Desert Food Production

The desert food production concentration equips students interested in producing foods locally with the knowledge and skills necessary to grow edible plants and to navigate the challenges unique to desert climates. Coursework in the program emphasizes organic food production, sustainable horticultural technologies, green waste reduction, water conservation, maintaining biodiversity and biological cycles and enhancing soil quality. Students will gain marketable skills that will enable them to participate in the growing trend of producing and supporting the consumption of local foods.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 upper division hours for this concentration.
  • No more than two credit hours of ABS 484 Internship may be counted toward the concentration requirements.

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    our credit hours of electives must be from upper-division courses.

Required Core Courses (12 credit hours)

ABS 260 Fundamentals of Sustainable Horticulture, SG (4)
ABS 368 Plant Propagation (3)
ABS 460 Organic Gardening (2)
ABS 464 Desert Horticulture (3) (Prerequisite(s): ABS 260; Credit is allowed for only ABS 464 or ABS 494 (Sustainable Desert Horticulture) or ABS 498 (Desert Horticulture))

Elective Courses (6 credit hours, 4 hours must be from upper-division courses)

ABS 225 Soils, SQ (3) (Prerequisite(s): CHM 101 or CHM 113)
ABS 226 Soils Laboratory, SQ (1) (Pre- or corequisite(s): ABS 225)

ABS 360 Southwest Home Gardening (2)

ABS 462 Greenhouse/Nursery Management (4) (Prerequisite: ABS 260)

ABS 484 Internship (2)

Depending upon a student's program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to fulfill the requirements of this concentration.

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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