CALS Certificate in Business Management for Agricultural & Life Sciences

UW Madison CALS Business CertificateBasic business literacy can benefit all University of Wisconsin-Madison bachelor’s degree graduates, no matter what their field or intended career. When entering the professional world, CALS students are increasingly confronted with situations and contexts that require an understanding of basic business and management concepts. Employers prize these skills.

The Certificate in Business Management for Agricultural and Life Sciences offers CALS students the opportunity to gain this knowledge and have it recorded on their transcript. The certificate is designed specifically for students intendinUW Madison CALS Business Certificateg to pursue careers in agriculture and life sciences, and enrollment is open to all CALS undergraduates. This professional credential is offered by the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, the Department of Life Sciences Communication and the Renk Agribusiness Institute.

Credit Requirements

Completion of the certificate requires a total of 18 credits.

Twelve credits are in the required core:

  • Agricultural and Applied Economics 215: Introduction to Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Life Sciences Communication 270: Communication in Life Science Industries
  • General Business 310: Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance for Non-Business Majors
  • General Business 311: Fundamentals of Management and Marketing for Non-Business Majors

No substitutions are allowed for the core courses. A limit of two courses may be used for both certificate and degree credits.

The remaining six credits can be chosen by students from the following options:

  • AAE 319 International Agricultural Economy
  • AAE 320: Farming Systems Management
  • AAE 322: Commodity Markets
  • AAE 323: Cooperatives
  • AAE 419: Agricultural Finance
  • AAE 421: Economic Decision Analysis
  • AAE 526: Quantitative Methods in Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • AAE 540: Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Technology
  • DYSCI 233: Dairy Herd Management I
  • DYSCI 234: Dairy Herd Management II
  • DYSCI 535: Dairy Farm Management Practicum
  • LSC 250: Research Methods in the Communication Industry
  • LSC 251: Science, Media and Society (also taught in summer)
  • LSC 431: Advertising in the Life Sciences
  • LSC 432: Social Media for the Life Sciences (also taught in summer)
  • LSC 435: Theory and Practice of Integrated Marketing Communication


For More Information Or To Declare the Certificate


Linda Davis
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
University of Wisconsin-Madison
424 Taylor Hall
427 Lorch St.
(608) 262-9488

To declare the Certificate, please schedule an appointment with Linda using the Scheduling Assistant.

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