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Sustainable Food and FarmingMajor

Interested in sustainable agriculture? This major combines the concepts of crop production and environmental protection. You can focus on crop science, soil health, plant health management or entrepreneurship and agricultural business.


What is Sustainable Food and Farming at WVU like?


Sustainable Food and Farming is the interdisciplinary study of how agricultural production of plants and animals affects and is affected by the local environment. It emphasizes sustainable and environmentally friendly approaches to agricultural production.

Our Sustainable Food and Farming program will teach you to combine the concepts of crop production with those of environmental protection in such a way that there is a sustained balance between production and environmental issues. Our faculty are nationally known for their work in soil science as it relates to environmental protection and land use.

At a Glance

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Elective Focuses

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Crop Science
  • Soil Health
  • Plant Health Management
  • Entrepreneurship/Agriculture Business

Fast Facts

What makes Sustainable Food and Farming at WVU unique?

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.


How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Sustainable Food and Farming major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Sustainable Food and Farming at WVU?

AGRN 120:
Principles of Agroecology

Agroecology is the study of interactions among organisms and the environment in agricultural systems and broader interactions with the biosphere to meet human needs and provide ecosystem services while minimizing their ecological footprint. We will explore the structure and function of agroecosystems across a range of climate, landscape/soil, and crop and animal components.

AGRN 202:
Principles of Soil Science

Introductory course. Soils as a natural resource emphasizing physical, chemical, and biological properties in relation to plant growth and production, land use and management, soil and water pollution, and environmental protection. (Regional campus concurrent.)

AGRN 410:
Soil Fertility

Effect of soil chemical and physical properties on soil fertility; evaluation of essential and toxic nutrients and the controls on their availability; fertilizer and lime use; soil fertility evaluation. (3 hr. lec.)

AGRN 455:
Reclamation of Disturbed Soils

Principles of soil science, geology, hydrology, and engineering will be applied to surface mine planning, overburden handling during mining, soil replacement and amendments, revegetation practices, acid mine drainage control and treatment, hazardous wastes, and land management of disturbed areas. (Field trip required.) (Also listed as ENVP 455.)

ENTO 450:
Insect Ecology

Ecology of insects as individuals, populations, and components of communities and ecosystems. Emphasis on the role of insects in agroecosystems and applications of insect ecology.

PLSC 206:
Principles of Plant Science

Anatomy, morphology, and physiology of higher plants. Study of growth and development of economically important plants, their culture, and products.

Cost and Aid

How much does Sustainable Food and Farming at WVU cost? And how can you save?

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Extra Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design may qualify for Innovators scholarships based on GPA. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for Sustainable Food and Farming at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Sustainable Food and Farming major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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