The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics offers a Bachelor’s of Science, Agricultural Business degree completion program through Colorado State Online. The Agricultural Business online courses are the same as those taught on campus at CSU, providing a high quality university education. The online Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business carries the full accreditation of Colorado State University and is indistinguishable on student transcripts from the on-campus version of the degree. To view a list of courses available online, visit our online degree page on the CSU Online site.
Who is this degree for?
The online Ag Business degree is designed for students who have completed some college coursework and are interested in agriculture and related industries. The degree completion program has been “designed for” those with an associate’s of science degree; however, we can accommodate students with a wide variety of course backgrounds. Ideally, the interested student has completed college algebra, all or a portion of the other All University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements, and some agricultural science electives.
Is online learning right for me?
Learning online works for many people, but it is often a new experience that requires some adaptation. To succeed as an online student, you have to be reasonably independent, motivated, and able to manage your time well. You will not attend lectures in a classroom, so you assume more responsibility to read, communicate online, write papers, submit assignments according to deadlines, and balance your coursework with your personal and professional life. You will have a much more active role in managing your online learning experience than you would in a classroom. Is online learning right for you?
How do I pay for my education?
You can apply for financial aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at the following website: www.fafsa.ed.gov
In addition, you may be eligible to apply for scholarships, including:
- Local scholarships
- CSU College of Agricultural Sciences Scholarships
Note: CSU Online credit courses are not eligible for College Opportunity Fund (COF) funding. Credit earned through CSU Online courses will not be counted toward the 145 lifetime hour maximum for COF.
How long will it take?
All baccalaureate degrees at CSU require a minimum of 120 credit hours for completion. The time and credits it takes to complete the degree program depends on what courses you can transfer to CSU and how they match up against our degree requirements. As long as prerequisites are met, the timeline is up to you! There are no minimum or maximum credit requirements per semester for this program, although some scholarships may require you to take a minimum number of credits per semester. Typically, full-time students will enroll in 15-18 credits hours per term, although many online students are part-time. Courses are offered in 8, 12 or 16 week terms, depending on the class. Some courses are only offered once a year, some every term. For information about specific courses and when they’re available, please visit the Online Agricultural Business Degree Curriculum page or contact to Melanie Calderwood.
How do I get started
Contact Joy Nyenhuis, the Ag Business student services representative at CSU Online, at Joy.Nyenhuis@colostate.edu to learn more and to request a Tentative Transfer Evaluation (TTE). The TTE process can take 6-8 weeks, and we encourage you to take this step as early as possible to give you an idea of how your courses may transfer and what you may need to do before applying for admission. After your TTE has been processed, Melanie Calderwood the academic advisor for online Ag Business students, will contact you to discuss the TTE, provide details about your remaining requirements, and help you decide if you would like to apply. Please see the admissions page for information about the admission process and contact Joy Nyenhuis with questions at 970-491-2665.
You may register for individual courses through CSU Online without being admitted to Colorado State University; simply register for your course(s) of interest. If you believe that you might want to pursue the baccalaureate degree however, be sure to seek advice before enrolling in courses.
What are job opportunities with this degree?
Although students directly involved in agriculture choose this major each year, business-oriented students with a wide variety of backgrounds have launched successful careers with this versatile degree as well. Graduates establish careers in agriculture production, agribusiness management, marketing, sales, and finance, to name a few areas. Participating in internships and experiential opportunities is strongly encouraged to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who seek further specialization are prepared to pursue advanced studies.
Examples of career paths that recent graduates have taken include, but are not limited to:
- commodity broker
supply chain analyst
farm machinery sales representative
human resources specialist
crop insurance agent
precision ag technologist
agricultural chemical sales representative
real estate appraiser
How do online courses work?
Most online classes operate on a weekly schedule rather than a daily one. In addition to lesson plans and readings, a weekly deadline is typical and may include assignments, exams, or participation in discussions, case studies, and other learning activities.
Discussions are critically important! Since you don’t see your instructor and fellow students, you should use the discussion board often. Contributing your thoughts and experiences makes the course much more interesting and valuable for both you and your classmates, and most courses require you to interact frequently. In online courses, there’s no way to sit in back of the room and avoid speaking up — you must be present and active.