Online Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Food Systems
Gain a strong foundation in sustainability and sustainable food systems with Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in sustainable food systems program online. Using a holistic systems approach, this degree covers the complex connections between food, policy, economic opportunity, natural resources and social equity.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 31
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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Why study sustainable food systems
The current food systems landscape is changing. By 2047, the world population will reach its carrying capacity of 9.6 billion people. With farmers representing less than 1% of the American population, the creation and implementation of sustainable ways of growing food is more important than ever.
This online sustainable food systems degree prepares you to understand the current landscape and participate in shaping it from an interdisciplinary perspective. Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped to take on meaningful career opportunities and address the global sustainability crisis with innovative solutions.
As part of the educational mission of the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, this program is offered as a collaboration with the School of Sustainability, College of Health Solutions and Morrison School of Agribusiness.
Additionally, this bachelor’s degree can be completed as part of an Accelerated Master’s program. When accepted, you can earn a master’s degree in as little as one year after completing your undergraduate degree. This opportunity saves you time and money while giving you advanced knowledge in your field. Applicable master's degrees include:
Sustainability and food system courses
The courses in this program were developed by former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan. Celebrated by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2010 for her impact in the food and agriculture industry, Merrigan designed these courses to provide you with a holistic understanding of sustainable food systems. Throughout your studies, you’ll cover a wide range of subjects, including agriculture, nutrition, policy, planting, production, economics, environmental and societal issues. Courses may include:
SOS 182: Water Planet (SQ)
SOS 326: Sustainable Ecosystems
SOS 220: Systems Thinking
SOS 231: Careers in Sustainability
SOS 310: Equity, Justice and Sustainability
SOS 311: Future Thinking and Strategies
SOS 111: Sustainable Cities ((HU or SB) & G)
SOS 110: Sustainable World (SB)
Sustainable food systems jobs
Upon graduating from this program, you’ll be prepared to take on a variety of potential career opportunities. Depending on your area of focus and interests, career examples may include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
Study food systems at the nation's first School of Sustainability
ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report. We’ve also received accolades from other prestigious organizations, showcasing our commitment to excellence across all disciplines.
university in the U.S. in pursuit of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“Cool Schools” for sustainability by Sierra Club for campus sustainability.
in innovation for 9 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.