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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Sustainable Agriculture

Coming in Autumn 2021! At its core, Sustainable Agriculture is about working, managing, or owning an agricultural enterprise that is part of an integrated system of people, organizations, plants, animals, soils, and other natural resources that are part of an agricultural ecosystem. The sustainable agriculture major will provide students with an interdisciplinary and holistic lens for thinking about farming, balancing its environmental, social and economic dimensions, managing the farm itself and its relationship with the surrounding landscape and neighboring communities. Students will learn how to navigate and balance multiple economic, social, and environmental goals when managing a farm, ranch, or any enterprise while developing the leadership skills and knowledge to pursue an entrepreneurial career in a wide range of public or private organizations.

This program of study will be available to student enrollment beginning in Autumn of 2021.

Possible Career Options
Farmer/Farm Manager Policy Developer
Agricultural Research Technicians Corporate Sustainability Leader
Environmental & Social Justice Non-Profit  Agriculture Educator
Agricultural Compliance Agent Certification Specialist
Classes and Curriculum

This program is rooted in interdisciplinary coursework, hands-on farming experiences, and developing key employer-requested skills. Students pursuing the major will not only learn about agricultural practice but will graduate with valuable transferable skills in problem solving, written and verbal communication, management, advocacy, sustainable sourcing and marketing, entrepreneurship, big-picture and detail-oriented systems-thinking, teamwork and leadership; skills that provide an edge in any career. It will teach students to think critically about environmental sustainability, human-environment interactions, and our changing food system, preparing them as responsible citizens who can create cutting edge jobs in the 21st century economy.

Curriculum Requirements (pdf)

Sample 4-Year Plan (pdf)

Getting Involved

There are several student organizations where students can be involved in issues of sustainability, including opportunities on campus to actually contribute to and experience getting your hands in the soil.

Ohio State Student Farm & Student Growing Collaborative

The Ohio State Student Farm is a 4-acre plot at the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. It is a space for Ohio State students of all identities and academic backgrounds to engage in learning, research, and collaborative projects. This space was created by students with the help of faculty of Horticulture and Crop Science and Engineering Education to empower themselves and future students to experience first-hand the present and future of sustainable agriculture and food justice.

The Student Growing Collaborative serves as the student face and organizational foundation of Ohio State's Student Farm, making decisions related to farm management, produce distribution, and events. 

Students posing in a hoop house on the Student Farm


Casey W. Hoy, Ph.D. 
Professor, Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystem Management,
Faculty Director, the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation
Office: 201 Thorne Hall, OARDC, Wooster Campus
1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691  
Phone: 330-263-3611

Hannah Zimmerman
Coordinator of Prospective Student Services
(614) 247-6685