This is the most comprehensive list posted to date of universities and colleges in the US and Canada that have offered permaculture education.

A lot of research went into compiling this list, but the world of higher education is vast. There are almost certainly many schools that should be added to this list. It was most recently updated in February of 2017, but course offerings are ever changing so it’s best to check current school schedules for the most up to date information. This list is intended as a starting point to understanding permaculture’s reach in higher education; it is a resource for students looking for permaculture education opportunities and for teachers seeking models for structuring new programs. If you see something that needs updating, send me a note!

The table distinguishes between schools offering a full 72-hour permaculture design certificate (PDC) for academic credit; a community PDC offered on campus (without credit); and courses that include permaculture content only (such as “Intro to Permaculture”). Schools are organized by region (the order of US categories is Pacific Northwest/Alaska, California, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast). Some schools with more established PDCs have links to learn more. Enjoy!

School (By region) Department/ Program PDC for credit Non-credit PDC Course content Online/ Distance Currently offered
FULLY ONLINE
Gaia University International Diploma of Permaculture Design + + +
CANADA
Camosun College Environmental Technology +
Centennial College Global Citizenship & Equity +
Langara College Continuing Studies +
University of Alberta Extension; Communications & Technology +
University of British Columbia Land & Food Systems + + +
University of Victoria Environmental Studies + +
PACIFIC NORTHWEST / ALASKA
Alaska Pacific University +
Antioch University Seattle Leadership & Change +
Bastyr University Holistic Landscape Design + +
Evergreen State College Bachelor of Arts & Sciences +
Oregon State University Horticulture; Continuing Studies + + + +
Pacific University Art; Environmental Studies + +
Pacific Lutheran University +
Portland Community College Horticulture + +
Portland State University Educational Leadership & Policy + +
South Seattle College Landscape Horticulture +
University of Oregon Landscape Architecture +
University of Washington Anthropology +
CALIFORNIA
California Institute of Integral Studies Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness + +
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo +
California State University Stanislaus Permaculture Minor + +
Diablo Valley College Horticulture +
Merritt College Landscape Horticulture + +
Santa Barbara City College Environmental Horticulture + +
UC Berkeley Extension +
UC Santa Cruz Kresge College + +
University of San Francisco Architecture & Community Design +
SOUTHWEST
Austin Community College Continuing Education +
CU Boulder Environmental Studies + +
Naropa University Environmental Studies + +
Prescott College Environmental Studies + +
University of Northern Colorado Environmental Studies +
MIDWEST
Indiana University Bloomington Collins Living-Learning Centre + +
Lorain Community College Sustainable Agriculture + +
Maharishi University of Management Sustainable Living + +
Oberlin College Environmental Studies +
Purdue University Agronomy +
SOUTHEAST
Appalachian State University Sustainable Development + +
Center College +
McDaniel College Environmental Studies +
North Carolina State University Horticulture Science + + +
Rollins College +
University of Richmond Continuing Studies +
Warren Wilson College Environmental Studies +
NORTHEAST
Antioch University New England Continuing Education +
Bristol Community College Sustainable Agriculture + +
Colby-Sawyer College Environmental Studies + +
Cornell University Horticulture + + + +
Goddard College Bachelor Degree + + +
Green Mountain College Environmental Studies; Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production +
Greenfield Community College Farm & Food Systems + + +
Ithaca College Environmental Studies +
Montclair State University Anthropology +
Paul Smith’s College Environmental Studies + +
Plymouth State University Environmental Planning; Sustainability Minor + +
Sterling College Applied Sciences +
UMass Amherst Sustainable Agriculture; Continuing Education + + +
University of New Hampshire Extension +
University of Vermont Environmental Studies + +
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