Program Overview

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Sustainable Food Systems program is designed for a diverse student population, including those who are currently working within the food service industry and are interested in building upon their culinary skills in sustainable practices, as well as those with no culinary background. The program provides students with an overview of historical events that mark the Nation's current food model, in addition to alternative methods for altering this model and creating more sustainable foods.

Courses include concepts supporting the real food movement, which represents reeducating the individual and the community on the way food is purchased, brought to the table, and consumed. In addition, courses will cover basic nutrition, organic foods production, gardening concepts, food preparation laws and sanitation guidelines, basic principles, and preparation techniques for the cooking and baking process. The program includes a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Sustainable Food.

The total number of credits required for this degree is 60-62. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses required within the program.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Rio Salado College is a community college located in Tempe, Arizona that was originally founded in 1967 as one of the 10 Maricopa County community colleges. Since 1996, the school has offered online classes and, starting in 2006, a majority of the courses have been transferred online. The school is recognized as a leader in Higher Education with specialization in distance learning and online education. Part of the mission of Rio Salado is to aim to transform the experience of learning through offering students choice, access, and flexibility; customized high quality learning designs; and personalized services and organizational responsiveness.

    RSC offers online programs, certificates, academic certificates, and associate's degrees. Online education is one of the most prominent academic programs at the college. 

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