Undergraduate Study

Food Systems Major Requirements

You must complete all major requirements outlined on this page and the general education requirements for the School of Public Health.

Suggested first- and second-year courses: anthropology, economics, English composition, environmental studies, geography, nutrition, political science, sciences like biology and chemistry, and statistics

Course Listings

5 credits of biology. Choose from:

BIOL 118Survey of Physiology (5, preferred)
BIOL 180Introductory Biology (5)
BIOL 161/162As earned through Advanced Placement testing

5 credits of chemistry. Choose from:

CHEM 120Principles of Chemistry I (5)
CHEM 142General Chemistry (5)
CHEM 145Honors General Chemistry (5)

5 credits of economics. Choose from:

ECON 200Introduction to Microeconomics (5)
FISH 230Economics of Fisheries and Oceans (5)
ESRM 235Introduction to Environmental Economics (5)

10 credits from this list of approved courses that represent the breadth of areas that influence food systems:

ACCTG 219Essentials of Accounting (4)
ANTH 210Introduction to Environmental Anthropology
ANTH 211Environmental Justice (5)
ATM S 101Weather (5)
ATMS 111Global Warming: Understanding the Issues (5)
ATMS 211Climate and Climate Change (5)
B E 220Cities, Health, and Well-Being (3)
CEP 200Introduction to Community and Environmental Planning (5)
COM 220Introduction to Public Speaking (5)
COM 234Public Debate (5)
COM 289Communication, Power, and Difference (5)
CSE 142 Computer Programming I (4)
CSE 143Computer Programming II (5)
ECON 201Introduction to Macroeconomics (5)
ENV H 111Exploring Environmental Studies (5)
ENVIR 100Introduction to Environmental Studies (5)
ENVIR 110Introduction to Food and the Environment (5)
ENVIR 239Sustainability: Personal Choices, Broad Impacts (5)
ENVIR 240The Urban Farm (5)
ENVIR 280Natural History of the Puget Sound Region (5)
ESRM 100Introduction to Environmental Science (5)
ESRM 210Introductory Soils (5)
ESS 101Introduction to Geology and Societal Impacts (5)
ESS 105The Earth: Its Processes and Hazards (5)
GEOG 271Geography of Food and Eating (5)
G H 101Introduction to Global Health: Disparities, Determinants, Policies, and Outcomes (5)
G H 220Global Environmental Change and Public Health (5)
GWSS 244Indigenous Feminisms (5)
HSERV 100Personal and Public Health (3)
NUTR 141Introduction to Foods (5)
NUTR 241Culinary Nutrition Science
OCEAN 101Oceanography of the Pacific Northwest (5)
OCEAN 102The Changing Oceans (5)
PHIL 243Environmental Ethics (5)
POL S 202Introduction to American Politics (5)
POL S 204Introduction to Comparative Politics (5)
PUBPOL 201Introduction to Public Policy and Governance (5)
SOC 110Survey of Sociology (5)
VALUES 207Issues of Global Justice (5)

4-5 credits of statistics. Choose from:

BIOST 310Biostatistics for the Health Sciences (4, preferred)
QMETH 201Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
Q SCI 381Introduction to Probability and Statistics (5)
STAT 220Principals of Statistical Reasoning (5)
STAT 221Statistical Concepts and Methods for the Social Sciences (5)
STAT 311Elements of Statistical Methods (5)

5 credits of qualitative methods. Choose from:

ANTH 403Qualitative Research Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology (5)
BIO A 420Anthropological Research on Health Disparities (5)
ENVIR 250Research Methods in Environmental Studies (5)
GEOG 425Qualitative Methodology in Geography (5)
SOC 300Foundations of Social Inquiry (5)

30 credits, with cumulative 2.0 GPA.

NUTR 200Nutrition for Today (4)
NUTR 302Food Systems: Harvest to Health (5)
NUTR 303Food Systems: Individual to Population Health (5)
NUTR 402Food Systems Modeling & Analysis (5)
NUTR 412US Food Systems Policy (3)
NUTR 493Food Systems Capstone (8) Writing

Electives and Concentrations

You will choose a minimum of 20 credits of 300- and 400-level courses organized around 4 concentrations as electives. Concentrations, which do not appear on your transcript, allow you to focus electives on broad areas that impact these systems. These concentrations are:

  • Business, Economics, & Marketing: advertising, business, communication, consumers, distribution, economics, entrepreneurship, food production, informatics, law, leadership, marketing, retail
  • Environment & Sustainability: agriculture, agroecology, built environment, climate change, environment, global food security, GIS, hunger, urban food systems, sustainability
  • Nutrition & Health Equity: dietary guidelines, disease prevention, exercise, environmental health, equity, food safety, global health, nutrition, public health
  • Social & Economic Equity: communication, culture, determinants of health, geography, empowerment, inequality, intersectionality, justice, policy, poverty, society

The list of approved electives (pdf) is effective for students entering the major in winter quarter 2019 and beyond. Students may petition for the use of individual courses not on the approved list by way of the online course substitution process.

There are limitations to the number of internship, study abroad, and research credits that can be applied toward the major. Please consult with advising.

More Information

Find procedures, policies, forms and more resources for completing the Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health major in the Current Students section.