Agriculture Resource Management

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

This curriculum includes five areas of concentration: general agricultural economics, agribusiness management, farm management, rural development, and resource economics. The general agricultural economics area or concentration provides a basic background for a variety of agriculturally-related careers.

Career Opportunities

Agribusiness and farm management areas provide specialized training for careers in agribusiness, credit, government and farming. Rural development and resource economics areas of concentration provide training for careers in community development, rural planning and management of natural resources. Employment opportunities exist with agribusiness firms, extensions, local, state, and national and international agencies.

Admissions Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (5 and 6)6
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
BIOL 101
BIOL 103
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 2)
CHEM 111Survey of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics (GEF 8)3
A&VS 251Principles of Animal Science4
AGEE 101Global Food and Agricultural Industry (GEF 7)3
AGEE 110Microcomputer Applications in Agricultural Education3
or CS 101 Intro to Computer Applications
AGRL 111Professions in Agriculture (eq. WVUe 191)1
AGRL 112Professions in Agriculture1
AGRN 202
AGRN 203
Principles of Soil Science
and Principles of Soil Science Laboratory
ARE 110Agribusiness Accounting3
or ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting
ARE 150Introductory Agricultural and Agribusiness Economics (GEF 4)3
ARE 204Agribusiness Management3
HORT 220General Horticulture3
PLSC 206Principles of Plant Science (GEF 8)4
Total Hours61

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
BIOL 101
BIOL 103 (GEF 2)
4ECON 202 (GEF 8)3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3ARE 2043
 AGRL 1121
 HORT 2203
 GEF 53
ARE 150 (GEF 4)3 
AGRL 111 (eq. WVUe 191)1 
 14 16
Second Year
CHEM 111 (GEF 8)4A&VS 2514
STAT 2113AGRN 202
AGRN 203
ARE 110 or ACCT 2013AGEE 110 or CS 1013
AGEE 101 (GEF 7)3GEF 63
PLSC 206 (GEF 8)4 
 17 14
Total credit hours: 61

Major Learning Goals

resource management

  • Clearly articulate business problems, theories, and arguments related to agriculture or small businesses.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of major ideas in marketing, accounting, finance, and management related to agriculture or small businesses.
  • Read, analyze, and interpret business statements; utilize computer software in accounting, Excel and similar applications.
  • Think carefully, logically, and creatively about problems related to resource management.
  • Carefully analyze arguments pertaining to resource management and/or rural economic development.



  • Dr. Heidi B. Samuels - Ed. D.
    West Virginia University

Associate professor

  • Jeff Jones - MS in Forestry
    West Virginia University