WHY CHOOSE AGRIBUSINESS AT IW ONLINE?

Being an agribusiness major online will teach you the basics of business administration principles as they are applied to the agricultural industry. This program will help you gain the skills needed to manage businesses in agriculture and related industries. You’ll apply business principles to real-world issues and opportunities within the agricultural field. The agribusiness major will help you learn about the coordination of all activities that contribute to the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources. You’ll learn how to focus on utilizing innovative technology to increase profitability and efficiency.

The Iowa Wesleyan Online Agribusiness Major is designed to be flexible and convenient to meet the needs of today’s students. Our online classroom allows you 24/7 access to your coursework when and where it’s convenient for you. We are non-profit, regionally accredited, and nationally ranked as one of the best online bachelor’s programs by U.S. News and World Report

  • Eight-week terms with six start dates during the year
  • Learn from faculty with practitioner experience
  • Accept up to 90 transfer credits in transfer
  • Credit awarded for military experience

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Our graduates have rewarding careers throughout the United States and around the world. Join the ranks in careers such as:
  • Agribusiness Owner/Manager
  • Agricultural Sales
  • Ag Finance Specialist
  • Loan Officer
  • Farm Business Manager
  • Agricultural Journalist
  • Agricultural Policy Analyst
  • Crop Producer
  • Market Analyst
  • Quality Controller
  • Grain and Livestock Buyer
  • Commodities Merchandising

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – Agribusiness Major

Admissions Requirements

To be an agribusiness major you must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Support Courses

An introduction to probability and statistics. Students satisfactorily completing this course will demonstrate skills in assignment of probability using permutations and combinations, distributions of random variables and statistics, and large sample theory, introduction to estimation and tests of significance. Includes Excel lab.

This course explores the ethical dimensions of human experience, especially with respect to work, professions, careers, and vocations. What is demanded of us as we enter into various careers? What would excellence in these fields require? Are there basic rules governing each profession, and if so, what broader goals do these rules serve? Are there basic rules or principles guiding human life in general? In all of these spheres of life, what does it mean to be good? Prerequisite: ENG 109 and ENG 110.

Business Administration Core

Topics in this course include the behavior of individual households and firms, supply and demand analysis, and the various structures of a market economy. Students successfully completing this course will be able to identify and explain the major economic forces faced by a single firm in a capitalistic setting.

This course is designed for the general student as well as for the student considering further study in business administration, accounting or economics. This course develops basic economic theory to explain unemployment, inflation and economic growth and considers the role of governmental economic stabilization policy. Students successfully completing this course will be able to identify and explain the major economic forces faced by groups of firms in a capitalistic setting.

Introduction to reporting financial information regarding the operating, investing and financing activities of business enterprises to present and potential investors, creditors, and others. Prerequisites: BA 100

Managerial accounting is concerned with the development and use of accounting information as it applies to the decision‐making process. Attention is given to cost behavior, cost analysis, and budget development. Successful completion of this course will enable students to prepare and explain detailed financial reports as required by management. Prerequisites: BA 100, ACTG 210

A survey of the structure and functions of the American business system is provided, together with an overview of business organization, accounting, finance, and principles of management, economics, marketing, personnel and the interdependence of business, the community and government. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to describe and explain the basic internal functional areas of a business, and their relationship to outside stakeholders. This course is not open as an elective for sophomores or upper division business majors.

A study of the basic principles, concepts, theories and analytical tools in management. Topics include introduction to management, planning and decision-making, organizing for stability and change, leading and controlling. Consideration will be given to both theoretical and practical aspects of management. Students completing this course successfully will be able to describe both the theoretical background and practical applications of popular management principles and strategies. Prerequisites: BA 100

A study of the problems involved in making marketing decisions for the consumer and organizational markets. Study includes the price of the product, the promotion of the product, and the channels of distribution for the product. Successful completion of the course will enable the student to make sound product, price, distribution, and promotion decisions for a specific product or service offering. Prerequisites: BA 100; ECN 101 or ECN 102.

A study of traditional business law topics – contracts, sales, torts, agency, business organizations and other basic topics. Successful completion of this course will enable students to understand and use business law principles to guide sound business decisions. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; BA 100 or consent of instructor.

