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Degree Requirements

Introduction

The Agribusiness and Food Industry Management major teaches the application of business concepts to the agricultural industry. Because of the wide selection of course offerings, a broad range of occupational choices is available to the graduate. These include the banking and finance area, food and fiber processing, sales and marketing positions, federal, state and county government units, agricultural communications, farm and ranch management, commodity and produce brokerage, packing house management and supermarket management. The core is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic functions of business and the application of theory and practice to the agribusiness industry. The directed electives and career tracks allow the student to design a curriculum that is more closely in tune with the student's career goals. The two career tracks allow students to tailor course work to their particular interests.

The Agribusiness and Food Industry track is directed more towards the domestic agribusiness and food industry. Within this track, students can generally emphasize some aspect of marketing or management with courses in both agriculture and business. Interested students can even direct their course work towards a specific technical area such as management of a crop or animal enterprise. The Animal Industry or Equine Industry track is for the students who want to combine the passion for animals with a business career.

As a supplement to classroom and laboratory meetings, field trips are taken to distribution centers, production areas, and other related industries within agriculture. Frequent visits by guest speakers from leading agricultural firms further ensure that students gain practical, current knowledge. In addition to business management, sales, and salespromotional training, students may elect studies in specified production fields to gain valuable production techniques and experience necessary for job competency. As a senior, the student is encouraged to take parttime employment in a related agricultural industry of interest.

Core Courses for Major Back To Top(2011-2012)

Required of all students. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in core courses in order to receive a degree in the major.

Orientation to the College of Agriculture AG 100 1
Agriculture and the Modern World AG 101 4
Computer Applications in Agriculture AG 128/128L 2/1
or Introduction to Microcomputing CIS 101 4
Global Resources for Food IA 101 4
Managing Agribusiness Organizations ABM 201 3
Accounting for Agribusiness ABM 224 4
Food and Agribusiness Marketing ABM 304 4
Wholesaling and Retailing of Food Products ABM 306 4
Sales and Advertising Management ABM 309 4
Applied Economics for Agribusiness ABM 311 4
Politics of Food and Agriculture ABM 313 3
Financial Analysis for Agribusiness ABM 326 4
Data Management for Agribusiness ABM 375 4
Agribusiness Personnel Management ABM 402 4
Senior Feasibility Study ABM 490 3
Development of Leadership Skills AG 464 3
  Total: 57

Support and Elective CoursesBack To Top (2007-2008)

Required of all students. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in core courses including option courses for the major in order to receive a degree in the major.

Food Laws and Regulations FST 322 4
or Legal Environment of Business Transactions FRL 201 (4)
Internship in Food Mktg. & Agribusiness FMA 441 3
Statistics with Applications (B1) STA 120 4
Ehtical Issues in Food, Ag, & App. Ind. (C4) AG 401 4
Priniciples of Economics (D4) EC 201 4
  Total 19

Career Track for Agribusiness (2007-2008)

A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in core courses in order to receive a degree in the major. Minimum of 32 units from the below classes, other 12 Units must be approved by Advisor. Advisor is open to Hospitality, Business, Transfer, and College of Agriculture courses. Make an appointment to see what classes transfer.

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Intro to Food Science and Technology FST 125 4
Marketing Management IBM 301 4
Seminar in Food & Agribusiness Management FMA 310 3
Food Safety & Current Issues FST 325 4
Financial Analysis for Agribusiness II FMA 327 4
Introduction to Entrepreneurship MHR 320 4
Creativity and Entrepreneurship MHR 321 4
Meat Science & Industry AVS  327/L 4
Agribusiness Enterprise Management FMA 328 3
Food & Agricultural Marketing Applications FMA 405 4
Int. Food & Agribusiness Marketing FMA 330 4
Issues in California and World Agriculture FMA 410 3
Principles of HACCP FST 423 4
Irrigation & Water Management PLT 232 4
Pomology PLT 203 3
Culinary Produce PLT 222 4
Vegetable Crops PLT 226 3
Crop Quality & Utilization PLT 321 3
Soil Mgmt. & Conservation PLT 334 3
Post Harvest Physiology PLT 351 3
Environmentally Sustainable Ag. PLT 437 3
  Total: 44

