Sustainable Food Systems

Become a Student

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. 

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Associate Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or degrees is the fastest way to realize your dreams.

Certificate

The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Sustainable Food Systems program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Sustainable Food Systems

Degree

MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Sustainable Food Systems program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Sustainable Food Systems

Career Opportunities

The Sustainable Food Systems program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Business Operations Specialists, All Other $62,010
Dietitians and Nutritionists $55,160
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers $30,390
Food Service Managers $53,400
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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.