Desert Food Production

Description
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.

Requirements

  • 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.

  • Four 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)
AND
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.

IDS Core Course Information

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 9 credit-hour core and 9 credit hours of context/application courses.

Required Courses (9 credit hours):

  • IDS 201 Intellectual Fusion (recommended for freshman/sophomore students)
    • Prerequisites: None

OR

  • IDS 301 Becoming Interdisciplinary (3) (recommended for transfer students and/or students declaring IDS in their junior or senior year)
    • Prerequisites: Interdisciplinary Studies major

  • IDS 302 Integration Skills (3)
    • Prerequisite(s): Interdisciplinary Studies major; IDS 201 or 301 with C or better
  • IDS 401 Integration: Experiential Learning (3) (requires application)
    • Prerequisites: IDS 201 or 301 with C or better; IDS 302 with C or better; minimum 2.00 GPA; minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

Context courses (6 credit hours)

Choose two Integrative Context courses from the following (3 credit hours each):

  • IDS 310: Integration: Cultural Contexts, C
  • IDS 311: Integration: Global Contexts, G, SB
  • IDS 312: Integrative Perspectives on Change
  • IDS 313: Integrative Perspectives on a Changing World
  • IDS 314: Integrative Perspectives on Cultural Dynamics, SB
  • IDS 315: Integration: Social Contexts, SB
  • IDS 316: Integration: Humanities Contexts, HU

Application courses (3 credit hours)

Choose any IDS Application course from the following (3 credit hours each):

  • IDS 140: The Nature of Knowledge Systems
  • IDS 302: Integration Skills
  • IDS 310: Integration: Cultural Contexts, C
  • IDS 311: Integration: Global Contexts, G, SB
  • IDS 312: Integrative Perspectives on Change
  • IDS 313: Integrative Perspectives on a Changing World
  • IDS 314: Integrative Perspectives on Cultural Dynamics, SB
  • IDS 315: Integration: Social Contexts, SB
  • IDS 316: Integration: Humanities Contexts, HU
  • IDS 484: Elective Internship

Transfer to ASU transfer.asu.edu

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa

  • 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 transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.

Year

Year

2021-22

Campus

Campus

Polytechnic

Advising

Advising

Interdisciplinary Studies Advising
cisa.asu.edu/advising
All appointments:
480-965-4464

Downtown Phoenix
Arizona Center, Suite 380

Polytechnic
Santa Catalina Hall

Tempe
Urban Systems Engineering

Online
480-965-4464

 

DARs Code

DARs Code

LSDFPEMPH

College/School

College/School

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Concentration Contact

Concentration Contact

480‐965-4464
cisaadvising@asu.edu
Santa Catalina Hall (SANCA), Second floor

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