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Agricultural & Resource Economics (B.S.)

Agricultural and Resource Economics extends core classes with in-depth analysis of local, national and global economic issues. Coursework focuses on topics relating to agricultural research, government policy, international trade and development, environmental research and analysis. Graduates tend to work as an extension specialist, commodity broker, ag statistician, or go into graduate studies.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy math and working with numbers
  • Involved in 4-H, FFA or other agriculture-related activities
  • Interested in agriculture and environmental policy analysis
  • Enjoy research and theory
  • Interested in graduate or law school

Career Opportunities

  • Agricultural Research
  • Agricultural Finance
  • Commodity Trader
  • Graduate Study
  • Policy/International Trade

Recent Employers

  • Farm Credit Services of America
  • First Dakota National Bank
  • ProAg Crop Insurance
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Internship Opportunities

  • Farm Credit Services of America
  • First Dakota National Bank
  • SD Governor's Office of Economics Development (GOED)
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Suggested Certificates

  • Agricultural and Environmental Law
  • Experiential Learning

Suggested Minors

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Legal Studies
  • Applied Statistics
  • Any production ag minor

Clubs and Organizations

  • Economics Club
  • National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA)
  • Investment Club

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.