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Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Undergraduate Minors

The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences offers 5 minors for interested students covering various areas of interest and study.






Ecological Agriculture (ECAG)

This minor is designed to give students a knowledge-based concentration in diversified agricultural production based on ecological principles and is economically viable, socially acceptable, and minimizes impacts to the environment.

This minor is designed to give students a knowledge-based concentration in diversified agricultural production based on ecological principles and is economically viable, socially acceptable, and minimizes impacts to the environment. A minimum of fifteen credit hours including PSS 021 and PSS 212; plus three courses from any of the following: ASCI 110, ASCI 122, PSS 106, PSS 112, PBIO or PSS 117, PSS 124, PSS 127, PSS 138, PSS 143 or ASCI 143, PSS 154, PSS 156, PSS 161, PSS 162, PSS 208, PSS 209, PSS 232, PSS 268, or appropriate 100 or 200 level PSS special topics (as approved by the PSS Undergraduate Affairs committee). Ineligible majors: Ecological Agriculture

Contact person: Sid Bosworth

Food Systems (FS)

This interdisciplinary minor in Food Systems gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to understand our complex interdependent food system of food production, processing, distribution and consumption.

A minimum of eighteen credit hours, at least nine credits from the following: PSS 021, NFS 073, PBIO 006, CDAE 002; and at least nine credits from the following: NFS 185 (lecture and lab), NSF 153, ASCI 122, CDAE 128, PSS 154, PSS 156, ENVS 183, CDAE 208/ASCI 230 or appropriate ASCI/NFS/CDAE/PSS 195 special topics (as approved by the PSS Undergraduate Affairs committee.

Resources: Brochure UVM Food Systems Initiative

Contact persons: Deb Neher or Serena Parnau

Soil Science (SS)

This minor is designed to give students a knowledge-based concentration in soil science that will be recognized by those looking to hire agricultural and natural resource professionals with soil science prominent in their program of study.

A minimum of seventeen credit hours, including PSS 161 (Fundamentals of Soil Science) and four other courses from the following: PSS 162 (Soil Fertility and Conservation), PSS 261 (Soil Morphology, Classification and Land Use), PSS 264 (Chemistry of Soil and Water), PSS 266 (Soil Water Movement), PSS 268 (Soil Ecology) or PSS 269 (Soil and Water Pollution and Bioremediation). One course from the following may be substituted for one course of the aforementioned courses in PSS:  NR 260 Wetlands Ecology or GEOL 151 (Geomorphology) or GEOL 234 (Global Biogeochemical Cycles).

Contact person: Donald Ross

Sustainable Landscape Horticulture

This minor is designed to provide students with a knowledge-based concentration in horticulture based on the application of ecological principles in landscape design and plant sciences.

A minimum of fifteen credit hours, including PSS 010, PSS 123, PSS 125 and PSS 137, plus one 100 level course from the following: PSS 106, PSS 112, PSS 117, PSS 138, PSS 145, PSS 156, PSS 161, PSS 238 or appropriate PSS special topics (as approved by the PSS Undergraduate Affairs committee). Ineligible majors: Sustainable Landscape Horticulture.

Contact person: Mark Starrett

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