Requirements for B.S. in SAFS

Requirements for the B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

The SAFS B.S. program structure includes FIVE major components:  foundation courses, core science courses, courses in your student-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 Horticuluture
  • NR 501 - Studio Soils (formerly Introduction to Soil Science)
  • BIOL 528 - Applied Biostatistics I         

2.    Core Science courses (12 credits), chosen from the list of Approved Core Science Courses.

3.    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 may comprise a package of courses transferred from a completed 2-year degree program such as the Thompson School of Applied Sciences, or a coherent package of advanced courses, which may or may not be chosen from the List of Approved Program Electives. Your Emphasis Area 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. This form must be submitted to the SAFS program committee for approval prior to the start of your 5th semester/3rd year. 

4.    Program Elective courses (20 credits). These are chosen from the List of Approved Program Electives.

5.    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 Core Science, 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.S. students must complete the University of New Hampshire Discovery 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.S. in SAFS

This is a worksheet to track your progress toward completion of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in SAFS:


SAFS Program Elective Courses

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

SAFS Student -Designed Emphasis Area Declaration Form

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

CLICK HERE to find the Emphasis Area Declaration Form.