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Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Foundations & Breadth:

BIO 41 or BIO 43 or BIO 43H or BIO 101 or EARTHSYS 30 (previously EARTHSYS 5)            or HUMBIO 2A & 2B or EARTHSYS 116
CHEM 31A & 31B or 31X
GES 1A, B, or C or GES 4 or EARTHSYS 117
MATH 19, 20, 21 or 41, 42
MATH 51 or CME 100
Statistics: BIO 174H or BIO 202 or ECON 102A or STATS 110 or 116 or 141
EARTHSYS 210A, B, or C (Senior Seminar)
EARTHSYS 260 (Internship)
WIM: EARTHSYS 195, EARTHSYS 200, or another designated WIM course in a related department- must be approved by an advisor. Your WIM course may not also count towards your track or electives, if counted as a WIM.
(These courses must be taken for a letter grade: EARTHSYS 10, 111, 112, 210 A/B/C, 195/200)


A total of seven courses are required from the Food and Agriculture Focus Areas. Seven track courses and two electives (nine total) are required for the Sustainable Food and Agriculture track. All track courses and electives must be taken for a letter grade.

Fundamentals of Agriculture Production and Economics: (both required)

ECON 106: World Food Economy
EARTHSYS 185: Feeding Nine Billion

Biogeophysical Dimensions:

EARTHSYS 155: Science of Soils

And choose 2 of the following:

EARTHSYS 184: Climate and Agriculture
BIO 137: Plant Genetics
HUMBIO 113: The Biologies of Humans and Plants
HUMBIO 130: Human Nutrition
GES 130: Soil Physics and Hydrology

Social Dimensions: (choose 1)

EARTHSYS 173: Aquaculture and the Environment
EARTHSYS 181: Urban Agriculture in the Developing World
HUMBIO 166: Food and Society
ANTHRO 169: The Ecology of Cuisine 

Applied Study in the Field:

EARTHSYS 180B: Principles and Practices of Sustainable Agriculture

Electives: TWO additional courses at the 100-level
or above are required. Electives allow students to personalize their
Earth Systems curriculum by pursuing higher-level courses offered in
their focus area, or by incorporating new academic perspectives. Each
must be a minimum of 3 units.

Track Updated 8/2014