Classes at Washington State University
WSU offers an 18 credit Certificate in Organic Agriculture. There are two core classes which are required: Organic Gardening and Farming, and Soil; A Living System. In addition, each student must either take the Practicum in Organic Agriculture on campus, or arrange an internship on his own with an organic farmer, business, or certifying agency. Students using the off campus internship option are expected to work about 20 hours a week for 12 weeks while keeping a daily journal, and complete a 10 page paper at the end of the internship. The bulk of the certificate is 9 credits that can be chosen from 13 different classes. Those classes include such varied topics as World Agricultural Systems, Crop Growth and Development, and Field Analysis of Sustainable Food Systems.
The classes can be taken in any order, and the entire certificate, besides the internship, can be completed online. WSU also offers a full major in the subject on campus. WSU's tuition is higher than that at OSU, and the cost depends on whether or not you are a resident of Washington, and on how many classes you take at a time. For residents, part-time, defined as less than 10 credits will run $430 per credit, and 10-18 credits will run a flat rate of $4,296. Each credit above 18 during a semester will cost $404. For a non-resident, it is $632 per credit for Part-time, $6,315 for 10-18 credits, and $606 per credit for additional classes.