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Minor in Sustainable Food Systems

Students in the School of Environmental Design as well as students in other colleges, schools, and departments may choose a Minor in Sustainable Food Systems.  Through this minor 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 minor provides undergraduates with an opportunity to explore the option of graduate studies in planning, horticulture, or related fields.

The curriculum for the Minor in Sustainable Food Systems involves 18 credits, with two required foundation courses and at four 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 four electives allow students to delve deeper into different facets of food systems planning.

A student may not double count any course for the Minor in Sustainable Food Systems toward any other major, minor, or certificate. At least half of the courses for the minor must be taken at Temple University. Students must complete successfully each of the courses for the minor with a grade of C- or better and all of the minor courses with a cumulative average of 2.0 or higher.


Note: The symbol after the course number indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated:

F=offered Fall only; FE/FO=Offered Fall of even/odd years; S=offered Spring only;

SE/SO=offered  Spring of even/odd years; O=offered occasionally


Subject Course # Course Title Hours
Foundation courses: Select 2 courses with a minimum of 6 hours from the following:
CRP 2251 (F) Sustainable Food Systems Planning 3
HORT 2334 (S) Food Crops I 3
HORT 2353 (O) Food Crops II 3
PBHL 1104 Nutrition and Health 3
Electives: Select  4 courses with a minimum of 12 hours from the following:
CRP 2166 (O) Land Use Planning 3
CRP 2213 (F) Environmental Planning 3
CRP 3155 (FE) Ecological Planning and Development 3
CRP 3255 (SO) Sustainability in Suburban Communities  3
HORT 1001 Fundamentals of Horticulture 2
HORT 2323 (F) Greenhouse Management 3
HORT 2324 (S) Plant Propagation 3
Total     18


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