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Sustainable Food Systems

Earn your Sustainable Food Systems Degree!

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Sustainable Food Systems program is designed for a diverse student population, including those who are currently working within the food service industry and are interested in building upon their culinary skills in sustainable practices, as well as those with no culinary background. The program provides students with an overview of historical events that mark the Nation's current food model, in addition to alternative methods for altering this model and creating more sustainable foods. Courses include concepts supporting the real food movement, which represents reeducating the individual and the community on the way food is purchased, brought to the table, and consumed. In addition, courses will cover basic nutrition, organic foods production, gardening concepts, food preparation laws and sanitation guidelines, basic principles, and preparation techniques for the cooking and baking process. The program includes a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Sustainable Food.

CIPS Code: 19.0505

Program Notes:

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses required within the program.
* indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
xxx indicates any module.

Admission Criteria:

Formal application and admission into the Sustainable Food Systems program is required. Applications are available from a program advisor.

Required Courses 30-31
Certificate of Completion in Sustainable Food Systems 30-31
Restricted Electives: 9-12
Students must select 9-12 credits from the list of Restricted Electives: 9-12
AGSxxx Any AGS Agricultural Science course(s) except course(s) used to satisfy Required Courses area
CULxxx Any CUL Culinary Arts course(s) except course(s) used to satisfy Required Courses area
FONxxx Any FON Food and Nutrition course(s) except course(s) used to satisfy Required Courses area
General Education Requirements: 18-22
General Education Core: 9-12
Course # Course Title Credits
First-Year Composition

Met by ENG101* Shared Unique Number Number ENG1101 in the Required Courses area AND
First-Year Composition Shared Unique Number Number ENG1102 (3) OR
Technical and Professional Writing (3)
Oral Communication
Introduction to Human Communication Shared Unique Number Number COM1100 (3) OR
Interpersonal Communication (3)
Critical Reading
College Critical Reading (3) OR
Critical Reading for Business and Industry (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment

Mathematical Concepts/Applications (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course

General Studies Distribution: 9-10
Humanities & Fine Arts
Any approved General Education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area. 2-3
Natural Sciences
Course# Course Title Credits
Environmental Biology (4) OR
Chemistry and Society (3)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Macroeconomic Principles Shared Unique Number Number ECN2201 (3) OR
Microeconomic Principles Shared Unique Number Number ECN2202 (3)
Click any of the above course #'s for detailed information and register for it today! **


The total amount of credits required for this degree is 60-62.
Minimum GPA: 2.00