Requirements for B.A. in SAFS

The Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems B.A. program structure includes FOUR major components:  foundation courses, courses in your self-designed emphasis area, program elective courses, and a capstone. 

1.    Foundation courses include 36 credits, which satisfy some of the University Discovery requirements.

  • SAFS 405 - Sustainable & Organic Food Production
  • CHEM 411 - General Chemistry (or CHEM 403)
  • SAFS 502 - Agroecology
  • NUTR 405 - Food & Society
  • ANSC 421 - Animal Agriculture Today
  • EREC 411 - Environmental & Resource Economics Perspectives
  • PBIO 421 - Introductory Horticulture
  • NR 501 - Studio Soils (formerly Introduction to Soil Science)
  • BIOL 528 - Applied Biostatistics I                          

2.    Student-Designed Emphasis courses (20 credits).  As an SAFS major, you will design an emphasis area in which you will develop depth and focus within your studies. This is a coherent package of courses that you will select and define in consultation with your advisor. This could be a package of courses transferred from a completed 2-year degree program such as the Thompson School of Applied Science, or a coherent package of advanced courses, which may or may not be chosen from the List of Approved Program Electives. Your emphasis will not be printed on your transcript, however, it will be a part of your academic record and may be used on your resume and job applications. You will submit it to the SAFS program advisory committee for approval prior to the start of your 5th semester/3rd year.

3.   Program Elective courses (20 credits). Program electives for the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major include a diverse array of courses from all four units of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture as well as other colleges at UNH. See the List of Approved Program Electives.

4.    A Capstone experience of at least 4 credits is a University requirement. One option that satisfies the capstone requirement is SAFS 731, Farm Studio (offered every Spring). However, other capstone opportunities are possible; capstone experiences may include formal coursework, pre-approved honors theses or mentored research projects or other special activities which address appropriate and relevant aspects of the capstone experience.

Of the Student-Designed Emphasis and Program Elective courses, at least 16 credits (not counting the capstone) must be earned at the 600-700 level. Further, at least 4 credits must qualify as Experiential.  Be aware that some of the courses you may wish to take as emphasis or elective courses have prerequisites and you will need to plan for these as part of your program.

All B.A. students must complete the University of New Hampshire Discovery, Language, and Writing Intensive requirements listed in the University Catalog. Some of the required courses in SAFS meet Discovery Requirements.  A total of 128 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 are required for departmental certification for graduation.

Below are some helpful documents:

Checklist for B.A. in SAFS

This is a worksheet to track your progress toward completion of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in SAFS: CLICK HERE to access the worksheet.

SAFS Program Elective Courses

CLICK HERE to find the current list of program electives. Courses highlighted in yellow are writing intensive (WI).

Student-Designed Emphasis Area

This form must be submitted to the SAFS program committee for approval prior to the start of your 5th semester/3rd year.

HERE you will find the Emphasis Area Declaration Form.