Be a thinker for progress

empty apple crates in fall, post harvest
farm students sitting in pick up truck with bins of produce
group of sunflowers and zinnias in a field
students smiling
old fashioned tractor

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!

 

Agroecology Concentration

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.

 Looking for more options? Explore our Landscape Design Concentration

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.

Major requirements

Beyond the classroom

Our faculty work closely with the agricultural community not only in Vermont, but nationally and internationally. Faculty are both professors and professional researchers, providing rich opportunities for students to engage in research and internships beyond the classroom. UVM students have the opportunity to work in faculty labs, in the field on our research farms and in the community while earning credits, skills and making meaningful connections. Read more about our undergraduate student research experiences.

 

Bringing sustainability to traditional agriculture

Growing a Sustainable Future

Plant and Soil Science was one of the first programs in the nation to integrate ecological practices into traditional agriculture. 

Graduate employment rate

91%

of CALS graduates were employed full-time or continuing their education within 6 months of graduating from UVM

Careers

  • Conservationist, Land and Water
  • Environmental Technician, Soil and Water
  • Urban Landscape Designer
  • Educator, Extension Outreach Professional
  • Greenhouse Operations Coordinator
  • Brewery Owner, Hops Specialist
  • Winemaker, Wine Cellar Management

Where alumni work

  • Land Trust Alliance Commission, Saratoga Springs NY
  • Mother Earth Organics, Portland OR
  • The Trust for Public Land, San Francisco CA
  • EcoGardens Landscaping, LLC Philadelphia PA
  • Ernest & Julio Gallo Wines, CA
  • Parks and Recreation Department, Burlington VT
  • Longwood Gardens, Phildelphia PA
  • Self-employed business owners, breweries, wineries, and mead

Graduate Schools

  • Harvard University, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • SUNY- College of Environmental Science and Forestry, NY
  • University of New Hampshire, Department of Plant Biology
  • Iowa State University, Department of Horticulture