Applied Economics - BS

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

About This Degree

Utah State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics. This major equips students with advanced quantitative abilities, data analysis skills, and a comprehensive understanding of economic principles.

The combined training provided in this degree program is highly sought after by a range of employers in the public and private sectors. Applied Economics majors focus on analyzing and solving problems associated with the production, distribution, and consumption of resources, assisting stakeholders in optimizing benefits and minimizing negative impacts using benefit-cost analysis and a variety of econometric tools. Students learn to assist communities, businesses, and individual stakeholders in making better decisions in areas such as public and private land use, management of natural resources, and agricultural production.

What You Will Learn

The Applied Economics curriculum features a combination of economic theory, research, data analysis, and benefit-cost analysis techniques, making it an exceptional foundation for employment in government, industry, or for pursuing graduate studies in fields such as economics, business, law, natural resources, environmental studies, and agriculture.

Our program boasts a small faculty size and a favorable student-to-teacher ratio, ensuring personalized attention for each student. The majority of our faculty members possess national and international experience, enriching classroom discussions with a global perspective on environmental and resource economics, agricultural economics, and other subfields of economics.

In our department there are also ample opportunities for students to engage in hand-on research, focusing on real-world problems facing Utah, the United States and beyond – particularly as it relates to issues in agricultural, natural resources, and the environment.


At a Glance

College: College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Department: Applied Economics Department

USU Locations:

  • Logan campus

Program Requirements

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate in agricultural economics typically continue on to graduate school in economics, MBA programs, or law school. They may also pursue the following career options:

  • Commercial bank operations
  • Commodities trader
  • Food marketing and sales
  • Agricultural input marketing and sales
  • Insurance sales and adjusting
  • Loan officer
  • Agribusiness manager
  • Farm and ranch management
  • Stock and commodity brokerage
  • Real estate appraisal
  • Banking

The Career and Design Center provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

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We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the agricultural economics program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer students: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.5 total GPA for admission to this major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

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