What is Agroecology?

In a nutshell, agroecology is the science behind sustainable agriculture.


Agroecology at its foundation is multidisciplinary and holistic, that integrates ecology with agriculture for the development of sustainable agricultural practices and food systems. Through systems-level understanding, agroecologists are able to develop sustainable solutions to local and global agriculture and food challenges that are economically viable, conserve the environment, natural resources, and supportive of healthy communities and food systems.


Preparing You for Diverse Careers

The Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems major at NC State is a cross departmental program offered through the Crop & Soil Sciences and Horticultural Science departments that trains future food system leaders with the interdisciplinary knowledge, real-world experiences, and professional networks that can develop sustainable solutions for our complex agriculture and food system challenges. This major offers students a variety of courses taught by diverse faculty experts in sustainable agriculture, unique hands-on learning and community engagement experiences combined with career networking and professional development opportunities through internship and research experiences.

As an Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems student, you will have many opportunities for hands-on learning at the Agroecology Education Farm, from farm visits to community engagement experiences  throughout this program.

Students can choose from the following three career path concentrations below

  • Agroecology Research and Production
    (through the Crop & Soil Sciences Department)

  • Community Food Systems
    (through the Crop & Soil Sciences Department)

  • Urban Horticulture
    (through the Horticultural Science Department)