Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee
Date of First Reading: November 22, 2021
Date of Second Reading: January 31, 2022
Title of Motion: Request from the – College of Integrative Sciences and Arts – for the establishment of an undergraduate certificate – Indoor Farming
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: Indoor farming is a technology-based approach toward horticultural crop production with significant improvements in water consumption and carbon footprint when compared with conventional crop production. As more technologically advanced greenhouses and commercial vertical farms emerge, the indoor farming industry is quickly growing. Indoor farming has the capacity to supply high quality, healthy products such as tomatoes and lettuce in addition to specialty items such as herbs to markets and the restaurant industry. This certificate program will provide students with professional training in indoor horticultural crop production and management.