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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:

The gateway course may be taken prior to admittance to the concentration.

Academic Core

In consultation with your adviser, you will choose four courses among the many food-related courses offered within the Five Colleges. Courses must span at least two of the three divisions: humanities; social sciences and history; and natural sciences and engineering. Normally, it is expected that a student will take at least two of the core courses in semesters after admittance to the concentration.

Capstone Course

ENX 301: Environmental Concentration Capstone: Sustainable Food

This seminar course brings concentrators together as a cohort to engage in a community and team-based capstone project. This offering complements the 100- and 200-level Smith courses related to sustainable food to provide a deeper experience.

Submittal of Concentration Checklist

In early spring of your senior year, you must submit a completed Concentration Checklist, signed by your adviser, indicating that you have completed all concentration requirements. You will not receive credit for the concentration without submitting this completed form to Joanne Benkley.


It is intended that any particular topic of the environmental concentration will come to an end after four years. You and your adviser must be aware of the final offering of the capstone course to ensure that you can meet your concentration requirements. Students will only be accepted into the concentration if they have a clear plan for completing all 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.