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The Environmental Concentration: Sustainable Food comprises four components: a gateway course, an academic core, practicum experiences and a capstone.

Gateway Course

Choose one:

  • ENV 100 Environment and Sustainability: Notes from the Field (1 credit/Fall)
  • LSS 100 Landscape, Environment, Design (2 credits/Spring)

Academic Core

In consultation with their advisors, students will choose four courses from among the many food-related courses offered within the Five Colleges. Chosen courses must span at least two of the the three divisions (humanities; social sciences; natural sciences and engineering).

Practicum Experiences

Practical experiences (volunteer or paid work) are an integral part of the Environmental Concentration. Students must complete two distinct practical experiences to fulfill the requirements for the Environmental Concentration. The goals for these experiences are two-fold:

  • To provide opportunities for the student to integrate the knowledge gained from various courses in support of work related to the environment and the Environmental Concentration.
  • To provide opportunities for the student to learn from and critically reflect on those experiences outside of the classroom in a way that enhances the student's course of study at Smith.

Practical experiences may include internships and paid or volunteer work that aligns with the particular topic of the student's concentration (e.g., Sustainable Food). The Lazarus Center for Career Development and CEEDS staff can provide information on potential opportunities; ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to arrange for two relevant experiences.

Capstone Course

ENX 301: Environmental Concentration Capstone: Sustainable Food

This seminar course will bring the concentrators together as a cohort to engage in a community and team-based capstone project. This offering complements the 100- and 200-level courses related to food already offered at Smith by providing a deeper experience for sustainable food concentrators.

Submittal of Concentration Checklist

Upon completion of the Environmental Concentration, students are required to submit a completed Concentration Checklist form, signed by their advisor, indicating that the student has completed all requirements. Students will not receive credit for the Concentration without submitting this form.


It is intended that any particular topic of the environmental concentration will come to an end after four years. Both students and advisors must be aware of the year of the final offering of the capstone course to ensure that the requirements of the concentration can be met, and students will only be accepted into the concentration if they have a clear plan for completion of the requirements.

In unusual circumstances, a student accepted into the concentration may be unable to complete the capstone course; such instances will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine an appropriate course of action.