"The concentration was approved by the Shepherd University Board of Govenors in March 2018. It is being developed in conjunction with the College of Business."
The Human Ecology degree is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to design their own degree and build a curriculum that meets their needs. This program offers learning opportunities on different "scales." Some students "focus on learning production techniques and farm management skills, or contributing to local food security and resilience efforts. Others work at the international level to understand food politics and the economics forces that affect agriculture." The college operates two organic farms: Beech Hill Farm and Peggy Rockefeller Farms.
The Sustainable Living Department offers a Bachelor's degree in Regenerative Organic Agriculture and a 10-month certificate program in the same area. The programs emphasize practices that improve soil and create balanced farm ecosystems. The certified organic farm and greenhouses provide hands-on learning opportunities for students, including marketing to local buyers and via a CSA program. Students have access to internship opportunities on farms from the local areas to overseas.
This Major focuses on "integrat[ing] knowledge and technology in a systems approach to manage land for sustainable utilization of natural resources."
The College's Practice of Organic Agriculture spans 3 quarters and has both an academic "emphasis" and an on-farm component at the Evergreen State College Organic Farm. The course addresses practices in organic farming; running a farm business; and marketing food. One quarter explores "organic food production systems using the three pillars of sustainability - economic, environmental, and social justice." The Evergreen College also has a permaculture site, demonstration site, compost facility, and a biodiesel generation project. Evergreen College does not offer Majors or Minors; students have the options of focusing studies in a particular area and designating that as their area of emphasis.