The Agroecology & Conservation concentration is a direct response to the growing need for sustainability in our food systems and natural resource policy and planning. As once-alternative land use practices become mainstream, the field will require trained professionals with expertise in sustainable agricultural and natural resource management to work on farms, invigorate cooperative extension, write policies that champion environmental stewardship, and support sustainable land use efforts through non-profit and NGO work.
Students in this concentration are exposed to ecological concepts pertaining to sustainable agricultural practices, as well as policy and law governing natural resource use. Students can tailor coursework to their interests, with electives like Green Finance and Accounting, Ecological Forest Management, and Marine Conservation Ecology. The Sustainability degree is unique in that it provides insight into policy and land use applications of environmental principles. The undergraduate experience is hands-on from the beginning, with opportunities to work on the Stockton Farm and Stockton Forestry Management Plan. Students are encouraged to complete internships off-campus as well: at local farms, with cooperative extension and NJ DEP, and with non-profits like The Nature Conservancy.
International Development work is another avenue students can explore through working with Sustainability faculty. The Zimbabwe Book Project encompasses opportunities to work with agricultural revitalization in rural Zimbabwe, in particular with hydroponics, mushroom cultivation, and sustainable technologies for value-added agricultural products.