Significantly different than conventional agriculture, organic food production is one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture, with retail sales increasing by 20 percent annually since 1991. In many ways, Washington State has been a leader in this burgeoning new industry. This revolutionary new major is the first of its kind to be offered in the United States. Students in this major take a diverse array of courses in the natural, environmental, economic and social sciences, as well as a number of courses focused on organic production practices.
Students wanting a hands-on degree experience thrive in the organic major. WSU has a four-acre, certified organic teaching farm, which is currently in the process of expanding to become a 17-acre, multi-disciplinary organic farming operation and community center. This farm is an invaluable tool where students learn to produce certified organic vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers that they distribute through local food banks, on-campus food service, a 100-member community supported agriculture (CSA), and a local farmers’ market.
Students have the opportunity to tailor their program of study to specific areas of emphasis, such as:
organic animal and dairy production
economics and marketing
crop production, food science
The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences majors to take certain prerequisite courses before certifying into the degree program.
Complete these WSU courses (or transferable equivalents) with a GPA of 2.5 or better:
CHEM 101, 102
BIOL 106, 107
How to apply
Apply for admission to WSU Everett as a transfer student.
1. APPLYusing the Transfer Student Application.
– Select “WSU Everett” as your campus and “Organic and Sustainable Agriculture” as your academic interest.
2. After submitting your application, please send your official transcripts to WSU Everett at:
Washington State University Everett Enrollment Services 915 N. Broadway Everett, WA 98201
3. The academic coordinator will contact you and help you apply for certification into the Organic Agriculture Systems program.
4. Pay the WSU tuition deposit, which confirms acceptance of your admission offer. NOTE: This deposit is nonrefundable; pay the deposit only after you are certified into the Agricultural and Food Systems program.
All students must meet requirements as outlined in the WSU Catalog in order to graduate. See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic adviser about planning and scheduling your courses.