Sustainable Agriculture

The B.S. degree in Sustainable Agriculture is an interdisciplinary major that overlaps coursework with Agribusiness, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Physics, Manufacturing Engineering, and Water Resources Management.  The Department maintains a program of related paid and unpaid, undergraduate research experiences that emphasize sustainable agricultural practices in practical applications of classroom theory and enhances their skills for generating new knowledge.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Sustainable Agriculture has been designed to address the following goals:

  • Integrated Systems -Obtain knowledge associated with sustainable food production systems from around the globe to maximize nutrition and health from farm to the table while conserving resources and minimal degradation to the environment,
  • Experiential Learning – Engage in learning of these systems through lectures, laboratory and field experiences, and internships,
  • Diversified Skills- Gain skills in integrating scientific knowledge to solve problems of underserved communities, critical thinking, communicating effectively, teamwork and leadership, and
  • Global Citizenship- Learn and interact with diverse cultures and systems by applying universally accepted principles of global engagement.

Sustainable Agriculture Curriculum

Students are immersed in a setting which fosters experiential learning and exploration of personal interests and inclination.   This curriculum also relies on a strong foundation in the sciences by requiring students to take courses in biology, chemistry, physics (algebra based) and accounting in addition to the General Education requirements.  Sustainable concepts are infused throughout all the courses of the curriculum.  Students take courses necessary to understand processes associated with essentials of farming operations such as soils, crops, animals, pests, irrigation, drainage and conservation of soil and water.  The curriculum incorporates courses in managing agricultural farms, agricultural economics and policy aspects, community agriculture and extension. Students also learn advanced features such as precision agriculture, applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).