Contact information:
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Dr. Mark Uchanski, (970) 491-4885, University Services Center 419

The focus of this program is on the science of organic agricultural production. The program offers courses specifically focused on organic ag production techniques, certification, and decision-making. Lecture, discussion, and lab experiences involve experiential learning at many levels.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the minor, the student will be able to:

1. Evaluate the USDA-National Organic Program regulations as they relate to diversified agricultural systems.

2. Identify opportunities, challenges and solutions within organic case study-based and field-based scenarios.

3. Articulate the uniqueness of certified organic agricultural practices and products in comparison to other agricultural management scenarios.

Effective Spring 2024

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.

HORT 100Horticultural Science4
or SOCR 100 General Crops
HORT 171/SOCR 171Environmental Issues in Agriculture (GT-SS3)3
HORT 344Organic Greenhouse Production1
HORT 345/SOCR 345Diagnosis and Treatment in Organic Fields2
HORT 424/SOCR 424Topics in Organic Agriculture3
SOCR 343Composting Principles and Practices1
Select three courses from the following:9
Integrated Pest Management
Livestock Manure Management and Environment
Economics of Food Systems (GT-SS1)
Vegetable Crop Management
Principles of Fruit Crop Management
Program Total Credits:23