Bachelor of Applied Science

Sustainable Community Food Systems


UH West Oʻahu’s Bachelor of Applied Science with a concentration in Sustainable Community Food Systems (BAS-SCFS) prepares students for jobs in the sustainable food and agriculture sector in Hawai‘i and beyond. The BAS-SCFS is a multi-disciplinary, experiential and applied education program about key ecological and social issues in food and agricultural systems. It incorporates problem-based and hands-on learning to develop food system professionals capable of solving real-world problems and transitioning Hawai‘i agriculture toward greater ecological sustainability and social equity. BAS-SCFS courses are offered in person at the UH West Oʻahu campus.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the BAS in Sustainable Community Food Systems (SCFS), students will demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key ecological and social issues in modern agriculture and their proximate and systemic causes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the functional role of biodiversity in provisioning globally important ecosystem services to and from agroecosystems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key socio-economic and political factors influencing ecological and social sustainability in agriculture.
  • Demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak and think critically about contemporary social and environmental issues in food and agriculture at the local, state, national and international level.
  • Demonstrate practical skills associated with diversified organic agricultural production for the Hawai‘i context.

Careers and Earning Potential

UH West Oʻahu’s Bachelor of Applied Science with a concentration in Sustainable Community Food Systems (BAS-SCFS) prepares students for a variety of careers including natural resource management, agriculture and food policy, K-12 education, sustainable inputs and value-added food businesses, social enterprise, non-profit organization management, social work and certified organic agriculture production and research.

A job in sustainability encompasses the concept of stewardship—the responsible management of resources. Sustainability professionals seek to improve an organization’s environmental, social, and economic impact. Some have specific titles such as sustainability manager and director of corporate responsibility. Sustainability professionals in other roles may have experience as industrial managers, logistics (transportation, storage, and distribution) managers, environmental scientists, civil engineers, or recycling coordinators.

Future careers in sustainability management include:

  • Farmer, rancher and other agricultural managers: $69,300
  • Agriculture and food scientist: $58,610
  • Kindergarten through elementary school teacher: $53,090
  • High school teacher: $55,050
  • Soil and plant scientists: $58,940
  • Environmental scientists and specialists, including health: $62,920
  • Conservation scientists: $59,930
  • Social and community service managers: $59,970
  • Food service managers: $47,960
  • Environmental engineers: $79,050

For more information on careers and earning potential, visit the Hawaiʻi Industry Sectors website.

Faculty Contact

Dr. Albie Miles
Assistant Professor
(808) 689-2376

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