Courses & Programs

Sustainable Agriculture

As concerns grow about what to eat and where our food comes from, we need to be more informed about what our food choices are and how we can ensure the safety of our food.

Kathleen Maiolatesi

Faculty, Sustainability

Science, Engineering & Math

Marieb 235

413.552.2462 (Tel)

What will you learn?

This program will inform students about the political and economic considerations about our local and global food systems, as well as the scientific principles of the sustainable agricultural practice of growing food according to ecological principles and therefore protecting the environment while providing food, and how the diversity and stability of anagro ecosystem are superior to conventional agricultural systems.

Students will be ready for careers in sustainable farming, participation in setting agricultural policy, food system planning, food related enterprises and food science, as well as transfer to area four year colleges' agriculture programs. 


Upon completion of this program the student will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between industrialized, traditional, conventional, organic and permaculture farming practices.
  • Understand how environmental factors including light, temperature, humidity and soil pH contribute to the health of crops.
  • Understand how our food system contributes to the health of our entire ecosystem.
  • Understand how our food choices contribute to our own health as well as the health of our planet.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in growing food crops.

Continue your education or enter the workforce! Sustainable Agriculture prepares students for careers in sustainable farming, participation in setting agricultural policy, food system planning, food related enterprises and food science.

61-63 total credits

35-36 credits General Education Requirements + 14 credits Program Requirements

General Education Requirements




Select 12-14 credits from the below, sufficient to complete 60 credit graduation requirement.

CUL 100  |  Culinary Foundations I
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Elibility for MTH 085; ENG 095. Pre- or corequisite: CUL 115

ENV 137  |  Environmental Geology [E]
Credits: 4

ENV 150  |  Current Topics in Environmental Science
Credits: 3

NTR 101  |  Introduction to Nutrition
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101.

SUS 150  |  Topics in Sustainability Studies
Credits: 3

SUS 115  |  Green Building Practices
Credits: 4

SUS 102  |  Introduction to Clean Energy Resources [E]
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: ENG 101 eligible or ESL 153.

SUS 113  |  Solar Thermal Energy
Credits: 2

SUS 114  |  Solar Photovoltaics 
Credits: 2

SUS 119  | Sustainable Agriculture Internship
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: SUS 116, SUS 216 and SUS 220.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.