Montana State University

Sustainable Food & Bioenergy Systems Program

Tel: (406) 994-5640
E-mail: selena.ahmed@montana.edu
Location: 301 Romney Hall

Dean

Glenn Duff, Interim

Degree Options

The program offers four options:

  • Sustainable Food Systems Option
  • Sustainable Crop Production Option
  • Agroecology Option
  • Sustainable Livestock Production Option

To view the course requirements for a program option, select the corresponding tab below.


Sustainable Food Systems Option

Freshman Year
Credits
BIOB 170IN - Principles of Biological Diversity
4
ECNS 101IS - Econ Way Thinking
3
SFBS 146 - Intro SFBS Seminar
3
BIOB 110CS - Intro to Plant Biology
3
SOCI 101IS - Intro to Sociology
3
Take one of the following:
 
     CHMY 121IN - Intro General Chemistry
4
     CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I
4
Take one of the following:
 
     M 121Q - College Algebra
3
     M 145Q - Mathematics for Liberal Arts
3
     SFBS 296 - Towne's Harvest Practicum  
     SFBS 298 - Internship 3
University Core and Electives
4
TOTAL
30

Sophomore Year
Credits
HDCF 239 - Contemp Cons Issues
3
NUTR 221CS - Human Nutrition
3
NUTR 226 - Culinary Fund
3
NUTR 227 - Culinary Fund Lab
2
ENSC 110 - Land Res Environ Sci
3
BIOM 103IN - Unseen Universe: Microbes
3
AGSC 341 - Field Crop Production
3
Take one of the following:
 
     BIOB 318 - Biometry
3
     STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics
3
Take one of the following:
 
     NASX 232D - Am. Indians Montana
3
     HORT 245 - Plant Propagation 3
     PSCI 230D - Intro Intl Relations
3
University Core and Electives
4
TOTAL
30

Junior Year
Credits
ECHM 205CS - Energy & Sustainability
3
HDCF 371 - Research Methods
3
NUTR 322 - Culinary Skills & Mgmt
3
NUTR 395 - Culinary Mgmt Practicum
3
NUTR 351 - Nutrition & Society
3
ENSC 245IN - Soils
3
AGSC 428 - Sustainable Cropping Systems
3
Take two of the following:
 
     AGEC 315 - Agric in a Global Context
3
     HORT 343 - Commercial Plant Production 3
     HORT 345 - Organic Market Gardening
3
     ANSC 222 - Sustainable Livestock Production
3
     AGED 353 - Coop Bisness Principles & Practice 3
University Core
3
TOTAL
30

Senior Year
Credits
NUTR 321 - Life Cycle Nutrition
3
SFBS 499 - Capstone
3
SFBS 498 - Internship
3
Take one of the following:
 
     HDCF 429 - Small Bus Ops
3
     MGMT 469 - Comm/Social Entrepren
3
Take one of the following:
 
     NASX 415 - Native American Food Systems
3
     PSCI 436 - Politics of Food & Hunger
3
Take one of the following:  
     SFBS 445R - Culinary Marketing 3
     SFBS 451R - Sustainable Food Systems 3
Take two of the following:
 
     HORT 337 - Veg Production
3
     AGSC 465 - Health, Agriculture and Poverty
4
     PSCI 491 - Political Economy of Energy
3
     NRSM 421 - Holistic Thought and Management 4
     AGED 483 - Non-formal Teaching Methods 3
     AGEC 337 - Agricultural Law 3
University Core and Electives
5–6
TOTAL
30

Sustainable Crop Production Option

Freshman Year
Credits
SFBS 146 - Intro SFBS Seminar
3
BIOB 170IN - Principles of Biological Diversity
4
ECNS 101IS - Econ Way Thinking
3
BIOB 110CS - Plant Sci, Res Environ
3
ENSC 110 - Land Res Environ Sci
3
ENSC 245IN - Soils
3
Take one of the following:
 
     CHMY 121IN - Intro General Chemistry
4
     CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I
4
Take one of the following:
 
     M 121Q - College Algebra
3
     M 145Q - Mathematics for Liberal Arts
3
University Core and Electives
4
TOTAL
30

Sophomore Year
Credits
NUTR 221CS - Human Nutrition
3
AGSC 341 - Field Crop Production
3
BIOM 103IN - Unseen Universe: Microbes
3
HORT 105 - Miracle Growing: Intro to Hort
3
Take one of the following:  
     SFBS 296 - Towne's Harvest Practicum 3
     SFBS 298 - Internship 3
Take one of the following:
 
     NASX 232D - Am Indians Montana
3
     PSCI 230D - Intro Intl Relations
3
Take one of the following:
 
     BIOB 318 - Biometry
3
     STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics
3
Take one of the following:
 
