Contact information:

Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Adriane Elliott, (970) 491-6984, Plant Sciences C110

Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Dr. Mark Uchanski, (970) 491-4885, Shepardson 111

Coordinated by a Faculty Advisory Board

The Organic Agriculture interdisciplinary minor is designed for students with an interest in alternative agricultural production approaches, in particular, organic agriculture. The focus of this program is on the science of organic agriculture with additional courses specifically focused on organic agriculture production techniques, business management, marketing, and decision making. Experiential learning is a critical part of this field of study and found in many levels in discussions, laboratories, and, most importantly, internship experiences.

The program is a cooperative effort of four departments: Agricultural and Resource Economics, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, and Soil and Crop Sciences. Although participating students will take courses from all four departments, they will receive their degree from their home department, and completion of requirements for the interdisciplinary minor will be noted on their transcript.

Program details are available from Adriane Elliott and Mark Uchanski. For more information, visit our website at

Effective Fall 2011

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Core Courses
AREC 202Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)3
AREC 328Small Agribusiness Management3
Select two of the following three groups: 6
Group A:
Applied and General Entomology
Entomology Laboratory: General
Entomology Laboratory: Horticultural
Entomology Laboratory: Agricultural
Group B:
Ecology and Management of Weeds
Group C:
Elements of Plant Pathology
FSHN 150Survey of Human Nutrition3
HORT 100Horticultural Science4
or SOCR 100 General Crops
Select two courses from the following: 2
Horticulture Food Crops: Cool Season Vegetable Production
Horticulture Food Crops: Warm Season Vegetable Production
Horticulture Food Crops: Small Fruit Production
Horticulture Food Crops: Tree Fruit Production
Viticulture-Grape Production
Select one course from the following: 3
Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)
Environmental Conservation (GT-SC2)
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science4
SOCR 350Soil Fertility Management3
Specific Courses
HORT 171/SOCR 171Environmental Issues in Agriculture (GT-SS3)3
Select four courses from the following: 4
Organic Greenhouse Production
Microbiology for Sustainable Agriculture
Organic Soil Fertility
Composting Principles and Practices
Crop Development Techniques
SOCR 345/HORT 345Diagnosis and Treatment in Organic Fields2
SOCR 424/HORT 424Topics in Organic Agriculture3
SOCR 487Internship3
or HORT 487 Internship
Program Total Credits:46

The following courses are recommended for additional study, but are not required.

AGRI 116/IE 116Plants and Civilizations (GT-SS3)3
AGRI 270/IE 270World Interdependence-Population and Food (GT-SS3)3
AREC 305Agricultural and Resource Enterprise Analysis3
AREC 310Agricultural Marketing3
AREC 478Agricultural Policy3
BSPM 451Integrated Pest Management3
HORT 310Greenhouse Management4
HORT 401Medicinal and Value-Added Uses of Plants3
Select three credits from the following: 13
Horticulture Food Crops: Cool Season Vegetable Production
Horticulture Food Crops: Warm Season Vegetable Production
Horticulture Food Crops: Small Fruit Production
Horticulture Food Crops: Tree Fruit Production
HORT 452Viticulture-Grape Production 21
HORT 454Horticulture Crop Production and Management2
HORT 476Environmental Plant Stress Physiology3
PHIL 330/AGRI 330Agricultural and Food System Ethics3
PHIL 345Environmental Ethics3
RRM 400Food and Society3
SOC 341Sociology of Rural Life3
SOC 364Agriculture and Global Society3
SOC 461Water, Society, and Environment3
SOCR 351Soil Fertility Laboratory1
SOCR 370Irrigation Principles2
SOCR 420Crop and Soil Management Systems I3
SOCR 421Crop and Soil Management Systems II4

The other three modules not taken above.


If not taken above.