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Food & Farming Minor

Over the past decade interest in food and farming has grown to the extent of giving birth to what some refer to as “The Food Movement.” Driven by the epidemic of obesity in the United States and by popular works, such as Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma, people, particularly college-age students, have become more conscious of what they eat and how their food is produced. This interest is reflected locally in the growing enrollments in courses related to food and farming at Plattsburgh and the development of the Plattsburgh “garden” — plants and crops grown by students on land provided by the college.

The food and farming minor provides you with an opportunity to learn more about how our food system works and can complement programs in environmental science, travel and hotel management, nutrition, among many others.

Minor in Food & Farming (18 credits)

Choose 6 courses (18 or 19 credits), taking at least 2 courses (6–7) credits) from each track (A and B) and the remaining 2 courses from either track.

Track A: Farming Track Track B: Food Track
SCI207 — Organic Farming (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing
ANT368 — Anthropology of Food (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: Ant 102 or POI
ENV332 — Plant Ecology (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: BIO304/ENV304
CHE325 — Culinary Chemistry: Molecular Gastronomy (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: CHE112, and CHE240 or CHE241 or POI
ENV370 — Soil Science (4 cr.)
Prerequisite: BIO102; ENV304 or BIO304; GEL101; CHE101 or CHE111 (Taught at Miner Institute)
FNI191 — Nutrition and Well-Being (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: None
FNI 211 — Human Nutrition (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: CHE101 or equivalent
ENV440 — Agriculture and the Environment (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: ENV304; CHE101 or CHE111/CHE112 or POI. (Taught at Miner Institute)
FNI241 — Nutrition in the Life Cycle (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: FNI211 (or FNI191 for non-majors)
ENV481 — Sustainability (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: Junior standing and either ENV304 or GEL310 or PSC311 or GEG332 or ECO392 or POI
HIS319 — U.S. Environmental History (3 cr.)
Prerequisites: three credits in history.
GEG485 — Sustainable Communities (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: GEG121 or ENV201 and junior standing
INT305 — Food Security and Emergency Interventions (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: NG101 or HIS132 or SOC101 or LAS111 or PSC120 or POI
ANT359 — Ecology, Systems, & Culture (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: ANT101 or ANT102
PHI365 — Food Justice (3 cr.)
Prerequisites: three philosophy credits or sophomore standing or POI.
HIS342 — History of Ecology and Environmentalism (3 cr.)
Prerequisites: 3 credits in history; sophomore standing.
CHE308 — Environmental Chemistry (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: CHE240 or CHE241
MGM280 — Principles of Management (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: ENG101, ECO101 or ECO110 or ECO111
MKE336 — Small Business Management (3 cr.)
Prerequisite: ACC202, MGM280, MKE290.
SCI208 — Organic Farming Practical Lab/Lectures (summer) 6 cr.
Prerequisite: POI

Contact Information

If you would like to find out more about food and farming at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Richard Robbins, Coordinator
Phone: (518) 564-4006
Email: [email protected]