Introduces the student to the goals and objectives of financial management within the corporate setting. Students will become familiar with functions of the various financial areas, the development and use of information by the financial manager, and the various analytical tools and techniques used. Successful completion of this course will enable students to make sound, risk-sensitive financial decisions for their business. Emphasis will be placed upon financial decision making. Prerequisites: BA 100; ACTG 210; MATH 171.

A study of the uses of the computer in the functional areas of business administration. Major emphasis will be directed to analysis, design and implementation of Management Information Systems. Successfully completing this course will be able to critically analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of business information systems. Prerequisites: Junior standing; BA 100; ACTG 210; ACTG 211.

This course will provide students with an opportunity to understand, analyze, and evaluate the fundamentals, major concepts, and theories of business negotiation. In this course, students will be able to prepare for negotiating in any business situation or environment, learn various strategies on how to resolve potentially destructive disputes, learn to adapt in a dynamic negotiation environment and how to establish trust and form alliances, understand the role of culture on negotiation, and how to detect and deal with ethical dilemmas in business negotiation.

This intermediate course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of business and how it relates to society as a whole. The agribusiness major topics include the corporation in society, the business and the social environment, business and the ethical environment, business and government in a global society, the corporation and the natural environment, business and technological change, and business and the media. A systems-thinking approach is central to the course, wherein business, government, and society are so closely intertwined that an action that affects one will inevitably affect the others. The corporation’s responsibilities to primary and secondary stakeholders, both economic and ethical, are studied in light of various social issues.

This course focuses on the competitive strategy of the firm by examining issues central to the firm’s long and short-term competitive position. The course develops a set of analytical frameworks that enable students to explain performance differences among firms and that, in turn, provide a structure for making strategic decisions to enhance the firm’s future competitive positions. This course functions as the capstone course for the Business Administration major. Prerequisites: Senior Standing and the completion of all other business core requirements.

Agribusiness Major

The agribusiness major introduces courses for students involved in production agriculture, advising crop producers, working for a business /organization/agency that supplies inputs for crop production, or markets farm products. Students will be able to make sound decisions related to basic soil physics, chemical and biological characteristics, irrigation and drainage, soil and plant nutrient analysis and interpretation, fertilizers and other nutrient sources, soil pH and
liming, pest identification, biology and management, and crop growth stages and requirements. The course will involve a lab component for students to learn soil testing and other related areas. Special emphasis will be placed on corn and soybean production.

Precision agriculture systems are designed to increase production efficiency, productivity profitability while minimizing unintended impacts on wildlife and the environment. An agribusiness major will learn the concepts and applications of precision agriculture and become familiar with current hardware, equipment, and software to assist them in their practical use. Hands-on applications will include site-specific management for planning, tillage, planting, herbicide and fertilizer applications, harvesting, and postharvest. An overview of current technology and its use including autonomous vehicles, GPS, soil and crop proximal sensors, imagery and mapping, variable rate control systems, and yield monitors for corn and soybean production will be emphasized.

This course is designed primarily to familiarize students with the concepts necessary for successful strategic planning, implementation, and control of an agribusiness. Topics will include types of organizational forms, business acquisition, valuation and management tools required for planning, organizing, controlling and directing a business. Successful students will have gained practical decision-making experience utilizing capital budgeting, human resource management principles, interpreting financial statements and the development of a business planning.

The primary objective of this course is to provide the students with the tools to understand and solve basic financial problems faced by individuals and businesses today. Time value of money is an essential overarching concept in this class. The course will emphasize practical applications and problem-solving techniques. The topics covered include basic financial statement analysis, time value of money, valuation of financial assets, investment frameworks, capital budgeting techniques, financial intermediaries and public policy affecting agricultural credit markets.

This course provides a broad overview of agricultural markets, food markets, consumption, marketing functions and institutions. Because agricultural markets are often fluid and changes can occur rapidly, students will also study current events and examine their effects on agricultural markets. Additionally, this course will emphasize the effects of local, national, and international events on agricultural markets in Iowa and the surrounding states. Emphasis will be placed on students understanding the basis and gaining hands-on experience utilizing futures markets and the practice of hedging as a risk management tool as employed by corn and soybean producers.

