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Assessment Goals

Department of Plant Sciences

Agroecology is the science of sustainable agriculture. The goal of the Agroecology undergraduate program is to promote the adoption of more sustainable agricultural practices in the United States and abroad.

Objectives of the Agroecology undergraduate program:

  • to convey the mathematical and scientific principles relevant to agricultural practices;

  • to expose students to a diversity of agricultural principles and practices in the classroom, the student laboratory, and the field; and

  • to provide students with practical experience of agriculture through internships and hands-on coursework.

Student learning outcomes for the Agroecology undergraduate curriculum include: 

  1. Demonstrate the ability to form sound conclusions by critically evaluating empirical data associated with a rangeland, cropping system, or horticulture operation.

  2. Communicate effectively agroecology concepts to diverse audiences both verbally and in writing.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to calculate sprayer calibrations, seeding rates, chemical mixing, fertilizer applications, irrigation requirements, and/or other quantitative tasks essential for performing agricultural operations.

  4. Explain anatomical and physiological features of agronomic, rangeland, and/or horticultural plants that facilitate their ability to thrive in natural or cultivated environments.

  5. Describe specifically one example of each of how (1) biotic pests (insects, mites, diseases, weeds, wildlife), (2) cultural factors, and (3) abiotic or climatic factors affect agricultural crop production. 

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Department of Plant Sciences

Dept 3354, 1000 E University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3103

Email: plantsciences@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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