This programme aims to provide an interdisciplinary training in scientific principles necessary for understanding the interactions of agriculture with the environment, with an emphasis on sustainability and the ecological consequences of unsound management. Through the taught modules and assignments you develop a flexible, technical knowledge and skills base, which is essential for a career in research, development or extension relating to problems of sustainability in farming systems, environmental management and rural development.The programme provides an advanced interdisciplinary and holistic understanding of the scientific principles and technical skills required to analyse farming systems in relation to soils, ecology and environmental systems and to assess their sustainability in the context of social acceptability and environmental change.
For the MSc you take 70 credits of compulsory taught modules and select 30 credits of optional modules. You also complete a research project leading to a thesis (80 credits) that may be undertaken overseas. For the Diploma you take the same 100 credits of taught modules, but complete a short 20-credit, library-based dissertation.Compulsory modules include: farming systems and agroecology; sustainable development and environmental change; environmental systems and modelling; quantitative techniques, experimental design and data analysis; ecological survey techniques; environment and habitat assessment field class; environmental assessment û land and water resources. Optional modules (10 credits each) include: pesticides û uses and environmental properties; soil and water conservation; ecosystem management; GIS and remote sensing; and trees û growth, management and environmental impacts.
You may be asked to contribute to the cost of essential field classes; some financial assistance may be available.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission