Environmental and Sustainability Studies
College Of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Science

Other Concentrations

Sustainable Food and Agriculture Concentration

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Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in environmental and sustainability studies must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete a minimum of 60 credits within the major, with a minimum grade of 2.00 in each course.

Of the credits required for this degree, 14 credits simultaneously fulfill core requirements for the major and Mason Core requirements, and, depending on the concentration and electives chosen, up to 9 credits may simultaneously fulfill Mason Core requirements and college BA requirements.

Twelve required core courses (42-43 credits)

Core requirements may satisfy Mason Core requirements in natural science (EVPP 110, 111) and the college BA requirement for social and behavioral science (GOVT 361).

Three courses (11-12 credits) in environmental science and society

EVPP 110 - The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science I Credits: 4

EVPP 111 - The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science II Credits: 4

EVPP 377 - Applied Ecology Credits: 3


EVPP 210 - Environmental Biology: Molecules and Cells Credits: 4

EVPP 301 - Environmental Science: Biological Diversity and Ecosystems Credits: 4

EVPP 302 - Environmental Science: Biomes and Human Dimensions Credits: 4

Two courses (7 credits) in individual and group behavior

EVPP 336 - Human Dimensions of the Environment Credits: 3

INTS 334 - Environmental Justice Credits: 4

Three courses (9 credits) in business and public policy

ECON 105 - Environmental Economics for the Citizen Credits: 3

EVPP 322 - Business and Sustainability Credits: 3

EVPP 361 - Introduction to Environmental Policy Credits: 3 or GOVT 361 - Introduction to Environmental Policy Credits: 3 (satisfies the college BA requirement for social and behavioral science)

One course (4 credits) in statistics chosen from:

SOCI 313 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Credits: 4

BIOL 214 - Biostatistics for Biology Majors Credits: 4 

Three courses (11 credits) in integration, analysis, innovation

INTS 210 - Sustainable World Credits: 4

EVPP 480 - Sustainability in Action Credits: 4

INTS 390 - Internship Credits: 1-6 and/or INTS 490 Internship Credits 1-6 (minimum of 3 credits required)

One Concentration (18-22 credits)

Students must complete one concentration.

Concentration in Sustainable Food and Agriculture (SFG)

Three required courses (10 credits)

INTS 370 - Sustainable Food Systems

INTS 371 - Food Systems and Policy

INTS 470 - Professional Pathways in Sustainable Food Systems

Minimum of eight credits chosen from:

ANTH 366 - Food and Human Evolution

ANTH 376 -  Food and Culture

BIOL 344 - Plant Diversity and Evolution

BIOL 345 - Plant Ecology

EVPP 436 - The Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change

GGS 303 - Geography of Resource Conservation

INTS 331 - The Nonprofit Sector

INTS 338 - Animal Rights and Humane Education

INTS 402 - Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability

NUTR 295 - Introduction to Nutrition

NUTR 408 - Introduction to Food Security

Other course work with advisor approval

Total: 18 credits

Total: 60-65 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated as "writing intensive" in their major at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in environmental and sustainability studies should consult an advisor to learn how to fulfill this requirement.

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