College of Food, Agricultural, & Environmental Sciences
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Agribusiness & Applied Economics
Agribusiness includes firms that produce, process, distribute,
and sell food, fiber, and other bio-based products derived
from agricultural products. The major in agribusiness and applied
economics integrates business and economic principles to
prepare graduates to manage, market, and finance agribusiness
firms in domestic and international markets and to manage the
appropriate use of natural resources.
Students majoring in agribusiness and applied economics will be
able to do the following:
•	Understand	and	apply	business	and	economic	principles	to
issues confronting domestic and international agribusiness
•	Make	well-reasoned	business	and	economic	decisions,
which reflect private business, public welfare, and
•	Communicate	effectively,	both	orally	and	in	writing
•	Provide	leadership	in	solving	economic	and	agribusiness
Pursuing Agribusiness & Applied Economics at Ohio State
All freshman applicants are considered within a competitive
admission	process.	The	primary	criteria	for	admission	are	the
completion	of	the	preparatory	program,	performance	in	that
program	and	performance	on	the	ACT	or	SAT.
Students	may	declare	a	major	in	agribusiness	and	applied
economics	any	time	after	admission	to	Ohio	State.	No	conditions
exist for admission to the major except eligible academic
standing	at	Ohio	State.	An	overall	average	grade	of	C	or	better	is
required for graduation.
Experienced	faculty	members	teach	the	courses	in	the	major.	In
recent	years,	faculty	members	have	won	35	teaching	awards
and written 60 books and multiple scientific research articles.
The	faculty	is	also	diverse	with	two-thirds	having	international
agricultural experience. Each student enrolled in the major is
assigned	a	faculty	advisor.
Agribusiness & Applied Economics Requirements
As	a	student	in	agribusiness	and	applied	economics,	you	will	take