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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor from the Nutrition/Dietetics and Sustainable Food Systems program. Please see Program Detail for more information.

This program is part of the Exercise Science Department.

Sustainable Food Systems

Does your social media speak of your passion for food? Have you joined the legions of garden-to-table growers? Your interest in local, healthy food could bloom into a career with the skills and knowledge you’ll gain from MCC's Sustainable Food Systems program. Whether your food career goals are preparation, research, culinary writing, advocacy or advanced academic degrees, this program will prepare you with studies of the ways food is grown, raised and harvested; how it is made, consumed and recycled; and alternative methods for creating a more sustainable food model.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Sustainable Food Systems degree provides an overview of the nation’s current food model and alternative methods for creating a more sustainable model. Courses include concepts supporting the real food movement, which represents re-educating people about the way food is grown, purchased, prepared, consumed, and better ways to dispose of the waste. In addition, courses cover sanitation guidelines, basic principles, and preparation techniques for the cooking and baking process.

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in the Sustainable Food Systems program is designed for students who may already have a degree or for those who have a personal interest in Sustainable Food Systems. The classes cover historical events that mark the nation's current food model and explore solutions to alter this model to produce a more sustainable food system worldwide. Course topics include concepts covering basic nutrition, organic foods production, gardening concepts, food safety and security, food entrepreneurship, careers in the field of food and nutrition, sustainable food preparation practices, and food preparation laws for small-scale food businesses. 

Available Associate Degree and Certificate

A list of available degrees and certificates offered in the Sustainable Food Systems program
Degree / Certificate Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Sustainable Food Systems Course Sequence
Certificate of Completion (CCL) Sustainable Food Systems Course Sequence

Meet with an Advisor

Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor from the Nutrition/Dietetics and Sustainable Food Systems program. Please see Program Detail for more information.