The Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program supports graduate student research into "agriculture, food systems and their interactions with the environment and society."
In addition, M.Sc. and Ph.D. Crop Science graduate programs include coursework and research with individual faculty whose programs emphasize agroecology, integrated pest management, urban agriculture, and sustainable landscapes. Minors in Crop Science can focus in same subject areas represented in undergraduate concentrations.
The online certificate focuses sustainable production of plants, fruits, crops, medicinal plants, and vegetables. The program is open to high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, master gardeners, and others.
Part of the Southern Illinois University Farms system, the Sustainability Center is comprised of the student-run Sustainable Farm and Greenhouse, a Vermicomposting Center, and the Paper Recycling Project. Research and work-study opportunities are available. The farm operates a seasonal CSA, markets produce locally, and provides organic vegetables to the Southern Illinois University dining halls.
M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduate programs include coursework and research with individual faculty whose research programs emphasize agroecology, sustainable agriculture, soils, sustainable development, and restoration ecology.
Coursework and research in sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture, integrated pest management, and alternative crops.
Students in the Alternative Crops Research Program investigate new or alternative crops for the Midwestern United States that can help mitigate pest problems or increase crop diversity.
Students use organic techniques on six acres for outdoor field production and on 9,000 square feet of year round high tunnel production. "The farm is a hands-on learning environment for low-input, environmental and economically sustainable food production." The farm hosts research projects, offers tours and workshops related to organic and sustainable agriculture, and markets agricultural products to university residence halls or directly to customers on campus.