The Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems is available to all undergraduate degree students to complete as part of their studies, and is also available to non-degree students. Through this certificate students investigate the complexities of food systems through an interdisciplinary approach that includes horticulture, planning, and public health. Students explore the relationship of farmland preservation, food production practices, and supply alternatives that improve local economies, reduce energy consumption, lower environmental impact, and ensure widespread access to affordable and healthy food. This prepares students to contribute to the overall sustainability of the communities in which they live and work and strengthens students’ preparation to work as professionals in environmentally-oriented fields or as citizen activists. Also the certificate provides students with an opportunity to explore the option of further studies in planning, horticulture, or related fields.
The curriculum for the Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems consists of 12 credits, with two required foundation courses and at least two elective courses. The required courses ensure that students have a strong foundation for the study of food systems including food crops, planning for food systems, and nutrition. The electives allow students to delve deeper into different facets of food systems planning. Most courses in this certificate program are offered during the daytime at the Ambler Campus; a few courses are available in the evening at the Ambler Campus. In addition, some courses are also available at the Main Campus.