Food and Agriculture

Dig deep into food systems on the campus organic farm, in our world-class food-safe laboratory, and through field trips and internships.

Note: You can join or leave a Path of Study at any time and your credits will always count toward your Bachelor’s degree.

Spring at the Organic Farm

 

We all eat food. But how is good food raised, grown, or foraged, by whom, and at what cost? How do we create a food system that works for all? You will study food and agriculture science and policy, social justice, and literary perspectives, in addition to hands-on sustainable food production, value-added food processing, and cooking. Learn the connections between soil, health, labor and cultural experiences of food through coursework, practice, internships, local and national field trips, study abroad, and capstone projects.  

  • Get hands-on, field-based learning at the on-campus Organic Farm from seed, to harvest, to our farm stand, food bank, and student-run cooperative Flaming Eggplant café;
  • Learn the science of food and sensory analysis, soils, plants, and livestock;
  • Understand and engage with food justice and policy in the classroom and through community partners including non-profit organizations, worker-owned cooperatives and small farms;
  • Learn the permaculture design process to analyze and design food, water, and energy systems;

Students put theory to practice in our excellent facilities that include a food grade lab, certified processing kitchen, and the on-campus Organic Farm, which includes three acres of fields, orchards and greenhouses producing fruit, vegetables, eggs, chickens, herbs, and cut flowers. 

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    This Path can prepare you for careers in

    • Farming
    • Permaculture
    • Food justice activism in nonprofit organizations, social services, and social work
    • Agriculture education
    • Government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, the Department for Ecology, or the USDA Forest Service
    • Landscape restoration
    • Food and agriculture policy
    • Food and agriculture entrepreneurship
    • Dietician
    • Cooperative development
    • Organic farming consultant
    • Organic inspector and certifier

    Graduate school opportunities beyond this Path

    • Agroecology and food systems
    • Agricultural sciences such as soil, plant, and animal science
    • Restoration and conservation ecology
    • Agroforestry
    • Food studies
    • Food and agriculture policy
    • Sociology
    • Food science and nutrition
    • Public health
    • Business administration
    Faculty on this Path
    Title Expertise
    Buxbaum, Stephen political economy, community development and planning
    Chowdhury, Savvina feminist economics
    Khaleghi, Dariush Leadership, Management, Organizational Psychology and Behavior, and Human Resources Management
    Lal, Prita food justice, social movements, race/gender/class inequality, Black studies
    McMillin, Paul historical sociology, information studies
    Morisato, Donald genetics, molecular biology
    Muehleisen, David sustainable agriculture, entomology
    Nivala, Melissa mathematics
    Paros, Michael veterinary medicine
    Rosemeyer, Martha agricultural ecology, food systems
    Scheuerell, Steven ecology, botany, plant pathology
    Williams, Sarah Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies
    Catalog Offerings for 2021-22
    Title Paths Class Standing Credits
    Anthrozoology
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Challenge Lab: Post-Pandemic Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8
    Changemaker Lab: Business Fundamentals, Team Entrepreneurship, and Systems Theory
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Changemaker Lab: Farm and Garden Design and Management
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Changemaker Lab: Ocean Business and Science – Coral Reefs, Clams and Team Entrepreneurship
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Cultivating Justice: Food, Feminism, and Community Psychology
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    12, 16
    Ecological Agriculture: Crop Botany and Plant Genetics
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Ecological Agriculture: The Chemistry of Agroecology and Soil Science
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Ecology of Grazing and Grasslands in the Pacific Northwest
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Food from the Sea: Biodiversity, Culture, and Justice
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    14
    Insect Biology: Form, Function, and Management
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Introduction and History of Cooperatives
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Molecules, Music and Metamorphosis
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Practice of Organic Farming (Fall)
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Taste: What We Hunger For
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16

    Programs planned 2021-25

    Exploratory

    • Practice of Organic Farming
    • Food, Health, Sustainability
    • Ecological Agriculture
    • Botany: Plants and People

    Advanced

    • SOS: Food and Agriculture
    • Food Justice and Social Movements

    Fields of Study related to this Path