Tarleton State Degree Spotlight: Agribusiness

Tarleton State Degree Spotlight: Agribusiness

The Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness from Tarleton State University offers students several options to choose from in order to achieve their career goals.

Explore the Degree Options

The Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness allows students to select one of three concentrations:

  • Agribusiness Management
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Personal/Business Financial Planning

Students selecting the Agribusiness Management track will take courses designed to prepare them for positions in the retail/wholesale sectors of agribusiness or the businesses and agencies supporting the agricultural industry.

The Agricultural Economics path includes courses designed to prepare students for careers in the analytical or research sectors of production, marketing, or finance. It also is the preferred track for students preparing for graduate study.

The newest concentration is Personal/Business Financial Planning, which is designed to better meet the needs and interests of students. A career as a financial planner is listed as one of the 20 hottest professions, as the need for personal and small-business financial planning expertise is growing rapidly.

“Many of our students also pick up a minor or double major in Business,” said Dr. Ashley Lovell, professor of Agricultural Economics and Extension Education. “If they do a business minor, there are a number of options including finance, business, and real estate.”

Completing the Degree

Students in the program will complete 120 hours in a variety of subjects, with an opportunity for an internship in their last semester. Depending on what emphasis you choose, the courses provide a foundation in sectors of production agriculture to sectors of operating and marketing.

Classes are offered in a variety of formats, said Lovell, including online, face to face, or done by ITV (instructional interactive video).

“ITV courses are delivered audio and video from anywhere to anywhere. It’s really like a face-to-face class. The faculty member will be teaching in one location, but through video and audio capabilities, students at any location can interact with the instructor as if they were in the same room.”

All students—regardless of campus—are required to complete an internship as part of the program.

“Students at our satellite campuses are not required to come to the main campus for their internship component,” Lovell said. “We will work with them from their location and ensure that they complete the requirements for the internship portion of the degree.”

Instructors include full-time faculty, as well as adjuncts who meet the educational requirements and work in the agricultural industry. Adjuncts include those working for Ag Texas, Farm Credit Services; Texas A&M Agrilife Extension; and faculty from Tarleton, Blinn College, and Texas Christian University.

Careers in Agribusiness

Students who receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness have unlimited career choices including the following:

Agricultural Business/Economics

  • Sales Representative
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Financial Planner
  • Business Developer
  • Food Production
  • Farm Equipment Sales
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Accounts Manager
  • Private Store/Farm Owner
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Commercial Banker
  • Business Manager
  • Ag Economics Professor
  • Agricultural Sales & Development Manager
  • Agricultural Loan Officer
  • Ag Investment Analyst

 

Extension

  • Agrilife Extension Service Agent
  • 4-H Specialist
  • Extension Specialist
  • District Extension Administrator
  • Regional Program Director

 

Tarleton State is becoming widely known for its many satellite locations. Southeast of the metroplex, there’s a need for flexible degree programs offered by a recognizable university. Midlothian Higher Education Center serves to bridge that gap.

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