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Regenerative Agriculture

Bachelor of Science

Next start date is July 15th. Applying is easy and free!

Harvest a thriving career and

sow the seeds of sustainable practices.


Grasp the shifting landscape of agriculture and implement strategies to bolster resilience, amplify yields, and minimize environmental footprint. Our degree in regenerative agriculture will help you gain insight into sustainable agribusiness practices and climate change mitigation.

Whether you aspire to manage profitable ventures that tackle climate and biodiversity challenges or dream of launching your own climate-smart agricultural endeavor, our program equips you to lead the charge toward a greener future.

Program Overview


Global agriculture is both the biggest driver of climate change – accounting for as much as one-third of greenhouse gas emissions annually – and the principal victim of its effects. Regenerative agriculture practices restore soil fertility without the use of energetically costly synthetic fertilizers.

Students earning a BS in Regenerative Agriculture will develop knowledge of nature-positive production agriculture and principles of agronomy and apply these understandings to address challenges and opportunities presented by climate change within the agriculture sector.

This program equips students both with climate change adaptation solutions for regenerative agribusiness and an understanding of how regenerative agriculture can help mitigate the climate crisis through its intrinsic ability to foster ecosystem services. Graduates with this degree can pursue a variety of careers in fields related to agribusiness, environmental sustainability, and climate change adaptation.

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Career Outlook

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35k

Agricultural and Food Scientist jobs in the U.S., 2022.

$75k

Agricultural and Food Scientist average pay, 2022.

2k

Estimated U.S. job openings for Agricultural and Food Scientist jobs through 2032. 


*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unity Environmental University cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience.


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Experiential and Immersive Coursework

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Regenerative Agriculture as a Nature-Based Solution

This course introduces regenerative organic agriculture and its ecocentric paradigm, challenging divisive worldviews present in industrial agriculture and preservation-oriented conservation. It examines global initiatives for nature-positive agricultural production and methods to measure soil carbon stocks and agrobiodiversity over specified timeframes.

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The Science of Regenerative Agriculture

This course provides a detailed exploration of regenerative organic agriculture, covering essential principles such as reduced tillage, soil fertility, composting, seeding techniques, carbon cycling, cover cropping, crop rotation, soil and plant health, and water management. It seamlessly combines traditional regenerative agriculture knowledge with the latest scientific findings.

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Planned Holistic Grazing

This course explores holistic grazing principles for sustainable land management, emphasizing the integration of ecological, economic, and social aspects with a focus on climate change mitigation. Participants study planned grazing’s role in soil health, biodiversity, and carbon sequestration, gaining a comprehensive understanding through case studies and practical applications.


Degree Requirements and Courses


The BS in Regenerative Agriculture degree requires 120 credits. You may transfer in up to 90 credits from outside institutions. View our full course catalog for a better look into your program. Then apply online for free to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Regenerative Agriculture?

    Regenerative agriculture is an environmentally conscious and holistic farming method that tackles climate change, biodiversity loss, and soil health issues. It focuses on carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable practices, offering a comprehensive approach to building resilient communities and promoting economic viability.

  • What courses will I be taking?

    General Education Core: 32 credits
    Environmental Professional Core: 13 credits
    Elective Courses: 30 credits
    Program Core: 45 credits

    • AGRI 210 Measurement, Reporting, and Verification in Carbon Farm Planning
    • AGRI 410 The Science of Regenerative Agriculture
    • AGRI 420 Planned Holistic Grazing 
    • AGRO 101 Introduction to Agroforestry
    • BIOL 201 Organisms that Sustain the Earth: Understanding Plants
    • BIOL 310 Microbiology
    • BIOL 325 Plant Pathology 
    • ESCI 301 Soil Analysis
    • ESCI 303 Hydrology, Wetlands, and Water Policy
    • FINC 201 Business Administration: Enterprise Accounting
    • GISC 101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 
    • HORT 401 Climate-Smart Agriculture
    • MKTG 301 Environmental Marketing and Branding
    • SUFA 201 Sustainable Farm Management

    For course requirements and a better look into your program, view our full course catalog. Then apply online for free to get started.

  • How much does it cost?

    Your online education should be affordable and manageable. Our team of distance education concierges will work with you through the admissions process to help you plan and pay for your degree. Learn more about the costs here.

  • How fast can I finish?

    Our comprehensive 120-credit program can be tailored to fit your schedule and goals! Completion time is flexible, determined by the number of credits you choose to take each term (8 terms/year) and less time with transfer credits. Without transfer credits, you can anticipate the following completion times:

    • 24 credits/year: Complete in just 5 years
    • 30 credits/year: Achieve your degree in 4 years
    • 48 credits/year: Fast-track your education in only 2.6 years

Program Features


High Value Education: Nationally recognized for the quality of our programs delivered at an affordable price.

Social Mobility: Unity ranks in the top 15% of colleges in the U.S. for fostering upward mobility.

Sustainability Core: All programs are committed to sustainable practices, preparing you for a future of environmental awareness in all fields.

Flexible Learning: Balance work and education effortlessly by choosing when and where you want to study.

Flexible Start Dates: 8 start dates per year allows you to control your schedule

Personalized Guidance: Benefit from individualized academic and professional advising, where we are dedicated to turning your career and academic aspirations into tangible achievements.

Transfer-Friendly: Shorten your academic timeline, since we accept up to 90 credits to value your prior academic achievements.


Experts in the Field


At Unity Environmental University, our faculty is composed of a wide range of environmental science experts who in addition to teaching, conduct their own research and various fieldwork.

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Dr. Sebastian Kretschmer

Subject Matter Expert


Dr. Sebastian Kretschmer is your passport to the future of sustainable food! As the Director of Sustainable Food Systems & Food Science Programs at Unity, he’s not just an educator; he’s a changemaker. With a career dedicated to transforming food systems globally, Dr. Kretschmer’s impact goes beyond the classroom.

A founding member of the UN Sustainable Food Systems Program, he’s been at the forefront of sustainable nutrition, food science, and regenerative farming. Awarded over $3M in grants, his research drives change in food systems. Join Dr. Kretschmer at Unity and embark on a journey where your passion for sustainability meets world-changing education.


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Last Updated on June 21, 2024