Organic Farming Systems Certificate
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This certificate is available as a standalone program.
The online Undergraduate Organic Farming Systems Certificate will provide you with technical skills and knowledge in organic farming production and regulation. The program emphasizes organic management of soil health, pests and diseases, weeds, and inputs while also providing understanding of organic regulations, policy, economics, and social implications. "Systems thinking" will be utilized and cultivated throughout the courses to help illuminate interconnections and underline how management decisions influence all dimensions of sustainability (environmental, social and economic).
While most of your schoolwork will be completed online, you will be required to complete hands-on lab experiences, either through purchased kits or through virtual lab projects created collaboratively between Horticulture faculty and the curriculum design team in Ecampus. In addition, your schedule's flexibility may allow you to accept an internship or work in one of our many facilities. An internship provides professional-level interaction with growers, managers, field reps, and consultants; and provides hands-on experience.
Certificate Code: C600
Upon successful completion of the program, students will meet the following learning outcomes:
- Understand and communicate the principles, practices, science, and impacts of organic agriculture to diverse audiences.
- Apply science- and practice-based information to design and problem solve in organic systems.
- Utilize systems thinking to describe the organic system and its impacts.
- Analyze the ripple effects of organic production and/or purchasing decisions on the three dimensions of sustainability (society, environment, economy).
|*INTRODUCTION TO FOOD SYSTEMS: LOCAL TO GLOBAL
|INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIC AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS
|INPUTS IN ORGANIC CROPPING SYSTEMS: SOURCING AND EFFICACY
|ORGANIC SYSTEM PREDICAMENTS
|WEED MANAGEMENT IN ORGANIC CROPPING SYSTEMS
|INSECT AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT IN ORGANIC CROPPING SYSTEMS
|DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT OF ORGANIC CROPPING SYSTEMS
|SOIL MANAGEMENT FOR ORGANIC PRODUCTION
Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
Certificate Code: C600