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College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Agribusiness involves processing and marketing food and fiber products; supplying inputs to agricultural production, processing, and transportation; and serving and regulating industry.  It accounts for 22% of the nation’s economic activity.

Agribusiness majors at the University of Georgia learn economic principles and strategies for successful agribusiness marketing, management, and finance.  Students take courses in economic theory, agriculture, management, marketing, accounting, communications, mathematics, and computers to develop decision-making skills for marketing, sales, processing, manufacturing, transportation, and international trade. 

The degree provides career flexibility for work in private industry, government, or managing your own business.

Available Minor: Agribusiness and Management 

Students are required to complete at least 15 hours of course work(minimum grade of a "C-" for each course) for the minor and all prerequisites must be taken prior to enrolling in the required courses. Courses taken to satisfy core Areas I through VI may not be counted. Courses being counted as part of a student's requirements for a major shall not be counted as part of the course work for the minor. Instead, a student must complete 15 additional hours from the listed courses that are not included in the student's major. No student shall take more than one minor in the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics.

Study Abroad Options: Study Abroad Program in Oaxaca Mexico; Agriculture and Ecology in Tropical America - Guatemala (odd-numbered years) or Costa Rica (even-numbered years); International Agribusiness Marketing and Management: Focus on Mexico; Sustainable Agriculture in Mediterranean Regions

Agricultural and Applied Economics

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Agricultural economics applies economic principles to food and fiber production, natural resource management, community and regional economic development, environmental policy, and international trade.

Students take courses in economic theory, econometrics, statistics, accounting, technical agriculture, and the physical and biological sciences.  A flexible offering of electives allows students to tailor the agricultural economics major to meet their particular interests and career objectives.  Samples of past research projects have focused on water use efficiency and conservation, sustainable agricultural systems, policy, trade and market analysis, and land-use planning.

The distinguished faculty train students in decision-making, communication, and interpersonal skills for dynamic careers in business, natural resources, and the environment.  For students wishing to pursue further studies, the program provides an excellent foundation for graduate schools in agricultural economics, economics, and professional schools in law and business administration. 

Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia continues to provide a strong theoretical background for solving real-world problems and increasing the efficiency and profitability of agriculture in Georgia and beyond.

Study Abroad Options

Agriculture and Ecology in Tropical America - Guatemala (odd-numbered years) or Costa Rica (even-numbered years); International Agribusiness Marketing and Management: Focus on Mexico, and Sustainable Agriculture in Mediterranean Regions.

Agricultural Engineering

College of Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering program at UGA provides a fundamental understanding of the natural, mathematical, and engineering sciences and how to apply this understanding to design devices and processes.  The curriculum consists of a mathematical component that provides quantitative skills needed to measure, estimate, model, and simulate; an engineering science component that provides skills needed to integrate scientific knowledge with engineering applications; and an engineering design component that provides knowledge of the systematic process for creating new devices, systems, and structures for human use.

Students may choose from several areas of emphasis including:

* Mechanical Systems - the design of mechanical and hydraulic systems.  Course work analyzes the dynamics of machinery motion; stress/deformation/fatigue in parts; and design/selection of machinery parts such as bolted and welded connections, bearings, chain, gear, and V-belt drives and shafts.  

* Natural Resource Management - solves problems related to food, wastes, and the natural environment.  Course work involves hydraulic structure design; runoff/erosion controls for rural and urban landscapes; and odor control systems associated with rural animal production and urban bioconversion.

* Process Operations – the application of the physical, natural, and engineering sciences in the operation and design of manufacturing plants.   Course work involves the study of a wide range of production processes ranging from production control to materials handling.

* Structural Systems - designing structures and conditioning the environment within.  Structural types include residential, light-framed industrial, large industrial, and greenhouse buildings. Students use state-of-the-art software to evaluate form, function, and appearance of new structural designs.

The curriculum concludes with a senior project that requires students to design a useful product under the constraints typical of private practice. 

Graduates are qualified for a wide range of careers in civil, mechanical, electrical, agricultural, environmental, and process engineering areas such as design, development, testing, process control, management, electronic communications, food processing, mechanical equipment, paper production, consultation, textiles, and government.