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Agricultural Business

 “Graceland’s agricultural business major and the ag business scholarships were essential for me to start my professional career with John Deere. Graceland helped me build a professional platform for my continued success, which includes my pursuit of an MBA.” 

Deon Williams ’18 

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Graceland’s AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS degree is designed to produce graduates who can quickly begin their careers as global agricultural professionals. Graceland offers unique opportunities for students to put their hearts for agriculture into professional careers that are successful and meaningful. A major goal of the agricultural business program is that 100% of students will be employed as global professionals with meaningful careers or pursuing an advanced degree in the first year after graduation. Graceland’s rural location in southern Iowa puts students in the heart of the agricultural community, providing access to local resources for learning experiences, in addition to other academic and
leadership opportunities.

Offerings
Major, Minor
Field of Study
Business
Format
Lamoni Campus
Curriculum
  • 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:

    An Agricultural Business major must also complete:

    Courses Offered
    • ACCT2310Financial Accounting
      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.

    • ACCT3220Agricultural Accounting and Taxation
      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.

    • AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture
      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

    • AGRI2100Agricultural Management and Markets
      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.

    • AGRI3100Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation
      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.

    • AGRI3700Internship in Agricultural Business
      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.

    • AGRI3900Topics in Agricultural Business
      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.

    • AGRI4700Agricultural Business Practicum
      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.

    • BUAD1420Math for Decision Making
      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.

    • BUAD3330Principles of Marketing
      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.

    • BUAD3340Business Law
      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.

    • ECON1300Principles of Macroeconomics
      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

    • ECON1320Principles of Microeconomics
      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

    • MATH1380Introduction to Statistics
      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

    • MATH1510Calculus I
      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

    ACCT2310Financial Accounting ACCT3220Agricultural Accounting and Taxation AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture AGRI2100Agricultural Management and Markets AGRI3100Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation AGRI3700Internship in Agricultural Business AGRI3900Topics in Agricultural Business AGRI4700Agricultural Business Practicum BUAD1420Math for Decision Making BUAD3330Principles of Marketing BUAD3340Business Law ECON1300Principles of Macroeconomics ECON1320Principles of Microeconomics MATH1380Introduction to Statistics MATH1510Calculus I
    Course Descriptions
    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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

  • Agricultural Business Minor

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

    Courses Offered
    • ACCT2310Financial Accounting
      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.

    • ACCT3220Agricultural Accounting and Taxation
      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.

    • AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture
      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

    • AGRI2100Agricultural Management and Markets
      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.

    • AGRI3100Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation
      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.

    • ECON1320Principles of Microeconomics
      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

    ACCT2310Financial Accounting ACCT3220Agricultural Accounting and Taxation AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture AGRI2100Agricultural Management and Markets AGRI3100Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation ECON1320Principles of Microeconomics
    Course Descriptions
    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.

    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

    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.

    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

  • Course list - Agricultural Business
    Courses Offered
    • AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture
      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

    • AGRI1300Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management
      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 +This course is only offered every other year.

    • AGRI2100Agricultural Management and Markets
      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.

    • AGRI3100Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation
      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.

    • AGRI3700Internship in Agricultural Business
      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.

    • AGRI3900Topics in Agricultural Business
      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.

    • AGRI4700Agricultural Business Practicum
      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.

    AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture AGRI1300Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management AGRI2100Agricultural Management and Markets AGRI3100Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation AGRI3700Internship in Agricultural Business AGRI3900Topics in Agricultural Business AGRI4700Agricultural Business Practicum
    Course Descriptions
    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 +This course is only offered every other year.

    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.

School of Business Faculty

Why Graceland

 • Students are in close proximity to university-owned test plots and area agricultural experts. 

• The Agricultural Business Club offers leadership development through annual events and officer responsibilities. 

• Graceland offers an agricultural plant and animal sciences minor to provide students even more skills toward their career. 

• Agricultural business students can participate in their preferred sports and performance areas while pursuing their education for lifelong success. 

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Tuition & Aid

An education from Graceland is one of the greatest investments you can make but we understand that cost is often a concern. See our direct undergraduate tuition costs, room and board and other student fees and use our tuition calculator to get an estimate of what your cost will be. Find out how what a sample Graceland financial aid award package looks like.

ExpenseAnnual CostSemester Cost
Tuition$31,250$15,625
Room (based on a two-person room)$3,770$1,885
Board$6,040$3,020
Activity Fee $370$185
University Technology Fee$300$150
TOTAL DIRECT COSTS$41,730$20,865
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