 

Career Track for Animal Industry or Equine Industry (2007-2008)

A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in core courses in order to receive a degree in the major. Minimum of 32 units from the below classes, other 12 Units must be approved by Advisor. Advisor is open to Business, Transfer, Science, and College of Agriculture courses. Make an appointment to see what classes transfer.

 

Feeds and Feeding AVS 101/101L 3/1
Animal Science I: Food Animal Science AVS 112 4
Animal Science II: Campanion, Lab, & Exotic Animal Sc. AVS 113 4
Animal Science I: Food Animal Management Lab. AVS 114L 1
Animal Science II: Campanion, Lab, and Exoctic Lab AVS 115L 1
Animal Diseases AVS 201 3
Basic Soil Science SPLT 231/231L 3/1
Animal Parasitology AHS 302/302L 3/1
Genetics of Domestic Animals AVS 305 4
Meat Science & Industry AVS 327/327L 3/1
Anat. & Physiology of Domestic Animals AVS 350/350L 4/1
Physiology of Reproduction and Lactation AVS 414/414L 3/1
Veterinary Economics & Hospital Management AHS 450 3
Agricultural Water Resource Management FMA 450 4
Equine Management Science AVS 125/125L 3/1
Equine Nutrition AVS 355 3
Equine Herd Health Care and Management AVS 365/365 3/1
Equine Enterprise Management FMA 329 3
Equine Investment Management FMA 429 3
Equine Appraisal and Evaluation FMA 430 3
Pastures & Forage Systems PLT 223 3
Irrigation & Water Management PLT 232 4
Soil Mgmt. & Conservation PLT 334 3
  Total: 44

 

General Education CoursesBack To Top   (2007-2008)

Students should consult the catalog website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated below, see the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

Area A    
1. Oral Communication   4
2. Written Communication   4
3. Critical Thinking   4
Area B    
1. Physical Science   4
2. Biological Science   4
3. Laboratory Activity   4
4. Math/Quantitative Reasoning STA 120 4
4. Science and Technology Synthesis   4
Area C    
1. Visual and Performing Arts   4
2. Philosophy and Civilization   4
3. Literature and Foreign Languages   4
4. Ethical Issues in Food, Agricultural and Apparel Industries AG 401 4
Area D    
1. Introduction to American Government and United States History PLS 201,HST 202 4,4
2. Principles of Economics EC 201 4
3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studie   4
4. Social Science Synthesis   4
Area E    
Lifelong Understanding and Self-development   4

Agricultural Business Management MinorBack To Top  (2007-2008)

Accounting for Agribusiness FMA 224 4
Financial Analysis for Agribusiness I FMA 326 4
Agribusiness Enterprise Management FMA 328 4

 

Select 20 units from the following:
Global Resources for Food IA 101 4
Managing Agribusiness Organizations FMA 201 3
Sales and Advertising Management FMA 309 4
Food and Agribusiness Marketing FMA 304 4
Agricultural Commodity and Futures Trading FMA 305 3
Wholesaling and Retailing of Food FMA 306 4
Seminar in Food and Agribusiness Management FMA 310 3
Applied Economics for Agribusiness FMA 311 4
The Politics of Food and Agriculture FMA 313 3
Equine Enterprise Management FMA 329 3
International Food and Agribusiness Marketing FMA 330 4
Data Management for Agribusiness FMA 375 4
Operations Management for Agribusiness FMA 376 4
Agribusiness Personnel Management FMA 402 4
Food and Agricultural Marketing Applications FMA 405 4
Real Property Appraisal and Acquisition FMA 406 4
Isssues in California and World Agriculture FMA 410 3
Equine Investment Management FMA 429 3
Equine Appraisal and Evaluation FMA 430 3
Total Units 32

*1. College of Agriculture majors can take either
     a. Two FMA courses or
     b. Two internationally-oriented College of Business courses or
     c. One of each
2. Non-College of Agriculture majors must take two non-FMA College of Agriculture courses to provide technical expertise.

