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B.S. in Agribusiness: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

120 total credits required

Greenville University’s B.S. in Agribusiness degree combines essential business topics with specialized online agriculture classes and science courses. You will study economics, entrepreneurship, management, biology, ecology, and more.

This program consists of 63 major credits and courses are 8 weeks in length. In addition to online agriculture classes required for the major, you will need to complete general education and elective courses for a total of 120 credits.

Customization is built into the online agribusiness curriculum, so you can choose courses that are most relevant to your chosen career path. Students who transfer the maximum amount of credits can complete their program in just 1 to 2 years.

Required Courses

Nature and purpose of accounting; basic accounting concepts and procedures, double entry bookkeeping, methods of processing, summarizing, and classifying financial data; balance sheets and income statements.

Which lays a solid foundation of agribusiness through an overview of career opportunities in the industry, management concepts, the vocabulary, and understanding of the requirements to operate a small profit-oriented business in today’s agricultural economic environment.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Recognize a broad range of agribusiness definitions and assimilate them in to various local and global business applications. Implicit in this ability is the foundational understanding of the business of production agriculture.
  • Apply basic business analytics to optimize the use of scarce natural resources and within the context of how the production of crops and livestock locally and globally impact humans, demographics, and quality of human life.
  • Demonstrate the role that business management has in the successful operation of an agribusiness firm, including the interrelated nature of the four functions of management — planning, organizing, controlling, and directing — and how they help agribusiness managers accomplish their goals.
  • Integrate the desire to maximize the long run profits of the firm by profitably satisfying customers’ needs, and that this is the common business management principle that unifies everything a manager does.
  • Explain the difference between managing things and leading people. And to integrate the two golden rules of agribusiness management: Be the kind of boss you would like to work for, and treat the customers the way the customers want to be treated.

Covers the principles of agricultural marketing by examining consumers, marketing functions, institutions, and commodities. Special emphasis is given to the marketing of agricultural products as commodities, services provided under contract, and value-added products.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss marketing and the economic forces at work in agricultural markets at both the firm level and the industry level.
  • Recognize and describe different participants and other economic actors (producers, processors, institutions, rules/regulations, etc.) in agricultural supply chains connecting producers to consumers. Compare and evaluate the broad range of transactions and market channels that move inputs into and out of farm production facilities across crop and livestock markets domestically and internationally.
  • Assess and manage decisions to move products into commodity, value-added, or residual (waste) markets, including the option of moving product components into different market segments.
  • Demonstrate a competence in communication of agricultural marketing systems: verbally, mathematically, and graphically.

This course teaches economic issues related to human integration (food, feed, fuel, and recreation) with the environment (waste remediation). Topics include conflicts in the use of land, air, and water; property rights and public policy. These challenges show up in day to day operations as climate change, world poverty, water quality, genetic modification (GMOs), organic food, and renewable energy. This course looks at emerging issues in the context of historical production through the lens of a solid analytical framework. How do policies and markets complement and conflict on all the wide variety domestic and international commerce? Upon completion, there will be a sense of confidence in the annual rhythm global agribusiness benefits and costs.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss agricultural marketing and the economic forces at work in food, feed, energy recreation, fertilizers, fiber, chemicals, and remediation.
  • Recognize and describe domestic and international barriers and policies that restrict and enhance agribusiness activities and profit.
  • Compare, evaluate, and solve the best, multi-product, market pathway while considering carbon, nutrient and water benefits, and costs under simulated constraints in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Demonstrate a competence in communication of positive and negative economic impacts: verbally, mathematically, and graphically.

In this class students draw upon the insights and experience from industry practitioners. Managers and leaders in the agribusiness field share how they developed their careers, leadership qualities, ethics in today’s society, and their faith, integrated with their management style. The students’ own leadership skills will be developed as they explore different views of several issues, and the changes associated with those issues, in agriculture.

Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Identify and describe key skills necessary for business success.
  • Write professional summaries.
  • Develop a professional outlook to study and work.
  • Prepare and deliver effective presentations.
  • Professionally interact with practicing managers and work effectively in teams with no formal leader.
  • Keep abreast of current management news events.

Each department offers a practicum or internship course numbered 405. In this course, the student applies theories and skills learned in the major. Each experience should include significant learning opportunities related to the student’s major field. Two supervisors are involved, a work supervisor and an academic supervisor. Registration must occur prior to the activity. Forty to sixty hours of work experience is required for each credit awarded. The experience may be paid or unpaid. Letter grades will be assigned unless otherwise stated in the departmental description. Students must consult with their academic supervisor at least twice during the experience. A learning experience summary paper following departmental guidelines is required as well as a final interview with the academic supervisor.

What makes some for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations excel while other fail to thrive? Often, it’s due to the quality of management within the organization. Management of people is a distinct skill set that is critically important, and these skills can be studied, understood, and practiced. In this course, students will learn the elements of business management, the theory behind them and practical tools with which to apply them. Key topics such as communication, leadership, teamwork, conflict management, change, and more will be covered. No matter where a person works or volunteers, they will be able to contribute to the success of any organization when they have a clear understanding of management theory and techniques.

A study of contracts, torts, agency, bailments, and property with emphasis on the social forces that have and will affect our legal rights and duties.

This course is about applying analytical theory of business decision-making to provide products and service design, capacity planning, process and location selection, inventory and supply management, quality assurance, and scheduling. These real-world management tools will heighten the comprehension of business applications and provide a competitive edge in school and beyond.

Strategic Management explores how companies analyze their strategic environments, identify strategic choices, and implement chosen strategies. Analytical tools include employing frameworks to analyze internal strengths and weaknesses as well as external opportunities and threats. The course is taught through an online strategic management simulation in which students compete in teams to enable them to evaluate their effectiveness in developing and implementing strategies for the firm.