     AGEC 210IS - Econ Ag Business
3
     ECNS 204IS - Microeconomics
3
     ANSC 222 - Livestock in Sus. Systems 3
University Core and Electives
6
TOTAL
30

Junior Year
Credits
ECHM 205CS - Energy & Sustainability
3
BIOE 370 - General Ecology
3
HDCF 239 -Contemp Cons Issues
3
NUTR 351 - Nutrition & Society
3
AGSC 428 - Crop Sys Sust Agriculture
3
Take three of the following:
 
     AGEC 315 - Agric in a Global Context
3
     HORT 345 - Organic Market Gardening
3
     HORT 337 - Veg Production
3
     NRSM 421 - Holistic Thought
4
     NUTR 395 - Culinary Management Practicum
3
     BIOB 377 - Practical Gentics  
     NUTR 322 - Culinary Skills & Management  
University Core
2–3
TOTAL
30

Senior Year
Credits
SFBS 498 - Internship
3
SFBS 499 - Capstone
3
Take one of the following:  
     SFBS 451R - Sustainable Food Systems 3
     SFBS 445R - Culinary Marketing 3
Take one of the following:
 
     HDCF 429 - Small Bus Ops
3
     MGMT 469 - Comm/Social Entrepren
3
Take five of the following:
 
     NASX 415 - Native American Food Systems
3
     PSCI 436 - Politics of Food & Hunger
3
     ENSC 351 - Nutrient Cycling
3
     AGSC 401 - Integrated Pest Management
3
     ENSC 443 - Weed Ecology & Mgmt
3
     HORT 245 - Plant Propagation
3
     AGSC 342 - Forages
3
     BIOM 421 - Concepts of Plant Pathology
3
     AGSC 450 - Plant Disease Control
3
     AGSC 441 - Plant Breeding and Genetics 3
     PSCI 406 - Political Economy of Energy
3
University Core and Electives
3
TOTAL
30

Agroecology Option

Freshman Year
Credits
SFBS 146 - Intro SFBS Seminar
3
BIOB 170IN - Principles of Biological Diversity
4
BIOB 160 - Molecular & Cellular Biology
4
BIOB 110CS - Plant Sci, Res Environ
3
CHMY 141 - College Chemistry I
4
CHMY 143 - College Chemistry II
4
ENSC 110 - Land Res Environ Sci
3
Take one of the following:
 
     M 121Q - College Algebra
3
     M 145Q - Mathematics for Liberal Arts
3
University Core and Electives
2
TOTAL
30

Sophomore Year
Credits
NUTR 221CS - Human Nutrition
3
ECNS 101IS - Econ Way Thinking
3
ENSC 245IN - Soil Resource
3
Take one of the following:  
     SFBS 296 - Towne's Harvest Practicum 3
     SFBS 298 - Internship 3
Take one of the following:
 
     BCH 104RN - Biochem of Health
4
     CHMY 123 - Intro Org & Biochem
4
     CHMY 211 - Organic Chemistry  
Take one of the following:
 
     BIOB 318 - Biometry
3
     STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics
3
Take one of the following:
 
     NASX 232D - Am Indians Montana
3
     PSCI 230D - Intro Intl Relations
3
Take two of the following:
 
     AGEC 210IS—Econ Ag Business
3
     BIOM 360—General Microbiology
5
     ECNS 204IS—Microeconomics
3
     BIOO 262IN - Intro to Entomology 3
     PHSX 205 -College Physics I
4
     ANSC 222 - Livestock in Sus. Systems
3
University Core and Electives
0–2
TOTAL
30

Junior Year
Credits
ECHM 205CS - Energy & Sustainability
3
AGSC 341 - Field Crop Production
3
BIOB 375 - General Genetics
3
NUTR 351 - Nutrition & Society
3
ENSC 351 - Nutrient Cycling
3
AGSC 428 - Crop Sys Sust Agriculture
3
Take two of the following:
 
     AGEC 315 - Agric in a Global Context
3
     HORT 345 - Organic Market Gardening
3
     HORT 337 - Veg Production
3
     NRSM 421 - Holistic Thought
4
     ENSC 465 - Environmental Biophysics
3
University Core
4–5
TOTAL
30

Senior Year
Credits
Take one of the following:
 
     HDCF 429 - Small Bus Ops
3
     MGMT 469 - Comm/Social Entrepren
3
SFBS 498 - Internship
3
SFBS 499 - Capstone
3
ENSC 443 - Weed Ecology & Mgmt
3
BIOM 421 - Concepts of Plant Pathology
3
Take one of the following:
 
     SFBS 451R - Sus. Food Systems
3
     SFBS 445R - Culinary Marketing
3
Take three of the following:
 
     BIOO 433 - Plant Physiology
3
     BIOM 452 - Soil & Environ Microbiol
3
     AGSC 401 - Integrated Pest Management
3
     PSCI 406 - Political Economy of Energy
3
     NASX 415 - Native Food Systems 3
     PSCI 436 - Politics of Food & Hunger 3
University Core and Electives
3
TOTAL
30