Course DescriptionsBack To Top

All Departmental offerings may be taken on a CR/NC basis except for majors in the department.

FMA 200 Special Study for Lower Division Students (1-2)

Individual or group investigation, research, studies or surveys of selected problems. Total credit limited to 4 units, with a maximum of 2 units per quarter.

FMA 201 Managing Agribusiness Organizations (3)

A comprehensive overview of management fundamentals emphasizing the study of management and business organizations in the contemporary food and agricultural system. Includes various management theories, approaches and techniques and how they might be applied to organizations within the food and agricultural system. The conflict between organizational and personal values will also be covered. 3 lectures.

FMA 224 Accounting for Agribusiness (4)

Emphasis on the practical applications of accounting information for managers of food marketing and agribusiness management. Analysis of accounting data and its meaning for management and financial decisions. Includes the basics of recording transactions as well as accounting for assets, liabilities, owner's equity and net income, and the interpretation of this information. 4 lectures/problem-solving.

FMA 299/299A/299L Special Topics for Lower Division Students (1-4)

Group study of a selected topic, the title to be specified in advance. Total credit limited to 8 units, with a maximum of 4 units per quarter. Instruction is by lecture, laboratory, activity, or a combination.

FMA 304 Food and Agribusiness Marketing (4)

Economic aspects of marketing agricultural products. Problems and alternative solutions of various marketing institutions. Current trends and developments in California product marketing. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: EC 201 or permission of the instructor.

FMA 305 Agricultural Commodity Marketing and Futures Trading (3)

Principles of marketing agricultural commodities. Understanding the operation of commodity markets, developing marketing strategies and learning the mechanics of futures trading. Application for specific commodities. 3 lectures.

FMA 306 Wholesaling and Retailing of Food Products (4)

Principles and practices of distributing food products from producer to consumer; buying, assembling, transporting, handling, receiving and merchandising. Functions of wholesalers and intermediate handlers, chain stores, food brokers, jobbers. Operating costs of retail stores; site selection; scheduling; management of store personnel; pricing, inventory control. 4 lectures.

FMA 309 Sales and Advertising Management (4)

Industry-sponsored agricultural advertising programs; tools of publicity, merchandising and public relations. Detailed examination of local types of advertising media, and rates for short, seasonal promotions. Advertising provisions of marketing orders. Seminar type discussions and guest speakers. 4 lecture discussions.

 

FMA 310 Seminar in Food and Agribusiness Management (3)

Seminar on special problems encountered in food and agribusiness management with an emphasis on the food consumer. Economic, social, cultural and demographic factors influencing consumer behavior and consumption patterns covered. Market surveillance techniques used by managers will also be discussed. 3 lecture discussions. Prerequisite: Junior status or food/agribusiness industry experience.

FMA 311 Applied Economics for Agribusiness (4)

Intermediate micro-economic theory applied to production and marketing problems in agriculture. 4 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: EC 201 or consent of instructor.

FMA 313 Politics of Food and Agriculture (3)

The political framework affecting the food and agricultural system. Federal and state laws and regulations impacting agribusiness. Contemporary development and economic analysis of public programs and policies. Current policies and programs as well as alternate policies evaluated. Seminar discussions. Policy case studies. 3 lecture discussions. Prerequisite: EC 201 or consent of instructor.

FMA 326 Financial Analysis for Agribusiness I (4)

Techniques of financial analysis. To include capital budgeting, sources of loans for agribusiness, analysis of financial statements, credit instruments, risk and insurance for agriculture, farm credit system. 4 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: FMA 324.

