(College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)
Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems is an interdisciplinary major hosted by Department of Land, Air & Water Resources.
William Horwath, Ph.D., Master Advisor
Program Office. 1150 PES; 530-752-1603; http:///asi.ucdavis.edu/safs
The Major Program
The Sustainable Agriculture & 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.
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 & 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 & Society track focus on issues related to the social, cultural, political and community development aspects of agriculture and food systems. Students in the Economics & 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.
Master 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 1150 PES, 530-752-1603.
Internships & Career Alternatives. Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems students are required to complete an internship in the field before graduation. Internships have been arranged with local, county, & state agricultural agencies, production farms and commercial processors & retailers, domestic & international non-governmental organizations, and rural & urban community development programs. Graduates are prepared to pursue a broad range of careers related to agricultural production & food system management, rural & urban community services, education & development, and agricultural & environmental sciences, as well as careers in agricultural, environmental, and economic policy & 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.