Credits required
18 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 18 quarter credits are equal to 12 semester credits.
Cost per credit
$560 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Delivery
100% online You can complete all courses in this program 100% online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

Graduate Certificate in Organic Agriculture – Online

Curriculum

This is an 18-credit graduate certificate program, at the completion of which you will receive graduate-level university credits and a certificate from Oregon State. The coursework in Oregon State’s online Graduate Certificate in Organic Agriculture builds on the university’s strengths as a research institution and as a provider of high-quality agricultural education, expertise and outreach within the state’s well-developed organic agriculture production sector.

This certificate provides a fundamental understanding of the organic agriculture industry and practical production management knowledge in the areas of organic crops (including wild crop harvesting) soils, livestock and general organic agriculture systems technology.

Program requirements (18 credits)

You must complete 18 credits in this program, at the completion of which you will earn a Graduate Certificate in Organic Agriculture.

Core courses (12 credits)

  • AGRI 520 – Overview of Organic Food Production (3)
  • CROP/SOIL 530 – Organic Soil and Crop Management (3)
  • ANS 550 – Organic Animal Production Systems (3)
  • AGRI 506 – Capstone (3)

Electives (6 credits)

You must take two of the following elective courses to satisfy the programs 18-credit requirement.

  • HORT 556/HORT 456 – Physiology and Production of Berry Crops
  • NUTR 525 – Organic Food and Health: Evidence and Consumer Perceptions
  • HORT 540 – Organic Vegetable Production Systems: Design and Management
  • PBG 552 – Plant Breeding and Seed Production in Organic Systems
  • ENT 548 – Integrated Pest Management in Organic Systems
  • ENT 523 – Organic Beekeeping and Honey Production
  • FCSJ 554 – International Perspectives on Food Systems
  • ANTH 586 – Anthropology of Food
  • AGRI 511 – Introduction to Food Systems: Local to Global

Capstone project

This program features a required capstone project that allows you to immerse yourself in real-life issues, participate in the development of organic systems plans, and craft solutions for the benefit of the organic growers. The three capstone options are:

  1. Visit a certified organic farm, certified organic processing facility or a certifying agency (e.g. the State Department of Agriculture) to explore opportunities to develop a capstone project.
  2. Use Oregon State’s list of organic farms in Oregon and states in the region to find one that is willing to help facilitate your capstone.
  3. If neither of the first two options is feasible, OSU’s organic agriculture program staff and faculty will work with you to customize your project.
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