Apr 23, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Agricultural Economics: Policy and Pre-Law Concentration, BS

About the Program


Students completing a degree in Agricultural Economics must choose a concentration from four choices: Applied Agricultural Economics, Data Analytics, Policy and Pre-Law, and Quantitative Analysis. The Policy and Pre-Law concentration requires students to complete the Undergraduate Honors Program, and courses in agricultural policy, law, and advanced economic theory. Many of these students complete internships and then full-time positions in Washington D.C., local and state government offices and commodity groups, etc.

Agricultural Economics Website

Agricultural Economics Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (52 credits)

AGEC Departmental Selectives (17 credits)

  • AGEC Biological Science Selective - Credit Hours: 8.00 
  • AGEC Economics Selective - Credit Hours: 6.00 (meets CoA Upper level Humanites/Social Science requirement)
  • AGEC Mathematics or Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00

AGEC - Agricultural Economics Department Supplemental Information

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (43 credits)

Electives (23 credits)

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 23.00

Supplemental List

GPA Requirements

  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Course Requirements and Notes

  • Students must complete a College of Agriculture capstone course.  This course can be one of Agricultural Economics’ Capstone Courses (AGEC 41100, 42700, 43000, 43100, or 49900) or any approved College of Agriculture capstone course. 

College of Agriculture Pass/No Pass Policy

College of Agriculture Undergraduate Pass/No Pass Policy  

Transfer Credit Policy

  • Transfer courses listed in the Purdue Transfer Equivalency Guide with specific Purdue Subject codes (e.g. BIOL) may be used to fulfill degree requirements at the discretion of the College of Agriculture. However, Agriculture transfer courses listed with “UND” Purdue Subject codes cannot be used for any requirements in the College of Agriculture at Purdue.

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

College of Agriculture Pass/No Pass Policy

College of Agriculture Undergraduate Pass/No Pass Policy 

Courses Not Applicable in Agricultural Plans of Study

The following courses are not applicable as credit toward graduation in any College of Agriculture baccalaureate degree program:

  • CHM 10000; ENGL 10000, 10900, 11100; ENGR 19100, 19200, 19300; MA 11100, 12300, 13300, 13400, 15100; 15555, PHYS 14900; STAT 11300, 11400; and all General Studies courses except GS 49000 - Discovery Park Undergraduate Research. 

Credits earned in one of the following course - MA 15200, 15300, 15400 or MA 15800 - may be used as an unrestricted elective in the College of Agriculture undergraduate plans of study, but may not be used as a Mathematics and Sciences Selectives.


Program Requirements

14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

14 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Agricultural Economics Selective (AGEC 10000:59900) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities or Social Science Selective (30000+level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Electives - Credit Hours: 8.00

14 Credits

Pre-Requisite Information

For pre-requisite information, click here.

World Language Courses

World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor. (ASL-American Sign Language; ARAB-Arabic; CHNS-Chinese; FR-French; GER-German; GREK-Greek(Ancient); HEBR-Hebrew(Biblical); HEBR-Hebrew(Modern); ITAL-Italian; JPNS-Japenese; KOR-Korean; LATN-Latin; PTGS=Portuguese; RUSS-Russian; SPAN-Spanish)

Critical Course

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In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

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