Food Systems B.S.

All students must meet the Degree and University Requirements.

All students must meet the Catamount Core Curriculum Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

The food systems curriculum provides students with a broad foundational knowledge about the food system that includes environmental, social, and economic sustainability of food production. This knowledge is presented within the context of a changing climate, agricultural systems, food, health, and nutrition, food security, policy development at federal, state, and local levels, and an understanding of the complex dynamics of a global food system.  In addition, students declare a concentration with a focus on natural or social science. The concentration follows the curriculum of a minor by the same name. Students also complete six credits of internship or research, providing an opportunity to apply what they learn, as well as prepare for a career in food systems.

Major Requirements

MATH 1077Exploring Modern Mathematics3
STAT 1110Elements of Statistics3
CDAE 1020World Food,Pop & Develop3
CDAE 1040US Food, Social Equity &Dev3
or NFS 1073 Farm to Table: Food Sys
NFS 1043Fundamentals of Nutrition3
PBIO 1040Intro to Botany3-4
or PBIO 1060 Plants, Food, and Culture
ALE 1210Intro to Agroecology3
FS 1930Food Systems Seminar I2
FS 2930Food Systems Seminar II2
FS 2010/NFS 2113U.S. Food Policy and Politics3
FS 2020/CDAE 2080Comparative Food Systems3
FS 2030/NFS 2114Human Health in the Food Syst3
3 credits at the 3000-level of the following or advisor-approved electives
Advanced Animal Nutrition
Special Topics (when the topic is Food or Agriculture)
The Real Cost of Food
Agricultural Policy and Ethics
Economics of Sustainability
Contemp Policy Iss:Comm Dev
Smart Resilient Communities
Food Microbiology
Functional Foods:Prncpl & Tech
Nutrition for Global Health
Global Food Safety
Food, Exchange and Culture
Agricultural Policy and Ethics
Diversified Farm Planning
Advanced Agroecology
Sustainable Orchard Management
Internship - Field Experience/Research 16
Food Systems Concentration Requirement (Choose one)15-18
NATURAL SCIENCES CONCENTRATION: may include Agroecology, Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Plant Biology, Soil Science, Sustainable Landscape Horticulture
SOCIAL SCIENCES CONCENTRATION: may include Community Entrepreneurship, Community and International Development, Consumer + Advertising, Community Centered Design, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Public Communication, Sustainable Landscape Horticulture
1 course/3 credits in the concentration area must be at the 3000-level
Additional pre-requisites as needed (depending on concentration)

Any 2000-level or higher course can only count ONCE toward the FS major OR the FS Concentration (minor) OR another minor declared within CALS. 


 The following classes can apply to the internship - field/research experience requirement: ASCI 2300, ASCI 2310, ASCI 2991, CDAE 2991, CDAE 3991, MMG 2991, NFS 2991, PBIO 2991, ALE 2994, ALE 3090.