Sustainable Food and Farming
Bachelor of Science Online Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Sciences degree in Sustainable Food and Farming requires students to take courses in four categories:
a. University General Education Requirements (45 credits)
b. Core Required Classes (26-31 credits)
c. Agricultural Science and Practice Classes (24 credits)
d. Professional Electives (20 credits)

The following is a breakdown of which classes are currently available online and which are in the planning stage.

1. University General Education Requirements
The University GenEd requirements are:

• College Writing (CW)  3 credits
• General  Mathematics(R1) 3 credits
• Analytical Reasoning (R2) 3 credits
• Biological Science (BS)  4 credits
• Physical Sciences  (PS ) 4 credits
• Arts or Literature (AT or AL) 4 credits
• Historical Studies (HS)  4 credits
• Social & Behav. Sci.  (SB)  4credits
• Social World (AT, AL, I, SI) 4 credits
• U.S. Diversity (U) 3 credits (may be combined with another GenED)
• Global Diversity (G) 3 credits (may be combined with another GenED)

There are online options for all of the above required General Education classes.  In addition, some students will transfer courses from previous college work or may fulfill these requirements at a community college.

Two additional General Education classes are taken within the Sustainable Food and Farming major:
Junior Writing
                       STOCKSCH 382 - Professional Development in Sustainable Food and Farming (3) – Online summer session II

Integrative Experience
                       STOCKSCH 379 - Ag Systems Thinking (3) - Online winter term

2. Core Required Classes
These classes are required of students earning a Bachelor of Sciences degree in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.  There is some flexibility depending on a student’s career goals and previous course work. 

A. Botany
STOCKSCH 108 - Intro to Botany (4)– Summer and Fall

B. Soil Science
STOCKSCH 106 - Soil Science and Management (3)- Summer and Fall

C. Ecosystem Course – Choose one
STOCKSCH 186 - Introduction to Permaculture (3) – Spring
STOCKSCH 378 - Agroecology (3) – Spring
STOCKSCH 510 – Management and Ecology of Plant Diseases (3)

D. Mathematics Requirements
MATH 104 - Alg/Anal Geo/Trig (3)
or MATH 101 (2)   and MATH 102 (2)

E. Analytical Reasoning – University approved R2 - Analytical Reasoning Class (3) available online

F. Chemistry Requirement
STOCKSCH 117 - Agricultural Chemistry (3) - Winter

G. Take one course in food/land policy

STOCKSCH 288 – Land Use Policies & Sustainable Farming (3) –Summer

STOCKSCH 297 FL – Intro to Food and Agricultural Law
STOCKSCH 355 - Community Food Systems(3)–Summer

STOCKSCH 356 – Food Justice and Policy
STOCKSCH 387 – Global Food Systems (3)–Spring
STOCKSCH 397R – Social Permaculture for Food Justice (3) –Spring

3. Agricultural Science and Practice Classes

Students must take 24 credits in agricultural science and practice. These courses may be taken in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture or other departments with approval of the adviser.
• Review credit break-down below:

100 Level Classes (6 credits may count toward the major from this list and anything over 6 counts towards Professional Electives)
STOCKSCH100 – Botany for Gardeners (4) –Winter and Summer
STOCKSCH 119 – Backyard Homesteading (3) – Fall
STOCKSCH 120 – Organic Farming and Gardening (4) –Summer
STOCKSCH166–Practical Beekeeping(3)–Fall
STOCKSCH 186 – Introduction to Permaculture (3) –Spring
STOCKSCH172 – Plants in Our World (4) –Summer and Fall
STOCSKSCH 190 M – Intro to Mushroom Culture (1) Winter
STOCKSCH 190R – Raising Dairy Goats Sustainably (3) – Fall
STOCKSCH 190 P – Pastured Poultry (3) –Spring

200 - 400 Level Classes (at least 12 credits may count toward the major from this list)
STOCKSCH 211 – Pasture Management (3) – Spring
STOCKSCH 265 - Sustainable Agriculture (3) –Spring
STOCKSCH 266 – Farm Management, Planning and Marketing (3) – Spring
STOCKSCH 288 – Land Use Policies & Sustainable Farming (3) –Summer
STOCKSCH 290 F – Holistic Fruit Production (3) - Spring
STOCKSCH 290S – Forest Incomes for the Small Farm (3) - Summer
STOCKSCH290W –Organic Weed Control (3)– Summer
STOCKSCH 297 FL – Intro to Food and Agricultural Law (3) Winter
STOCKSCH 320 – Organic Vegetable Production (3) –Summer and Fall
STOCKSCH 322 – Post-harvest Handling of Fruits & Vegetables (3) Summer
STOCKSCH 355 – Community Food Systems (3) –Summer
STOCKSCH 378 - Agroecology (3) – Spring
STOCKSCH 379 – Agricultural Systems Thinking (3) Winter
STOCKSCH 386 – Sustainable Site Planning and Design (3) –Summer and Spring
STOCKSCH 387 – Global Food Systems (3) –Spring
STOCKSCH 397D – Integrated Pest Management (3) – Fall
STOCKSCH 397 PB – Pollinator Biology and Habitat (1) Winter
STOCKSCH 397R – Social Permaculture for Food Justice (3) – Spring
STOCKSCH 398 B – Agricultural Practicum (1-18 credits) – available year round
STOCKSCH 497 D – Sustainable Site Design (2) - Fall

500 Level Classes (at least 6 credits required from this list or other departments with approval)
STOCKSCH 510 – Management and Ecology of Plant Disease (3)
STOCKSCH 530 – Plant Nutrition (3)
STOCKSCH 580 – Soil Fertility (3)
STOCKCH 597A - Phyto/Bioremediation (3)
STOCKSCH 596 – Independent Study (3)

4. Professional Electives

Students working closely with an academic adviser are encouraged to select professional elective courses from the major or other UMass majors which help them move toward their own career goals. General Education classes, one credit Stockbridge classes, transfer courses, independent study and practicum classes may be used to fulfill this requirement.  A total of 18 credits of approved courses are required with at least one course from each category below:
• Biophysical Systems
• Economic Systems
• Social Systems

This category ensures that all three aspects of sustainability (environmental, economic and equity) are included in the course of study. The following programs offer courses that may fulfil these categories:
• Accounting • Finance • Public Health
• Animal Sciences • Geology • Regional Planning
• Biology • Legal Studies • Resource Economics
• Building/Const. Tech • Management • Sustainable Communities
• Economics • Marketing • Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
• Education • Nutrition

5. Internships or Practicum

Students are encouraged to take up to the maximum of 18 credits as Internships or Practicum which may be counted toward Professional Electives.  These may be farm internships, working with non-profits or businesses, or study abroad.  Stockbridge is committed to helping students gain practical experience as part of their major area of study.  By combining your classroom education with experience in the field, your practicum/internship should be a highlight of your Stockbridge education. Every internship is different and one size does not fit all! The requirements have flexibility. If you are working to establish your own farm and your life situation is such that you are not able to complete an independent study away from home, we can find a “residential solution.”

For more information, talk with our SFF Internship Coordinator, Renee Ciulla at rciulla@umass.edu.  And see: https://sustfoodfarm.org/internship/

Summary

To graduate, students must take the following minimum number of classes:
• University classes = 120 credits
              College of Natural Science classes (includes Stockbridge) = 60 credits
              Stockbridge School of Agriculture classes = 30 credits