BS in Agriculture with Emphasis in Sustainable Agriculture

Degree Program Description

Sustainable agriculture meets the needs of both farmers and consumers by creating agricultural systems that produce food for a growing population in a way that protects the environment and supports healthy, dynamic communities.   Increasingly, farmers are looking for creative ways to increase and diversify farm income, while consumers are seeking sustainably raised food produced close to home.  A Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Sustainable Agriculturel provides the skills and knowledge to incorporate economic viability, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility in food and farming systems.  Some of the areas studied include:   theory and practice of sustainable agriculture, community food systems, advanced sustainable production systems, and an introducation to soils.   Some career opportunities include production, sales and marketing, government, and non-governmenatl organizaitons. 

Major Program Requiremenets

CAFNR offers an emphasis area in Sustainable Agriculture as part of its Agriculture degree program. A minimum of 48 credits is required for the emphasis area (major) degree.

Primary Concentration18
AFNR 2215Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Agriculture3
AFNR 3215Community Food Systems3
AFNR 3315Advanced Practices in Sustainable Agriculture3
SOIL 2100Introduction to Soils (Concurrent enrollment in SOIL 2106 recommended)3
Choose two courses from the following
AN_SCI 2111Sophomore Seminar: Societal Issues Facing Animal Agriculture3
PLNT_S 2110Plants and their Cultivation3
RU_SOC 1120Population and the Environment3
NAT_R 1060Ecology and Conservation of Natural Resources3
NAT_R 1070Ecology and Renewable Resource Management3
Secondary Concentration15
AG_EC 2070Environmental Economics and Policy3
AG_EC 2183The Agricultural Marketing System3
AG_EC 3241Ethical Issues in Agriculture3
Choose one course from the following
AG_EC 3260General Farm Management3
AG_EC 3224New Products Marketing3
Choose one course from the following
RU_SOC 2225Science, Technology and Society3
BIOCHM 2112Biotechnology in Society3
SCI_AG_J 4414Field Reporting on the Food System and Environment3
Secondary Concentration15
[Choose Community Food Systems OR Production Systems]
Community Food Systems (15 hrs total)
AG_EC 2223Agricultural Sales3
AG_EC 3271International Agricultural Development3
AG_EC 3283Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship3
AG_ED_LD 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
AG_ED_LD 2250Introduction to Leadership3
AG_ED_LD 2260Team and Organizational Leadership3
AG_ED_LD 4340Designing and Delivering Educational/Leadership Programs3
AN_SCI 2111Sophomore Seminar: Societal Issues Facing Animal Agriculture3
FINPLN 2183Personal and Family Finance3
NEP 4590Community Nutrition3
RU_SOC 3235Global Perspectives and Realities3
RU_SOC 3325Sociology of Food and Nutrition3
RU_SOC 4341Building Communities from the Grassroots3
RU_SOC 4325American Community Studies3
RU_SOC 4370Environmental Sociology3
Production Systems (15 hrs total)
AG_EC 4962Planning the Farm Business3
AN_SCI 2111Sophomore Seminar: Societal Issues Facing Animal Agriculture3
AN_SCI 2165Introduction to Ruminant Livestock Production3
AN_SCI 2175Introduction to Monogastric Production3
AN_SCI 3212Principles of Animal Nutrition3
FOREST 4385Agroforestry I: Theory, Practice and Adoption3
PLNT_S 2075Environmental Horticulture3
PLNT_S 2125Plant Structure and Function3
PLNT_S 3210Principles of Weed Science4
PLNT_S 3230Plant Propagation3
PLNT_S 3260Greenhouse Management4
PLNT_S 3270Forage Crops3
PLNT_S 3275Grain Crops3
PLNT_S 3710Introductory Entomology3
PLNT_S 3715Insect Diversity2
PLNT_S 4730Insect Pest Management for Plant Protection3
SOIL 3290Soils and the Environment3
SOIL 4308Soil Conservation3
SOIL 4312Environmental Soil Microbiology3
SOIL 4313Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition3

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Semester Plan

A sample plan of study has not been designed for this major. Students should contact the academic department for assistance with academic planning.

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