Northern Michigan University’s Indoor Agriculture Associate Degree is a collaborative approach among multiple departments and academic programs to create the first known higher education interdisciplinary indoor agriculture program. The program will provide students with hands-on, exploration-based learning of indoor agriculture, associated growing, and environmental infrastructure systems. Growing climate and population concerns underscore the need for efficient and sustainable farming practices to help reduce depletion of resources. Adaptation of indoor, urban farming models to northern climates in multiple structure and building types in order to provide fresh, local food sourcing year-round highlights this program’s push for sustainability.
Students in this indoor agriculture program will have the opportunity to contribute diverse perspectives and become a part of the solution.
Upon completion of the Indoor Agriculture Associate’s degree, students will be able to:
- Apply indoor agriculture growing techniques to various forms of horticulture
- Understand background principles of plant chemistry and plant physiology
- Apply knowledge and understanding of basic mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems to support indoor agriculture requirements
- Understand food system networks, distribution, and associated societal impacts