Online Agricultural & Environmental Law Undergraduate Certificate

Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2023-2024: $435
2024-2025: $440
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15 Hours

The range of legal questions you will encounter during your career will continue to expand as more demands are placed on natural resources. The Agricultural & Environmental Law Certificate will help you better understand laws and emerging legal issues that may impact your career. This certificate can complement an undergraduate degree, or provide working professionals with the knowledge and tools needed to advance their career.

Am I right for this program?

 The courses in this program study how legal issues affect the following:

  • Agriculture sciences and agribusiness
  • Rural communities
  • Food production and safety
  • Water quality
  • Land-use
  • Environmental concerns
  • Renewable energy

To see a full list of courses available, visit our interactive Course Planner.

How does this program work?

This unique 15-credit hour certificate pulls together researchers, legal experts, and students from different regions of the country, giving you the opportunity to learn about more than just your corner of the world.

This certificate is offered through a partnership between multiple universities, allowing them to share resources creatively, therefore bringing you a higher quality program from the very best faculty at each university. You can choose to learn about topics that align with your interests and experiences, which will prepare you to participate in conversations that most impact your career.

Learn more about the participating universities in this program:

What will I learn in this program?

 You will learn to:

  • Navigate and access legal documents
  • Avoid legal problems
  • Use legal counsel effectively
  • Recognize the impact current and potential policies will have
  • Discern the court's role and interpretations of laws
  • Understand the politics of national, state, local, and interest groups in the formation of policies
  • Translate the implication of policies on people living in rural and urban areas

AG IDEA Student Handbook

Certificate titles vary by university. Consult each university for the title as it will appear on the certificate.

List of Courses

University Contact
These campus coordinators can help you navigate Great Plains IDEA. Click on the university name to learn more about how Great Plains IDEA works at that campus. Adam McGhee
Bria Sledge
Stacy Duffield
Sarah (Heewon) Kim
Dana Dove
University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

Shaun Libby is a graduate student in the youth development program at Michigan State.It is incredibly refreshing to see major universities working together in order to offer such high-quality degree programs and experiences for their students all while keeping tuition rates affordable. I had a roughly 10-year gap between finishing my bachelor’s degree and starting my master’s program. I have found all of the faculty at the different universities extremely welcoming and encouraging, which has made my return to school so much smoother.

– – Shaun Libby, Youth Development Master's Degree Student,
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