Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Minor

By pursuing a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS), students will gain knowledge of several aspects of agricultural systems.  The required course provides an introduction to sustainable and organic agriculture practices, including an array of strategies to sustainably manage soil, nutrient, water, and genetic resources.  Students will get more in-depth knowledge of additional aspects of sustainable agriculture by taking additional coursework focused on agricultural production, management, and/or policy.

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems encompasses a mixture of the natural sciences, social sciences, and business skills, plus much more.  Agriculture is key to solving many of the major challenges facing the world; such as producing food to meet the needs of an ever-growing population while conserving land, water, and soil resources.  An understanding of these challenges and potential solutions can enhance any career.  Undergraduates in any major field of study (except SAFS) may minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.

During the student's final semester, the student must fill out a Certification of Completion of Minor form and obtain the signatures of the student's major advisor, minor advisor, and the student's Dean's Office.  

Required Course
SAFS 405Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production4
Select 16 credits from the following courses: 116
Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management
Introduction to Animal Science
Collaborative Farm Design and Development
Agricultural and Food Policy
Studio Soils
Food and Society
From Seed to Sea: Examining Sustainable Food Systems
Green Thumb Workshop
A Taste of the Tropics
Introductory Horticulture
Fruit Crop Production
Food Systems & Community Resilience
Urban Agriculture
Plant Pathology
Systems Thinking: Land Use Capability and Sustainability in Aotearoa New Zealand
Agroecology and Sustainable Land Management in Aotearoa New Zealand
Pathways to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in Aotearoa New Zealand
Agricultural Production and Business Practice in Aotearoa New Zealand
Food Production Field Experience I
Food Production Field Experience II
Greenhouse Management and Operation
Advanced Topics in Sustainable Agriculture
Food System Solutions; Increasing Sustainability and Equity
Insect Pest Management
Principles of Aquaculture
Total Credits20

Electives - 16 credits of elective coursework, 8 credits must be at the 600/700 level, selected from the courses listed.

Students are encouraged to discuss their intent to minor with the minor advisor as early as possible, typically no later than the end of the junior year.  Not all classes are offered every year.