Systems of food production shape our world. They impact the climate, habitat biodiversity, energy consumption, water quality/availability and our health. By pursuing the sustainable food systems emphasis, you'll learn a variety of approaches to working within diverse landscapes, from procedures for increasing urban food yields to methods for maintaining soil integrity in rural crop production.
You'll have opportunities to participate in internships with NIU's Communiversity Gardens and the Department of Biological Sciences greenhouse, as well as nonprofits and other organizations. Potential internship sites include:
With our many active faculty labs, you'll have several options to participate in research on food security and justice. In addition, food systems innovation is one of the research areas prioritized by the Northern Illinois Center for Community Sustainability, leading to additional opportunities for you.
There are a variety of ways to get involved on campus. You can gain hands-on experience with the Huskie Food Pantry or Northern Illinois Food Bank, participate in outdoor adventures and join a variety of student organizations, such as:
When you graduate, you'll have the innovative knowledge and advocacy skills needed to promote sustainable food production methods. Some jobs you could have include: