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Degree Requirements and Program Options

Degree Requirements

First Year
LFS 100 1
LFS 150 or ENGL 100-level1 3
BIOL 121 3
MATH 104 & 1052 6
ECON 101 & 102 6
Electives3 12
Total credits 31
Second Year
LFS 250 6
One of APBI 200, FHN 200, FNH 250 3
FRE 306 3
LFS 2524 3
ECON 301 and three of ECON 221, 234, 255, 302, 303, 339, 360, 3655 12
Unrestricted elective 3
Total credits 30
Third Year
LFS 350 3
FRE 394 3
FRE 3266 and one of FRE 385, FRST 399, GEOB 270 6
FRE Topic Courses7 6
Supporting Topic Courses8 3
Restricted electives9 6
Unrestricted elective 3
Total credits 30
Fourth Year
FRE 4266 and one of FRE 385, FRST 399, GEOB 270 6
FRE Topic Courses7 6
Supporting Topic Courses8 9
Restricted electives9 6
Unrestricted elective 3
Total credits 30
Overall 4 Year Total Credits10 121
1 ENGL 112 recommended.
2 Students may substitute MATH 100, 102 or 110 for MATH 104, and MATH 101 or 103 for MATH 105. Students who have not completed Calculus 12 should take MATH 184 as a substitute for MATH 104.
3 It is recommended that students take a minimum of 6 credits of 100, 200 level courses that contribute toward interdisciplinary breadth. This includes courses in science (e.g., biology), geography, sociology, psychology and political science.
4 Students who are admitted into the program with ECON 325 can use it to substitute for LFS 252. Students in the program may not substitute ECON 325 for LFS 252 but may substitute STAT 200, BIOL 300 or FRST 231 for LFS 252.
5 Students must complete their first year MATH requirement before taking ECON 301, 302 and 303, and must take ECON 301 and other prerequisites before taking 400 level ECON courses.
6 Students who are admitted into the program with ECON 326 can use it to substitute for FRE 326, and with ECON 425 can use it to substitute for FRE 426. Students in the program may not substitute ECON 326 for FRE 326, or ECON 425 for FRE 426. FRE 326/426 cannot replace ECON 325/326 as prerequisites within the various VSE programs.
7 Choose from FRE 302, 340, 374, 420, 460, 474 and 490. Recommended: FRE 340, 460 and 474 (Food Markets and Development); FRE 374, 420 and 474 (Land, Resources & Environment); and FRE 302 and either FRE 460 or FRE 420 (Food and Resource Management).
8 There are three topic areas (see note 7). Students can specialize by choosing all supporting courses from one topic area or can achieve breadth by choosing supporting courses from multiple topic areas. Acceptable courses are listed on the Food and Resource Economics website.
9 Choose any eligible 300 or 400 level course in COMR, ECON and FRE. Students with a strong interest in research should take FRST 399 and consider having a FRE faculty member supervise a directed studies course (FRE 497) and/or a 6 credit thesis (FRE 499).
10 A minimum of 45 credits required for the Major must be from courses numbered 300 or higher.

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