B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS)

The multidisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) serves students interested in improving the sustainability of modern food and agricultural systems. This major prepares graduates to understand the interdisciplinary and systems-based aspects of sustainability and provides them with the knowledge, leadership skills, and experiences required to excel in agricultural and food systems professions.

A degree in SAFS prepares students for a broad range of careers related to agricultural production (including plant, animal, and biofuels) and food system management, rural and urban community services, education and development, as well as careers in agricultural, environmental, and economic policy and analysis.

Employers may include: private industry, local, state and federal government, public service agencies, non-profit organizations, nature preserves, community organizations, or any other group that aims to produce, distribute, or improve access to food, to improve the quality and/or sustainability of food or food systems, to improve human health related to diet and nutrition, to work towards social justice related to food access or hunger, or to develop policy or social structures related to food or food systems.

The SAFS major also prepares students for graduate studies in a wide range of fields related to agriculture, food, water, and energy systems.

Undergraduate Degree Plan - B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS)

 Students should carefully plan prerequisites and proper course sequence by meeting with an advisor from the program when selecting this major.


  • Major Requirements

    Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Core 
    BIOL 1406 General Biology I (or BIOL 1487 Honors)
    BIOL 1407 General Biology II (or BIOL 1488 Honors)
    ANTH 4310 Food and Culture
    BIOL 4388 Global Change Ecology (requires consent of instructor)
    BIOL 4429 Agroecology (requires consent of instructor)
    ECON 3355 Development Economics
    ENVR 3305 Sustainable Agriculture
    HIST 4333 Food and Agricultural History
    PHIL 4318 Philosophy of Food
    Choose one:
    ENVR 3301 Natural Resources Conservation
    ENVR 3304 Sustainable Development
    EEMS 4381 Community-Engaged Service Learning I (or CESL 3301)
    EEMS 4382 Community-Engaged Service Learning II (or CESL 3302)
    EEMS 4191 Interdisciplinary Seminar Series Fall
    EEMS 4192 Interdisciplinary Seminar Series Spring
    EEMS 4193 Interdisciplinary Synthesis & Communication
  • Track options

    Agriculture and Ecology Track 

    BIOL 3409 Ecology
    EEMS 3360 Soil Science and Conservation
    EEMS 4365 Integrated Pest Management
    ENVR 4351 Environmental Management

    Food and Health Track

    BIOL 1322 Human Nutrition
    BIOL 4319 Medical Entomology
    EEMS 4360 Food Science

    Food and Society Track 

    ANTH 4314 Environmental Anthropology
    HIST 3335 American Environmental History
    POLS 4357 Urban Sustainability
    SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology

    Business and Policy Track 

    HIST 3335 American Environmental History
    POLS 4356 U.S. Environmental Policy
    POLS 4357 Urban Sustainability