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Agricultural Industries and Marketing B.S.

College of Food, Agri & Natural Resource Sciences
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 108
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
This major prepares students for careers in agricultural industries. Industries related to modern agriculture include manufacturers and distributors of farm production inputs (such as equipment, structures, health products, seeds, fertilizers, and crop protection products); assemblers, processors, manufacturers, and distributors of products originating from farms (products such as meat, milk, eggs, wool, grains, fruits, vegetables, nursery crops, flowers, and turf); and finance and insurance industries providing agricultural credit. Agribusinesses such as these, as well as state, federal, and marketing agencies, need individuals who have a broad education in the scientific (and technical) aspects of agriculture, effective work and communication skills, and quantitative and qualitative skills to solve business problems. The scientific knowledge and technical skills necessary to become an effective agribusiness professional are provided through requirements in the basic and agricultural sciences and are strengthened by selection of one of three areas of emphasis: crops and soils industries, food industries, or an individualized emphasis. With 21 free standing elective credits, all AIM majors are encouraged to pursue a CFANS or other minor. Only 6 credits in the AIM major may also be counted towards a minor. For students interested in preparing for the Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) exam or the certified professional agronomist (CPAg) programs, a minor in agronomy is highly recommended.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students must complete at least 14 credits in their sub-plan emphasis plus an internship or a student project. All major requirements must be taken A-F (unless only offered S-N), and students must earn a grade of at least C-.
Quantitative Foundations
MATH 1031 - College Algebra and Probability [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1131 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1142 - Short Calculus [MATH] (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3011 - Statistics for Animal Science (4.0 cr)
or STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or ESPM 3012 - Statistical Methods for Environmental Scientists and Managers [MATH] (4.0 cr)
Communication
COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking [CIV] (3.0 cr)
WRIT 3257 - Scientific and Technical Presentations (3.0 cr)
WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing [WI] (4.0 cr)
COMM 3411 - Introduction to Small Group Communication (3.0 cr)
WRIT 4258 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or COMM 3422 - Interviewing and Communication (3.0 cr)
or COMM 3441 - Introduction to Organizational Communication (3.0 cr)
Business Management
APEC 1101 - Principles of Microeconomics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
APEC 1102 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3.0 cr)
APEC 1251 - Principles of Accounting (3.0 cr)
MKTG 3001 - Principles of Marketing (3.0 cr)
APEC 3411 - Commodity Marketing (3.0 cr)
or APEC 4451W - Food Marketing Economics [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
APEC 3451 - Food and Agricultural Sales (3.0 cr)
or MKTG 4030 - Sales Management (4.0 cr)
APEC 3811 - Principles of Farm Management (3.0 cr)
or APEC 3821 - Retail Center Management (3.0 cr)
or PSTL 1513 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or MGMT 3001 - Fundamentals of Management (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)
Crops and Soils Industries
Students must complete at least 14 credits in their area of emphasis and an internship or a student project.
Science Foundations
CHEM 1015 - Introductory Chemistry: Lecture (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1017 - Introductory Chemistry: Laboratory (1.0 cr)
SOIL 2125 - Basic Soil Science [PHYS, ENV] (4.0 cr)
AGRO 1101 - Biology of Plant Food Systems [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1001 - Introductory Biology: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
BIOC 1001 - Elementary Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
or BIOC 2011 - Biochemistry for the Agricultural and Health Sciences (3.0 cr)
Agriculture
AGRO 1103 - Crops, Environment, and Society [ENV] (4.0 cr)
AGRO 1660W - First-Year Colloquium/Experience in Agroecosystems Analysis [WI] (2.0 cr)
AGRO 4660 - Senior Capstone (2.0 cr)
AGRO 4096 - Professional Experience Program: Internship (1.0-3.0 cr)
or AIM 4011 - Student Project/Field Investigation (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 4093 - Directed Studies for Advanced Students (1.0-4.0 cr)
Crops and Soils Industries
CFAN 3001 - Pests and Crop Protection (3.0 cr)
SOIL 3416 - Plant Nutrients in the Environment (3.0 cr)
AGRO 4005 - Applied Crop Physiology and Development (4.0 cr)
or take the following course pair
BIOL 3002 - Plant Biology: Function (2.0 cr)
BIOL 3005W - Plant Function Laboratory [WI] (2.0 cr)
AGRO 3203W - Environment, Global Food Production, and the Citizen [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 4103 - World Food Problems [GP] (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 4401 - Plant Genetics and Breeding (4.0 cr)
or AGRO 4505 - Biology, Ecology, and Management of Invasive Plants (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 4603 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 4605 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or ESPM 3221 - Soil Conservation and Land-Use Management (3.0 cr)
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: http://www.honors.umn.edu/academics/curriculum/dept_courses_current.html Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
As part of their honors program, CFANS students complete CFAN 3100H; they must submit their project for this faculty-mentored honors experience to the honors committee for approval prior to registration.
