This interdisciplinary program under the Department of Earth and Environment is aimed at providing students with an opportunity to learn problems and issues that emerge from the interface between agriculture, natural ecosystems and urban areas. Students will gain an appreciation of how traditional agricultural production systems will influence the quality of natural ecosystems and human environment, and also what ecological and developmental pressure that agriculture comes under from the human system. The program will emphasize natural and economic services that are provided by large agricultural areas interspersed between urban and natural areas. Students will learn structural changes that are necessary within agriculture in order to make it ecologically sustainable and community supported. The program includes farm- and field-level experiential learning through internships, field demonstrations and minor experiments. This is a collaborative effort between Florida International University, US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Archbold Biological Station's MacArthur Agro-Ecology Research Center (MAERC) and Miami Dade College (MDC).