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Degree Requirements and Program Options

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Degree Requirements

First Year
LFS 100 1
LFS 150 or WRDS 1501 3
BIOL 1122 or 121 3
MATH 100 and 1013 6
ECON 101 and 102 6
Unrestricted Electives4 12
Total credits 31
Second Year
LFS 250 6
One of APBI 200, FNH 200, FNH 250 3
Two of FRE 290, FRE 306, ECON 2555 6
LFS 2526 3
ECON 301 and two of ECON 210, 221, 234, 255, 302, 303, 339, 360, 3657 9
Unrestricted elective 3
Total credits 30
Third Year
LFS 350 3
FRE 394 3
FRE 326 and one of FRE 385, FRE 474, FRST 399, GEOS or GEOB 270 6
FRE Topic Courses8 6
Supporting Topic Courses9 3
Restricted electives10 6
Unrestricted elective 3
Total credits 30
Fourth Year
Two of FRE 385, FRE 474, FRE 49711, FRST 399, FRST 443, GEOS or GEOB 270 6
FRE Topic Courses8 6
Supporting Topic Courses9 9
Restricted electives10 6
Unrestricted elective 3
Total credits 30
Overall 4 Year Total Credits11 121
1 Or equivalent course to fulfill Communication Requirement.
2 Students without credit for Biology 12 must take BIOL 111, which can be counted as an Unrestricted Elective.
3 Students may substitute MATH 102, 104 or 110 for MATH 100, and MATH 103 or 105 for MATH 101. Students who have not completed Calculus 12 should take MATH 180 or 184 as a substitute for MATH 100.
4 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.
5 FRE 290 and FRE 306 are recommended.
6 STAT 200, BIOL 300, FRST 231 or ECON 325 can be substituted for LFS 252.
7 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.
8 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).
9 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.
10 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).
11 IF FRE 497 (Directed Studies in Food and Resource Economics) is chosen, it must have a quantitative focus and the work plan must be approved by the program advisor.
12 A minimum of 45 credits required for the Major must be from courses numbered 300 or higher.

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