Why study Agroecology and Landscape Design?

The Department of Plant and Soil Science (PSS) provides opportunities for hands-on learning in the field of agroecology and landscape design. Choose from either of two concentrations, Agroecology which addresses land management within agriculture, or, Landscape Design which addresses multifunctional landscapes.Through our research and teaching we engage with key environmental issues facing our use of resources. 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 major is strongly linked to UVM’s highly recognized environmental program.

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Agroecology and Landscape Design Major

Agroecology offers an alternative approach to agriculture and food systems that centers ecological health, and social justice and equity. The Landscape Design concentration applies ecological principles to the design of multifunctional landscapes.

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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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