Business Administration — Agribusiness Concentration

Department Chair: Morgan Keasler,, (701) 845-7518
Faculty Contact: Brenda Tyre,, (701) 845-7515
Department Office: 125 Vangstad, (701) 845-7521
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


Students who successfully complete the agribusiness management concentration will be able to demonstrate business and economic specialization within the agriculture industry. Program completers will have the abilities to apply agricultural finance, marketing and business management skills across a wide variety of organizations in the agribusiness industry. Career opportunities can include Agricultural Management, Crop and Livestock, Farm Management, Farm and Home Management, Agricultural Marketing and Agricultural Consultation.


Agriculture Club: The VCSU Ag Club provides opportunities for members to develop the skills, abilities, and leadership qualities necessary to enter and advance in careers in agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural technologies, horticulture, and natural resources. Any student preparing for a career in these areas is welcome to join. Members will participate in leadership activities specifically focused on the agricultural environment. The VCSU Ag Club is also affiliated with the State and National Postsecondary Ag Students (PSA) Organizations, and makes an excellent addition to student’s resumes. 

Collegiate DECA: The mission of DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA provides opportunities for students to be academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and to become experienced leaders. DECA helps promote networking, innovation, integrity, and teamwork for all members. Students have the opportunity to participate in leadership conferences, state and international competition and professional development which will help aid students in their mastery toward employability skills.

Practical Experience

Students are encouraged to earn credits by extending their learning beyond the classroom. For example, several prominent firms in the region offer internship programs that provide supervised business training. Firms such as Bank Forward, John Deere Seeding Group, Gander Mountain, Coca-Cola, WDAY, Farm Services Agency, Dakota Bank, Chamber of Commerce, KOVC and Best Buy have had VCSU students in their internship programs. Shadowing allows students to observe managers in daily work routines. Students will have the opportunity to also participate in economic development activities such as tours, workshops, fairs and conferences. An internship can be a part of a student's academic program and can take place any semester after sophomore year for 3 to 12 credits. Students interns gain hands-on workplace experience to build resumes, become well prepared to enter a specific career field, network with professionals in the career field of interest, and may gain a full-time position through that experience.

“The VCSU Ag Business concentration was extremely beneficial towards my education. The courses allowed me opportunities to dive into critical areas of production agriculture such as financing, record keeping, and farm management principals. The experienced teachers have a great understanding of how important agriculture is to our state and are very informed with all modern productions practices. I recommend to all students, whether you have no experience in agriculture or your life revolves around it, to enroll in the VCSU Ag Business program. It truly is a program that will not disappoint.” —Harrison Weber ’13, Casselton, N.D., UND School of Law

General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems 2
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics 2
Principles of Macroeconomics 2
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Women in America
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

 Required ENGL 125



Major Requirement

Required Courses
ACCT 200Elements of Accounting I3
ACCT 201Elements of Accounting II3
ACCT 321Financial Reporting and Analysis I3
BUSI 214Business Communications3
BUSI 249Introduction to Business1
BUSI 315Business in the Legal Environment3
BUSI 336Business Data Solutions3
BUSI 337Authoring Digital Publications3
BUSI 350Operations Management3
BUSI 480Strategic Planning3
BUSI 485Entrepreneurship3
BUSI 491Senior Seminar1
FIN 375Managerial Finance3
MATH 210Elementary Statistics3
MGMT 235Diversity in the Workplace3
MGMT 270Business Ethics3
MGMT 330Principles of Management3
MGMT 430Organizational Behavior3
MRKT 305Principles of Marketing3
Total Credits53

AgriBusiness Concentration Requirements

AgriBusiness Management
BUSI 246Introduction to Agricultural Finance3
BUSI 341Agricultural Economics3
BUSI 342Introduction to Agriculture Management3
BUSI 346Agriculture Commodity Marketing3
BUSI 442Advanced Farm Management3
Directed Electives3
AGEC 474
Cooperatives (offered through NDSU)
Environmental Law and Regulations
Introduction to GIS
Soil Science and Survey
Professional Sales
Total Credits18
Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 53 Hrs
Total Concentration Requirements 18 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

Plan of Study 

First Year
BUSI 2491COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3ECON 201 (Gen Ed)3
ECON 202 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3MATH 103 (Gen Ed)3
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4MRKT 3053
UNIV 1501 
 15 15
Second Year
ACCT 2003ACCT 2013
BUSI 3363BUSI 2463
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4BUSI 3413
MATH 2103BUSI 3503
MGMT 3303MGMT 2353
 16 15
Third Year
ACCT 3213BUSI 2143
BUSI 3423BUSI 3373
Elective3BUSI 3463
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2BUSI 4423
Literacies (Gen Ed)3MGMT 2703
 14 15
Fourth Year
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
BUSI 4803BUSI 3153
MGMT 4303Elective3
FIN 3753BUSI 4853
Ag Elective3BUSI 4911
 14 16
Total Credits 120

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate application of program content knowledge to strategically examine and develop problem solving solutions in the business environment. 
  2. Utilize specialized skills to analyze and evaluate alternatives to be informed during the decision making process, and effectively implement solutions. 
  3. Exhibit competency in workplace readiness skills, including; communication, problem solving, collaboration and teamwork, emotional intelligence, ethical behavior and professionalism, and an appreciation for diversity and inclusion. 
  4. Identify and employ innovative technology to efficiently address business needs.