Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics

Undergraduate Programs
Food Industry Management

The food industry management major is designed for students who are interested in careers in the food industry. Graduates of this major enter managerial positions with food wholesalers-distributors and retailers as well as sales, account management, and production supervision positions with food manufacturers. The program provides a system-wide perspective of managerial problems confronting firms in the food industry, recognizes the increasing interdependence among such firms and focuses on creating consumer value. Faculty who are associated with the program maintain close relationships with food companies and trade associations, bring practical applications and examples to the classroom and provide current information about career and scholarship opportunities.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Industry Management

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Food Industry Management.

    The University's Tier II Writing Requirement for the Food Industry Management major is met by completing Food Industry Management 439.  This course is referenced in item 3. below.

    The completion of the Food Industry Management mathematics requirement may also satisfy the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University mathematics requirement.
  2. The requirements of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.

    Students must achieve a grade of at least 2.0 or higher in each ABM and FIM and EEM course referenced in items 3. a. and in courses taken to fulfill requirements 3. b. and 3. c.

    Agribusiness Management 435 may be used to fulfill requirement 3. b. if it is not used to fulfill requirement 3. c.

    Environmental Economics and Management 405 may be used to fulfill requirement 3. b. if it is not used to fulfill requirement 3. c.

    Agribusiness Management 130 may be used to fulfill requirement 3. b. if it is not used to fulfill requirement 3. d.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a.  All of the following courses (44 credits):
    ABM 100 Decision-making in the Agri-Food System 3
    ABM 203 Data Analysis for  the Agri-Food System 3
    ABM 222 Agribusiness and Food Industry Sales (W) 3
    ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts 3
    EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
    EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
    EEM 260 World Food, Population and Poverty 3
    FIM 210 Professional Seminar in Food Industry Management 1
    FIM 220 Food Product Marketing 3
    FIM 335 Food Marketing Management 3
    FIM 410 Advanced Professional Seminar in Food Industry Management 1
    FIM 439 Food Business Analysis and Strategic Planning (W) 3
    FIM 460 Retail Information Systems 3
    MKT 327 Introduction to Marketing 3
    MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I 3
    SCM 304 Survey of Supply Chain Management 3
    b. Four of the following courses (12 credits):
    ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
    ABM 225 Commodity Marketing I 3
    ABM 400 Public Policy Issues in the Agri-Food System 3
    ABM 422 Vertical Coordination in the Agri-Food System 3
    ABM 425 Commodity Marketing II 3
    ABM 427 Global Agri-Food Industries and Markets 3
    ABM 430 Farm Management II 3
    ABM 435 Financial Management in the Agri-Food System 3
    EEM 255 Ecological Economics 3
    EEM 405 Corporate Environmental Management (W) 3
    FIM 224 Information and Market Intelligence in the Agri-Food Industry 3
    FIM 415 Human Resource Management: Changes and Challenges 3
    FIM 493 Professional Internship in Food Industry Management 3
    GBL 323 Introduction to Business Law 3
    MGT 325 Management Skills and Processes 3
    MKT 351 Retail Management 3
    A study abroad  or independent study experience may also fulfill part of this requirement through enrollment in FIM 490 with approval by the academic advisor.
    c. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    ABM 435 Financial Management in the Agri-Food System 3
    EEM 405 Corporate Environmental Management 3
    d. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    ABM 130 Farm Management I 3
    FI 320 Introduction to Finance 3
    e. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
    STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
    STT 315 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Business 3
    f. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    ABM 303 Economics of Decision Making in the Agri-Food System 3
    EC 301 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
    g. Complete 6 credits in sciences related to agricultural production and processing, food production and processing, or sustainability and the environment, as approved by the academic advisor.