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Bachelor of Science in Diversified Agriculture

Graduates of this program will be well-prepared to own or manage small farms with diverse operations such as dairy, livestock (e.g. beef, sheep, and goats), succession grazing, market gardening, greenhouse production, and maple sugaring or to be consultants to agricultural organizations looking to diversify their operations and opportunities.

The Diversified Agriculture program combines animal, plant, and soil sciences with a knowledge and understanding of business and management. The program emphasizes the use of synergistic biological processes to foster a reduction in the need for, and subsequent use of, off-farm inputs. Instruction focuses on practical application of agricultural science in Vermont.

Today’s farmers and agricultural industries must compete for customers on an international level while simultaneously meeting an increased demand for locally grown products. Training farmers to develop and synergize diverse agriculture operations on the same farmstead will make them stronger all-around competitors in the food production market, as well as more economically sound.

Students with a Bachelor of Science in Diversified Agriculture will be able to:
  • Understand livestock nutrition and the ration formulation process
  • Understand reproduction and genetics and be able to implement a breeding program
  • Design, plan, and implement a garden
  • Balance a nutrient budget
  • Competently identify and treat common New England weeds and pests
  • Understand the operational details of two forms of New England agriculture
  • Competently recognize livestock disease
  • Understand the agriculture industry and represent it knowledgeably
  • Raise and store common New England forages
  • Manage an agriculture operation budget
  • Assess an agricultural business and recognize potential investors
  • Write a business plan for an agricultural operation
The minimum number of credits required for a degree is 122.


First Year




Fall Semester Credits
Spring Semester Credits
ACC 1020  Survey of Accounting  3
AGR 1012  Agricultural Techniques II 1
AGR 1011  Agricultrual Techniques I  3
AGR 2030  Animal Nutrition  4
AGR 1050  Livestock Production 3
BIO 1220  Botany  4
CIS 1080  Intro Spreadsheet/Db Mgmnt  2
LAH 1050  Introduction to Soils  4
ENG 10XX  English 3
Select One:
LAH 1020  Introduction to Horticulture 3
MAT 1221  Finite Mathematics  3



MAT 1210  Principles of Mathematics  3

17

16





Second Year




Fall Semester Credits
Spring Semester  Credits 
AGR 2720  Issues/Trends in Agriculture 2
CHE 2060  Organic Chemistry  4
BUS 2210  Small Business Management 3
ENG 2080  Technical Communication 3
CHE 1031  General Chemistry 4
Select One: 
Select as Desired: 

MAT 2021  Statistics 3
AGR 1061  Burls to Boards 3
MAT 1420  Technical Mathematics 5
AGR 2011  Dairy Herd Management  3
MAT 1520  Calculus for Engineering  4
AGR 2020  Farm Buildings  3
Select as desired: (6 Credits Minimum)
AGR 2040  Forge Production 3
AGR 1030  Reproduction & Genetics  3
BIO 2040  Entomology 3
AGR 2012  Dairy Herd Management  3
MEC 1020  Manufacturing Processes  2
BIO 2030  Plant Pathology 3

16-18

16-18





Third Year




Fall Semester Credits  Spring Semester Credits 
BUS 2260  Financial Management  3
AGR 3050  Adv Nutrient Management 3
ELE XXXX  AH/SS Elective 3
AGR 3111  Vegetable/Fruit Production I  3
Select as Desired: (7 Credits Minimum) 

ELE XXXX  AH/SS Elective  3
AGR 3020  Adv Livestock Production 3
ELE XXXX  AH/SS Elective  3
AGR 3030  Advanced Dairy Nutrition  3
Select as desired: ( 6 Credits Minimum)
AGR 3110  Apples, Berries, & Bees 3
AGR 2050  Large Animal Dsease  3
BIO 1020   Environmental Biology 4
AGR 2060  Beef Production 3
LAH 1030  Woody Ornamentals  3
AGR 3040  Maple Production 3
LAH 2020  Plant Propagation 3



13-15

15-18





Fourth Year




Fall Semester Credits  Spring Semester Credits 
AGR 4040  Agricultural Products  3
AGR 4720  DAG Project  3
AGR 4802  Internship Review  1
BUS 2230  Principles of Marketing  3
ELE 3XXX  Upper level AH/SS elective 3
SDT 3010  Mediation & Communication  3
Select Two:

ELE XXXX  AH /SS elective 3
AGR 2110  Sheep Production 2
Select One: 
ATT 1020  Engine Diagnostics/Repair  4
ATT 1040  Auto Electrical Systems  4
DSL 1020  Diesel Power Systems  4
EQS 4110  Equine Health & Disease 3
SDT 3111  Energy Systems/Sustainability  3
LAH 1040  Greenhouse Management 4
SDT 4112  Green Sites Survey 3



13-15

15-16