Enjoying a simple meal is more complex than it may seem. Culture, economics, policy, marketing, human and environmental health, and food accessibility affect what you eat as the journey from farm, to plate, to your table becomes increasingly complicated. That’s why the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences have teamed up to offer two specialized undergraduate majors to meet the growing demand for leaders with expertise in food-related policy. The degrees share a core curriculum, which allows students to work collaboratively across disciplines. Beyond the core curriculum, students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems or a Bachelor of Arts in Food Studies. Nutrition and Food Systems explores the impact of the food system on human health; Food Studies focuses on the social, historical and cultural dimensions of food.
Your Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona will prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to advocate for the production of nutritious, affordable food to feed a growing world population.
Feed Your Appetite With a Degree in Nutrition and Food Systems
Explore your taste for food systems in a city that’s nationally recognized for its agricultural history, heritage foods, sustainable agriculture, and vibrant culinary science. Tucson, Arizona, home to the University of Arizona, was the first city in the United States to be designated a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) City of Gastronomy. We’ve been doing food so well for more than 4,000 years that our desert kitchen has become a natural fit for students who want to immerse themselves in the study of food!
You’ll examine the factors that affect our food systems including production challenges in an arid desert region, cultural influences that shape cuisine, and the relationships between food security, nutrition, and overall health. You’ll apply scientific evidence, best practices, and your professional judgement to seek solutions to better manage the food supply chain from production to processing, distribution, consumption, and waste control; while preserving our environment and safeguarding human health. A degree in nutrition and food systems equips you to make a difference in a broad range of food-related careers in areas such as sustainable food production, food and nutrition policy, food security, and food as it relates to health.
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