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


  • 12 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.

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 Odd Years – Global issues, human impacts on water resources