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The Swette Center supports educational opportunities, ranging from undergraduate to executive level, from ASU campus sites to online, from full degrees to one-off workshops. Core educational opportunities are embedded in the but are often undertaken in collaboration with other ASU schools, such as the and the . Across all educational offerings, the goals are to enhance knowledge of current food systems and provide the tools and bold vision necessary to engage in work that supports vibrant and sustainable food systems.


BS in Sustainable Food Systems

Gain a strong foundation in sustainability and sustainable food systems with the BS in sustainable food systems. Using a holistic systems approach, this degree helps you discover the complex connections between food, policy, economic opportunity, natural resources and social equity. This degree is currently available on the Tempe campus, Polytechnic campus, Downtown Phoenix campus, and through ASUOnline.

Minor in Sustainable Food Systems

Explore topics in this 18-credit minor such as sustainable agriculture, improving access to quality food, the impact food has on health, and how policy impacts these systems to learn more about the sustainability of food systems and opportunities for creating positive change.

Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems

ASU undergraduates from any major may enroll in this 15-credit certificate program, which brings together courses on food from the social sciences, humanities, life sciences and applied sciences, and provides an opportunity for students to study food from a sustainability perspective.

Undergraduate Education

Sustainability Connect

Students interested in hands-on, real-world food projects can search for opportunities on Sustainability Connect, a project and internship database with a variety of community sustainability projects. Alternatively, if you have a food project that would benefit from student assistance, you can submit the project via Sustainability Connect.


food systems educationCertificate in Food Policy and Sustainability Leadership

Led by Swette Center Executive Director Kathleen Merrigan, this 15-credit certificate program is built for rising stars from business, nonprofit, academia, and government, modeling the community necessary for food system transformation. Designed for working professionals, most certificate work will take place online to accommodate work schedules and participants’ various geographies. Equipped with sophisticated knowledge of how to advance food and agriculture policy in the public interest, program graduates will pioneer innovative solutions on which the health of our families and the planet depend.

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2021/2022 Cohort
2022/2023 Cohort

MS in Sustainable Food Systems

The MS in sustainable food systems is a research-oriented degree program in which students develop an understanding of present-day health, agriculture and environmental policy; develop strategies to lead policy discussions; interact with a network of food and agriculture policy leaders and mentors; and apply their knowledge and skills to address problems related to food and food systems.

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