Agricultural Studies: Bachelor of Applied Science

BVU’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree in agricultural studies provides further educational opportunity for students who have earned an AAS or AS. By partnering with agriculture industry experts in the Midwest, students in BVU’s interdisciplinary agricultural studies program gain the expertise needed for both the agricultural business and agricultural science fields.

Cornfield at sunrise

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Agriculture

By combining two different areas of agriculture—business and science—BVU creates opportunities for students in the agriculture-rich region to build upon their foundational knowledge, find a rewarding career in agriculture and related industries, and build our existing hard-working communities.  The wide range of course options makes the major flexible enough for students who have already earned an AAS or AS to pursue a bachelor’s degree tied to agriculture.

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in: 

  • Agricultural management
  • Agricultural finance
  • Commodities trading
  • Food science
  • Plant and soil science
  • Veterinary medicine


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The Ag Industry

The business side of the major provides training in agricultural business administration and rural entrepreneurship.

Animals and Agronomy

Students will also have the opportunity for industry-oriented, research-based education that centers around livestock and domestic crops.

A Perfect Location

Located in the heart of the nation’s agricultural community, BVU is home to a number of frontline access opportunities essential to Iowa and the Midwest.

Domestic and International

Students will apply economics to the analysis of resource allocation, productivity, investment, and trends in agricultural sectors.

A professor teaches in the trading room

Robert L. Peterson Commodity Trading Room

Buena Vista University has received a generous $500,000 gift from the Bob and Ginny Peterson Foundation to support the Robert L. Peterson Commodity Trading Room. The trading room is housed in BVU’s Harold Walter Siebens School of Business, and students use this space to manage six-figure stock portfolios, learn about the commodities market, analyze real-time data, and make buy-sell decisions.


The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Zach received his bachelor’s in business marketing and has since become a licensed real estate agent with Midwest Land Management and an ag chemical and fertilizer dealer through Wells Ag Supply.

“Honestly, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to go to college at first. I wanted to work on my family farm and help my dad. I’m glad realized the knowledge I would gain in both business and agriculture and the benefits it would bring in the future.” 

Zach was a three-year letter-winner before an injury propelled his entrepreneurial spirit. The lessons he took from strength and conditioning in football combined with the networking skills he learned in class provided Zach with the knowledge he needed to begin working in agricultural sales, agricultural real estate, and business all before graduation.

Mike Naig, outstanding in his field

BVU Alum Appointed Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

Mike Naig, a 2000 BVU graduate with degrees in biology and political science, was appointed Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in March 2018. He is committed to leading efforts to protect consumers, expanding economic opportunities for Iowans, and advocating in Iowa and around the globe. He is particularly dedicated to improving the state’s water quality, as well as embracing science and technology to conserve Iowa’s natural resources and to secure a safe and affordable food and energy supply

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