Sustainable Livestock Production Option

Freshman Year Credits
ANSC 100 - Intro Animal Science 3
NRSM 101 - Natural Resource Cons 3
NRSM 102 - Montana Range Plants Lab 1
SFBS 146 - Intro Sustainable Food/Bioenergy 3
BIOB 160 - Principles of Living Systems 4
CHMY 121IN - Intro to General Chemistry I 4
ENSC 110 - Lnd Res Environ Sciences 3
BIOB 110CS - Pnt Sciences, Resrce, Environ 3
WRIT 101W - College Writing 3
Take one of the following:
     AGED 140US - Leadership Dev for Ag and Ind Employee 3
     COM 110US - Public Communication 3
Total 30
 
Sophomore Year Credits
ANSC 222 - Livestock in Sustainable Syst 3
AGEC 210 - The Economics of Ag Business 3
CHMY 123 - Intro to Organic & Biochem I 4
NUTR 221CS - Human Nutrition 3
ENSC 245IN - Soil Resources 3
ANSC 265 - Funct Anatomy Dom Animal 3
ANSC 266 - Funct Anatomy Dom Animal Lab 1
Take one of the following:
     ANSC 205 - Intro to Meat Evaluation 2
     ANSC 232 - Livestock Management-Sheep 1
     ANSC 234 - Livestock Management-Beef 1
     NRSM 235 - Range/Pasture Monitoring 1
Take one of the following:
     BUS 201 - Managerial Communication 3
     WRIT 221 - Intermediate Tech Writing 3
ECNS 101IS - Economic Way of Thinking 3
STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics 3
Total 30
 
Junior Year Credits
ANSC 316 - Meat Science 3
ANSC 498 - Internship 3
ECHM 205CS - Energy & Sustainability 3
Take two of the following:
     ANSC 320 - Animal Nutrtion 4
     ANSC 321 - Physiology of Reproduction 4
     ANSC 322 - Prin of Animal Breeding/Gen 3
     ANSC 337 - Diseases of Domestic Lvstk 3
Take one of the following:
     ECNS 202 - Prin of Macroeconomics 3
     ECNS 204IS - Microeconomics 3
Take one of the following:
     AGEC 321 - Econ of Ag Marketing 3
     AGEC 337 - Ag Law 3
     AGEC 345 - Ag Finance & Credit Analysis 3
     AGED 353 - Coop Bus Prin & Practics 3
     BUS 301 - Mgmt & Organization 3
     BUS 361 - Intro to Law 3
     BUS 341 - Marketing 3
Take one of the following:
     NRSM 353 - Grazing Ecology & Mgmt 3
     AGSC 428 - Crop Syst/Sustainable Ag 3
     AGSC 341 - Field Crop Prod 3
     AGSC 342 - Forages 3
Take one of the following:
     MKTG 242D - Intro to Global Markets 3
     NASX 232D - American Indians of Montana 3
     PSCI 230D - Intro Intrnl Relations 3
University Core (IA or IH) 3
Total 30
 
Senior Year Credits
ANSC 416R - Meat Processing 4
SFBS 499 - Capstone 3
NUTR 351 - Nutrition and Society 3
Take one of the following:  
SFBS 445R - Culinary Marketing 3
SFBS 451R - Sustainable Food Systems 3
Take one of the following:
     ANSC 432 - Sheep Management 4
     ANSC 434R - Beef Cattle Mgmt 4
Take one of the following:
     ANSC 410 - Veterinary Ento 2
     ENSC 351 - Nutrient Cycling 3
     AGSC 401 - Integrated Pest Mgmt 3
     ENSC 443 - Weed Ecology 3
Take one of the following:
     HDCF 429 - Small Business Operations 3
     NRSM 421 - Holistic Thought Mgmt 4
     NASX 415 - Native American Food Syst 3
     PSCI 436 - Politics Food/Hunger 3
     PSCI 406 - Political Economy of Energy 3
University Core and Electives (IA or IH) 3
Total 28

The B.S. degree program in Sustainable Food & Bioenergy Systems focuses on ecologically sound, socially just, and economically viable farming methods, food and health, and other food and bioenergy system-related issues. It emphasizes the interconnected processes of crop and animal production, processing, distribution, and utilization for food and/or bioenergy.

The wide range of food- and bioenergy-related areas covered will prepare students for careers in which they can address food safety, rural economic decline and poverty, obesity, loss of indigenous foods, bioenergy-related issues, and other food- and energy-related problems.

University Core and Electives
12 - 24 credits

Foundation Courses for All Options
37 credits

Foundation studies include both required and elective courses in plant science, nutrition, economics, Native American Studies, math, economics, and political science.

Senior Year
9 credits
The required credits include a capstone course and internship.