Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

(College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences)

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems is an interdisciplinary major hosted by Department of Land, Air and Water Resources.

William Horwath, Ph. D., Major Advisor

Program Office. 1303 Hart Hall; 530-752-2244; http:///asi.ucdavis.edu/safs

The Major Program

The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SA&FS) major serves students interested in improving the sustainability of agriculture and food systems. This major prepares graduates to understand the interdisciplinary and systems-based aspects of sustainability and provides them with the knowledge, leadership skills and experiences required to excel in agricultural and food systems professions.

The Program

This program is designed to develop students' competencies for addressing the environmental, social, and economic challenges and opportunities associated with agricultural and food systems sustainability. The program emphasizes an experiential learning approach to sustainability education, allowing students to choose between three tracks within the major. Students in the Agriculture and Ecology track focus on crop and animal production systems, ecology, and practices that mitigate negative impacts while producing environmental and social benefits. Students in the Food and Society track focus on issues related to the social, cultural, political and community development aspects of agriculture and food systems. Students in the Economics and Policy track focus on issues related to agricultural and resource economics, policy and management. The program provides students with practical experiences through courses with on- and off-campus fieldwork and through internship placements at sites related to students' interests and focus of study.

Major Advisor. R. Galt (Human Ecology); Track I Advisor. W. Horwath (Land, Air& Water Resources); Track II Advisor. R. Galt (Human Ecology); Track III Advisor. T. Tomich (Human Ecology, Environmental Science & Policy)

Advising Center for the major is located in 1303 Hart Hall, Department of Human Ecology 530-752-2244.

Internships and Career Alternatives

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems students are required to complete an internship in the field before graduation. Internships have been arranged with local, county, and state agricultural agencies, production farms and commercial processors and retailers, domestic and international non-governmental organizations, and rural and urban community development programs. Graduates are prepared to pursue a broad range of careers related to agricultural production and food system management, rural and urban community services, education and development, and agricultural and environmental sciences, as well as careers in agricultural, environmental, and economic policy and analysis. Positions may be in private industry, government and public service agencies and in the non-profit sector, nationally and internationally. The major also prepares students for graduate studies in a wide range of fields related to agriculture and food systems.

English Composition Requirement
Units: 4-8
See College requirement; must include CMN 001.
4-8
Core Courses
Units: 23-26
PLS 015
Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture (Active)
4
CRD 020
Food Systems (Active)
4
ANS 112
Sustainable Animal Agriculture (Active)
3
or
PLS 150
Sustainability and Agroecosystem Management (Active)
4
ARE 121
Economics of Agricultural Sustainability (Active)
4
PLS 190
Seminar on Alternatives in Agriculture (Active)
2-4
ESP 191A
Workshop on Food System Sustainability (Active)
3
ESP 191B
Workshop on Food System Sustainability (Active)
3
Internship Requirement
Units: 12
Students must complete at least 12 units of internship, six of which must be completed off campus or must involve advanced responsibilities if on campus.
 
Applied Production
Units: 6-9
Choose one:
2-3
PLS 049
Organic Crop Production Practices (Active)
3
PLP 040
Edible Mushroom Cultivation (Active)
2
VEN 101A
Viticultural Practices (Active)
3
VEN 101B
Viticultural Practices (Active)
3
VEN 101C
Viticultural Practices (Active)
3
ENH 120
Management of Container Media (Active)
3
PLS 131
Identification and Ecology of Grasses (Active)
2
Choose one:
2-3
ANS 049A
Animal Management Practices: Aquaculture (Active)
2
ANS 049B
Animal Management Practices: Beef (Active)
2
ANS 049C
Animal Management Practices: Dairy (Active)
2
ANS 049D
Animal Management Practices: Goats (Active)
2
ANS 049E
Animal Management Practices: Horses (Active)
2
ANS 049F
Animal Management Practices: Laboratory Animals (Active)
2
ANS 049G
Animal Management Practices: Meats (Active)
2
ANS 049H
Animal Management Practices: Poultry (Active)
2
ANS 049I
Animal Management Practices: Sheep (Active)
2
ANS 049J
Animal Management Practices: Swine (Active)
2
ANS 041L
Domestic Animal Production Laboratory (Active)
2
Choose one:
2-3
ABT 049
Field Equipment Operation (Active)
2
ABT 052
Field Equipment Welding (Active)
2
ABT 101
Engine Technology (Active)
3
ABT 142
Equipment and Technology for Small Farms (Active)
2
FST 050
Introduction to Food Preservation (Active)
3
Track I: Agriculture and Ecology
Units: 99
Focuses on crop and animal production systems, ecology, and practices that mitigate negative impacts while producing environmental and social benefits.
 
