Graduate Specialization

These requirements reflect planned requirements for the revised Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS, formerly EFFS) Graduate Specialization. Both MS and PhD students will be The new SAFS program requirements will be finalized in 2021.

Please note that these requirements will differ from the requirements currently reflected on the registrar's site for the Ecological Food and Farming Systems Graduate programs 5365(MS), 5366 (PhD). Students that registered before Fall 2021 can elect to finish the original program, or the newer graduate SAFS specialization requirements.

Required Courses (3 credits)

  • CSS 824: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Field Tours
    (Currently CSS 893 Special Topics, Section 301 - 2 credits, Fall)
  • CSS 826: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Capstone Seminar
    (Currently CSS 893 Special Topics, TBA - 1 credit, Spring)

Elective Courses (6 credits)

One agricultural science course (3 credits)

  • CSS 424: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems: Integration and Synthesis (3 credits)
  • CSS 431: International Agricultural Systems (3 credits)
  • CSS 442: Agricultural Ecology (3 credits)
  • ENT 479: Organic Pest Management (3 credits)
  • ENT 848: Biological Control of Insects and Weeds (3 credits)
  • HRT 486: Biotechnology in Agriculture: Applications and Ethical Issues (3 credits)

One social science course (3 credits)

  • ABM 400: Public Policy Issues in the Agri-Food System (3 credits)
  • AFRE 861: Agriculture in Economic Development (3 credits)
  • CSUS 463: Food Fight: Politics of Food (3 credits)
  • CSUS 811: Community, Food and Agriculture: A Survey* (3 credits)
  • CSUS 823: Contemporary Issues in Animal-Human Relationships (3 credits)
  • CSUS 838: Participatory Modes of Inquiry (3 credits)
  • CSUS 848: Community Based Natural Resource Management in International Development (3 credits)
  • CSUS 855: Political Ecology of Food (3 credits)
  • CSUS/FW 858: Gender, Justice and Environmental Change: Issues and Concepts (3 credits)
  • GEO 410: The Geography of Food and Agriculture (3 credits)
  • HNF 406: Global Foods and Culture (3 credits)

For more program information, advising, questions regarding course substitutions, and funding opportunities, contact Dr. Matthew Grieshop, SAFS Program Director and graduate advisor.