Business Administration — Agribusiness Concentration

Department Chair: Jeffrey Moser,, (701) 845-7523
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 Farm Appraiser, Crop and/or Livestock Producer, Farm Management, Grain and Livestock Buyer, Market Analyst. Ag Finance, Program Specialist, and many others.


VCSU Ag Club:  The goals of the club are to provide 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.

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, Doosan Group, Coca-Cola, WDAY, Farm Service Agency, Dakota Bank, Chamber of Commerce, KOVC, and USDA have had VCSU students in their internship programs. Shadowing allows students to observe managers in daily work routines. Students will also have the opportunity to 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. Student 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, and may gain a full-time position through that experience.

“Valley City State University is a great University that allowed me to grow and develop into the person I am today. The business department has great professors that help you figure out what your made to do. When I came to the Valley City State University, Agribusiness Management was not something I imagined doing. The professors helped me a long the way to find my career choice and what I really loved. They also provided the opportunity to explore the career. Today, I am proud to say that the Agribusiness field was that right choice for me. The business department at Valley City State University will help you and guide you in many steps of life. I woudn't have such a great career without their knowledge and teaching. Valley City State University and the Business Department helped me land a great job after school. Today, I am employed in the Agribusiness field at AgCountry Farm Credit Services. ” —Leah Shepersky  ’17, Osage. MN

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
Introduction to Psychology Lab (Corequisite: PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology) 3
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
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
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
World Music
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
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

Major Requirement

Required Courses
ACCT 200Elements of Accounting I3
ACCT 201Elements of Accounting II3
ACCT 321Financial Statement Analysis 3
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
MRKT 305Principles of Marketing3
COMM 483Organizational Communication3
Total Credits53

AgriBusiness Concentration Requirements

AgriBusiness Management
BUSI 246Introduction to Agricultural Finance3
BUSI 342Introduction to Agriculture Management3
BUSI 346Agriculture Commodity Marketing3
BUSI 442Advanced Farm Management3
Directed Electives6
AGEC 474
Cooperatives (offered through NDSU)
Environmental Law and Regulations
Introduction to GIS
Soil Science and Survey
Professional Sales
Taxation of Business Entities
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
ACCT 2003ACCT 2013
BUSI 2491COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3
CIS 170 (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
BUSI 3363ECON 2013
ECON 2023BUSI 3153
MATH 2103Elective3
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4BUSI 3503
MGMT 3303MGMT 2353
 16 15
Third Year
Aesthetic Engagement (Gen Ed)3Ag Elective3
ACCT 3213BUSI 2143
BUSI 3423BUSI 2463
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2BUSI 3373
Literacies (Gen Ed)3MGMT 2703
 14 15
Fourth Year
Ag Elective3Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2BUSI 3463
BUSI 4803BUSI 4423
COMM 4833BUSI 4853
FIN 3753Elective3
 BUSI 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.