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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Sustainable Food Systems curriculum is designed for students with diverse interests in sustainable food careers. Graduates will gain a depth of understanding of the impact of agricultural practices and policies on ecosystems, economies and human cultures. Courses include concepts supporting contemporary food movements, which focus on local and global food systems. In addition, courses will cover careers in sustainable food systems, fundamentals of sustainability, basic nutrition, organic foods production, community garden concepts, food preparation laws and sanitation guidelines, basic principles and techniques for sustainable cooking, and food practices, attitudes and beliefs of different cultures. The program also includes a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Sustainable Food Systems. Foundational courses will equip students with the necessary hands-on skills for employment or self-employment in food service, community gardens and farm-to-table operations.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Associate Degree
- Academic Plan
- Sustainable Food Systems (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
Successful completion of the Sustainable Food Systems program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Dietitians and Nutritionists
Food Service Managers
Social and Community Service Managers
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
- Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|SUS231||Careers in Sustainability||Gateway course||RC||1|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of "C" or better in ENG091 or ESL097. or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097.||Critical course||RC||3|
|MAT112||Mathematical Concepts and Applications||Prerequisites: An appropriate mathematics placement score, OR a grade of "C" or better for MAT090, or MAT091, or MAT092, OR (an appropriate diagnostic score, or a grade of "C" or better in each of the following courses: MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057).||Critical course OR satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course||MA||3|
|SSH111||Sustainable Cities||Gateway course SSH111 carries the G, HU, SB Values||RC||3|
|Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success||0–3|
|Please visit with your advisor or program faculty.|
|FON161||Sustainable Food Production Systems||Critical course Gateway course||RC||3|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG107.||FYC||3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107) and (appropriate reading placement test score or a grade of C or better in RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or permission of Instructor).||Critical course OR equivalent as indicated by assessment||CR||0–3|
|Introductory Nutrition or (Principles of Human Nutrition and Principles of Human Nutrition Laboratory)||No requisites or No requisites and Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in FON241 or Corequisites: FON241.||Critical course FON241 AND FON241LL recommended for students intending to transfer||RC||3–4|
|FON104||Certification in Food Service Safety and Sanitation||RC||1|
|FON163||Sustainable Kitchen Practices||RC||3|
ServSafe certification completed!
If you are intending to transfer, meet with a transfer specialist.
|FON143||Food and Culture||RC||3|
|Environmental Biology or Plant Growth and Development||RC||4|
|Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication||COM||3|
|Restricted Electives||Restricted Electives||101-level language course recommended for students intending to transfer to ASU to earn a BS in Sustainability||0–5|
|Congrats! You are ready for your graduation check! Completed CCL with completion of FON143.|
|SUS232||Professional Skills in Sustainability Practice||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in SUS110, SSH111, and (ENG101 or ENG107).||RC||3|
|Restricted Electives||Restricted Electives||(HU AND C) OR (SB AND C) OR (L AND C) OR C recommended for students intending to transfer||3|
|Restricted Electives||Restricted Electives||Any CS recommended for students intending to transfer, BPC110 OR CIS105 recommended for students intending to transfer to ASU to earn a BS in Sustainability||3|
|Restricted Electives||Any course that carries both the C and L Value||102-level language course recommended for students intending to transfer to ASU to earn a BS in Sustainability||0–5|
|Congrats! You have completed your AAS and your Academic Certificate in Sustainability. You have completed your degree! Meet with your Transfer Specialist.|
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Program Area Key
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Sustainable Food Systems (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=135330).