Minor in Entrepreneurship

Courses and course sequence in the Food and Bio-Innovation Minor.

Is your dream ....

• to start your own food, biological materials or natural resources-related business?

• or create solutions to help feed the world, or meet the growing material and energy demands of the global society?

• or innovate and solve problems from within a for-profit business or non-profit organization?

As an undergraduate student at the College of Agricultural Sciences, you can concentrate your studies in food and bio-innovation, earning nine credits in the ENTI Minor.


Entrepreneurs and innovators exist in all industries and in all types of companies. The key to entrepreneurial achievement is arming yourself with the tools and knowledge that position you to succeed. The ENTI minor teaches you the foundational skills you need, such as:

  • Innovative thinking
  • Leadership skills
  • Management and planning tools

Food & Bio-Innovation Cluster (ENTI Minor)

The Food and Bio-Innovation (F&BI) cluster helps student develop as entrepreneurs and innovators in the agriculture and life sciences space (AgTech). This cluster emphasizes new thinking to apply solutions to:

    • Bolstering food supply-quality
    • Human/animal health
    • Agricultural security
    • Renewable energy
    • Renewable materials
    • Biological processes

Entrepreneurial and innovative action is needed for the wise and sustainable use of biological materials and natural resources (plants, animals, water, ecosystems and organisms, etc.) to meet the material and energy needs of society. In summary, this cluster focuses on the cornerstone challenges in agriculture: producing food, energy, materials and fresh water for the world.

Students select courses in the cluster that complement their personal venture and innovation interests. The courses are immersive learning experiences, including mentoring with seasoned entrepreneurs, working within entrepreneurial organizations, and with innovative faculty.

Students who complete this cluster develop skills and knowledge in six areas:

  • Identifying and assessing the feasibility of opportunities for entrepreneurism and innovation within agriculture
  • Organizing and calling upon resources to act upon an opportunity
  • Developing professional networks, collaborative skills, and teamwork skills
  • Practicing leadership in peer-influence environments, as well as development of skills from leaders in practice and academics
  • Using adaptive logic and being poised to tap into their own creative abilities with problem-solving in high paced/uncertain environments
  • Communicating and proactively dealing with conflict and failure, utilizing well-established ethical frameworks and experiencing character development

You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify and assess sound start-up, business and innovation opportunities within agriculture.
  • Plan for the formation of a new organization.
  • Find and marshal resources to act on an opportunity.
  • Develop professional networks and skills to collaborate and facilitate effective work teams.
  • Develop and practice leadership skills.
  • Practice adaptive logic, tapping your creativity and problem-solving skills in fast-paced and uncertain environments.
  • Communicate and proactively deal with conflict and failure in ways consistent with well-established ethical frameworks.
  • Develop character.

Here’s how it works:

Take a series of courses in the Food and Bio-Innovation Minor for nine credits that meet your personal venture interests and engage in a series of immersive learning experiences. Create a new venture, mentor with a seasoned entrepreneur or work within entrepreneurial organizations or with innovative faculty.

Students who have taken Entrepreneurial Mindset (MGMT/ENTR215) or Entrepreneurial Leadership (ENGR/ENTR 310) are eligible for first the 200- to 300-level course options, then the 400-level options listed below, followed by New Venture Creation.

Course options:

  • AG BM 200    Introduction to agribusiness management (3)
  • AG BM 220    Agribusiness sales and marketing (3)
  • AEE 201        Interpersonal skills for leaders (3)
  • AN SC 207    Animal products technology w/lab (3)
  • FD SC 200    Introduction to food science (3)
  • FD SC 206    Improving food quality (3)
  • FD SC 208H  Food, values, and health (3)
  • FOR 201      Global change and ecosystems (3)
  • HORT 250    Landscape contracting and design principles (3)
  • AG BM 302    Food product marketing (3)
  • AG BM 308W Strategic decision making in agribusiness (3)
  • AG BM 338    Agribusiness in the global economy (3)
  • ASM 391     Communication (2)
  • ASM 392     Leadership (2)
  • AN SC 306    Swine production & management (4)
  • AN SC 308    Sheep & goat production and management (4)
  • AN SC 309    Beef cattle production and management (4)
  • AN SC 310    Dairy cattle production and management (3)
  • AN SC 311    Poultry production and management (4)
  • AN SC 324    Value determination of meat animals (3)
  • AN SC 327    Horse production and management (3)
  • AN SC 350    Dairy problem solving (2)
  • CED 375H     Community, local knowledge and democracy (3)
  • ERM 300       Basic principles and calculations in environmental analysis (3)
  • AG BM 407    Farm planning and financial management (3)
  • AG BM 408    Financial decision-making in agribusiness (3)
  • AG BM 440    Food product innovation management (3)
  • AG BM 460    Managing the food system (3)
  • AN SC 410    Advanced dairy heard management (4)
  • AN SC 429    Advanced beef cattle production (3)
  • AN SC 450    Dairy farm management systems (3)
  • CED 417       Power conflict and community decision-making (3)
  • ERM 411       Legal aspects of resource management (3)
  • ERM 412       Resource systems analysis (3)
  • ERM 413W    Case studies in ecosystem management (3)
  • FD SC 411    Managing food quality (2)
  • FD SC 417    Food laws and regulations (2)
  • FD SC 430    Unit operations in food processing (3)
  • FOR 440       Forest and conservation economics (3)
  • HORT 410W  Issues in landscape contracting (3)
  • HORT 450    Greenhouse management (3)
  • HORT 453    Flower crop production and management (3)
  • HORT 455    Retail horticultural business management (3)
  • R SOC 452   Rural organization (3)
  • TURF 436W Case studies in turfgrass management (3)
  • W P 416       Wood industries management (3)
  • W P 435       Wood products production and sales management (3)
  • W P 437W    Wood industries marketing and management (4)

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