Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Do you want everyone to have access to healthy, affordable foods? Do you care about environmental sustainability? Do you want to make a difference in the world? If these questions resonate with you, then the Metropolitan Food & Environmental Systems program in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences can help you make your interests a career reality.
This major will embrace the changing agricultural landscape from rural to urban and meet students where their interests and passions lie. The MFST program will not only provide you with an education but also the skills to build a career and establish a movement towards better food systems.
We will teach you to understand and implement solutions in the areas of metropolitan food and environmental systems using an interdisciplinary approach.
Through our courses you will:
- Learn the science and practice of food production, processing, and security.
- Apply those lessons across urban environmental, economic, and social contexts.
- Discover ways to make changes to food systems that maintain or improve environmental sustainability in metropolitan areas.
Our college prides itself on a culture that prioritizes students–boasting small class sizes, faculty and staff advisors, and a close-knit academic community. In MFST we accept only a small cohort of students each year, ensuring you receive individualized attention focused on propelling you into a vibrant career based on your interests.
Our program emphasizes learning by doing, which includes multiple experience-based learning activities or internships. To facilitate this, we have developed a three-course sequence where you prepare for, execute, and reflect on off-campus professional job opportunities in food systems.
Students graduating from the MFST program are well prepared for careers in the government sector, non-profits, institutional food buying, investment firms, financial and insurance companies, food industry, retail, and foodservice. Alternatively, students may choose to pursue education beyond their bachelor's degree, including law school and graduate school in food systems or in specific areas of the food system.
Students in MFST will be faced with immense challenges in educating constituencies and implementing small and large-scale development and policy changes to alter the current food system. The combination of our STEM-based curriculum with required leadership and communication skills will prepare you to become logical and critical thought leaders who take a systems-level approach to decision making in our food system.
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