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Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science

Are you interested in the sustainability of our food systems? Do you want to gain skills through hands-on learning, active engagement and internships? Then our major is perfect for you! Students acquire the critical thinking skills and practical knowledge needed to become successful agriculturalists, entrepreneurs and researchers. We take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding complex issues ranging from food security to food policy to growing crops on a farm.

Major Requirements

The sustainable agriculture and food systems major offers three tracks of study: food and society; agriculture and ecology; and economics and policies. Students in the agriculture and ecology track will 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 will 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 will focus on issues related to agricultural and resource economics, policy and management.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Agricultural Policy Analyst
  • Community Organizer
  • Educator
  • Farmer/Rancher
  • Food Systems Manager
  • Farmers Market Manager
  • International Development Officer
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Permaculture Specialist

Graduate Study

  • Agroecology
  • Horticulture
  • Education/teaching
  • International studies
  • Economics
  • Food systems

Alumni Employers

  • UC Agricultural Extension Program
  • California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN)
  • California Alliance of Family Farmers (CAFF)
  • California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)
  • California Dept. of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)
  • U.S. Dept. of Food and Agriculture (USDA)
  • Center for Land-Based Learning
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