Program Description

If you are interested in a career in agriculture but for various reasons you are not interested in production agriculture, agri-business may be your field. Studies in agriculture are combined with business courses to provide a foundation for a wide variety of employment opportunities. Classroom and hands-on instruction will prepare you for occupations within the agri-business sector. The agriculture courses are taught at the Agriculture Center of Excellence, which houses a production dairy farm operation. Learners will complete an internship work experience during the program. Jobs in this field are generally physical and require the strength to lift and carry 50 pounds. Additionally, learners interested in this career should have above average computer skills. Learners looking to be successful in this occupation should have the aptitude to work with animals and possess good oral, reading and writing skills.

Approximate Cost

$11,876
Tuition: $9608 , Books: $2269

Starting Salary

$25,025
Average, based on the annual Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
30-40 %
at Antigo
30-40 %
at Medford
30-40 %
at Phillips
30-40 %
at Spencer
30-40 %
at Wittenberg
30-40 %
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Incorporate information from written documents, legal documents, and professional literature and reports
  • Demonstrate understanding of the major functional areas of agri-business
  • Apply concepts of agriculture finance and business management
  • Apply economic and marketing strategies to the agri-business industry
  • Develop a business plan for an agriculture business

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Agriculture Administrative Assistant
  • Agriculture Journalist
  • Breed Association Representative
  • Agriculture Laboratory Specialist
  • Agriculture Inspector
  • Agriculture Office Worker
  • Livestock Buyer/Seller/Owner
  • Agriculture Tourism
  • Agriculture Promotion
  • Agriculture Finance
  • Agriculture Product Sales and Marketing

Courses

The Agri-Business Associate Degree is a 62 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

ORIENTATION TO AGRICULTURAL STUDIES 1.00
INTRO TO ANIMAL SCIENCE 3.00
EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE RELATIONS 2.00
AGRICULTURAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 2.00
AGRICULTURE SERVICE MANAGEMENT 2.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00
CENTS & SENSIBILITY 1.00

Second Term

MILK QUALITY & PRODUCTION 3.00
AGRICULTURE COMMODITIES & MARKETING 3.00
AGRICULTURAL ACCOUNTING 2.00
POWERPOINT 2016 LEVEL 1 1.00
EXCEL 2016 LEVEL 1 1.00
WORD 2016 LEVEL 1 1.00
ELECTIVE 2.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Third Term

DAIRY NUTRITION 3.00
AGRICULTURAL INTERNSHIP 3.00
AGRICULTURE SALES & PROMOTION 2.00
FARM TAX ESSENTIALS 2.00
ECONOMICS 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Fourth Term

BOVINE REPRODUCTION 3.00
PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO PREPARATION 1.00
FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
MILKING TECHNOLOGIES 3.00
BUILDING DESIGN FOR THE COW 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

Admissions Process

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What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.