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Certificate in Food System Sustainability

About the Food System Certificate

The School of Sustainability offers a 15-credit interdisciplinary Certificate in Food System Sustainability, a comprehensive, sustainability-oriented introduction to food systems for undergraduate students. The certificate, which complements a variety of majors from Agribusiness to English, draws from food-related courses in the social sciences, humanities, life sciences, and applied sciences. Each discipline approaches food sustainability from a different angle, giving students a holistic understanding of food-related challenges and solutions.

Both degree- and nondegree-seeking undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 may pursue this certificate.

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Curriculum

Required Courses (3 hours)

  • SOS 117 – Introduction to Food System Sustainability (3)

Elective Courses (12 hours)

Students choose at least 4 courses from this list – a minimum of two must be selected from Tier 1, and no more than 2 from the same prefix across both Tiers 1 and 2.

Tier 1 – Core Electives

  • ABS 460 – Organic Gardening (2)
  • AGB 456 – Food Product Innovation and Development (3)
  • ASB 300 – Food and Culture (3)
  • ASB/TCL 463/443 – Political Ecology of the Border (3)
  • BIO/SOS 429 – Human Impacts on Ecosystem Functioning (3)
  • ENG 367 – Environmental Issues in Literature and Film (3)
  • GPH 314 – Global Change (3)
  • HON 394 – History and Evolution of Human Food (3)
  • NTR 353 – The Western Diet: Food, Health and Sustainability (3)
  • PLB 302 – Plants and Civilization (3
  • PUP 498 – Pro-Seminar: Urban Food Systems (3)
  • SOS 327 – Sustainable Food and Farms (3)

Note: electives are not limited to courses from this list.

Other food-related courses may be offered (special topics, etc.). Students may request elective approval for unlisted courses by submitting a School of Sustainability Petition .

Tier 2 – Electives

  • ABS 368 – Plant Propagation (3)
  • ABS 498 – Pro-Seminar: Desert Horticulture (3)
  • AGB 420 – Food Advertising and Promotion (3)
  • AGB 452 – International Agricultural Policy (3)
  • AGB 321 – Agribusiness Marketing (3)
  • ASB/TCL 464 – The Ethnography of Mexico and the Borderlands (3)
  • ASB 410 – Poverty, Social Justice and Global Health (3)
  • ASB/SOC/SOS/SSH 370 – Production, People and Environments (3)
  • BIO 418 – Soil Ecology (3)
  • BIO 311 – Biology and Society (3)
  • BIO 324 – Environmental Ethics (3)
  • BIO 434 – People and Nature: Ecosystem Services (3)
  • GLG/SOS 327/374 – Earth’s Critical Zone (3)
  • NTR 348 – Cultural Aspects of Food (3)
  • NTR 448 – Community Nutrition (3)
  • PHI/HST/SOS/BIO 394 – History and Philosophy of Sustainability (3)
  • SOS 322 – International Development and Sustainability (3)
  • TCL 394 – Health Policy in a Transborder Context

Grade Requirement

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all upper-division courses.

Declaring a Certificate in Food System Sustainability

Students wanting to declare a Certificate in Food System Sustainability should make an appointment with a School of Sustainability advisor. Nondegree-seeking students will need to complete a nondegree application in order to enroll in certificate courses.

To schedule an advising appointment or to request additional information, please call 480-727-6963. Office hours for the School of Sustainability Student Services Center are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Student Services Center is located on the first floor of Wrigley Hall (WGHL). Advising is by appointment only.

Questions about the certificate can also be directed to SOSAdvising@asu.edu.