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Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Economics

B.S. in agricultural economics; specialties in farm management, natural resources and environmental sciences, quantitative, pre-law or pre-vet; minor

Agriculture is one of the most wide-reaching industries that touches our lives every day.  Agricultural economics professionals are a driving force in this industry, and our program prepares you to take your place in this world.

You will examine the economic principals guiding the behavior of individuals, businesses, and government and define today’s global economy.  You will learn to gather and analyze data to assist you in making informed decisions to measure risk, demand, costs and benefits. You will study relevant issues and opportunities in modern agriculture.

Agriculture students pose in front of the Taj Mahal during a faculty-led trip to India.


The K-State difference

The Department of Agricultural Economics provides first class education, undergraduate research and resources to meet the demand of dynamic global markets. The agricultural economics program is designed to be flexible while giving you the best possible understanding of emerging issues facing professionals in food, business and agriculture.

Additionally, as an ag econ student you are encouraged to enhance your K-State experience through various student clubs and organizations including the AgEcon/Agbus Club, the National Agri-Marketing Association and The Risk Management Student Fellows.

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Did you know?

In the last 30 years, 15 agricultural economics students have served as student body president, and two have served as vice president.

What courses will I take?

Depending on the degree option you choose your classes may vary and could include:

  • Production Economics
  • Ag Market Structures
  • Farm & Ranch Management
  • Ag Policy
  • Ag Finance
  • Ag Market Futures Options/Trading
  • Ag Law
  • Risk Management

Two pre-professional programs, pre-law and pre-vet, are available under the specialty option, as well as an option with emphasis on natural resources and environmental sciences.

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How can I continue my education?

M.A.B. Master of Agribusiness
M.S. Agricultural Economics
Ph.D. Agricultural Economics

What can I do with a degree in agricultural economics?

Agricultural economics graduates enter the workforce with skills and resources that lead to above-average starting salaries in a wide variety of career fields, including: 

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Whether you are interested in a career in human or animal health, K-State is a great place to start the journey toward becoming a healthcare professional. You will have a dedicated health professions advisor who will help you navigate the professional school application process for your chosen healthcare field.


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Did you know that K-State pre-law students are accepted into law school at a rate substantially exceeding the national average? In preparing for law school, you will work with a dedicated pre-law advisor and select the major of your choice in any department in any college within the university.

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