Focus on business and economy

If you are interested in business, economics, or math, you may want to consider one of these majors…

Environmental and Resource Economics Major
More than your basic “supply and demand,” this field looks at the discipline of economics as it interacts with the world of agriculture, law, and the environment.  Consider commodities like corn, soybeans, wheat, and poultry…how are they priced, marketed and exported worldwide?  How do floods in the Midwest impact prices in China?  And even beyond food and fiber, the economics of our resources warrant concern.  How do we decide the value of keeping land in agricultural use or selling it to developers?  Which is worth more…and to whom?  What about sustainability, and the costs associated with “going green?”  These and other issues have great consequence for us all, and form the basis of resource economics.

Food and Agribusiness Marketing and Management Major
Think of a business major with a unique—and profitable—twist.  One of the largest sectors of the business world is the agricultural industry.  From food and fiber to chemicals and equipment, agricultural products mean big money around the world.  This major incorporates traditional business courses—like accounting, marketing, economics and finance—with specialty courses in food marketing, international trade, futures markets, and management.  This blend provides a unique educational background of interest to many big-business employers. 

Statistics Major
Statistics is the science of data – the collection, management, analysis and interpretation of data.  Statistics are used in virtually every professional field as a way to conduct research and make important decisions.  This includes the pure sciences, such as biology, chemistry and physics, as well as engineering, business, medicine, and the social sciences (economics, political science, psychology, and sociology).  Statistics is an essential tool in almost every field in undertaking research, testing and developing products, and assuring quality control.  The role of the statistician is to help others analyze their data in such a way as to have confidence in the results and to make good decisions based upon the analysis.