Agriculture is the science, art, and practice of raising domesticated plants and livestock for food, fiber, fuel, and raw materials. Demand for essential agricultural products is growing, and the global expansion and intensification of farming systems is putting tremendous pressure on ecosystems and natural resources needed to sustain productivity. Working under the strain of climate change, agriculture must embrace sustainable and regenerative practices to protect water, soil, biodiversity, and the wisdom of farmers to steward our global garden into the future.
Grounded in agroecology science and sustainability, agriculture programs teach:
- Hands-on organic farming
- Agriculture sciences such as crop, livestock, soils, entomology, and pathology
- History and evolution of farming systems and production practices across climates and cultures
- Ecology of grazing and grasslands
- Policy and social dimensions of agriculture
- Farm enterprise development, business planning, and product marketing
Agricultural education puts theory to practice. From creating farm and business plans to making production and marketing decisions on our campus organic farm, you can collaborate in fieldwork, labs, seminars, and classrooms to solve challenges and create valuable knowledge and skills.
Field trips and internships connect students with farmers while capstones support experimentation, adventure, and community engagement. Because we emphasize rigorous theory, hands-on experience, and collaborative problem solving, graduates emerge as leaders in scientific research, regenerative farming practices, sustainable entrepreneurship, agriculture education, and farming policy.
See faculty who teach in Environmental Studies/Agriculture.
How to Choose Your Path
You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.
Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.
If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).
If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.
Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.
|Changemaker Lab: Farm and Garden Design and Management||
|Changemaker Lab: Business Fundamentals, Team Entrepreneurship, and Systems Theory||
|Ecological Agriculture: Crop Botany and Plant Genetics||
|Insect Biology: Form, Function, and Management||
|Food from the Sea: Biodiversity, Culture, and Justice||
|Taste: What We Hunger For||
|Ecology of Grazing and Grasslands in the Pacific Northwest||
|Cultivating Justice: Food, Feminism, and Community Psychology||
|Ecological Agriculture: The Chemistry of Agroecology and Soil Science||
|Practice of Organic Farming (Fall)||