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Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science

About the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Food Systems

Researcher studying plant sample in a petri dishThe food and agriculture sector is changing in exciting ways, creating demand for graduates who understand the complex interconnections between food, natural resources, policy, economic opportunity and social equity.

This program prepares students to be innovative problem solvers ready to assume a wide range of food-related careers.

This degree is currently available on the Tempe campus, , Downtown Phoenix campus, and through ASUOnline.

Within the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Food Systems, students may specialize in one of seven focus areas:

  • Educational Leadership: Improving food systems through education
  • Procurement: Developing sustainable supply chains
  • Global Engagement: Making change through food and agriculture on a global scale
  • Public Health and Nutrition: Bettering lives through food and health
  • Business and Innovation: Finding solutions in entrepreneurship and agribusiness
  • Policy and Governance: Changemaking through public policy and organizing
  • Ecosystem Services: Managing natural resources for food production

Learning outcomes

Students in this degree program will gain a general understanding of sustainability issues as they relate to food and food systems. They will be adaptable, capable of both communicating and learning across a number of disciplines, and have a strong orientation towards problem solving and quantitative methods.

In addition to the common learning outcomes, BSSFS students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of sustainable food systems by developing and implementing strategies within a real-world context through inquiry and analysis, problem solving, quantitative reasoning, teamwork and collaboration.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical, analytic and creative thinking by developing, communicating, and applying practical solutions to food sustainability challenges.
  • Synthesize, think critically, and communicate about the complexities of food systems from policy to business, health care to sustainability, locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

95% Undergraduate alumni are employed.

4% Undergraduate alumni are pursuing graduate degrees.

Data is from School alumni survey respondents. Last updated Nov. 2015.


Undergraduate handbook

The School of Sustainability’s Undergraduate Handbook. This handbook serves as a guide for undergraduate students admitted into the School of Sustainability. Students should consult this handbook for information about degree requirements, student and advisor responsibilities, academic success support services, degree completion requirements, and career support services.

This handbook should be an initial resource for questions about the program, but students are also encouraged to consult with an academic specialist, their advisor, on a regular basis. Students are expected to meet with their advisor at least once a semester. Students should refer to the handbook that corresponds with their catalog year for curricular requirements. However, the most recent handbook should be used for updated information about policies and resources.

Major map

At Arizona State University, a major map outlines a major’s critical requirements, courses, and optimal course sequencing and helps students get on the right track to graduation.

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