Sustainable Food Systems ,Certificate

Sustainable Food Systems, Certificate

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Sustainable Food Systems, Certificate


Agriculture, Environment, Farm, Health, Nutrition, Sustainability, urban

If you want to create a sustainable food systems future, this certificate is for you. It is intended to draw from and inform a variety of majors and can also be pursued as a stand-alone certificate. An understanding of food systems is increasingly important for many jobs.

Food systems are particularly important for human societies to sustain; however, these systems are particularly vulnerable to multiple threats. Many students from a wide variety of disciplines are interested in food systems, especially as food and sustainability become increasingly relevant issues to employers in fields across the public and private sectors.

This certificate program in sustainable food systems allows students to take advantage of the diversity of courses offered that address challenges to food system sustainability. It encourages students to cover a breadth of topics and perspectives related to food system issues while providing the opportunity to focus on particular skills and approaches suitable for their career paths, which can range from agriculture to marketing and retail to policy or ethics. This program offers an innovative and exciting approach to the challenges of food system sustainability.

Due to the transdisciplinary nature of the certificate program, many courses may be found across all four ASU campuses, allowing students to choose both the focus area and location of study that best fits their needs.

The knowledge, competencies and skills students will have upon completion of this certificate include the ability to identify food system drivers, activities, actors and outcomes at different spatial scales and the capacity to assess the primary social, economic and environmental drivers and outcomes associated with food system sustainability challenges.

Students also acquire the ability to apply one or more of the following analytical skills or approaches to the development of food system sustainability solutions: cultural and social analysis, alternative agricultural design and practice, analysis of biophysical processes and environmental services, urban planning and policy, marketing and entrepreneurial development, sustainability assessment, and consumer preference and behavior.

At a Glance

Program Requirements

The certificate in sustainable food systems consists of 15 credit hours, at least 12 of which must be upper-division.
All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale), however, an overall average GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for courses completed for the certificate.
Required Course -- 3 credit hours
Elective Courses -- 12 credit hours
Students must choose four electives. A minimum of two courses must be selected from tier 1 core electives and no more than two courses from the same prefix across both tiers 1 and 2 should be selected.
Tier 1 - Core Electives (choose at least two)
Tier 2 - Electives

Electives are not limited to courses from this list only. Other courses on food systems may be offered (special topics, etc.). Students may request to have those approved as an elective for this certificate by submitting a School of Sustainability petition:
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

Students wishing to declare a certificate in sustainable food systems should make an appointment with a School of Sustainability advisor. Advising is by appointment only, and students must schedule an advising appointment through the School of Sustainability advising website:

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

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