Sustainable Agriculture Minor

Minor Requirements: 24-25 credits

Required courses: 12 cr. hrs.

CROP 368 Sustainable Agriculture 3 cr.
ESM 220 Environmental Sustainability: Theories, Issues and Management 3 cr. Prereq: ESM 105
AGEC 450 Introduction to Natural Resources Economics 3 cr. Prereq: AGEC 230
SOCI 245 Environmental Sociology 3 cr. Prereq: SOCI 100 or ANTH 100 or ESM 105

Directed electives: 12 cr. hrs.

Select two from the following:
ANSC 389 Special Topics: Sustainable Animal Production 3 cr.
ANSC 365 Poultry Production 3 cr. Prereq: ANSC 232, ANSC 257
ANSC 366 Swine Production 3 cr. Prereq: ANSC 232, ANSC 231, ANSC 257, and one of the following: BIOL 150, ANSC 111 or CROP/HORT 161
ANSC 367 Beef Production 3 cr. Prereq: ANSC 232, ANSC 231, ANSC 257, and one of the following: BIOL 150, ANSC 111 or CROP/HORT 161
ANSC 368 Sheep Production 3 cr. Prereq: ANSC 232, ANSC 231, ANSC 257, and one of the following: BIOL 150, ANSC 111 or CROP/HORT 161
CROP 263 Forage Crop Production 3 cr. Prereq: CROP/HORT 161
CROP 363 Pasture Production 3 cr. Prereq: CROP/HORT 161
CROP 468 Organic Production Systems 3 cr. Prereq: Foundation of Agriculture courses completion
DASC 306 Dairy Production 3 cr. Prereq: ANSC 232 and ANSC 257
ESM 343 Woodlot Management 3 cr. Prereq: ESM 109 or consent
HORT 327 Vegetable Science and Production 3 cr. Prereq:  CROP/HORT 161 and HORT 169
HORT 347 Fruit Science and Production 3 cr. Prereq: CROP/HORT 161 and HORT 169

Select one from the following:
AFES 310 Agricultural Human Resource Management 3 cr. Prereq: Junior standing
AGEC 360 Farm Management 3 cr. Prereq: AGEC 230
AGEC 361 Horticultural Business Management 3 cr. Prereq: AGEC 230
AGEC 445 Land Use and Sustainable Agriculture Law 3 cr. Prereq: AGEC 230 or ESM 303, and Math 146 or higher
AGEC 495 Special Problems in Ag Economics: Direct Marketing 3 cr. 

Select one from the following:
AGEN 325 Alternative Energy Systems 3 cr. Prereq: Chem 121 or equiv.
CROP 451 Integrated Pest Management 3 cr. Prereq: CROP/HORT 161
612">ESM 305 Environmental Impact Assess 3 cr. Prereq: ESM 105, CHEM 121, BIOL 100 or 150, and GEOL 101.
SOIL 440 Soil and Water Conservation 4 cr. Prereq: Soil 120, Math 146, and computer proficiency

Department of Plant and Earth Science

William Anderson, Juliet Tomkins, Gary Onan, Donavon Taylor
314 Agricultural Science
715-425-3941

Students who select this minor will learn about sustainable agriculture in its broadest sense, including issues related to maintaining and/or improving crop and animal productivity, preserving environmental resources for future generations, ensuring farm profitability, and ensuring rural community vitality and viability.  They learn how to build markets and opportunities for producers, and they help consumers make "green" choices on purchased products.

Sustainable agriculturalists work as producers of value added crops, such as organic produce, grains and meats.  Some provide technical support for crop and animal production systems, develop soil and nutrient management plans, work with producers to control insects, diseases and other pests with integrated pest management techniques, market locally-grown food products, and research ways to make agriculture more efficient, environmentally sound and sustainable for future generations.


University of Wisconsin-River Falls
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