• Competing on teams such as livestock judging teaches marketable skills
  • MTSU's farm labs deliver practical learning experiences
  • Students at MTSU boned up on animals from the inside out
  • Racing alternative-fueled vehicles requires technology, skill, and luck

Agribusiness

As the demands placed on the world's food supply continue to build, so does the importance of managing the farms and supply lines that help meet those demands. Dairy or meat, crop or herd, barn or warehouse—MTSU's farm labs, fully operational dairy facility, and multiple agri-industry partnerships provide a hands-on, experiential learning environment that is hard to beat.

From Our Dairy to Your Table

From Our Dairy to Your Table

Developed locally on MTSU’s campus by students in the Agribusiness program, MTSU milk (especially chocolate) is notorious in the local community for its rich flavor.  Facilities and production has grown enough over the last decade that, in June 2017, the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience partnered with state and local businesses to launch the official MTSU Creamery.  Outside of providing milk for our on-campus facilities (Phillip’s Bookstore, Aramark PODs, Dwight’s Mini-Mart (KUC 200), MTSU Pharmacy), the product is also being sold at the following Middle Tennessee retailers: Hattie Jane’s Creamery, City Café Restaurant, Rutherford Farmers Co-op, Lascassas Feed Store, and Two Fat Men Catering.

Agriculture feeds the world. We take you there.

Agriculture feeds the world. We take you there.

The importing and exporting of food products is a multi-billion dollar business. Agribusiness students have the opportunity to travel abroad and study this business firsthand. In addition to yearly trips to Canada and Argentina, students can learn about the international wine industry in a course taught entirely outside of the United States. And more opportunities are being developed yearly!

The pursuit of an Agribusiness Bachelor of Science prepares students for work in an industry that has never been more important to the local, national, and global economies. Examples include

  • Agricultural-related lawyer
  • Agricultural policy analyst
  • Crop producer
  • Farm appraiser
  • Farm manager
  • Financier
  • Grain and livestock buyer
  • Grain merchandiser
  • International marketer
  • Logistics manager
  • Market analyst
  • Marketing head
  • Quality controller
  • Sales representative
  • Teacher

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • Aviagen
  • BWI Inc.
  • Cal-Maine Foods
  • Crop Production Services
  • Dechra Veterinary Products
  • Farm Credit Services Mid-America
  • Heritage Farms Dairy
  • Hubbard
  • Jack Daniels Distillery
  • Koch Foods
  • MWI Veterinary Supply
  • Pilgrim's Pride
  • Shenandoah Mills
  • Tennessee Farmers Coop
  • Tennessee Department of Agriculture
  • Tennessee Farm Bureau
  • Tennessee Pork Producers
  • Tennessee Poultry Association
  • Tyson Foods

A student majoring in Agribusiness can earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Other majors in the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience leading to a B.S. are Animal Science, Animal Science with a concentration in Horse Science, and Plant and Soil Science.

Although it is not designated as a concentration, students may also take courses in pursuit of an Agricultural Education Certificate. Undergraduate and graduate minors are available in Agriculture.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Graduate study includes the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Horse Science with concentrations in Equine Education, Equine Physiology, and Industry Management.

Agribusiness, B.S. Agribusiness, Agricultural Education Certification 


Agribusiness, B.S.

School of Agribusiness and Agriscience
615-898-2418
Justin Gardner, program coordinator
Justin.Gardner@mtsu.edu
 

The program leading to a major in Agribusiness is designed for students who are interested primarily in the business of agriculture.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Agribusiness, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following General Education courses are required for this major:

  • BIOL 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)
  • PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)
  • ECON 2410 (Soc/Beh Sci)
  • MATH 1710 recommended

Major Requirements (43 hours)

Agribusiness Core (13 hours)

  • ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture  1 credit hour credit hours  

    ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Job opportunities in agriculture, departmental facilities, extracurricular activities at MTSU associated with specific phases of agriculture. Pass/Fail.

  • ANSC 1410 - Introduction to Animal Science

    3 credit hours

    Overview of the science, production, and management of domestic animal species, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, horses, and companion animals. Topics include reproduction; breeds, breeding, and genetics; nutrition and feeding; animal health; management; and products processing and marketing.

  • PLSO 1610 - Elements of Plant Science

    3 credit hours

    Fundamental plant processes; plant tissues, structures, environment, growth, development, reproduction, and propagation. Lecture/Lab.

  • ABAS 2210 - Introduction to Agricultural Engineering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1010 or approval of instructor. Basic principles, mechanics, combustion engines, electricity, building construction, and machinery with applications of problem solving techniques. Lecture/Lab.

Remaining Major Courses (30 hours)

  • AGBS 4130 - Agricultural Price Analysis and Price Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130. Analysis of the forces that drive agricultural markets, the risk inherent in these markets, and tools that can be used to defray agriculture-specific risk including production risk.  

  • AGBS 4145 - Agricultural Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1010, MATH 1530, MATH 1630,  MATH 1710, MATH 1720, MATH 1730, MATH 1810, or MATH 1910 and AGBS 2130 or AGBS 3130. Application of finance to farms and agribusiness; topics include farm real estate, financing farm inputs, and financing commodity marketing plans.

  • Agribusiness electives 9 credit hours
  • Animal Science elective 3 credit hours
  • Plant and Soil Science elective 3 credit hours

 

  • AGBS 4190 - International Agriculture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130 or approval of instructor. Interdisciplinary experiential learning in a foreign country. Foreign agriculture and agribusiness explored in the classroom and onsite through a planned trip. Students required to hold (or acquire) a valid US passport and participate in a one- to two-week visit to a foreign country during the course. Combined lecture/lab.

