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Food and Environment Major

The Food and Environment Major has been renamed the Sustainable Agriculture and Environment Major and will no longer be accepting new students under this name. Students who started the major prior to 2018 Winter Session may complete their degree using the requirements listed below. Students who would like to switch to the new major requirements should consult their program advisor.

Food and Environment focuses on the application of agroecological concepts and principles to the design and management of food production systems. It brings together agricultural sciences, ecology, and environmental thought to provide the background to issues surrounding the management of land and water to produce food, other agricultural products, and ecological services. Students can tailor their learning experiences to specific interests including resource economics, conservation, integrated agro-ecosystem management, water pollution and self-directed areas of study. Students can gain hands-on experience at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm.

Degree Requirements

First Year
LFS 100 1
LFS 150 or ENGL 112 3
BIOL 112 & 121 6
BIOL 140 2
MATH 102 or equivalent1 3
Restricted electives2,3 14
Unrestricted electives 3
Total Credits 32
Second Year
ECON 101 or 102 3
LFS 250 6
LFS 252 (or FRST 231 or BIOL 300) 3
APBI 200 3
APBI 260 6
Restricted electives3 6
Unrestricted electives 3
Total Credits 30
Third Year
LFS 350 3
APBI 360 & 361 7
Restricted electives3 18
Unrestricted electives 3
Total Credits 31
Fourth Year
LFS 450 3
APBI 460 3
Restricted electives3 21
Unrestricted electives 3
Total Credits 30
Overall four-year total4 123
1 Students who have not completed Calculus 12 must take MATH 180 or 184 to fulfill their first year MATH requirement.
2 Some students may be advised to take first year Chemistry and/or Physics courses depending on their academic plans and interests. They should consult with an FENV advisor.
3 To be selected in consultation with a program advisor. Typically includes courses in APBI, BIOL and FNH. For suggested courses see the Faculty
4 A minimum of 45 credits of the 123 credits required for the Major must be from courses numbered 300 or higher.

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