Learn how to be a part of agrifood systems that are ecologically sound and socially just.
Agroecology integrates ecological science with other academic disciplines (e.g. agronomy, sociology, history, etc.) and knowledge systems (e.g. local, indigenous, etc.) to guide research and actions towards the sustainable transformation of our current agrifood system. As an Agroecology major, you will gain a foundation in many disciplines related to agrifood systems through hands-on experience in field trips, practical learning, and internships. Help grow the future with science based, community oriented knowledge.
Why choose Agroecology?
Agroecology offers an alternative approach to agriculture and food systems that centers on ecological health, social justice and equity. This major prepares students to become actors of change, to develop and maintain ecologically sound and socially just farms and food systems. 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 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.