What are the rights of a farmer? How do you pursue legal protection for land, produce and property? What does it look like to ensure the safely of others when it comes to agricultural practices? Take your knowledge of the law and agricultural experience to the next level with the Agricultural and Environmental Law course at South Dakota State University.
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Overview

Outcomes

Take your knowledge of the law and agricultural experience to the next level with the Agricultural and Environmental Law course at South Dakota State University . 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. 

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 & 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • International students are eligible to participate in our fully online programs but must do so outside the U.S. due to visa regulations. In addition, students should apply at least 6 months before the application deadline for our fully online programs.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    15 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  •  Ethics in Agribusiness
  • Environmental Law
  • Agricultural Law
  • Equine Law
  • Food Law
  • Public Health Law 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    61

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    5.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    500

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  • Minimum required score:

    44

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Completed online application Note: New and transferring international (F-1 visa) undergraduate students should be at least 17 years of age by the time they begin their studies at SDSU.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

New undergraduate students should have the equivalent of a 2.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the US

Transfer students who have completed 30 or more credits at another US college or university should have a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.   

  • Academic Records
  • English Language Proficiency
  • All new undergraduate students (not transfer students) are required to provide proof of their English language proficiency. Scores must be submitted within two years of taking the test. Students from certain countries and based on their educational background may not have to submit scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    352 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    352 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 352 USD per credit and a duration of .
  • In-State

    352 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 352 USD per credit and a duration of .
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Funding

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