Degree Requirements

Sustainable Agriculture Minor

Minor Requirements: 24 credits

Required courses
CROP 368 Sustainable Agriculture 3 cr.
ESM 220 Environ Sustainability: Theories, Issues and Mgmt 3 cr.
 Prereq: ESM 105
AGEC 450 Introduction to Natural Resources Economics 3 cr.
 Prereq: AGEC 230

Directed electives (15 cr.)
Select one from the following (social science):
COMS 315
ENGL 228
ESM 251
ESM 351
PHIL 304

Select two from the following (agricultural production):
ANSC 364 Sustainable Animal Production
ANSC 365 Poultry Production
ANSC 366 Swine Production
ANSC 367 Beef Production
ANSC 368 Sheep Production
CROP 263 Forage Crop Production
CROP 363 Pasture Production
CROP 468 Organic Production Systems
DASC 306 Dairy Production
ESM 343 Woodlot Management
HORT 327 Vegetable Science and Production
HORT 347 Fruit Science and Production

Select one from the following (agricultural economics):
AFES 310 Agricultural Human Resource Management
AGEC 345 Agricultural Law
AGEC 350 Agricultural Product Marketing
AGEC 360 Farm Management
AGEC 361 Small Agribusiness Management
AGEC 445 Land Use and Sustainable Agriculture Law

Select one from the following:
ANSC 115 Animal Welfare
AET 325 Alternative Energy Systems
CROP 451 Integrated Pest Management
ESM 305 Environmental Impact Assessment
GEOL 350 Geological Destinies of Nations
SOIL 311 Soil Fertility
SOIL 440 Soil and Water Conservation

Department of Plant and Earth Science

324 Agricultural Science
Contact: Veronica Justen

Students who select this minor will learn about sustainable agriculture in its broadest sense, including issues related to maintaining and/or improving crop and animal productivity, preserving environmental resources for future generations, ensuring farm profitability, and ensuring rural community vitality and viability. They learn how to build markets and opportunities for producers, and they help consumers make "green" choices on purchased products.

Sustainable agriculturalists work as producers of value added crops, such as organic produce, grains and meats. Some provide technical support for crop and animal production systems, develop soil and nutrient management plans, work with producers to control insects, diseases and other pests with integrated pest management techniques, market locally-grown food products, and research ways to make agriculture more efficient, environmentally sound and sustainable for future generations.