Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, Bachelor of Science College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems is an interdisciplinary major hosted by the Department of Land, Air, & Water Resources.

William Horwath, Ph.D., Master Advisor

Program Office

1150 PES; 530-752-1603; Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

The Major Program

The Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems (SA&FS) major serves students interested in improving the sustainability of agriculture and food 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.

The Program

This program is designed to develop students' competencies for addressing the environmental, social, and economic challenges and opportunities associated with agricultural and food systems sustainability. The program emphasizes an experiential learning approach to sustainability education, allowing students to choose between three tracks within the major. Students in the Agriculture & Ecology track focus on crop and animal production systems, ecology, and practices that mitigate negative impacts while producing environmental and social benefits. Students in the Food & Society track focus on issues related to the social, cultural, political and community development aspects of agriculture and food systems. Students in the Economics & Policy track focus on issues related to agricultural and resource economics, policy and management. The program provides students with practical experiences through courses with on- and off-campus fieldwork and through internship placements at sites related to students' interests and focus of study.

Lead Faculty Advisor

Lead Faculty Advisor & Track I Advisor. W. Horwath (Land, Air & Water Resources); Track II Advisor. R. Galt (Human Ecology); Track III Advisor. T. Tomich (Environmental Science & Policy).

Advising Center for the major is located in 1150 PES; 530-752-1603.

Internships & Career Alternatives

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems students are required to complete an internship in the field before graduation. Internships have been arranged with local, county, & state agricultural agencies, production farms and commercial processors & retailers, domestic & international non-governmental organizations, and rural & urban community development programs. Graduates are prepared to pursue a broad range of careers related to agricultural production & food system management, rural & urban community services, education & development, and agricultural & environmental sciences, as well as careers in agricultural, environmental, and economic policy & analysis. Positions may be in private industry, government and public service agencies and in the non-profit sector, nationally and internationally. The major also prepares students for graduate studies in a wide range of fields related to agriculture and food systems.

English Composition Requirement
See College requirement 14-8
English Composition Requirement Subtotal4-8
Core Courses
Plant Science
PLS 015Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture4
Community & Regional Development
CRD 020Food Systems4
ANS 112Sustainable Animal Agriculture3-4
or PLS 150 Sustainability & Agroecosystem Management
Agricultural & Resource Economics
ARE 121Economics of Agricultural Sustainability4
Plant Science
PLS 190Seminar on Alternatives in Agriculture2
Environmental Science & Policy
ESP 191AWorkshop on Food System Sustainability3
ESP 191BWorkshop on Food System Sustainability3
Core Courses Subtotal23-24
Internship Requirement
Students must complete at least 8 units of internship, which may be combined off-campus or on-campus units.8
Internship Requirement Subtotal8
Applied Production
Choose one:2-3
Organic Crop Production Practices
Edible Mushroom Cultivation
Viticultural Practices
Viticultural Practices
Viticultural Practices
Management of Container Media
Identification & Ecology of Grasses
Animal Science
Choose one:2
Domestic Animal Production Laboratory
Animal Management Practices: Aquaculture
Animal Management Practices: Beef
Animal Management Practices: Dairy
Animal Management Practices: Goats
Animal Management Practices: Horses
Animal Management Practices: Laboratory Animals
Animal Management Practices: Meats
Animal Management Practices: Poultry
Animal Management Practices: Sheep
Animal Management Practices: Swine
Choose one:2-3
Field Equipment Operation
Field Equipment Welding
Engine Technology
Equipment & Technology for Small Farms
Introduction to Food Preservation
Applied Production Subtotal6-8
Tracks
Choose one track:94-110
Tracks Subtotal94-110
Total Units135-158
1

Must include CMN 001.

Track I: Agriculture & Ecology

Focuses on crop and animal production systems, ecology, and practices that mitigate negative impacts while producing environmental and social benefits.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Mathematics
MAT 016AShort Calculus3
MAT 016BShort Calculus3
PLS 120Applied Statistics in Agricultural Sciences4
or STA 100 Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences
Chemistry
CHE 002AGeneral Chemistry5
CHE 002BGeneral Chemistry5
Physics
PHY 001APrinciples of Physics3
Biological Science
BIS 002BIntroduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology & Evolution5
BIS 002CIntroduction to Biology: Biodiversity & the Tree of Life5
Plant Science
VEN 002Introduction to Viticulture2
Animal Science
ANS 001Domestic Animals & People4
or ANS 002 Introductory Animal Science
Food Science & Technology
FST 001Principles of Food Science3
Economics
ECN 001APrinciples of Microeconomics4
Community & Regional Development
CRD 001The Community4
Philosophy
Choose one:4
Ethical & Social Problems in Contemporary Society
Introduction to Bioethics
Introduction to Ethics
Choose one:4-5
Cultural Anthropology
American National Government
Basic Concepts in Political Theory
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal58-59
Depth Subject Matter
Agricultural & Resource Economics
Choose one:3-4
Fundamentals of Organization Management
Agricultural Policy
Farm & Rural Resources Appraisal
Resource & Environment Policy Analysis
Agricultural Labor
Environmental Science & Policy
Choose one:3-4
Environmental Law
Water Policy & Politics
Water Law
Soil Science
SSC 100Principles of Soil Science4-5
or SSC 109 Sustainable Nutrient Management
Choose two:6-8
Apiculture
Irrigation Systems & Water Management
Concepts in Pest Management
Principles of Agronomic Crop Production Systems
Forage Crop Production
Biological Applications in Fruit Tree Management
Agroforestry: Global & Local Perspectives
Principles & Practices of Plant Propagation
Soil Microbiology
Soil Ecology
Additional upper division restricted electives chosen in consultation with the track faculty advisor.20
Depth Subject Matter Subtotal36-41
Total Units94-100

