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Washington State University's major in organic and sustainable agriculture is the first of its kind to be offered in the United States. Students in this major take a diverse array of courses in natural, environmental, economic, and social sciences, as well as a number of courses focused on organic production practices.
Significantly different than conventional agriculture, organic food production is one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture. In many ways, Washington State has been a leader in this burgeoning new industry.
Students wanting a hands-on degree experience thrive in the organic major. WSU has a four-acre certified organic teaching farm where students learn to produce certified organic vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers that they distribute through local food banks, on-campus food service, a 100-member CSA (community supported agriculture), and a local farmers’ market.
WSU is also transitioning to the new 30-acre WSU Eggert Family Organic Farm, which will have grain crops, small livestock, vegetables, fruit orchard, community work center, and greenhouses. Both farms provide WSU students, employees, and the broader community with a commercial organic farm for teaching, research, outreach, and enjoyment of sustainable, organic, and biologically intensive agriculture.
- Study options
WSU offers a wide range of agricultural and scientific courses that you can use to tailor the organic and sustainable agriculture program to fit your specific interests.
Here are a few of the aspects of organic and sustainable agriculture you can focus on:
- Animal and dairy production
- Economics and marketing
- Crop production
- Food science
- Pest management
- Soil management
- Agricultural and resource economics
- Agricultural technology and production management
- Scholarships & financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, start by doing these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For agriculture majors
The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) annually awards more than $500,000 to students. For more information, see the CAHNRS scholarship page.