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Food Industry Management Online

Bachelor of Science in Business

The Food Industry Management major prepares students wide array of positions within the broad food industry.  It covers the core business fundamentals and combines them with a solid foundation in food science. With this degree, student will:

  • Analyze economic (global and domestic), socio-cultural, political, legal, regulatory and
    technological trends affecting any given region of this country, clarifying the likely implications of these trends on small business and non-profits as well as large corporations.
  • Determine market and product/service development opportunities and challenges associated with these trends. 
  • Consider multiple stakeholder perspectives to be considered during the development and
    implementation of new strategies.
  • Demonstrate the relationship between business activities, economic outcomes, and the evaluation of business performance, including all ethical considerations.
  • Understand and be able to use quantitative methods, and available technology and applications, to address everyday business problems and opportunities. 
  • Understand core business disciplines including Finance and Accounting, Marketing, Operations, Human Resources, IT, and Legal. 
  • Value collaborative, data-driven, systematic approaches to solving interdisciplinary problems and making ethical decisions.
  • Communicate focused messages to all stakeholders, as appropriate, via all forms of media, as well as face-to- face.
  • Recognize diverse personalities, professional backgrounds, personal experiences and dialogue as fundamental building blocks of high performing teams.

According to the USDA, “Agriculture, food, and related industries contributed $992 billion to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015, a 5.5% share.” Perhaps a more compelling statistic to  understand the permanence of careers in food industry management is that food comprises 12.6% of American households’ expenditures.