  • AGBS 4150 - Agricultural Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130. Agricultural policy in a democratic society; relationship of farm groups to public policy; types of agricultural programs and appraisal of their results.

Supporting Courses (18-21 hours)

  • ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Accounting cycle given minor emphasis; financial statement analysis and managerial uses of accounting given major emphasis. May be used for general business minors or M.B.A. candidates who have had no previous accounting courses. (Not open to Accounting majors and students with credit in ACTG 2110 and ACTG 2120.)

OR

  • ACTG 2110 - Principles of Accounting I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Financial accounting for proprietorships and partnerships with emphasis on the accounting cycle for service and merchandising organizations. Additional topics include accounting for receivables; inventories; property, plant, and equipment; and current liabilities. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 3000.)

  • ACTG 2120 - Principles of Accounting II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ACTG 2110. A continuation of financial accounting concepts with emphasis on debt and equity structures, the statement of cash flows, and ratio analysis. Managerial accounting topics include job, standard- and activity-based costing, cost/volume/profit (CVP) analysis, and budgeting. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 2125 or ACTG 3000.) [Same as TBR Community Colleges ACCT 1020.]

 

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics.

 

  • CSCI 1150 - Computer Orientation

    3 credit hours

    A general introduction to computers with an emphasis on personal computing, database, word processing, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and Internet tools. Does not count for Computer Science major or minor.

Choose three, two from the same rubric:

  • BIA, PGEO, ECON, FIN, MATH, MKT, MGMT, AERO, EST 9 credit hours

Electives (15-18 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Agribusiness

Curricular listing includes General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture  1 credit hour credit hours  

    ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Job opportunities in agriculture, departmental facilities, extracurricular activities at MTSU associated with specific phases of agriculture. Pass/Fail.

  • ANSC 1410 - Introduction to Animal Science

    3 credit hours

    Overview of the science, production, and management of domestic animal species, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, horses, and companion animals. Topics include reproduction; breeds, breeding, and genetics; nutrition and feeding; animal health; management; and products processing and marketing.

  • PLSO 1610 - Elements of Plant Science

    3 credit hours

    Fundamental plant processes; plant tissues, structures, environment, growth, development, reproduction, and propagation. Lecture/Lab.

  • ABAS 2210 - Introduction to Agricultural Engineering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1010 or approval of instructor. Basic principles, mechanics, combustion engines, electricity, building construction, and machinery with applications of problem solving techniques. Lecture/Lab.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Mathematics 3 credit hours (MATH 1710 recommended)
  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) 

    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

Subtotal: 29 Hours

Sophomore

 

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)  AND 

    PSCI 1030 - Topics in Physical Science

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: PSCI 1031. Language, development, structure, and role of physical science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology) as it relates to the knowledge and activities of the educated person. For nonscience majors. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory. (A General Education course [Nat Sci]. Does not count toward any major or minor.)

 

  • MATH 1530 - Applied Statistics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or equivalent. Descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference. The inference unit covers means, proportions, and variances for one and two samples, and topics from one-way ANOVA, regression and correlation analysis, chi-square analysis, and nonparametrics.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci) 

    ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

 

  • CSCI 1150 - Computer Orientation

    3 credit hours

    A general introduction to computers with an emphasis on personal computing, database, word processing, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and Internet tools. Does not count for Computer Science major or minor.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Junior

  • ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Accounting cycle given minor emphasis; financial statement analysis and managerial uses of accounting given major emphasis. May be used for general business minors or M.B.A. candidates who have had no previous accounting courses. (Not open to Accounting majors and students with credit in ACTG 2110 and ACTG 2120.)

OR

  • ACTG 2110 - Principles of Accounting I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Financial accounting for proprietorships and partnerships with emphasis on the accounting cycle for service and merchandising organizations. Additional topics include accounting for receivables; inventories; property, plant, and equipment; and current liabilities. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 3000.)

  • ACTG 2120 - Principles of Accounting II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ACTG 2110. A continuation of financial accounting concepts with emphasis on debt and equity structures, the statement of cash flows, and ratio analysis. Managerial accounting topics include job, standard- and activity-based costing, cost/volume/profit (CVP) analysis, and budgeting. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 2125 or ACTG 3000.) [Same as TBR Community Colleges ACCT 1020.]

 

  • Animal Science elective 3 credit hours
  • Agribusiness electives 6 credit hours
  • Plant and Soil Science elective 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Cognate courses 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 30-33 Hours

Senior

 

  • AGBS 4150 - Agricultural Policy  3 credit hours  OR 

    AGBS 4150 - Agricultural Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130. Agricultural policy in a democratic society; relationship of farm groups to public policy; types of agricultural programs and appraisal of their results.

  • AGBS 4190 - International Agriculture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130 or approval of instructor. Interdisciplinary experiential learning in a foreign country. Foreign agriculture and agribusiness explored in the classroom and onsite through a planned trip. Students required to hold (or acquire) a valid US passport and participate in a one- to two-week visit to a foreign country during the course. Combined lecture/lab.

 

  • AGBS 4130 - Agricultural Price Analysis and Price Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AGBS 3130. Analysis of the forces that drive agricultural markets, the risk inherent in these markets, and tools that can be used to defray agriculture-specific risk including production risk.  

  • AGBS 4145 - Agricultural Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1010, MATH 1530, MATH 1630,  MATH 1710, MATH 1720, MATH 1730, MATH 1810, or MATH 1910 and AGBS 2130 or AGBS 3130. Application of finance to farms and agribusiness; topics include farm real estate, financing farm inputs, and financing commodity marketing plans.

  • Agribusiness elective 3 credit hours
  • Upper-division electives 12 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours (if needed)
  • Cognate course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 27-30 Hours