Curriculum for Community Food Systems Specialization

This specialization is for students who want to learn about contemporary food systems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will learn about different food production systems and their ecological and environmental impacts and services, including consideration of political, economic, ethical, social and cultural aspects of food systems. Graduates could work in community or government food-based programs, urban agriculture and the food industry.

Course Number



Term Offered


Principles of Family, Youth & Community Science


 Fall, Spring, Summer


Principles of Plant Science


Fall, Spring

SWS3022   & 3022L

Introduction to Soils & Laboratory


Fall, Spring


Practical Work Experience


Fall, Spring, Summer


Preview of Urban & Regional Planning


 Fall, Spring

URP 4273

Survey of Planned Information Systems


 Fall, Spring, Summer


Capstone Experience


Fall, Spring

Approved Electives: Minimum 39 credits. 
Choose courses from each focus area below. Minimum credits required in each focus area appear in parentheses. Consult an adviser for other options, which may include study abroad courses.

Ethics (3)

AEB 4126 Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics
REL 2174 Social Ethics
REL 4173 Religion, Ethics and Sustainable Agriculture

Ecology and the Environment (6)

AGG 3501 Environment, Food and Society
AGR 4212 Alternative Cropping Systems
ALS 3133 Agricultural and Environmental Quality
AOM 2520 Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future
GEO 3372 Conservation of Resources
IPM 3022 Fundamentals of Pest Management

Cultural and Social Issues (6)

EES 4103 Food and Culture
FYC 3401 Introduction to Social and Economic Perspectives on the Community
FYC 4126 Urban and Rural America in Transition
GEA 1000 Geography for a Changing World
GEO 2410 Social Geography
GEO 2420 Introduction to Human Geography
SYD 4020 Population
SYD 4512 Social Institutions and the Environment
URP 3001 Cities of the World

Production Issues (6)

AGR 4214C Applied Field Crop Production
AGR 4932 Tropical Cropping Systems
AOM 3732 Agricultural Water Management
GEO 3315 Geography of Crop Plants
HOS 3281C Principles of Organic and Sustainable Crop Production
VEC 2100 World Herbs and Vegetables
PLS 2003C Plants that Feed the World

Economic Issues (6)

AEB 3450 Introduction to Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
AEB 3671 Comparative World Agriculture
AEB 4123 Agricultural and Natural Resource Law
AEB 4283 International Development Policy
GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies
GEO 3502 Economic Geography

Business and Organizational Management (6)

AEC 3413 Working with People: Interpersonal Leadership Skills
AEC 3414 Leadership Development
FYC 4408 Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits
FYC 4409 Working with Nonprofit Organizations in Community Settings
FYC 4410 Fund Raising for Community Nonprofit Organizations
FYC 4426 Risk Management in Nonprofit Organizations
MAR 3025 Principles of Marketing
PUR 3000 Principles of Public Relations