The agribusiness industry accounts for nearly one-fifth of the U.S. gross national product and employs close to one-fourth of the U.S. labor force. On the domestic scene alone, we are witnessing the consolidation of farms and ranches into larger, more efficient operations that are increasingly industrialized with more sophisticated management.
An AgriBusiness major prepares for the growing, fast-paced agriculture environment of the future. Students study economics and accounting, marketing, law and policy, production agriculture and management, all of which then take into account technology and environmental regulations.
AgriBusiness is one of the most in demand degrees today. California ranks #1 in agriculture production and the business end of the industry needs skilled, educated people to meet the demands of this dynamic, exciting industry.
An Associate of Science Degree in AgriBusiness can help you advance your career by helping you become a valuable asset to agricultural businesses.
The skills you develop will prepare you to enter the exciting professional world of agriculture marketing, sales, production, management, and more.
With an Associate of Arts Degree in AgriBusiness, you are prepared for a wide range of exciting career options and you will also be prepared to transfer to a 4 year university to pursue a Bachelor's Degree.
AGBS B2: Agricultural Economics (3 units)
Core agriculture course; required of all agriculture majors. The place of agriculture and farming in the economic system; basic economic concepts and problems of agriculture; pricing and marketing problems, factors of production; state and federal farm programs affecting the farmer’s economic position. Prerequisite: Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH BA/B200A. Recommended: Reading Level 5 minimum. Hours: 54 lect. Offered: F. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges. BC GE D.2; CSU GE D.2.
AGBS B6: Agriculture Sales & Promotion
The study of principles and practices of the selling process: selling strategies and approaches, why and how people buy, prospecting, territory management, and customer service. Self- management, communication, and interpersonal skills necessary in developing managerial abilities, leadership qualities, and facilitating teamwork within the agribusiness sector will be explored. Students will gain experience through role-play, formal sales presentations, and job shadowing. The course content is organized to give students an in-depth understanding of the factors and influences that affect the agribusiness industry on a day-to-day basis. (C-ID AG-AB 112L) Recommended: Reading Level 5 minimum. Hours: 54 lect. Offered: F, S. CCS: Occupational Education. Transferable: CSU and private colleges
Bakersfield College offers the following programs in Agriculture Business: