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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Sustainable Food Systems curriculum is designed for students with diverse interests in sustainable food careers. Graduates will gain a depth of understanding of the impact of agricultural practices and policies on ecosystems, economies, and human cultures. Courses include concepts supporting contemporary food movements, which focus on local and global food systems. In addition, courses will cover careers in sustainable food systems, fundamentals of sustainability, basic nutrition, organic foods production, community garden concepts, food preparation laws and sanitation guidelines, basic principles and techniques for sustainable cooking, and food practices, attitudes, and beliefs of different cultures. The program also includes Certificates of Completion (CCLs) in Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Food Systems: Food Service, and Sustainable Food Systems: Food Entrepreneur. Foundational courses will equip students with the necessary hands-on skills for employment or self-employment in food service, community gardens and farm-to-table operations.

Details

Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan
Sustainable Food Systems (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3127
Total credits required
61-73
Catalog Year
2022-2023
Effective Term
Fall 2022
Admissions criteria

None.

Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.
Some courses in this program will also fulfill the requirements of the AGEC-A. Students may work with an advisor to select courses that fulfill the requirements of the AGEC-A.

*For students intending to transfer to Arizona State University to earn a Bachelor in Science degree in Sustainability, please note the additional recommended requirements in the Required Courses, Restricted Electives, and Mathematics areas.
Students are recommended to consult with an advisor for course selection.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind required in the range of careers available in sustainable food systems.
  2. Relate high-input and low-input sustainable agricultural production to local, regional, and global impact.
  3. Describe how agricultural practices have altered communities, cultures, health, and food safety.
  4. Implement sustainable kitchen practices and cooking techniques, including strategies for maximizing use of whole, local, seasonal, and nutrient-dense food.
  5. Describe basic nutrition principles.
  6. Explain how food culture varies by factors such as region, country, ethnicity, religion, and climate.
  7. Implement basic garden-to-table food production and preparation skills.
  8. Employ food safety and sanitation guidelines.
  9. Examine food entrepreneurship principles and processes.
  10. Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, utilizing the vocabulary of food systems.
  11. Operationalize sustainable solutions to the problem of food waste.
  12. Recognize the cultural, economic, environmental, and sociological influences on food systems throughout history.
  13. Explain food and agricultural policy effects on human, food, and economic systems.
  14. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Business Operations Specialists, All Other

$73,260

Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other

$69,500

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2021.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
FON135 Sustainable Cooking 3
MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications Critical course OR satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course

Note: MAT15+ or higher is recommended for students intending to transfer to ASU to earn a BS in Sustainability
3–6
SSH111 Sustainable Cities Gateway course G, HU, SB 3
SUS231 Careers in Sustainability Gateway course 1
FYE101 or
FYE103
Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success or Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success 1–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Critical course OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
FON100 or
(FON241 and
FON241LL)
Introductory Nutrition or (Principles of Human Nutrition and Principles of Human Nutrition Laboratory) Critical course FON241 AND FON241LL recommended for students intending to transfer or SG 3–4
FON104 Certification in Food Service Safety and Sanitation 1
FON143 or
FON161
Food and Culture or Sustainable Food Production Systems Critical course Gateway course G 3
FON163 Sustainable Kitchen Practices 3
RE Restricted Electives 0–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO105 Environmental Biology SQ 4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
FON165 Sustainable Food Entrepreneurship 3
SUS110 Sustainable World SB 3
RE Restricted Electives 2–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHI216 Environmental Ethics HU 3
SUS232 Professional Skills in Sustainability Practice 3
RE Restricted Electives 3–5
RE Restricted Electives 3–5
RE Restricted Electives 0–5

Restricted Electives

Students must choose eight (8) to twenty-five (25) credits from courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits.

*Note: For students intending to transfer to Arizona State University to earn a Bachelor in Science in Sustainability, the courses listed below are recommended:

A list of additional, alternative, or supplemental courses for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC110 or
CIS105 or
CS
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application CS 3
(L and
C)
or
(HU and
C)
or
(SB and
C)
or
C
(Literacy & Critical Inquiry and Cultural Diversity in the US) or (Humanities, Fine Arts & Design and Cultural Diversity in the US) or (Social-Behavioral Sciences and Cultural Diversity in the US) or Cultural Diversity in the US L and C or HU and C or SB and C 3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 101 Level Complete a foreign language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. 0–5
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 102 Level Complete a foreign language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment. 0–5
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Sustainable Food Systems (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm13?id=171639).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Previous Catalog Years

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.