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The agricultural and food business economics major gives you what you need to succeed in the changing field of food and agricultural business — knowledge of economic systems and business practices, as well as a deep understanding of animal, plant, and food systems.
The program prepares not only aspiring growers of crops, but also students who are interested in related industries, such as global marketing, direct marketing, or food production.
- Strengths of the program
- WSU's faculty researchers rank in the top 5 nationally for agricultural research, and in the top 10 in nearly every plant science-related area.
- Choose from a rich selection of agriculture courses, science and general education classes, business and economics courses, and modern classrooms and laboratories.
- Learn and practice new agricultural technologies for the future.
- Interact personally with faculty--students are encouraged to participate in research programs with faculty scientists who are on the leading edge of their fields.
- Admission requirements
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements in additon to their major's requirements.
Admission to Major and Graduation Requirements
Admission to the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences is separate from admittance to WSU. Visit the catalog for a full list of requirements.
Transfer Your Credit
WSU accepts credit from Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and CLEP exams, associate’s degrees, Running Start and more. Review transfer credit policies and resources, like the Transfer Course Search Tool, at the Transfer Center to ensure a smooth transition to WSU.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For agriculture majors
The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) annually awards more than $500,000 to students. For more information, see the CAHNRS scholarship page.
Graduates in this major are highly qualified to fill positions in a variety of areas, including:
- Food Systems Analyst
- Food Industry Manager
- Agricultural Production Manager
- Agricultural Economist
- Commodity Broker
- Loan Officer
- Agricultural Marketing Executive
- Natural Resource Protection Officer
- Public Policy Manager or Analyst
- Production & Marketing Consultant
- Non-Profit Executive
All of these career options — and more — are available in a variety of venues, including private industry, commercial farms and ranches, government agencies, production agriculture, and universities.