Learn how to be a part of agrifood and land management systems that are ecologically sound and socially just.
An Agroecology and Landscape Design Major offers two concentrations, one focused on agriculture and one focused on multifunctional landscapes. Agroecology integrates ecological science with other academic disciplines and knowledge systems to guide research and actions towards the sustainable transformation of our current agrifood system. Landscape Design works where science, conservation, and policy converge to develop solutions for our natural and built environments. Our scope of work is local, regional and international.
In this major, you will gain an understanding of ecological systems through hands-on experience in field trips, practical learning, and internships. Help grow the future with science based, community oriented knowledge!
The Agroecology concentration offers an alternative approach to agriculture and food systems that centers on ecological health, social justice and equity. Graduates have pursued careers in a wide range of fields including farming, soil conservation, urban agriculture, environmental management, soil and water conservation, food security projects, landscape managers and designers, farm and greenhouse managers, researchers, and educators. This major also provides a solid foundation for those interested in pursuing Graduate school, PeaceCorps, AmeriCorps and similar programs.
Upon completion of the Agroecology and Landscape Design B.S. degree, students will:
- Be able to apply agroecological principles to the production and management of horticultural and agronomic crops and have an understanding of plant/soil managed for food, feed, or fiber production.
- Gain the ability to critically examine and understand the human dimensions of agriculture and food systems, including social, ethical, political and economic dimensions.
- Have skills to effectively communicate findings and interpretations of agricultural and landscape datasets orally in a clear and concise manner.
- Have skills to demonstrate a quantitative and qualitative science perspective applying critical thinking and problem solving skills to a given problem or issue.