Montana State University

Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems (SFBS)


An interdisciplinary program in the College of Agriculture and College of Education, Health and Human Development.

The Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems (SFBS) program promotes the sustainable production, distribution, and consumption of food and bioenergy by growing a new generation of leaders through collaborative learning and hands-on experience. SFBS students explore varied aspects of food and bioenergy systems and are well prepared for career opportunities in these areas through one of four program options:

In all four options, students take a set of six core courses providing an overview of sustainable food and bioenergy systems. Students also have the opportunity to engage in coursework, hands-on field experiences, and required internships covering:

  • Topics in sustainable food and bioenergy production including agronomy, ecology, soils, horticulture, animal production, pest management, and greenhouse production.
  • Food and nutrition topics including food preparation and processing, distribution, nutrition and health, food access and policy.
  • Complementary coursework in political science, economics, business, Native American studies, and engineering.

The SFBS Program at Montana State University combines classroom learning, research opportunities, and meaningful field experiences to prepare students for careers that will impact the future of food and energy production in Montana and beyond.