Preparatory Subject Matter
60-61
MAT 016A
Short Calculus (Active)
3
MAT 016B
Short Calculus (Active)
3
PLS 120
Applied Statistics in Agricultural Sciences (Active)
4
or
STA 100
Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences (Active)
4
CHE 002A
General Chemistry (Active)
5
CHE 002B
General Chemistry (Active)
5
PHY 001A
Principles of Physics (Active)
3
BIS 002A
Introduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth (Active)
5
BIS 002B
Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology and Evolution (Active)
5
PLS 002
Botany and Physiology of Cultivated Plants (Active)
4
ANS 001
Domestic Animals and People (Active)
4
or
ANS 002
Introductory Animal Science (Active)
4
FST 001
Principles of Food Science (Active)
3
ECN 001A
Principles of Microeconomics (Active)
4
CRD 001
The Community (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
PHI 014
Ethical and Social Problems in Contemporary Society (Active)
4
PHI 015
Introduction to Bioethics (Active)
4
PHI 024
Introduction to Ethics (Active)
4
Choose one:
4-5
ANT 002
Cultural Anthropology (Active)
5
POL 004
Basic Concepts in Political Theory (Active)
4
SOC 001
Introduction to Sociology (Active)
5
SOC 003
Social Problems (Active)
4
Depth Subject Matter
34-38
ARE 120
Agricultural Policy (Active)
4
or
ARE 147
Resource and Environment Policy Analysis (Active)
3
ESP 161
Environmental Law (Active)
4
or
ESP 169
Water Policy and Politics (Active)
3
SSC 100
Principles of Soil Science (Active)
5
or
SSC 109
Sustainable Nutrient Management (Active)
4
Choose one:
3-4
ANS 129
Environmental Stewardship in Animal Production Systems (Active)
3
ENH 160
Restoration Ecology (Active)
3
ESP 100
General Ecology (Active)
4
EVE 101
Introduction to Ecology (Active)
4
PLS 105
Concepts in Pest Management (Active)
3
PLS 142
Ecology of Crop Systems (Discontinued)
4
WFC 154
Conservation Biology (Active)
4
Additional upper-division restricted electives chosen in consultation with the track faculty advisor.
20
Track II: Food and Society
Units: 108
Focuses on issues related to the social, cultural, political and community development aspects of agriculture and food systems.
 
Preparatory Subject Matter
57-64
PHI 005
Critical Reasoning (Active)
4
or
PHI 031
Appraising Scientific Reasoning (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
PHI 014
Ethical and Social Problems in Contemporary Society (Active)
4
PHI 015
Introduction to Bioethics (Active)
4
PHI 024
Introduction to Ethics (Active)
4
SOC 046B
Introduction to Social Research (Active)
5
or
STA 013
Elementary Statistics (Active)
4
Choose at least one:
3-6
CRD 151
Community Field Research: Theory and Analysis (Active)
5
LDA 150
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Active)
4
STA 103
Applied Statistics for Business and Economics (Active)
4
SOC 106
Intermediate Social Statistics (Active)
5
CHE 002A
General Chemistry (Active)
5
BIS 002A
Introduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth (Active)
5
or
BIS 010
Everyday Biology (Active)
4
PLS 002
Botany and Physiology of Cultivated Plants (Active)
4
Choose one:
3-5
BIS 002B
Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology and Evolution (Active)
5
ESP 001
Environmental Analysis (Active)
4
ESP 030
World Ecosystems & Geography (Active)
3
WFC 010
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (Active)
4
WFC 011
Introduction to Conservation Biology (Active)
3
FST 001
Principles of Food Science (Active)
3
SSC 010
Soils in Our Environment (Active)
3
ECN 001A
Principles of Microeconomics (Active)
4
POL 004
Basic Concepts in Political Theory (Active)
4
Choose one:
4-5
ANT 002
Cultural Anthropology (Active)
5
SOC 001
Introduction to Sociology (Active)
5
SOC 003
Social Problems (Active)
4
CRD 001
The Community (Active)
4
CRD 002
Ethnicity and American Communities (Active)
4
Depth Subject Matter
43-44
ARE 112
Fundamentals of Organization Management (Active)
4
or
ARE 150
Agricultural Labor (Active)
4
Choose one:
3-4
ARE 147
Resource and Environment Policy Analysis (Active)
3
ARE 176
Environmental Economics (Active)
4
ESP 160
The Policy Process (Active)
4
ESP 161
Environmental Law (Active)
4
ESP 169
Water Policy and Politics (Active)
3
ESP 172
Public Lands Management (Historical)
4
ESP 179
Environmental Impact Assessment (Active)
4
Choose 12 units:
12
ANT 101
Ecology, Nature, and Society (Active)
4
CRD 118
Technology and Society (Active)
4
CRD 142
Rural Change in the Industrialized World (Active)
4
CRD 149
Community Development Perspectives on Environmental Justice (Active)
4
CRD 152
Community Development (Active)
4
SOC 130
Race Relations (Active)
4
SOC 160
Sociology of the Environment (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
AMS 101G
Special Topics: New Directions in American Culture Studies (Active)
4
AMS 156
Race, Culture and Society in the United States (Active)
4
HIS 108
Global Environmental History (Active)
4
HIS 172
American Environmental History (Active)
4
NAS 123
Native Foods and Farming of the Americas (Active)
4
NAS 162
California Indian Environmental Policy II (Active)
4
PHI 109
Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Active)
4
WMS 104
Feminist Research (Active)
4
WMS 136
Critical Food Studies (Active)
4
Additional upper-division restricted electives chosen in consultation with the track faculty advisor.
20
Track III: Economics and Policy
Units: 108
Focuses on issues related to agricultural and resource economics, policy and management.
 
