Sustainable Food Systems - B.S.

The bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Food Systems is designed for ecologically-minded students who want to join the wave of change to transform industrial food systems into more resilient, self-renewing, dynamic networks for local to global communities, economies and environments. The program explores the local food web through farm and dock visits and cooking in the professional kitchen while investigating food literacy, culture, public health and food policy. Emphasis is placed on examining the local food web, social structures, and supply chains in relation to the economic realities of food production. A host of free elective credits give students the ability to focus on and further explore areas of environmental sustainability, policy and advocacy, advanced culinary sustainability, or writing for development. This experientially-based program takes place at the intersection of social food justice, environmental protection, economic sovereignty and policy, and provides an interdisciplinary framework for students to explore their local food web from diverse perspectives. 

Upon the completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Analyze the effects of change and policy on food systems.
  • Apply agricultural food production, sustainable food practices and cuisine concepts to food system issues.
  • Advocate for sustainable food systems to various audiences.
  • Propose solutions to issues related to the sustainability of food systems.

Sustainable Food Systems

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
CUL1100Introduction to Culinary Skills and Techniques3
CUL1210Breakfast & Lunch Cafe3
CUL1320Elements of a la Minute Cooking3
CUL1410Contemporary Cooking & Leadership Functions3
HSC1230Introduction to Public Health3
SFS1001Introduction to Food Systems3
SFS2110Culinary Science, Nutrition & Sensory Analysis3
SFS2210Cooking from the Farmstand3
SFS2410Growing for the Menu3
SFS2411Cooking for Resilient Foodways3
SFS3001Sustainability in the Culinary Kitchen3
SFS4110Health & the Harvest3
SFS4280Capstone Seminar in Sustainable Food Systems3
Applied/Experiential Learning
CFIT4799College of Food Innovation & Technology Advanced Internship *12
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
FSM1165The Food Safety Manager **1
FSM2045Introduction to Menu Planning and Cost Controls3
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts & Humanities6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Statistics I
Social Sciences6
Culture and Food
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or PSYC
A&S Electives6
Introduction to Political Science
Environmental Science
Free Electives #
24 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university ***24
Total Credits122.0

Culinary Sustainability Focus
SFS3002Ancient Grains & Hearth Breads3
SFS3144Farm to Table Desserts3
SFS3200Plant-Based Cuisine3
SFS3300Conscious Cuisine3
SFS4001Cultivating Local Food Systems3
Total Credits15.0
Policy & Advocacy Focus This focus is only offered at the Providence Campus
PSCI2050Political Communications3
PSCI2100Comparative Politics and Government3
PSCI3300Politics of Food, Human Security and Social Justice3
PSCI3350Political Parties, Social Movements and Interest Groups3
PSCI4100Issues in Political Theory: The Politics of Human Rights in Global Perspective3
Total Credits15.0
Environmental Sustainability Focus
SCI2030Introduction to Ecology3
SCI3020Sustainability Policy and Planning3
SCI3070Food Sustainability3
SCI3080The Business of Sustainability3
SCI4090Research Seminar in Sustainability3
Total Credits15.0
Writing for Development Focus
ENG2010Introduction to Technical Communication3
ENG3010Technical Editing3
ENG3012Report and Proposal Writing3
ENG3016Advanced Business Communication3
Total Credits12.0

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills are assessed in ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all four JWU campuses, JWU Global — Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?