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Help Feed the World with an Agribusiness Degree

As the agricultural sector becomes more specialized and commercialized, our world has seen a surge in demand for well-trained agriculture business degree graduates.

Earning your Bachelor of Science in agribusiness degree from South Carolina State University will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and insights to successfully manage numerous aspects of the global food chain. Our agribusiness program is designed to provide you with rigorous training in critical thinking, communication skills, economic theory, and quantitative techniques that will help prepare you for competitive career opportunities in the global agricultural economy.

You’ll be expertly prepared for a career path ranging from agribusiness manager or agricultural accountant to renewable energy analyst or commodity trader, as well as numerous opportunities in local, state, and federal government agencies.

Learn about the 1890 Ag Innovation Scholars Program

Method of Instruction

  • Face-to-face

Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Program Highlights

Did you know that agriculture, food, and related industries contributed more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2020? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that’s a 5% share. 

Earning an agriculture business degree from South Carolina State will provide you with in-depth training in business and economic techniques extensively used by a vast array of agricultural sector businesses and agencies. At SC State, you’ll benefit from:

Earning a high-quality, respected agriculture business degree

We’ve been producing respected and successful agribusiness managers for more than 35 years. Employers seek out our agriculture business degree graduates because they are well-trained and learn from leaders in the field. 

Developing expertise in the field—some in an actual field

You’ll develop hands-on skills through experiential learning and internship opportunities in settings ranging from working farms to international food processing companies.

Gaining a competitive edge through solving real-world challenges

South Carolina State agribusiness majors compete in many national agricultural sector case competitions, and we’ve produced several top national winners.

Learning from ag pros as you become one yourself

Our faculty members are agricultural industry professionals who act as mentors and collaborators. You’ll benefit from personal learning in small classes, the majority under 20 students.

Historically black college or university (HBCU) in the state to offer an agribusiness degree
Student-to-faculty ratio, with the majority of classes having less than 20 students
Awarded annually—for up to four years—by the South Carolina State/USDA 1890 Agriculture Innovation Scholarship program

What Can You Do With an Agribusiness Degree?

As a South Carolina State agribusiness degree program graduate, you’ll offer extensive business and economic skills and insights sought by a vast array of agribusiness organizations and government agencies.

South Carolina State agribusiness graduates excel in management positions for agricultural sector entities such as Tyson Foods, Smithfield Foods, Land O’Lakes, and the federal government, including the U.S. military. Our graduates hold job titles such as:

  • Ag loan officer or bank manager
  • Agribusiness manager/owner
  • Agricultural food scientist
  • Agriculture policy specialist
  • Commodity trader
  • Dairy economist
  • Financial analyst
  • Renewable energy analyst

Agribusiness graduate salary expectations on the rise

The demand for qualified, degreed agribusiness managers is rising, making salaries competitive with other management professionals.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2021 median salary for agricultural managers was $73,060. The 2021 median salary for agriculture and food scientists was $74,160, with the number of jobs expected to increase by 8%—faster than the average for all jobs—through 2031.

What Will You Study in Agribusiness?

South Carolina State’s agribusiness degree program features extensive coursework in agribusiness and agricultural sector topics, as well as a strong focus on business and management subjects. 

Agribusiness courses

  • Marketing Agribusiness Products and Price Analysis
  • Commodity Futures Marketing
  • Agribusiness Finance
  • Agricultural Policy
  • Agribusiness Strategy

Business courses

  • Macroeconomics/Microeconomics
  • Financial Management
  • Financial & Managerial Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Marketing
  • Management Information Systems

Plus, gain additional insights into the agriculture business 

Through our agriculture business degree program, you’ll participate in our Professional Development program, Executive Speaker Series, and internship opportunities. South Carolina State’s program is well known for offering our students excellent academic advising services and practical career counseling.

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