Minor in Sustainable Food Systems

Students in the Tyler School of Art 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. 

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

The minor also provides undergraduates with an opportunity to explore the option of graduate studies in planning, horticulture, or related fields.

Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in courses satisfying minor requirements and must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the required 18 credits to earn the minor.

  • 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.
  • Courses for the minor must be completed prior to graduation.
Note: The symbol after the course title indicates that the class is offered ONLY in the semester indicated.
(F) = offered fall only
(FE) = offered fall of even numbered years
(FO) = offered fall of odd numbered years
(S) = offered spring only
(SE) = offered spring of even numbered years
(SO) = offered spring of odd numbered years
(O) = offered occasionally
Foundation Courses
Select two of the following:6
Sustainable Food Systems Planning (F)
Food Crops I (S)
Food Crops II (O)
Nutrition and Health
Select four of the following:12
Land Use Planning (FO) 1
Environmental Planning (S)
Ecological Planning and Development (FE)
Sustainability in Suburban Communities (SE)
Fundamentals of Horticulture
Greenhouse Management (F) 1
Plant Propagation (S)
Total Credit Hours18

This course has a prerequisite(s).