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 (SAFS 405) 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.
Certificate of Minor
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 SAFS Core Course|
|SAFS 405||Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production||4|
|Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management|
|Introduction to Animal Science|
|Collaborative Farm Design and Development|
|Agricultural and Food Policy|
|Food and Society|
|From Seed to Sea: Examining Sustainable Food Systems|
|A Taste of the Tropics|
|Agriculture and Development in the Neotropics|
|Fruit Crop Production|
|Food Systems & Community Resilience|
|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|
|Insect Pest Management|
|Principles of Aquaculture|
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.