FMA 327 Financial Analysis for Agribusiness II (3)

Continuation of FMA 326. Financial forecasting, leverage and growth, further topics in the time value of money, working capital management, financing operations. 3 lectures. Prerequisite: FMA 326.

FMA 328 Agribusiness Enterprise Management (4)

Criteria for decision making involving food and agribusiness enterprises. Case studies used. Budgeting processes, credit use, and feasibility analysis. Source of economic information. Introduction to simulation of management process. Seminar discussions and feasibility study prepared. 4 lectures.

FMA 329 Equine Enterprise Management (3)

Equine enterprise analysis with emphasis on capital acquisition, leasing, land acquisition, legal problems and labor problems. 3 lectures. Prerequisites: FMA 328, AVS 125/125L.

FMA 330 International Food and Agribusiness Marketing (4)

Marketing of food, fiber and horticultural products in foreign markets. Special emphasis on selecting export markets, procedures for establishing contacts, promotion, financing, insuring, shipping tariffs, customs, regulations and other matters related to food and fiber products. Management practices and problems of firms involved in exporting and importing textiles and garments, livestock, fruits, vegetables, grains and other food and fiber products. 4 lecture/discussions.

FMA 350/LIS 350 Water and Civilization (4)

Water and its relationship to civilization from ancient history to modern developments. Survey of global water resources and current issues of distribution, relationship to economic development, and the environment. Analysis of state and regional water supplies, water districts. Determination of water requirements for agriculture in arid and humid regions.

FMA/IA 360 Agricultural Cooperatives (4)

Structure, management and organization of the Agricultural Cooperative with emphasis upon current management practice. Includes comparison of cooperative with other business forms, ideals, history, and progress of the cooperative movement, problems in establishing a new cooperative, financing and membership problems. 4 lecture discussions.

FMA 375 Data Management for Agribusiness (4)

Principles and procedures involved in analysis of agricultural data for management. Includes single two-sample hypothesis testing for means and proportions. Chi-square, simple and multiple regression and correlation. Microcomputer applications. 4 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: STA 120 or equivalent.

FMA 376 Operations Management for Agribusiness (4)

Application of statistical and other quantitative techniques employed in agricultural economic and operations analysis. Areas covered include statistical forecasting, resource allocation, break-even analysis, project management, inventory control, total quality management (TQM), and quality control. 4 lectures/problem-solving. Prerequisite: FMA 375.

FMA 400 Special Study for Upper Division Students (1-2)

Individual or group investigation, research, studies or surveys of selected problems. Total credit limited to 4 units, with a maximum of 2 units per quarter.

FMA 402 Agribusiness Personnel Management (4)

Management-employee relations and theory; employee motivation; union and management relations; recruitment and selection; performance appraisal; communications; individual and group incentive systems; employee counseling; labor legislation; wage determination and salary systems; employment and unemployment. Case studies analyzed. Seminar discussions held, role playing emphasized, guest speakers. 4 lectures.

FMA 405 Food and Agricultural Marketing Applications (4)

An application of theories, principles and procedures involved in developing a marketing strategy. Students will work as a team to develop a marketing plan for an agricultural product. Topics covered will include all aspects of food and fiber market strategy planning such as identifying a target market, analyzing market opportunities, developing a marketing mix, and completing a budget for the plan. 4 lecture discussions.

FMA 406 Real Property Appraisal and Acquisition (4)

Principles, methods and techniques of appraising agricultural real property for loans, purchase and sale, tax assessments, condemnations, and other purposes. 3 lecture discussions.

FMA 410 Issues in California and World Agriculture (3)

Discussion and analyses of contemporary issues of the food and agricultural system in California and the world. Overview of principles and issues such as the resource base, environmental and health consequences of production and marketing, international trade and free trade agreements, and designing an economically and environmentally sustainable food and agricultural system for California and the world. 3 lecture discussions. Prerequisites: IA 101, FMA 304, FMA 311, FMA 313.

