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Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business prepares students for entry-level employment in the business management of the food and fiber sectors. Agricultural business includes the range of activities, from farming to retail sales of food (also known as 'farm to fork'), that is integral to modern food production. The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business prepares students for entry-level employment in the business management of the food and fiber sectors.

The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business is a '2+2' program that combines core upper division undergraduate courses in agricultural business at CSUB, with lower division agricultural science and agricultural business foundation courses completed at a community college. This degree enables students to enhance their foundation agricultural courses, completed at a community college, with upper division knowledge and skills so as to better prepare them for entry-level management positions in the agriculture and food sector.

The upper division requirements provide knowledge and skills valued in all agricultural business (agribusiness) organizations, such as (1) communications skills, (2) quantitative and evaluative skills, (3) subject matter knowledge of agriculture and food sector, and (4) integrative problem solving and decision-making. The culminating experience for the major requires candidates to propose and carry out a project that applies competencies developed within the major.

Degree and program requirements:

Admission to the BS Agricultural Business (BS AGBS) program requires the completion of one of the following: (1) a TMC in Agriculture Business from a California Community College; or (2) at minimum, the foundational agricultural science and agricultural business courses identified below.

To view the requirements for the B.S. in Agricultural Business, please choose from the following Catalog Requirements selections below.

*Catalog Requirements are downloadable pdf's

2013-2015 Catalog Requirements:

2016-2018 Catalog Requirements:

A. Foundation Agricultural Science Courses to be taken at a Community College (9 - 10 units)

*Course listings at Bakersfield College provided
1. AG-AS 104 Introduction to Animal Science (*ANSC B1) or *CRPS B3 Integrated Pest Management
2. AG-PS 104 Plant Biology (*CRPS B10) or CRPS B1 Principles of Crop Production (*CRPS B1) (4 units)
3. SOIL B1 Introduction to Soil Science

B. Foundation Agricultural Business Courses (21 units)

*Can be completed at a Community College (CC) or CSUB
1. AGBS B6 Agriculture Sales and Communication (CC)
2. AGRI B1 Agriculture, Environment, and Society (CC)
3. AGBS B2 Agricultural Economics (CC) or ECON 2018 Principles of Microeconomics
4. BSAD B1 Financial Accounting (CC) or ACCT 2200 Introduction to Financial Accounting and Reporting
5. BSAD B2 Managerial Accounting (CC) or ACCT 2210 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
6. ECON B2 Principles of Economics – Macro (CC) or ECON 2028 Principles of Macroeconomics
7. MATH B22 Elementary Probability and Statistics (CC) or MATH 1209 Statistics in the Modern World

C. Upper Division Agricultural Business Courses (43 units)

*Must be taken at CSUB
1. AGBS 2510 Principles of Agricultural Law
2. AGBS 3500 Agribusiness Management
3. AGBS 3510 Agribusiness Marketing
4. AGBS 3520 Economics of Agriculture & Natural Res
5. AGBS 3530 Agricultural Trade Policy
6. AGBS 3540 Agricultural Finance
7. AGBS 3570 Agribusiness Accounting
8. AGBS 4860 Internship in Agricultural Business
9. ECON 3030 Analyzing Economic Data (2 units)
10. ECON 3508 Environmental Economics
11. ECON 4908 Senior Capstone (4 units)
12. ERM 4110 Environmental Law
13. INST 4200 Legal Research Methods (1 unit)
14. PLSI 3648 Food Policy and Politics
15. SCI 3329 Water and the West (GE UD B course)


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