Throughout this course, cases will be read, discussed, and critiqued. Critical thinking skills will be necessary to successfully and comprehensively address the strategic issues depicted in the cases. Companies will be researched and potential actions will be put forth for consideration in this writing intensive course. In addition to the case and text assignments, students will be asked to create a case addressing a current issue that an entity is facing.

This course delivers economics from individually focused, microeconomics to the infrastructure focused, macroeconomics. This semester will provide a foundation for both business and non-business majors.

This course is structured to be a more detailed, deeper coverage of both micro- and macroeconomics. This semester builds upon the broad, fast-moving introduction to the micro- and macroeconomics course. This course covers applied economics, or the rest of the economics story for business majors. At the completion of the course, students will have had comprehensive instruction and application of micro, macro, U.S., and global economics.

This introductory course examines business from an entrepreneurial perspective. It will provide students with an introduction to the potential and pitfalls of entrepreneurship and its impact on the economic development within a community. Throughout the course, students will examine the various methods for starting up, managing, and financing a new business enterprise. This process will culminate in the development of a viable business plan. The overarching goal of this course is to familiarize the student with business terminology in order to introduce him or her to the business program at Greenville University.

This course is an experience- and project-based course designed to encourage hands on innovation. Students will gain insight into the roles and responsibilities of entrepreneurs in organizations both large and small. Students will also engage in a semester long project on campus or with local partners to enhance their understanding of innovation, strategic planning, implementation strategy, research and development, product design, product marketing, and market research.

Introduces the student to corporate financial management through the study of financial systems, techniques of financial analysis and working capital decisions, financial forecasting, financing current assets, capital budgeting, the cost of capital and the target capital structure quantity, statistical decision-making, and financial techniques.

Marketing is not just about advertising or social media posts. It’s a broad field encompassing all aspects of discovering customer – consumer and organizational buyers – wants and needs and then meeting them. Setting the mission and strategies, understanding buyer behavior, reaching global markets, researching market options, and making decisions concerning the 4 Ps of marketing – product, price, place, promotion – are all critical areas to understand. Knowing terms and concepts is not enough, however, so application opportunities are given throughout the course. No matter in what field or in what position a person finds themselves, marketing is a part of it.

Choose one from the following (3 credits):

Advances in biology have pushed the development of statistical methods and depended on those methods for decades. Biostatistics focuses on three core areas: 1) general statistical concepts; 2) correct use and interpretation of statistical methods commonly used in biological sciences; and 3) basic familiarity with the R statistical software language, which has become an important tool in dealing with many kinds of data, including genetic data.

Course content focuses upon basic concepts and operations in descriptive and inferential statistics. The areas of study will include measures of central tendency and dispersion; probability, correlation, and regression analysis; and parametric (t-tests and ANOVA) and non-parametric (chi-square) tests of significance. A basic introduction to Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software is provided.

Choose 9 credits from the following:

Study of federal personal and corporate income tax, state income tax issues, U.S. tax structure, and the application of tax laws to specific situations. Students will gain knowledge of individual tax laws, forms, and tables.

This course will provide the student with substantial experience in preparing federal tax returns. The number of credits for this course is variable, however for each credit, the student is expected to spend 40 hours preparing income tax forms for others. This will be done primarily during evenings and weekends. Tax forms may be prepared through the Greenville University Tax Assistance Program (GU-TAP), the St. Louis Tax Assistance Program (St. Louis-TAP), or the Bond County Senior Citizens Center. Because of the relatively limited number of people in Bond County who will utilize this service, the student must expect to spend some Saturdays in St. Louis preparing tax returns.

Our everyday wellbeing and sustenance are connected to our environment in many ways, but many of these connections are not obvious. This course, focuses on how human society relates to and depends on the environment. This course incorporates the topics of human population, patterns of resource use, energy, and pollution while considering how to move toward a sustainable future for all creation. Some aspects of the following disciplines are included: ecology, animal and plant biology, physics, chemistry, oceanography, and atmospheric science.

Major emphases in this course are the scientific method; structure and function of plants, and their economic and ecological importance; and discussion of current issues such as genetic modification of crops.

In this course, the major emphasis is on a survey of the vascular plants and common families of flowering plants. Topics included are principles of flowering plant taxonomy, mechanisms of adaptation and plant ecology.

Fieldwork will involve identification of the common plants and animals and consideration of ecological principles (e.g., succession, etc.) as seen in the field. Field trips will be made to various ecosystems.

Organisms do not exist or function in a vacuum, but are strongly influenced by their environment and, in turn, alter that environment and affect the growth and development of other organisms. In this course, we will consider the interaction of organisms and their environments. We will study ecological processes functioning at levels of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems.

Sales. Salespersons. Selling. For most people, those words conjure up images of a cigar-smoking car salesman in a plaid jacket forcefully pushing a broken-down vehicle on an unsuspecting buyer. Or, perhaps, it makes one think of a painful time when they stood uncomfortably at a neighbor’s door trying to sell something – wrapping paper, chocolates, cookies, flowers – for an organization fundraising project. Why do sales get such a bad rap when it’s a critical skill for everyone? This course will allow students to discover the importance of sales to every organization, to understand sales is an excellent profession for Christians, to learn sales skills and to practice them.

Advertising communicates messages to groups of consumers. Students learn how to reach groups efficiently, to design messages to inform persuasively, and to choose the best media for a particular product and consumer. They will design advertising messages for print and broadcast and learn to design and budget an overall ad campaign.

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