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  • Food and Resource Economics

    The Food and Resource Economics Department offers two specializations leading to a B.S. degree in food and resource economics. Each specialization offers students the opportunity to develop the skills needed to successfully compete for careers in a number of areas.

    About This Major

    Overview

    Graduates choose from a vast number of career opportunities, including sales, marketing, management, environmental policy, international trade, international marketing, economic analysis, natural resource management and human resource managements.

    Students who have completed 30 credits but fewer than 60 are required to complete mathematics through precalculus (MAC 1147 or equivalent) before admission to the college.

    Students who have completed 60 or more credits are required to have completed calculus (MAC 2233 or equivalent), statistics (STA 2023 or equivalent), financial accounting (ACG 2021 or equivalent) and macroeconomics (ECO 2013 or equivalent) with minimum grades of C before admission to the college.

    Students should consult an adviser for approval of electives.

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    Critical Tracking (all specializations)

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements. Students also must earn a minimum GPA of 2.25 in all AEB courses.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 1 of 4 critical courses: ACG 2021, ECO 2013, MAC 2233, STA 2023
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete MAC 2233
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    Semester 1 Credits
    BSC 2005 and 2005L Biological Sciences (3) and Laboratory in Biological Sciences (1) or
    ENY 3005 and 3005L Principles of Entomology (2) and Principles of Entomology Lab (1) or
    EVS 3000 and 3000L Environmental Science (3) and Environmental Science and Humanity Laboratory (1) or
    FAS 2024 Global and Regional Perspectives in Fisheries (3) or
    FOS 3042 Introductory Food Science (3) or
    FOR 3153C Forest Ecology (4) or
    PLS 3004C Principles of Plant Science (3) or
    WIS 2552 Biodiversity Conservation: Global Perspectives (3) (GE-B) *
    3-4
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (State Core GE-S) 4
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry (GE-M) if needed or
    Elective
    4
    Composition (State Core GE-C) (WR) ** 3
    Elective 1
    Total 15-16
    Semester 2 Credits
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life​ (GE-H)​ 3​
    MAC 2233 Survey of Calculus 1 (State Core GE-M) 3
    Composition (GE-C) (WR) ** 3
    Elective 3
    Humanities (State Core GE-H) ** 3
    Total 15
    Semester 3 Credits
    ACG 2021 Introduction to Financial Accounting 4
    AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (WR) 3
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M) 3
    Biological or Physical Science (State Core GE-B or P) * 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) or Humanities (GE-H) ** 3
    Total 16
    Semester 4 Credits
    ACG 2071 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (4) or
    AEB 3122 Financial Planning in Agribusiness (3)
    3-4
    AEB 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics (GE-S) 4
    AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication 3
    Elective 1
    Physical Science (GE-P) * 3
    Total 14-15

    * At least one science course (e.g., SWS 3022L) must include a laboratory component.
    ** The order in which these courses are taken is not important.

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    Food and Agribusiness Marketing and Management

    The specialization is for students interested in food and fiber systems management, marketing, finance and international business and employment opportunities and sales and managerial positions in agribusiness firms, commercial banks, the Farm Credit Service, insurance and appraisal firms.

    Semester 5 Credits
    AEB 2451 Economics of Resource Use 3
    AEB 3300 Agricultural and Food Marketing 3
    AEB 3510 Quantitative Methods in Food and Resource Economics 3
    AEB 3935 Food and Resource Economics Seminar 1
    Electives 5
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management 3
    AEB 3144 Introduction to Agricultural Finance 3
    AEB 3550 Agricultural Data Analysis in Food and Resource Economics 3
    Electives 6
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    AEB 4138 Advanced Agribusiness Management 3
    AEB 4242 International Trade Policy in Agriculture 3
    AEB 4334 Agricultural Price Analysis and Consumer Behavior * (3) or
    ECO 3101 Intermediate Microeconomics (4)
    3-4
    Food and agribusiness marketing and management electives (see list) 6
    Total 15-16
    Semester 8 Credits
    AEB 3281 Agricultural Macroeconomics 3
    AEB 4325 Contemporary Issues in Agribusiness Management 3
    AEB 4342 Agribusiness and Food Marketing Management 3
    Elective 3
    Food and agribusiness marketing and management electives (see list) 3
    Total 15

    * Students pursuing graduate studies should select ECO 3101.

    Food and Agribusiness Marketing and Management Electives

    AEB 3315 Futures Markets and Risk Management in Agriculture 3
    AEB 3341 Selling Strategically 3
    AEB 3671 Comparative World Agriculture (GE-S) (N) 3
    AEB 4309 Food Wholesaling and Retail Marketing 3
    AEB 4343 International Agribusiness Marketing (GE-S) 3
    AEB 4380 Agricultural Marketing Strategies 3
    AEB 4424 Human Resources Management in Agribusiness 3
    AEC 3414 Leadership Development 3
    ALS 4404 International Studies 3
    ENT 3003 Principles of Entrepreneurship 4
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    International Food and Resource Economics

    This specialization provides a broad background in economic theory and international development and policy. Many who choose this specialization are preparing for graduate school or for careers working for international organizations and governments.

    Semester 5 Credits
    AEB 2451 Economics of Resource Use 3
    AEB 3300 Agricultural and Food Marketing 3
    AEB 3510 Quantitative Methods in Food and Resource Economics 3
    AEB 3935 Food and Resource Economics Seminar 1
    Electives 6
    Total 16
    Semester 6 Credits
    AEB 3133 Principles of Agribusiness Management 3
    AEB 3144 Introduction to Agricultural Finance 3
    AEB 3550 Agricultural Data Analysis in Food and Resource Economics 3
    AEB 3671 Comparative World Agriculture (GE-S) (N) 3
    Elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    AEB 4334 Agricultural Price Analysis and Consumer Behavior * (3) or
    ECO 3101 Intermediate Microeconomics (4)
    3-4
    ​AEB 4242 International Trade Policy in Agriculture (GE-S) ​3
    AEB 4343 International Agribusiness Marketing (GE-S) 3
    International FRE electives (see list) 6
    Total 15-16
    Semester 8 Credits
    AEB 3281 Agricultural Macroeconomics 3
    ECO 3704 International Trade 4
    Electives 4
    International FRE electives (see list) 3
    Total 14

    International Food and Resource Economics Electives

    AEB 4282 International Humanitarian Assistance (GE-S and N) 3
    ​AEB 4283 International Development Policy (GE-S) ​3
    ​ALS 4404 International Studies ​1-3
    URP 3001 Cities of the World (GE-S and N) 3
    Any 3000-level or higher course in LAS, EUS or AFS 3

    * Students pursuing graduate studies should select ECO 3101.

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majors: food-and-resource-economics