Specialization in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS)

Specialization in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS)

Creative solutions for sustainability challenges

Do you wish to become an active participant in making a difference in the world? Change how you think globally and act locally? Acquire skills in ecological food production, a comprehensive understanding of how agroecosystems work, and earn an internationally recognized “Permaculture Design Certificate”?

All of this is offered within the specialization in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) in the Department of Environment and Geography.

The SAFS specialization may be taken with one of the following majors:

  • Geography (B.A.)
  • Environmental Studies (B.A.)
  • Environmental Science (B.Sc.)
  • Or any other major at Bishop’s University

See the Academic Calendar for details on majors.

Because Bishop’s University is located in an agriculturally rich environment, students have opportunities to visit, collaborate with, and benefit from farmers in the Estrie region. In fact, the SAFS program puts a particular emphasis on field experience.

Furthermore, unlike other agricultural programs, the emphasis of the SAFS specialization is on improving the sustainability of all aspects of agriculture and food systems – focusing on the social, economic and environmental aspects of agriculture in order to help students develop a thorough understanding of food systems from farm to table and beyond.

Courses offered will examine many aspects of modern agriculture and food systems, including scientific, entrepreneurial, and social issues, as well as global food security and climate change impacts. The SAFS courses incorporate real-world experiences to develop the skills needed to achieve a successful career as an agriculturalist, entrepreneur, food policy specialist, researcher, or in many other professions.

We currently offer two forms of specialization in SAFS:

Option #1) Minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (24 credits)  (MINAGR)

  • AGR 100  Intro to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • AGR 104  Edible History of Humanity
  • AGR 333  Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
  • Additional required: Any 5 courses (15 credits) from the list of AGR coded course (see list of AGR-coded courses).

Option #2) Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (30 credits) (CONAGR)

  • AGR 100  Intro to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
  • AGR 104  Edible History of Humanity
  • AGR 333  Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
  • Additional required: Any 7 courses (21 credits) from the list of AGR coded course (see list of AGR-coded courses).

Anticipated Future SAFS Programs*

  • B.A. Major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, 60 credits
  • B.A. Honours in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, 72 credits
  • B.Sc. Major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, 84 credits
  • B.Sc. Honours in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, 90 credits

*The B.A. and B.Sc. Majors and Honours programs in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) were approved by the University Senate in December 2018, and are currently under external review. They are expected to be launched in fall 2022.

Possible career paths

  • Agritourism operator/entrepreneur
  • Agribusiness manager
  • Organic farmer/market gardener
  • Agricultural consultant
  • International development agent
  • Food security analyst
  • Agroecology scientist/researcher
  • Coordinator/educator of community agriculture program