Track II: Food & Society

Focuses on issues related to the social, cultural, political and community development aspects of agriculture and food systems.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Philosophy
PHI 005Critical Reasoning4
or PHI 031 Appraising Scientific Reasoning
Choose one:4
Ethical & Social Problems in Contemporary Society
Introduction to Bioethics
Introduction to Ethics
Statistics
STA 013Elementary Statistics4
Choose at least one:4-5
Community Field Research: Theory & Analysis
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Applied Statistics for Business & Economics
Intermediate Social Statistics
Chemistry
CHE 002AGeneral Chemistry5
Biological Science
BIS 002AIntroduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth4-5
or BIS 010 Everyday Biology
Plant Science
PLS 002Botany & Physiology of Cultivated Plants4
Choose one:3-5
Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Analysis
Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
Food Science & Technology
FST 001Principles of Food Science3
Soil Science
SSC 010Soils in Our Environment3
Economics
ECN 001APrinciples of Microeconomics4
Political Science
POL 001American National Government4
or POL 004 Basic Concepts in Political Theory
Choose one:4-5
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Community & Regional Development
CRD 001The Community4
CRD 002Ethnicity & American Communities4
Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal58-63
Depth Subject Matter
Agricultural & Resource Economics
Choose one:4-5
Fundamentals of Organization Management
Farm & Rural Resources Appraisal
Resource & Environment Policy Analysis
Agricultural Labor
Choose one:3-4
Environmental Economics
The Policy Process
Environmental Law
Water Policy & Politics
Public Lands Management
Environmental Impact Assessment
Choose 12 units:12
Ecology, Nature, & Society
Technology & Society
Rural Change in the Industrialized World
Community Development Perspectives on Environmental Justice
Community Development
Race Relations
Sociology of the Environment
Choose one:4
Special Topics: New Directions in American Culture Studies
Race, Culture & Society in the United States
Global Environmental History
American Environmental History
Native Foods & Farming of the Americas
California Indian Environmental Policy II
Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Feminist Research
Critical Food Studies
Additional upper division restricted electives chosen in consultation with the track faculty advisor.20
Depth Subject Matter Subtotal43-45
Total Units101-108

Track III: Economics & Policy

Focuses on issues related to agricultural and resource economics, policy and management.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Mathematics
MAT 016AShort Calculus3
MAT 016BShort Calculus3
STA 013Elementary Statistics4
Choose one:4
Econometric Theory & Applications
Applied Statistics for Business & Economics
Intermediate Social Statistics
Chemistry
CHE 002AGeneral Chemistry5
Biological Science
BIS 002AIntroduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth4-5
or BIS 010 Everyday Biology
Plant Science
PLS 002Botany & Physiology of Cultivated Plants4
Choose one:3-5
Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Analysis
Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
Food Science & Technology
FST 001Principles of Food Science3
Soil Science
SSC 010Soils in Our Environment3
Economics
ECN 100AIntermediate Micro Theory: Consumer & Producer Theory4
ECN 100BIntermediate Micro Theory: Imperfect Competition & Market Failure4
Political Science
POL 001American National Government4
or POL 004 Basic Concepts in Political Theory
Choose one:4-5
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Community & Regional Development
CRD 001The Community4
Philosophy
Choose one:4
Ethical & Social Problems in Contemporary Society
Introduction to Bioethics
Introduction to Ethics
Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal60-64
Depth Subject Matter
Agricultural & Resource Economics
Choose one:3-4
Fundamentals of Organization Management
Farm & Rural Resources Appraisal
Agricultural Labor
Analysis for Operations & Production Management
Choose 11-12 units:11-12
Agricultural Policy
Agricultural Markets
Resource & Environment Policy Analysis
Environmental Economics
The Policy Process
Environmental Law
Water Policy & Politics
Public Lands Management
Environmental Impact Assessment
Choose 8 units:8
Ecology, Nature, & Society
Technology & Society
Rural Change in the Industrialized World
Community Development Perspectives on Environmental Justice
Community Development
Race Relations
Sociology of the Environment
Additional restricted electives chosen in consultation with an advisor.20
Depth Subject Matter Subtotal42-44
Total Units102-108