Learn to use technology to produce, package, transport, market, regulate the production, and finance food: you’ll do that here.

Like most of our world, agriculture has changed dramatically and is infinitely more complex than most people can imagine. Today, most agriculture is seen as a technology-based industry that includes production, agriscience, and agribusiness.

Agriculture graduates play key roles in planning for the efficient and safe future of our water supply, land, and other natural resources. The Agribusiness: Agriculture Industry major is designed for those who are transferring from a two-year program to this four-year. The Agriculture Industry options allows students to choose 30 hours of agriculture courses (agriculture, agronomy, animal science, and/or horticulture), in consultation with an advisor, to supplement the agribusiness core courses. Students receive personal curriculum advisement from their advisor to help them prepare for the career field of their interest.

What You’ll Do

As an agribusiness: agriculture industry major at Southeast, you’ll gain real-world learning experience including many opportunities outside the classroom.

  • Choose 30 hours of agriculture courses (agriculture, agronomy, animal science, and/or horticulture), in consultation with an advisor, to supplement the agribusiness core courses.
  • Gain an excellent basis for graduate studies.
  • Work closely with faculty mentors who have experience in various agribusiness areas.
  • Earn real-world experience through a required internship or research project. Agribusiness students are also able to gain valuable hands-on experience in the classroom and at the many departmental facilities.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 96%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Agriculture report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $68k  

    Farmer

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a farmer, rancher, and other agricultural manager is $68,090.   

  • $64k  

    Agriculture Lender

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a loan officer is $63,960.

  • $42k  

    Agricultural and Food Science Technician

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an agricultural and food science technician is $41,970.

Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

What You'll Study

As an agribusiness: agriculture industry major, you’ll learn how to play a key role in the planning for the efficient and safe future of our water supply, land, and other natural resources. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, the General Education program, and 39 senior division hours (300-599). Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin or Degree Works for additional graduation requirements for your program.  

Agribusiness Core – 71 hours – No Minor Required

  • AG111 Agribusiness Orientation (1)
  • AG140 Communicating in Agriculture (3)
  • AG208 Agriculture Bus Data Analysis (3)
  • AG245 Agricultural Economics (3)
  • AG250 Agribusiness Management (3)
  • AG334 Agribusiness Finance (3)
  • AG340 Agriculture Safety (3)
  • AG355 Agriculture Seminar (2)
  • AG381 Agribusiness Management II (3)
    OR
  • AC221 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • AG447 Mktg of Agri Products (3)
  • AG465 Agriculture Internship (3-6)
    OR
  • AG469 Undergrad Research (3)
  • AG470 Agribusiness Sales (3)
  • AO120 Plant Science (3)
  • AO125 Plant Science Lab (1)
  • AY101 Animal Science (3)
  • HO110 Intro to Horticulture (3)

    Agriculture Industry 

    30 hours by advisement based on student plans/background, selected from AG,
    AO, AY, HO prefix courses or may include AAS Agriculture degree courses
    transferred to Southeast.

    Additional Requirements:

    Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements.
  • CH181 Basic Principles of Chemistry (5)
    OR
  • CH184/185 General Chemistry I and Lab (4)
  • MA116 Precalculus A (3)
    OR
  • MA155 Statistical Reasoning (3)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (17 Hours)     

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • AO120/125 (4) 
  • AY101 (3) 
  • HO110 (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (16 Hours)     

  • AG111 (1)
  • AG208 (3) 
  • AG245 (3) 
  • MA116/155 (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (13-14 Hours) 

  • CH181/184/185 (4-5) 
  • Agriculture Elective (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours)    

  • AC221 or AG381 (3) 
  • AG250 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3)

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)    

  • AG140 (3) 
  • Agriculture Elective (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)     

  • AG334 (3) 
  • AG340 (3) 
  • AG470 (3) 
  • Agriculture Elective (3) 
  • Agriculture Elective - 300-500 level (3)

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (14-15 Hours)     

  • AG447 (3) 
  • Agriculture Elective (3) 
  • Agriculture Elective (3) 
  • Agriculture Elective - 300-500 level (3)
  • Elective (2-3)

Spring Semester (14 Hours)  

  • AG355 (2)
  • Agriculture Elective (3) 
  • Agriculture Elective (3) 
  • Agriculture Elective - 300-500 level (3)
  • Agriculture Elective - 300-500 level (3)

Summer Session (3 hours)

  • AG465/469 (3)

Paying for College

Your hard work can pay off big because the Department of Agriculture offers about $650,000 in scholarships to students.

Become a Redhawk.

Do more than dream about the future. Take the first steps to make it all happen.

Hands-on Learning

There’s no better way to learn than by getting your hands dirty, and you’ll do just that at SEMO. From digging in the dirt at our greenhouse to working with animals at the Agriculture Research Center, you’ll get real-world experience from day one.

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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