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As a registered nurse, you apply your knowledge and skills on a daily basis. Yet, there is always a need to learn more, both in order to provide better health care to your patients and advance your career. The nursing program at UDC provides the opportunity to do both.

Nutrition and Dietetics

The mission of the DPD is to provide program graduates with the skills and knowledge to be confident and competent in their dietetic internship and serve as professionals capable of providing excellent entry-level dietetic services in community, food service, management, and clinical settings.

Health Education

The Health Education mission aligns with the CAUSES mission, which is “research-based academic and community outreach programs that improved the quality of life and economic opportunity of people and communities in the District of Columbia, the nation, and the world.

Urban Architecture & Community Planning

The program stresses the importance of design as a tool for creating sustainable urban environments through research-based academic collaboration with partners in health profession, nutrition science, environmental studies, water resource management, and agriculture.

Professional Science Master’s (PSM)

The Professional Science Master’s Program of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia will advance students’ knowledge and prepare students for immediate entry into the workforce, for the next level of education, for specialized employment opportunities, and for lifelong learning.

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April 25, 2017 8:30 pm

Aquaponics Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Marcus Avery Christon, MS
(202) 274-6686 |

The University of the District of Columbia’s (UDC) College of Agriculture Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) will come together with community members next Tuesday to cut the ribbon on the new aquaponics system at UDC-Van Ness campus. Join us for a tour of the new greenhouse, demonstrations of the aquaponics system and remarks by Dr. Sabine O’Hara, Dean of CAUSES and Director of the University’s Landgrant Programs and Tommy Wells, Director of Department of Energy & Environment.

Aquaponics — a combination of hydroponics (growing plants in nutrient rich water) and aquaculture (fish production) — is a growing field that presents not only potential career options but helps students learn about fish and plant life, photosynthesis and life cycles. In an aquaponics system, fish and plants grow together. The systems convert waste produced by the fish into fertilizer for plants, which in turn filter water that enters the fish habitat. The new system coincides with our mission of creating economic self-sufficiency through the building of green jobs and community ownership.

In May 2016, UDC held a ribbon-cutting for its first aquaponics facility at the East Capitol Urban Farm in Ward 7. UDC was awarded $519,500 to establish and operate four aquaponic demonstration projects in Wards 3, 5, 7 and 8 to breed fish and serve as a base for job-skills and entrepreneurship training for low-skilled and semi-skilled District residents. When combined with a small greenhouse, each facility is expected to generate 500 pounds of fish and 5,000 pounds of produce annually.