Global Agroecology Certificate

The Agronomy Department, in collaboration with the Soil and Water Science Department, at the University of Florida has just launched a graduate-level Certificate – “Global Agroecology” which was developed to allow for a basic foundation in agroecological principles and a unique hands-on experience at an international partner institution. Our departments have noted a high demand in the job market for persons with formal international experience in global farming systems and agroecological practices for sustainable food production. Therefore, we felt it was critical to develop a hands-on opportunity for students to experience the range of diverse cropping systems worldwide and to build a strong foundation in global agroecology.

To achieve this foundation, the program provides students an opportunity to have a hands-on experience conducting research with mentors from internationally renowned institutions through a required 3 to 6 months research internship abroad. The students will also have the opportunity to take a course from this partner institution focusing on the performance of agroecosystems and new sustainable food systems. We have developed this certificate in collaboration with other prestigious universities around the world (for more information on our Partner Institutions, please click here.)

We feel the Global Agroecology certificate will provide a unique skill set to students completing the certificate by providing the basic foundational coursework in agroecology as well as exposing them firsthand to challenges across the globe in food and farming systems.  This experience will help students gain valuable skills for a future profession in the agricultural, natural resources, and agroecological sciences domestically or abroad.


  • 10-11 credit hours graduate coursework
  • 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.

Required Core Courses and when offered (7 credits):

  • ALS 5155 Global Agroecosystems –  3 Credits Fall – Fundamentals of Agroecology and Sustainability
  • AGR 6905 International Research Immersion – 4 Credits Fall/Sring/Summer – Each student must spend from three to six months abroad at one of our Partner Institutions, during which time students are expected to participate in ongoing research at the host institution with resident faculty mentors. During this time, the student can enroll in distance education classes offered by the program as well as attend local classes offered by the international institution (at his own costs). Following this experience, the student presents a seminar to his/her advisor describing his involvement in the research at the partner institution.

Electives (3-4 Credits) – Choose one from the following:

  • AGR 5511 Crop Ecology – 3 Credits – Crop Ecology
  • AGR 6422C Environmental Crop Nutrition – 3 Credits – Crop Nutrition
  • AGR 5444 Ecophysiology of Crop Production – 3 Credits
  • AGR 5230C Florida Grasslands Ecosystems – 4 Credits
  • PLS 5632C Integrated Weed Management – 3 Credits – Weed Management
  • SWS 5208 Sustainable Agriculture & Urban Land Management – 3 Credits – Environmental Issues, Water Quality and BMPs
  • SWS 5246 Water Sustainability – 3 Credits – Global issues, human impacts on water resources
  • SWS 5050 Soils for Environmental Professionals – 3 Credits
  • IPM 5305 Principles of Pesticides – 3 Credits