Entrepreneurial Agriculture is intended to provide students with the ingredients of sustainable agriculture and the food industry that are essential to engaging in or setting up of profitable and sustainable ventures in Iowa and the surrounding areas. Programs to be explored such as vertical and urban farming, biofuels, environmentally sound practices and plant based proteins. Real life field experiences are emphasized, and students will be engaged in the practical development of their own virtual enterprise with simulated  business and marketing plans. Students will present project plans and feasibility studies to the class. At the end of the class, students should be able to develop a potentially bankable and viable small/medium scale enterprise capable of creating jobs and enhancing community development.

Wesleyan Studies

Wesleyan Studies is the general education curriculum at IW.
Complete all of the following:
WS 101 Student Success1
ENG 109 College Composition (WI)3
ENG 110 College Research (WI)3
Complete one (1) of the following:
COMM 147 Introduction to Public Speaking3
BA/COMM 255 Business and Professional Communication3
SM 232 Sports Information and Communication Practices3
ENG 210 Media Lab3

Math

Complete one (1) of the following:
MATH 102 Math for Life3
MATH 171 Elementary Statistics4
MATH 201 Pre-Calculus3
MATH 231 Calculus I4

Science

Complete one (1) of the following:
BIO 201 General Botany4
BIO 211 General Zoology4
BIO 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 260 Ecology and Conservation4
CHEM 175 General Chemistry4
PHYS 210 General Physics 14
Complete three credit hours from two different areas: (*=audition required)
ART 107 Introduction to the Art of Smartphone Photography3
ART 201 Basic Studio & Design 2-D3
ART 203 Art Appreciation3
ART 215 Painting I3
ART 216 Ceramics I3
ART 219 Drawing I3
ART 381 History of Art I3
ART 382 History of Art II3
DMD 109 Survey of Multimedia3
ENG 247 Imaginative Writing3
Any 200 or 300 level English Literature course3
MUS 101/2 Ensembles*1
MUS 103/4 Concert Choir*1
MUS 105/6 SE IA Community Band*1
MUS 107/8 Jazz Big Band*1
MUS 109/110 SE Iowa Symphony*1
MUS 120 Guitar1
MUS 121/2 Private Instruction0.5
MUS 131/2 Beginning Piano1
MUS 221/2 Private Instruction0.5
MUS 225 Survey of Music Literature3
MUS 353 History of Music (to 1750)3
MUS 354 History of Music (1750 to Present)3
PE 107 Dance & Movement3
PHIL 130 Critical Reasoning3
PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 215 Ethics for Life & Career3
PHIL 306 Philosophy of Religion3
REL 150 Introduction to World Religions3
REL 300 Religion in West Civilization3
Complete three credit hours from two different areas:
HIST 125 U.S. History Survey, 1607-18773
HIST 126 U.S. History Survey, 1877-Present3
HIST 173 Western Civilization to 13503
HIST 174 Western Civilization since 13503
HIST 320 Ante-Bellum America3
ECN 101 Microeconomics3
ECN 102 Macroeconomics3
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology3
SOC/PSYC 205 The Family3
SOC 243 Social Problems3
PSYC 131 General Psychology3
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology3
EDUC 296 Educational Psychology3
EDUC 301 Education of Exceptional Person3
EDUC 306 Collaboration and The Family3
SM 102 Sport and Society3
Complete one of the following:
BA 318 Global Business3
CJ 370 Multiculturalism in Criminal Justice3
EDUC 357 Human Relations: Global Perspectives for Educators3
IS 100 Introduction to International3
IS 101 Life and Culture3
NUR/WS 325 Global Health Care3
SOC 310 Race and Ethnicity3

WS 300 Global Issues

WS 320 Leadership and Service

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Agribusiness Major

  1. Complete all Wesleyan Studies, support and major courses and requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0
  2. Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, with at least 30 upper level credits
  3. Complete at least 30 credit hours from Iowa Wesleyan University

All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see the current Undergraduate Course Catalog for degree requirements

FINANCING YOUR EDUCATION

  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Military/Veteran’s Benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement/Employer Assistance Programs
  • Payment Plans

Discover more details regarding options to finance your education at Financial Aid Information