Food Systems Certificate

Certificate programs are an excellent way to diversify your education by allowing you to get a baseline knowledge of a topic, without as much of a time commitment as a minor.

Image removed.By completing the Food Systems Certificate, you will learn the basic principles of the science and practice of food production, processing, and security across urban environmental, economic, and social contexts, while maintaining environmental sustainability. You may complete all required courses to obtain the certificate or may choose to enroll in select courses without earning the certificate.


Food Systems Certificate courses are offered online, in person at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, in person at the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) in Chicago, or a combination of those options.

Course Title Location
MFST 101 Introduction to Metropolitan Food & Environmental Systems U of I, DPI
NRES 102 Introduction to Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences U of I, Online
HORT 100 Introduction to Horticulture Online
FSHN 101 The Science of Food and How it Relates to You
or FSHN 120 Contemporary Nutrition
U of I, In-person (120 also available online)
ACE 100 Introduction to Applied Microeconomics U of I, Online
MFST 198 Metropolitan Food & Environmental Systems Reflection Online

Learn more about these courses on the University of Illinois Course Explorer.

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