Minor in Sustainable Food Systems

Animal and Veterinary Science

Environmental Horticulture

Equine Studies

Food Science

Human Nutrition

Plant Science

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Food Systems

Minor: Sustainable Food Systems

OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 21

GPA requirements to earn minor: None

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor:  C- or higher is required for all PSE courses

Contact Information: Mary Fernandez, Student Academic Services Coordinator, 201A Rogers Hall, 207-581-2938, fern@maine.edu

Residency Requirement:  The 9 credits of required courses and 6 of the elective credits must be taken at the University of Maine.


This minor provides students with an understanding of the sustainability of U.S. and global food systems, including factors such as production, processing, safety, distribution, and consumption of food.  It complements degree programs in natural and social science, as well as business. 

Please note:

  • Be sure to consider the prerequisites for the courses below when planning for this minor.
  • This minor is not an option for Sustainable Agriculture majors. 
  • No more than 9 total credits may be from the 100-level courses.
  • Some of the courses below may be offered in alternate years.  Be sure to check the course descriptions in the online Undergraduate Catalog.

Required Courses:

  • ECO 190 – World Food Supply, Population and the Environment Credits: 3
    or
  • FSN 270 – World Food and Culture Credits: 3
    or 
  • PSE 312 – Sustainable Food Systems:  Challenges and Opportunities Credits: 3
  • FSN 101 – Introduction to Food and Nutrition Credits: 3
  • PSE 105 – Principles of Sustainable Agriculture Credits: 3

Plus at least 12 credits from the following list:


  • ANT 212 – The Anthropology of Food Credits: 3
  • BUA 325 – Principles of Management and Organization Credits: 3
  • BUA 327 – Business and Society Credits: 3
  • BUA 342 – Small Business Management Credits: 3
  • ECO 381 – SL: Sustainability Science, Policy, and Action Credits: 3
  • FSN 330 – Introduction to Food Science Credits: 3
  • FSN 436 – Food Law Credits: 3
  • FSN 440 – Utilization of Aquatic Food Resources Credits: 3
  • FSN 450 – Food Biotechology Credits: 3
  • PAX 370 – Building Sustainable Communities Credits: 3
  • PSE 101 – Cropping Systems Credits: 3
  • PSE 215 – Vegetable and Fruit Production Credits: 3
  • PSE 320 – Soil Organic Matter Management Credits: 3
  • PSE 440 – Environmental Soil Chemistry and Plant Nutrition Credits: 3