Minor in Agribusiness
Agribusiness is a field with immense career opportunities that requires a combination of expertise within the fields of Biology and Business. In order to address an increasing demand for trained professionals in this area, Arcadia University offers an interdisciplinary minor in Agribusiness that is open to students from all majors, although it is expected that most students will draw from Business, Biology, Scientific Illustration and/or Public Health majors.
Minoring in Agribusiness, you will have an opportunity to:
- Explore and identify various career opportunities available within the field of Agriculture, food and related industries.
- Demonstrate critical thinking and domain specific knowledge to solve Agribusiness challenges/problems in a variety of contexts.
- Develop skills to evaluate and assess the viability of projects related to Agribusiness.
- Implement sustainable solutions to agribusiness challenges/problems based on sound biological principles.
Agriculture & Food Marketing
Gain an understanding of the agribusiness systems involved in the production and marketing of agricultural and food products. Analysis of competitive situations facing Agribusiness firms, understanding of institutions involved in marketing of agricultural products including cooperatives, processor, wholesalers and retailers will be covered. Marketing process of various commodities and regulations governing the agribusiness marketing system will also be discussed.
Explore topics such as photosynthetic physiology, plant growth and tropisms, plant nutrition, and ecological effects of abiotic factors. Particular emphasis will be given to knowledge and skills needed for applied of plant physiology. This course will be especially useful for students interested in pursuing graduate study or careers in applied tracks like natural resources, forestry, wildlife biology, conservation biology, ecology, agriculture or horticulture. Laboratories are designed to complement the various career needs. This course satisfies the plant lab requirement for the Biology Major.
Natural Resource Economics
Learn the principles and practice of applying economic methods of analysis to issues relating to natural resources and the environment. Concepts of sustainability and the discounting of future costs and benefits are studied in depth, and these techniques are then applied to the use of nonrenewable and also renewable resources.
Examine the genetic and ecological characteristics of declining populations and devise strategies to prevent further losses. Explore topics including conservation ethics, taxonomic definitions, global patterns of biodiversity, genetic diversity within species, demographic processes, species interactions, extinctions and invasions, habitat fragmentation, conservation reserves, and ecological restoration.