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.
- Four credit hours of electives must be from upper-division courses.
Required Core Courses (12 credit hours)
ABS 260 Fundamentals of Sustainable Horticulture
ABS 368 Plant Propagation
ABS 460 Organic Gardening
ABS 464 Desert Horticulture
Elective Courses (6 credit hours, 4 hours must be from upper-division courses)
ABS 225 Soils AND ABS 226 Soils Laboratory
ABS 360 Southwest Home Gardening
ABS 462 Greenhouse/Nursery Management
ABS 484 Internship
Depending upon a student's program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to fulfill the requirements of this concentration.
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