THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

Please see the General Education, Cultural Diversity, and U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirements under the BS in Agriculture.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in The University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See The Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 86 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

Lower-Division Requirements: 35 units

10 courses required:
ABUS101Intro to Ag Business/Economics3.0FS
ABUS261Farm Accounting3.0FS
ABUS262Mgmt Accounting for Ag3.0FS
Prerequisites: ABUS 261 or ACCT 201.
AGET150Agricultural Machine Systems3.0FS
AGRI180The University Experience1.0FS
BLAW302Managing the Legal Environment3.0FS
Prerequisites: At least junior standing.
CHEM107Gen Chem for Applied Sciences4.0FS *
Prerequisites: Intermediate Algebra.
ECON102Principles of Macro Analysis3.0FS *
MATH105Statistics3.0FS *
Prerequisites: Completion of ELM requirement.
PSSC250Introduction to Soil Science3.0FS
Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111.
1 course selected from:
ANSC101Introduction to Animal Science3.0FS *
PSSC101Introduction to Plant Science3.0FS *
3 units selected from:

Any lower-division Agricultural Business (ABUS), Agricultural Engineering Technology (AGET), Animal Science (ANSC), Plant and Soil Science (PSSC), or Agriculture (AGRI) course.

Upper-Division Requirements: 51 units

9 courses required:
ABUS301Ag Production Econ Analysis3.0FS
Prerequisites: ABUS 101 or ECON 103.
ABUS311Ag Markets and Pricing3.0FS
Prerequisites: ABUS 101.
ABUS321Agribusiness Management3.0SP
Prerequisites: ABUS 101 or equivalent.
ABUS331Agricultural Mgmt Info Systems3.0FS
ABUS332ABUS Sys Quantitative Methods3.0FS
Prerequisites: ABUS 101, MATH 105.
ABUS451Agricultural Policy3.0SP
Prerequisites: Senior standing, ABUS 301, ECON 102.
ABUS465Agricultural Finance3.0FA
Prerequisites: ABUS 101.
AGRI331Agricultural Ecology3.0FS
Prerequisites: Completion of lower division core.
AGRI482Agricultural Issues3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
1 course selected from:
ABUS389Internship in Agribusiness1.03.0FA
Prerequisites: Permission of Internship Coordinator.
AGET389Internship1.03.0FS
Prerequisites: Prior approval of academic goals by the Internship Coordinator.
ANSC389Internship in ANSC1.03.0FS
Prerequisites: Prior approval of academic goals by the Internship Coordinator.
PSSC389Internship1.06.0FS
Prerequisites: Junior standing, faculty permission.

Only 1 unit of internship is required.

3 units selected from:

Any upper-division production course from Animal Science (ANSC) or Plant and Soil Science (PSSC). These courses are limited to those offerings that have either ANSC 101 or PSSC 101 as a prerequisite.

20 units selected from:

Any upper-division College of Agriculture courses selected with approval of your adviser. Fifteen of the 20 units should be Agricultural Business courses.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total university offerings. You should consult with an adviser regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your university experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Students may double count only one approved upper-division General Eduction theme course with a required option elective.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate adviser for specific information.

A sample program for students who wish to complete their major in four years is available in the Office of the College of Agriculture, CSU, Chico, CA 95929.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

Your Honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair. Most importantly, however, the Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows; such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these 6 units are independent study (499H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B. 2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units. 3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5 percent of majors in your department. 5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year. 6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your Honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major adviser for further information.