Individualized
At least 14 credits must be selected in consultation with an adviser and with approval of the AIM major committee. The courses comprising the individualized emphasis must have a definite theme. A collection of unrelated courses is unacceptable.
Science Foundations
CHEM 1015 - Introductory Chemistry: Lecture (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1017 - Introductory Chemistry: Laboratory (1.0 cr)
SOIL 2125 - Basic Soil Science [PHYS, ENV] (4.0 cr)
AGRO 1101 - Biology of Plant Food Systems [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1001 - Introductory Biology: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
BIOC 1001 - Elementary Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
or BIOC 2011 - Biochemistry for the Agricultural and Health Sciences (3.0 cr)
Individualized Emphasis Electives
14 credits from individual electives
Agriculture
AGRO 1103 - Crops, Environment, and Society [ENV] (4.0 cr)
AGRO 4660 - Senior Capstone (2.0 cr)
AGRO 4096 - Professional Experience Program: Internship (1.0-3.0 cr)
or AIM 4011 - Student Project/Field Investigation (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 4093 - Directed Studies for Advanced Students (1.0-4.0 cr)
Orientation
APEC 1001 - Orientation to Applied Economics (1.0 cr)
or AFEE 1002 - Principles of Career Planning for Agricultural Professionals (1.0 cr)
or AGRO 1660W - First-Year Colloquium/Experience in Agroecosystems Analysis [WI] (2.0 cr)
or FSCN 1001 - Orientation to Nutrition (1.0 cr)
Food Industries
Students must complete at least 14 credits in the area of emphasis and an internship or a student project.
Science Foundations
CHEM 1021 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1022 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
AGRO 1101 - Biology of Plant Food Systems [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1001 - Introductory Biology: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
Agriculture
FSCN 1102 - Food: Safety, Risks, and Technology [CIV] (3.0 cr)
FSCN 1112 - Principles of Nutrition (3.0 cr)
FSCN 2021 - Introductory Microbiology (4.0 cr)
or VBS 2032 - General Microbiology With Laboratory (5.0 cr)
AIM 4011 - Student Project/Field Investigation (3.0 cr)
or FSCN 4096 - Professional Experience Program: Internship (1.0-4.0 cr)
or AGRO 4093 - Directed Studies for Advanced Students (1.0-4.0 cr)
Orientation
FSCN 1001 - Orientation to Nutrition (1.0 cr)
or AFEE 1002 - Principles of Career Planning for Agricultural Professionals (1.0 cr)
Food Industries
FSCN 3102 - Introduction to Food Science (3.0 cr)
FSCN 3731 - Food Service Operations Management Laboratory (2.0 cr)
FSCN 3732 - Food Service Operations Management (3.0 cr)
FSCN 4131 - Food Quality (3.0 cr)
ANSC 1511 - Food Animal Products for Consumers (3.0 cr)
or FSCN 3612 - Life Cycle Nutrition (3.0 cr)
or FSCN 3615 - Sociocultural Aspects of Food, Nutrition, and Health [GP] (3.0 cr)
or FSCN 4614 - Community Nutrition [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or MKTG 3010 - Marketing Research (4.0 cr)
 
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