Sustainable Agroecosystem Certificate

The goal of this certificate program is to provide students with an understanding of current issues related to agriculture and production systems and valuable skills for a future profession in the agricultural sciences


  • Earned a Bachelor's degree from accredited institution or equivalent
  • A major in a natural resource discipline is ideal, such as: Agronomy, Plant Science, Soil and Water Science, Horticulture Science, Environmental Engineering, or Agricultural Engineering.
  • If you do not have the requisite background discipline, we recommend at least two courses in related sciences including biology, chemistry, environmental science, and soil and water science.

Core Courses:

  • ALS 5155 Global Agroecosystems -  3 Credits Fall - Fundamentals of Agroecology and Sustainability
  • AGR 5444 Ecophysiology of Crop Production - 3 Credits Spring - Physiology of Crop Plants
  • SWS 5050 Soils for Environmental Professionals - 3 Credits Fall & Spring - Role of Soils in the Environment

Electives – Choose one from the following:

  • AGR 5511 Crop Ecology - 3 Credits Fall - Crop Ecology
  • AGR 6422C Environmental Crop Nutrition - 3 Credits Fall - Crop Nutrition
  • PLS 5632C Integrated Weed Management - 3 Credits Fall - Weed Management
  • SWS 5208 Sustainable Agriculture & Urban Land Management - 3 Credits Fall - Environmental Issues, Water Quality and BMPs
  • SWS 5246 Water Sustainability - 3 Credits Spring (not online) - Global issues, human impacts on water resources