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, University Services Center 419

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.

Effective Fall 2019

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
FSHN 150Survey of Human Nutrition3
HORT 100Horticultural Science4
or SOCR 100 General Crops
HORT 171/SOCR 171Environmental Issues in Agriculture (GT-SS3)3
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science4
SOCR 345/HORT 345Diagnosis and Treatment in Organic Fields2
SOCR 350Soil Fertility Management3
SOCR 424/HORT 424Topics in Organic Agriculture3
SOCR 487Internship3
or HORT 487 Internship
Select two of the following three groups:6-7
Group A (3-4 credits):
Applied and General Entomology
Entomology Laboratory: General
Entomology Laboratory: Horticultural
Entomology Laboratory: Agricultural
Group B (3 credits):
Ecology and Management of Weeds
Group C (3 credits):
Elements of Plant Pathology
Select one course from the following:3
Vegetable Crop Management
Principles of Fruit Crop Management
Select one course from the following:3
Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)
Environmental Conservation (GT-SC2)
Select four credits from the following:4
Organic Greenhouse Production
Microbiology for Sustainable Agriculture
Composting Principles and Practices
Crop Development Techniques
Pollinator Management in Agroecosystems
Program Total Credits:47-48