Agricultural sustainability can be viewed from many perspectives including biological, ecological, social, economic, political and ethical. In this course, we will explore diverse aspects of agriculture and agricultural sustainability, primarily from various natural science perspectives.
However, we will also use other perspectives to understand some of the diverse factors which influence, and are influenced by, agriculture and issues of sustainability. We will examine the resources and conditions required by agriculture, how agriculture uses resources, some of the intended and unintended consequences of agriculture, and various questions these raise about the sustainability. The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major offers the opportunity to integrate a strong foundation in science with a broad, "big picture" perspective and hands-on experience. In addition to getting an excellent liberal arts education, our majors have the necessary skills and knowledge to apply their interests and experience toward agricultural and food system practices, production, policy and education.