Graduate Course Descriptions

Graduate Courses

AECN 801
Advanced Farm Management and Linear Programming
The role of budgeting and linear programming in analyzing farm organization problems, theory of linear programming, linear program design, and analysis of linear programmed solutions to farm organization problems. Includes goal programming, multiple objective programming, risk programming, and financial modeling.
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Parsons
AECN 804
Agricultural Law
Legal problems and issues of unique importance to lawyers serving the agricultural sector. Representative topics include economic and environmental regulation of agriculture; organizing the farm business; financing agricultural production; marketing agricultural products; and managing agricultural risk.
Credit Hours: 3
AECN 812
Organization and Performance of Agricultural Markets
Economic theory of industrial organization and performance applied to agricultural input, raw product, and processed product markets. Buyer market power at first-handler level, spatial markets, vertical integration and contract coordination, and organizational forms unique to agriculture.
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Giannakas
AECN 814
Agricultural Price Analysis
Economic relationships among the forces that determine the demand, supply and prices for agricultural commodities, products, and factors of production within and across markers. Theoretical foundations reviewed covering individual consumer demand, commodity and factor markets and price determination. Empirical methods applied in analyzing demand, supply and prices, and the factors affecting them. Multiple projects, including interpreting the results, to reinforce understanding of economic behavior.
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Azzam  and Mattos
AECN 815
Analytical Methods in Economics and Business
Equilibrium Analysis: Applications in business, finance, and economics. Market equilibria, accumulations, and economics. Optimization: profit, cost, and utility functions. Constrained optimization problems with utility functions. Constrained optimization problems in production and consumer allocations; Kuhn and Tucker conditions; static and dynamic input-output Models.
Credit Hours: 1
AECN 821
Orientation to Research
Introduction to approaches to agricultural economics research. Critical evaluation of agricultural economics literature. Identify an area of research interest and present a review of current literature in the area.
Credit Hours: 1
Instructor: Azzam
Static Optimization with Mathematical Programming
Optimization methods in economics, organized into modules, each of which introduces the fundamental methods used in the analysis of a particular class of economic problems. Each module is taught within the framework of consumer, firm, or social welfare optimization problems.
Credit Hours: 2
AECN 832
Economics of Agricultural Production
Static economic analysis of multi-variant agriculture response functions. Resource and enterprise choice, cost functions, resource evaluation, and size and scale economies.
Credit Hours: 3
AECN 852
Agricultural Finance
Principles and concepts of financial management of farm and agribusiness firms developed. Various strategies for acquiring and using capital resources by the individual firm explored. Institutions providing the sources of agricultural credit are individually studied.
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Stokes
AECN 856
Environmental Law
Administrative law, risk assessment, environmental impact review, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, non-point pollution control, wetlands regulations pesticide and toxic substance regulation, solid and hazardous waste regulation, drinking water protection, land use regulation, energy policy, and international environmental law.
Credit Hours: 3
AECN 857
Water Law
Environmental impact review; public trust doctrine; endangered species; land use controls; wetlands regulation; surface and ground water groundwateran and federal water rights; impact of water quality regulations on water allocation.
Credit Hours: 3
AECN 865
Resource and Environmental Economics II
Application of resource economics concepts and empirical tools to resource management problems. Public policy issues involving environmental quality, land and water management.
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Mieno
AECN 868
Advanced Resource and Environmental Economics
Application of conceptual and empirical tools for analyzing resource problems. Both public and private dimensions of resource management are considered with emphasis on public policy. Economics of environmental quality, management of exhaustible and renewable resources, valuation of non-market goods and key elements of environmental policy analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
AECN 873
Microeconomic Models and Applications
This course is intended for MA Option II students and others who do not plan to proceed to PhD studies. Analysis of microeconomic decision-making by individuals and firms with emphasis on consumer demand, production, cost and profit, market structure and the economics of games, uncertainty, and information.
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Nogueira
AECN 883
Ecological Economics
A synthesis across the notion of "utility" as represented in traditional environmental and natural resource economics, "ecology" in ecological economics, and "community" in behavioral economics. Ideas from thermodynamics with a focus on renewable resources. Development, organization, and enhancement of eco-business, eco-industry, eco-government and eco-communities.
Credit Hours: 3
AECN 893
Law and Economics
Introduction to economic tools and their application to the law. Overview of the principles of microeconomics and their application to various areas of private law (e.g., torts, contracts, property) and public law (e.g., environmental, constitutional, and criminal law & procedure).
Credit Hours: 3
AECN 896
Applied Econometrics
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Mieno
AECN 896
Special Topics in Agricultural Economics
Focused agricultural economics topics through research, narrowly targeted literature review, or extension of course work.
Credit Hours: 3
AECN 899
Masters Thesis
Credit Hours: 1-10
AECN 901
Directed Study of Advanced Topics in Agricultural Economics
Significant literature in selected fields of agricultural and resource economics to provide a broad background for conducting research in these fields.
  • 901A Production Economics
  • 901B Agricultural Industrial Organization
  • 901D International Agricultural Trade
  • 901E Agricultural Development
  • 901J Natural Resource Economics
Credit Hours: 3
AECN 902
Research in Agricultural Economics
Significant literature in selected fields of agricultural and resource economics to provide a broad background for conducting research in these fields.
  • 902A Production Economics
  • 902B Agricultural Industrial Organization
  • 902D International Agricultural Trade
  • 902E Agricultural Development
  • 902J Natural Resource Economics
Credit Hours: 3
AECN 921
Seminar in International Trade and Finance
Focused agricultural economics topics through research, narrowly targeted literature review, or extension of course work.
Credit Hours: 3
AECN 999
Doctoral Dissertation
Credit Hours: 3