Why study Agroecology and Landscape Design?

The Department of Plant and Soil Science (PSS) provides opportunities for hands-on learning in the fields of agroecology and sustainable landscape design. Our research and teaching engages with key issues facing our agricultural food systems and landscapes. We study food security and sovereignty, sustainable food production, ecological landscape design, climate change in agricultural food systems, improvement of food crops, ecological pest management, soil health, and more. Our faculty and courses span a wide range of disciplines, offering students a highly customizable course of study.



Learning by doing!

PSS students have access to a diverse array of hand-on, high impact learning opportunities. Many of our courses include field components that will make Burlington and beyond part of your classroom. From stormwater mitigation, to soil testing on local farms, to creating farm business plans, you will be challenged and working within the local food system. Our agroecology and landscape design majors are also strongly linked to UVM’s highly recognized environmental program.

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Agroecology Major

Agroecology offers an alternative approach to agriculture and food systems that centers ecological health, and social justice and equity.

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Experiential Learning

Gain real-life experience in agroecology through clubs, internships, research, summer courses, or on our farm, the UVM Horticultural Research and Education Center

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