissions and those innovations that have been implement to remedy environmental problems. ELO6 Science - Innovation

ECON1300 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 s.h.
Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, national income, international trade and finance, fiscal policy, monetary policy, money, and banking. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - World Citizenship, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

ECON1320 Principles of Microeconomics 3 s.h.
Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, production, market structures, and a survey of contemporary economic problems, e.g. sustainability. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Sustainability

MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.
Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1510 Calculus I 4 s.h.
Limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications including exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and inverse functions. Mean value theorem, curve sketching, Riemann sums, and the fundamental theorem of calculus. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math