Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Undergraduate Programs
Minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

The Minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems is designed to foster active learning about agriculture and food systems for undergraduate students from different disciplinary backgrounds. Contemporary agriculture and food systems issues will be considered in biological, ecological, social, and economic contexts.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The student’s program of study must be approved by the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences in advance and in writing.

Requirements for the Minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

The student must complete 15 credits from the following:

1. All of the following courses (6 credits):  
  CSS 124 Introduction Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems 2
  CSS 224 Sustainable Farm and Food Systems 1
  CSS 424 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems: Integration and Synthesis 3
2. One or two of the following courses (3 to 6 credits):  
  Agricultural Sciences  
  CSS 101 Introduction to Crop Science 3
  CSS 360 Soil Biology 3
  CSS 431 International Agricultural Systems 3
  CSS 442 Agricultural Ecology 3
  ENT 479 Organic Pest Management (W) 3
  HNF 150 Introduction to Human Nutrition 3
  HRT 203 Principles of Horticulture 3
  HRT 251 Organic Farming Principles and Practices 3
  HRT 341 Vegetable Production and Management 3
  HRT 486 Biotechnology in Agriculture: Applications and Ethical Issues 3
3. One or two of the following courses (3 to 6 credits):  
  Social Sciences          
  ABM 400 Public Policy Issues in the Agrifood System 3
  CSUS 343 Community Food and Agricultural Systems 3
  EEP 255 Ecological Economics 3
  EEP 260 World Food, Population and Poverty 3
  GEO 410 Geography of Food and Agriculture 3
  HNF 406 Global Foods and Culture 3
  RCAH 292B Engagement and Reflection 3