Agribusiness

Non-Degree Concentration

With a concentration in agribusiness at Concordia University, you will learn the necessary skills to become an essential part of the food supply industry. As an agricultural producer on a farm or ranch or in a business that provides services and supplies to those operations, you will apply business principles to real-world issues and opportunities within the agricultural and life sciences industries.

Our agribusiness concentration is offered through an agreement with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The 30-minute proximity of Concordia, a small, Christ-centered community, to its partner UNL, a larger, land-grant institution with a nationally recognized program in agribusiness, gives you the best of both worlds.

Professors

20:1
Student to faculty ratio

Make Ag Your Business

Earn your Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in agribusiness. Discover Concordia’s Business Department, the courses you’ll take, and the faculty you’ll work with.

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Agribusiness Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • Farmer
  • Rancher
  • Implement Dealership Manager
  • Regional Accountant
  • Agronomy Sales Specialist
  • Feedlot Foreman
  • Lead Regional Accountant
  • District Sales Manager
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Hedge Broker
  • Agricultural Lender
  • Chemical Sales

Cultivate Agriculture

The Agribusiness Program is offered through an agreement between Concordia and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. You will take 5 courses in Lincoln, while taking general education and other business credits from Concordia.

Agribusiness Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

  •  
    Bus 121 Financial Accounting
    3
    An introduction to the theory, language, and practice of accounting. Major components of the primary financial statements are examined. Emphasis on the uses of financial information.
  •  
    Econ 101 Principles of Macroeconomics*
    3
    A study of the performance of the American economy. Includes an introduction to national income, employment, fiscal policy, money and monetary policy. In addition, topics of economic stability and analysis of economic growth are covered.
  •  
    Math 122 Introduction to Statistics
    3
    The fundamentals of elementary statistics, data collection and analysis, probability, distributions, sampling, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.
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    Gen Ed General Education
    6

Semester 2

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    Bus 122 Managerial Accounting
    3
    An introductory course in managerial accounting. Topics include methods of costing, cost–price–volume relationships, flexible budgets, budget variances, capital budgeting decisions, cost allocations.
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    Econ 102 Principles of Microeconomics*
    3
    Examination of the behavior of microeconomic units such as consumers, firms and industries. Includes analysis of the problems of monopoly, urbanization, income inequality and poverty. International economics and the world economy are discussed.
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    Gen Ed General Education
    9

Semester 3

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    Bus 281 Business Communication
    3
    The intense study of business writing and speaking using audience analysis. Implications for organizational communication and structure are considered. Major assignments include writing letters and reports for targeted audiences, analysis of organizational rhetoric as related to those products, self-presentation and audience analysis in interview situations, and editing skills.
  •  
    Bus 331 Finance
    3
    Fundamentals of financial management. Policy, methods, institutions, and tools of financial management involved in financing the business organization.
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    AECN 201 Farm and Ranch Management
    4
    Various economic principles and business management concepts which are involved in the decision-making process when organizing and operating a farming/ranching operation. Includes production economics, record keeping systems, financial budgets and analysis, crop and livestock enterprise analysis, leasing arrangements, depreciation, farm business organizations, farm investment analysis, pasture/rangeland management, and production efficiency indicators.
  •  
    Gen Ed General Education
    5

Semester 4

  •  
    Bus 261 Marketing
    3
    Provides students with a thorough appreciation for the benefits and pitfalls of executing a customer orientation. Using market segmentation; management of mature products and introduction of new products. Developing long-term relationships with customers. Identifying and analyzing possibilities in consumer and industrial markets. Management of the marketing mix including product planning, distribution institutions and activities, promotion and pricing.
  •  
    Bus 371 Information Systems
    3
    Survey of the information systems discipline, including information technology, telecommunications and networks, systems design and development, and security/privacy issues. Improving organizational effectiveness through appropriate use of information system resources.
  •  
    Bus 300 Business Law
    3
    The course is designed to introduce the student to the rules of law under which the business world operates. It provides the student with a basic understanding of the legal rights and duties which arise from common business transactions. Topics include contracts, personal property, real property, insurance, estates and agency
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    AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities
    3
    Operation and use of agricultural commodity markets and institutions as applied to enterprise and firm risk management. Cash; futures and futures option markets; basis; hedging; price discovery; fundamental analysis; and risk management strategies.
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    Gen Ed General Education
    3

Semester 5

  •  
    Bus 343 Operations Management
    3
    A functional study of operational concepts as applied to managing the production of goods and services within a variety of environments such as profit, nonprofit, service and manufacturing-oriented organizations.
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    AECN 316 Agribusiness Management
    3
    For students interested in careers leading to managerial positions in the grain, feed, fertilizer, farm petroleum and related agricultural industries. The focus is on the use of financial statements, operating and managerial functions, communication, and the inter-personal work environment within an organization. Presentation is by lecture integrated with experiential learning through use of an agribusiness management simulation.
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    Electives Electives
    3
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    AECN AECN elective
    3
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    Gen Ed General Education
    3

Semester 6

  •  
    Bus 351 Human Resources Management
    3
    Knowledge and skill-building for working with people in a business or organization. Business ethics as they relate to Christian principles. Theory combined with applications from psychology and interpersonal communications serve as the focal point of the course. Participants will learn to relate more effectively to others in the work environment.
  •  
    AECN AECN Elective
    3
  •  
    Gen Ed General Education
    6
  •  
    Electives Electives
    3

Semester 7

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    Bus 399 Internship
    3
    Students will take an internship as part of their program of studies in business. Students should consult with the director of business and the Office of Career Services to obtain the undergraduate internship/practicum packet and review the required process. May be repeated once. P/F
  •  
    Bus 443 Organizational Behavior
    3
    A study of human behavior in organizational settings, the interface between human behavior and the organization, and the organization itself. Topics include organizational culture, diversity, gender communication, rewards and punishment, work place design, work teams, conflict management, leadership, total quality management and organizational development.
  •  
    Gen Ed General Education
    6
  •  
    Electives Electives
    3

Semester 8

  •  
    Bus 400 Business Ethics
    3
    A study of Christian ethics and practice in relationship to the conduct of business. Case studies are utilized to give skills in problem analysis and the application of the Christian vision.
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    Bus 446 Strategic Management
    3
    Designed to give the student practice in integrating the numerous theory courses in all phases of business management. In the role of the top manager, responsible for the total enterprise, the student applies these theories to the solution of problems in practical business cases. Decisions are made to direct the operation of a simulated business in a competitive market.
  •  
    Gen Ed General Eduaction
    6
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    Electives Electives
    3