Preparatory Subject Matter
60-64
MAT 016A
Short Calculus (Active)
3
MAT 016B
Short Calculus (Active)
3
SOC 046B
Introduction to Social Research (Active)
5
or
STA 013
Elementary Statistics (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
ARE 106
Econometric Theory and Applications (Active)
4
STA 103
Applied Statistics for Business and Economics (Active)
4
SOC 106
Intermediate Social Statistics (Active)
5
CHE 002A
General Chemistry (Active)
5
BIS 002A
Introduction to Biology: Essentials of Life on Earth (Active)
5
or
BIS 010
Everyday Biology (Active)
4
PLS 002
Botany and Physiology of Cultivated Plants (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
BIS 002B
Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology and Evolution (Active)
5
ESP 001
Environmental Analysis (Active)
4
ESP 030
World Ecosystems & Geography (Active)
3
WFC 010
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (Active)
4
WFC 011
Introduction to Conservation Biology (Active)
3
FST 001
Principles of Food Science (Active)
3
SSC 010
Soils in Our Environment (Active)
3
ECN 001A
Principles of Microeconomics (Active)
4
ECN 001B
Principles of Macroeconomics (Active)
4
POL 004
Basic Concepts in Political Theory (Active)
4
Choose one:
4-5
ANT 002
Cultural Anthropology (Active)
5
SOC 001
Introduction to Sociology (Active)
5
SOC 003
Social Problems (Active)
4-5
CRD 001
The Community (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
PHI 014
Ethical and Social Problems in Contemporary Society (Active)
4
PHI 015
Introduction to Bioethics (Active)
4
PHI 024
Introduction to Ethics (Active)
4
Depth Subject Matter
43-44
Choose one:
 
ARE 112
Fundamentals of Organization Management (Active)
4
ARE 150
Agricultural Labor (Active)
4
ARE 157
Analysis for Operations and Production Management (Active)
4
Choose 11-12 units:
11-12
ARE 120
Agricultural Policy (Active)
4
ARE 130
Agricultural Markets (Active)
4
ARE 147
Resource and Environment Policy Analysis (Active)
3
ARE 176
Environmental Economics (Active)
4
ESP 160
The Policy Process (Active)
4
ESP 161
Environmental Law (Active)
4
ESP 169
Water Policy and Politics (Active)
3
ESP 172
Public Lands Management (Historical)
4
ESP 179
Environmental Impact Assessment (Active)
4
Choose eight units:
8
ANT 101
Ecology, Nature, and Society (Active)
4
CRD 118
Technology and Society (Active)
4
CRD 142
Rural Change in the Industrialized World (Active)
4
CRD 149
Community Development Perspectives on Environmental Justice (Active)
4
CRD 152
Community Development (Active)
4
SOC 130
Race Relations (Active)
4
SOC 160
Sociology of the Environment (Active)
4
Additional restricted electives chosen in consultation with an advisor.
20
Total: 140-163
Courses in SAF:
SAF 090SA & FS Seminar (1-2) Historical
Seminar—1-3 hour(s). Introductory or survey topics within Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. May be repeated for credit When topic differs. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
SAF 090XSA & FS Portfolio (1-4) Historical
Workshop—3-12 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Restricted to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems majors with lower-division standing or consent of instructor. SA&FS Portfolios are designed to complement interdisciplinary, academic coursework by supporting student development of each of the SA&FS Student Learning Outcomes: Systems Thinking, Experimentation & Inquiry, Understanding Values, Interpersonal Communication, Strategic Management, Civic Engagement and Personal Development. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
SAF 092Internship (1-12) Historical
Internship—3-36 hour(s); Variable—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Restricted to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems majors or with consent of instructor. Lower-division internship for students enrolled in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program of study. Enrollment for non-majors by consent of instructor. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
SAF 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Historical
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Restricted to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major or with consent of instructor. Group study on focused topics in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Varies according to instructor. Course plan is adapted to student need and interest in conjunction with the expertise of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
SAF 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Historical
Independent Study—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Under faculty supervision, students pursue a special or individualized course of study related to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
SAF 192Internship (1-12) Historical
Internship—3-36 hour(s); Variable—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. Restricted to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems majors or non-majors by consent of instructor. Upper-division internship for students enrolled in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program of study. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
SAF 197TTutoring in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (1-5) Historical
Tutorial—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. Undergraduates assist the instructor by tutoring students in regularly scheduled courses that fulfill SA&FS major requirements. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
SAF 197TCSA&FS Tutoring in the Community (1-5) Historical
Tutorial—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. Undergraduates assist the instructor by tutoring in the community in settings related to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
SAF 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Historical
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. Restricted to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major or with consent of instructor. Group study on focused topics in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Varies according to instructor. Course plan is adapted to student need and interest in conjunction with the expertise of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
SAF 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Historical
Independent Study—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. Under faculty supervision, advanced students pursue a special or individualized course of study related to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.