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Agricultural and Environmental Law Certificate (Undergraduate)

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What are the rights and obligations of a farmer? How do you pursue legal protection for land, produce and property? What does it look like to ensure the safety of others when it comes to agricultural practices?

Take your knowledge of the law and agricultural experience to the next level with SDSU’s 15-credit online certificate in agricultural and environmental law. Focus on legal issues that arise in rural communities and the food industry. Examine legal concerns surrounding water quality, land-use and other environmental issues. Develop a working understanding of the legislative regulation of food production, renewable energy and an expanding population. Learn to recognize and understand legal issues related to agricultural business contracts, tenancy, property, agency and employment issues. The goal of the program is to provide you with a firm grasp of the laws that may impact your career and personal activities. The agricultural and environmental law certificate provides a foundational understanding of core agricultural legal concepts while offering different areas of emphasis that appeal to your specific interests and experiences.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have strong writing and communication skills.
  • Critical thinking and enjoy problem solving.
  • Enjoy business, agriculture, and environmental policy analysis.
  • Interested in agriculture, food or natural resource industries.
  • Enjoy working with others to resolve ecological questions and environmental issues.

Career Opportunities

  • Law school
  • Paralegal
  • Government agents
  • Bankers and lenders
  • Real estate professionals

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.