Sustainable agriculture can be described in many ways -- satisfying the food and income requirements of farmers, providing people with a healthy and affordable diet, protecting environmental quality and human health, and contributing to the vitality of rural and urban communities. If you are already part of the expanding world of sustainable agriculture or are thinking of steering your career toward this exciting, interdisciplinary field, we think our program will serve your needs.
The Sustainable Agriculture Interdepartmental Graduate Program at Iowa State University builds on a solid foundation of agricultural science and provides students opportunities to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Our program was the first in the U.S. to offer both an MS and PhD with a major in Sustainable Agriculture and is the only graduate program that allows students to pursue a true interdisciplinary curriculum that includes the biological, social, and economic elements of sustainability.
We hope you will consider Iowa State University for your graduate studies in sustainable agriculture.
— Matthew O’Neal, Program Chair
The Sustainable Agriculture Student Association (SASA) works towards promoting sustainable agriculture, consumer education and outreach, and improvement of the current agricultural paradigm. Membership is open to ISU students, faculty, alumni, and spouses/partners. The association maintains affiliations with Food at First, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Practical Farmers of Iowa, The Land Institute, and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.
Our students major in Sustainable Agriculture and receive a Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from one of our twenty cooperating departments.
- Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
- Agricultural Education and Studies
- Animal Science
- Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
- Community and Regional Planning
- Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology
- Food Science and Human Nutrition
- Industrial and Manufacturing System Engineering
- Journalism and Mass Communication
- Mechanical Engineering
- Natural Resource Ecology and Management
- Plant Pathology
- Political Science
- Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine