Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship, B.A.S.

Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Applied Science

Nature of Program

The Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship major is designed to facilitate student development in technical production skills with sound business practices. The curriculum combines existing courses in business with new courses to address applied agriculture production issues and techniques. Students receive appropriate training to execute an entrepreneurial enterprise plan developed during coursework, or matriculate into an existing agriculture food production position.

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 Requirements (5, 6, and 8)9
ENGL 102Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)3
ACCT 201Principles of Accounting3
BUSA 310Survey of Business Law3
BUSA 330Survey of Marketing3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 8)3
or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
SAGE 312Integrated Pest Management3
SAGE 318Agricultural Project Management3
SAGE 386Junior Farm Work Experience 13
SAGE 387Junior Farm Work Experience 23
SAGE 446Advanced Agriculture & Forestry Entrepreneurship3
SAGE 451Value-added Agriculture/Forestry Enterprises3
SAGE 486Senior Farm Work Experience 13
SAGE 487Senior Farm Work Experience 23
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

Third Year
SAGE 3123SAGE 3183
SAGE 3863SAGE 3873
ACCT 2013BUSA 3103
ECON 201 or 202 (GEF 8)3GEF3
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
SAGE 4463SAGE 4513
SAGE 4863SAGE 4873
BUSA 3303GEF 3
GEF 3Elective3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

sustainable agriculture entrepreneurship, B.a.s.

Upon successful completion of a B.A.S. in Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship (SAGE), students will be able to:

  • evaluate and select appropriate technical and business information to develop a collaborative management system,
  • demonstrate the ability to appraise and adapt appropriate soil, water, and crop management plans that follow sustainable agricultural production practices,
  • evaluate and choose marketing strategies and determine appropriate markets for sustainable agricultural commodities,
  • formulate specialized business skills for developing a small-scale sustainable agricultural business,
  • use technology and software applications ethically and effectively to support a successful agricultural enterprise,
  • demonstrate effective communication skills,
  • apply the necessary skills for effective and efficient group work which are required in management groups that include: demonstrating personal initiative, assessment, and critiques to improve the work environment.



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

Associate professors

  • Dr. Donna Ballard - Ph.D
    West Virginia University
  • Robert Cheves - MS Agriculture Education
    West Virginia University