Department of Agriculture, Landscape & Environment

The Agriculture, Landscape, and Environment (ALE, formerly known as Plant and Soil Science) program integrates classroom and field experiences incorporating relevant environmental, social, and economic issues into the curriculum. ALE students have access to a diverse array of hand-on, high impact learning opportunities. Many of the department's courses include field components that will make Burlington and beyond part of the classroom. From stormwater mitigation, to soil testing on local farms, to creating farm business plans, students will be challenged and working within the local food system. The Agroecology and Landscape Design major is strongly linked to UVM’s highly recognized environmental program. The program is flexible, allowing students to pursue their interests in plant production, landscape design, and environmental issues related to plants, pathogens, pests, soils, and water management while preparing for career opportunities and graduate studies. Choose from either of two concentrations, Agroecology which addresses land management within agriculture, or, Landscape Design which addresses multifunctional landscapes. In both concentrations, students gain an understanding of ecological systems through hands-on coursework, research, internships and engaging with local and global communities.

Through research and teaching the department engages with key environmental issues facing the use of resources. Faculty members study food security and sovereignty, sustainable food production, ecological landscape design, climate change in agricultural food systems, improvement of food crops, ecological pest management, soil health, and more. Faculty and courses span a wide range of disciplines, offering students a highly customizable course of study. ALE faculty represent the disciplines of agroecology, agronomy, entomology, horticulture, landscape design, plant pathology, and soil science.

Faculty help students develop individualized courses of study to match their interests and career goals. For more information, email: or call (802)656-2630.