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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 advisor 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

Recommended Semester Plan

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

Semester 1Credits
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
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 2Credits
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 3Credits
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 4Credits
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 5Credits
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 6Credits
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 7Credits
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 8Credits
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.

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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 5Credits
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 6Credits
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 7Credits
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 8Credits
AEB 3281 Agricultural Macroeconomics 3
ECO 3704 International Trade 4
Electives 4
International FRE electives (see list) 3
Total 14
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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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Academic Learning Compact
Food and Resource Economics

Students will learn to apply a conceptual framework using economic reasoning and generally accepted economic principles to problem solving. They will also learn to analyze and interpret economic data, and to critically evaluate economic information in media and politics.


Additional Major Information

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Complete AEB 4325 for the food and agribusiness management and marketing specialization, or
    Complete AEB 4343 for the international food and resource economics specialization, or
    Complete AEB 4454 for the natural resource, environmental economics and policy specialization.
  • Achieve minimum grades of C in AEC 3030C and AEC 3033C. These courses are graded using rubrics developed by a faculty team.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Skills Students will Acquire in the Major (SLOs)

  1. Describe fundamental micro- and macroeconomic principles.
  2. Explain the basic role of marketing, management and finance in firm-level decision making.
  3. Analyze and interpret economic data, critically evaluating economic information and economic policies.
  4. Develop a business plan, based on a projected marketing strategy, assessing historic financial statements and projecting cash flows.
  5. Communicate effectively in written form in a manner appropriate in economics and business.
  6. Communicate orally (including visual aids) in an effective manner appropriate in economics and business.
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Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

CoursesContentCritical ThinkingCommunication
  SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5 SLO 6
AEB 3103     I      
AEB 3133 R R R I    
AEB 3144   R   R    
AEB 3300 I I I      
AEB 4138       A R A
AEB 4242 A   R     R
AEB 4325 R     R R  
AEB 4342   A A   A  
AEC 3030C           I
AEC 3033C         I