Sustainable Food Systems

The Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems offers students the opportunity to explore food system linkages between food production, preparation, processing, distribution, nutrition, community food security, and food enterprise/innovation. The purpose of the program is for students to better understand how food systems influence and are influenced by agriculture, nutrition, health, and environmental sustainability and how to affect change in the food system. 

Students are mentored through either a project or thesis on a range of topics that span sustainable food systems.  Depending on the student's goals, undergraduate degree, and course work, additional courses may be added or deleted to supplement the curriculum.

Year 1Credits
HHD 501 - Research Methods in HHD I3  
Take one of the following:3  
EDCI 501 - Educational Statistics I
STAT 511 - Methods of Data Analysis I
Electives tailored to program0-3  
HHD 512 - Research Methods in HHD II  3
SFBS 552 - State of the Food Environment   3
Electives tailored to program  0-3
Year Total: 6-9 6-9
Year 2Credits
SFBS 551 - Global Food Perspectives3  
SFBS 598 - Internship3-6  
Electives tailored to program0-3  
SFBS 575 - Prof Paper & Project take 3 cr. minimum of SFBS 575; take 10 cr. minimum SFBS 590
or SFBS 590 - Master's Thesis
Year Total: 6-12 3-10
Total Program Credits: 30

Electives (other electives may be approved by the advisor)

AGSC 465RHealth, Agriculture, Poverty4
AGED 482Non-Formal Teaching Methods in Agriculture3
BMGT 410Sustainable Business Practices3
BMGT 469Community Entrepreneurship & Nonprofit Management3
CHTH 428Health Disparities3
CHTH 502Theories and Models in Health3
CHTH 503Community-Based Participatory Research: Research, Practice, and Policy3
HDCO 563Multicultural Awareness3
HTH 455The Ethic of Care3
LRES 521Holistic Thought & Management3
LRES 528Bridging Principles & Practices of Sustainable Cropping Systems1
LRES 571Landscape & Ecosys Ecology3
NASX 415Native Food Systems3
NUTR 430Food Processing3
NUTR 435Experimental Foods3
NUTR 496Practicum Food Product Development3
NUTR 530Food Innovation & Entrepreneurship3
SFBS 429Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Food and Health3
SFBS 451RSustainable Food Systems3
SFBS 541Culinary Marketing: Farm to Table3