FMA 429 Equine Investment Management (3)

In-depth analysis of equine investments. Emphasis on capital acquisition, equine tax law, limited partnerships, joint ventures, and stallion or mare syndications. 3 lectures.

FMA 430 Equine Appraisal and Evaluation (3)

Principles of equine evaluation and appraisal. The student will perform an actual appraisal and be required to prepare an appraisal report. 3 lectures.

FMA 431 Assessing International Agrimarketing Opportunities (4)

Comparative agribusiness systems and methods to assess international agribusiness trade and foreign investment opportunities. Analyzes the international forces with which the international agribusiness firm must contend and potential responses. Includes integration of foreign food and agricultural marketing, natural resource and production policies with impact on private sector responses. Term project on a product and country required. 4 lecture discussions. Prerequisites: IA 101, FMA 300 or IA 362 or equivalents.

FMA 441, 442 Internship in Food Marketing and Agribusiness (1-4) (1-4)

On-the-job training in agricultural business management providing collegiate level experience in food distribution, agricultural management. One unit credit for each 120 hours of experience and training. No more than 6 units of credit can be earned. Useful for preparation of senior project. Application to coordinator required during the quarter prior to the internship.

FMA/IA 450 Agricultural Water Resource Management (4)

Water resource management applied to current issues. Water delivery systems in the U.S. and California, survey of water rights, water pollution, water conservation, food and agricultural system water use, and efficient water management. Includes water problems in developing nations. 4 lecture discussions.

FMA 461, 462 Senior Project (2)

Selection and completion of a project under faculty supervision. Projects typical of problems which graduates must solve in their fields of employment. Project results are presented in a formal report. Must be taken in sequence, not concurrently. Prerequisites: FMA 311, 324, 326, 375.

FMA 463 Undergraduate Seminar (2)

New methods and developments, practices, and procedures in the field. 1 meeting. Prerequisite: senior project completed.

FMA 490 Senior Feasibility Study (3)

Selection and completion of a major feasibility study under faculty supervision. Prerequisites: FMA 311, 324.

FMA 491 Senior Seminar I (2)

The first course in the capstone series for majors. Panel discussions and debates on current topics. Also includes career-related activities involving interviews with industry representatives and resume writing. 2 seminars. Prerequisite: FMA 490.

FMA 492 Senior Seminar II (2)

The second course in the capstone series for majors. Includes debates on current topics, case studies monitored by faculty in various specialties as well as industry representatives. Students will give videotaped presentation. 2 seminars. Prerequisite: FMA 491.

FMA 499/499A/499L Special Topics for Upper Division Students (1-4)

Group study of a selected topic, the title to be specified in advance. Total credit limited to 8 units, with a maximum of 4 units per quarter. Instruction is by lecture, laboratory, activity, or a combination of lecture and laboratory or activity.

FMA 503 Agriculture in Development (4)

Survey of food production and marketing systerns as well as issues in agricultural development. Examination of attitudes and approaches for rural development practitioners. Understanding of interrelationships among nutrition, agricultural, environmental, economic, political, social, and gender factors. 4 lectures.

FMA 562 Rural Development Project. Analysis (4)

Principles of rural development projects in developing countries to increase nutritional status, primarily in rural areas. Involves case studies, project analysis and systems application to total project development. 4 lectures.

FMA 575 Statistics for Agriculture (4)

A summary of statistical tools and techniques used in agriculture. Includes hypothesis testing, Chi Square, ANOVA, correlation, as well as simple and multiple regression. Application of computer to selected statistical techniques. Review of statistical literature from various fields of agriculture. Open to graduate students only. 4 lectures/problemsolving. Prerequisite: STA 120 or equivalent.

FMA 695 Research Project (2-4)

A written research project concerning a significant problem in the agribusiness or food industries. Directed by a committee of graduate faculty members. Total credit limited to 4 units.Back To Top