Graduate Specialization - Graduate Specialization in Ecological Food and Farming Systems

Program:
Graduate Specialization in Ecological Food and Farming Systems
Program Code:
5365 Ecological Food & Farming Sys
Program Level:
Graduate
Award Type:
Specialization Graduate - Masters
Start Term:
FS13
College:
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Department:
Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
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Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Graduate Study
Graduate Specialization in Ecological Food and Farming Systems

The Graduate Specialization in Ecological Food and Farming Systems is designed to foster an understanding of biogeochemical, socioeconomic, and policy concepts using experiential learning within the individual’s program of study as a venue for multidisciplinary work. For global perspectives, students are encouraged to participate in either a study abroad course with ecological food and farming systems content, or in a course with international focus.

The specialization is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral 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 specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the master’s or doctoral degree. The students program of study must be approved by the advisor for the specialization in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences in advance and in writing.

Requirements for the Graduate Specialization in Ecological Food and Farming Systems

The student must complete 13 to 14 credits from the following:

               
1. All of the following courses (7 credits):  
  ACR 811 Community, Food and Agriculture: A Survey 3
  CSS 442 Agricultural Ecology 3
  CSS 892B Ecological Food and Farming Systems Seminar 1
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  CSS 424 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems:  
        Integration and Synthesis 3
  CSS 431 International Agricultural Systems 3
  CSS 893 Special Topics 3
  ENT 479 Organic Pest Management 3
  ENT 848 Biological Control of Insects and Weeds 3
  An international course approved by the student’s advisor for the specialization.  
3. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
  ACR 823 Contemporary Issues in Animal-Human Relationships 3
  ACR 853 The Industrialization of American Agriculture 3
  ACR 854 Agriculture and Social Movements 3
  ACR 891B Advanced Topics in Community, Food, and Agriculture 2
  AEC 861 Agriculture in Economic Development 3
  FW 858 Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change: Issues and Concepts 3
  GEO 410 Geography of Food and Agriculture 3
  An international course approved by the student’s advisor for the specialization.  
  Students may enroll in Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies 891B more than once.