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Agroecology (AECL)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (e.g. [M2<>QB]).

1000 [CROP/BOT 2000]. Agroecology. 4. [S1<>SB, G] Introduces ecological interactions that affect food producing (agricultural) systems. Lectures and laboratory exercises study the various biological components and the science of sustainable agricultural production. Features differences between developed and developing countries. Explores crises and challenges facing agriculture and global society.

2010. Introduction to Soil Science. 3. [S3<>SE] Introduces soil ecological processes and management in terrestrial environments. Discusses interaction of soil, biological, chemical, morphological, and physical properties with land management in wildland and agricultural ecosystems. Emphasis of the course is on plant response to soil conditions. Cross listed with SOIL 2010. Prerequisite: 4 hours of chemistry. 

3030 [2030]. Ecological Web: Ecology of Plant Protection. 3. Introduces students to concurrent evolution of crop cultivation and organisms, both plant and animal, that attack them. Provides basic skills necessary to understand ecology and management of economic crop pests. Prerequisites: LIFE 1010 and AECL 1000. (Offered fall semester)

4120. Organic Food Production. 3. A complete review of the federal organic production guidelines, methods and applications for organic production facilities, alternative marketing principles, concepts of organic fertilizer use, organic pest control and concepts for using environmentally friendly methods to reduce chemical, petroleum and synthetic inputs for more sustainable crop and livestock agricultural systems. Cross listed with PLNT 4120. Prerequisite: 8 hours of LIFE and/or CHEM. (Normally offered fall semester of odd-numbered years.)

4130. Applied Remote Sensing for Agricultural Management. 3. Address principles and applications of remote sensing to crop and rangeland management.  Provides an overview of remote sensing concepts and applications pertaining to crops, shrubs and range vegetation.  In laboratory, students will learn to process remotely sensed data for mapping and monitoring crop and rangelands. Cross listed with RNEW/BOT 4130. Prerequisites: QA course and 9 credit hours in student's major field and junior/senior standing.

4190. Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants. 3. Includes the history and importance of HSMP, collection of medicinal plants in the wild, botany, chemistry, greenhouse and field production, organic production, harvesting, drying, and postharvest operations, legal aspects of HSMP and their products. Cross listed with PLNT 4190. Prerequisites: 8 hrs. LIFE and/or CHEM.

4400. Invasive Plant Ecology. 3. Ecological Impacts of invasive, non-indigenous plant species, the ecological, genetic and evolutionary hypotheses for invasiveness, as well as management strategies for invasive plant species. Dual listed with AECL 5400; cross listed with RNEW 4400. Prerequisite: LIFE 3400.

4920 [CROP 4600]. Topics in Agroecology: Research Apprenticeship. 1-2 (Max. 4). Laboratory and/or field research apprenticeship. Emphasizes individual student-faculty interactions on current topics in agroecology. Prerequisite: AECL core courses.

4930 [CROP/ENTO/SOIL 4903]. Internship in Agroecology. 1-3 (Max. 6). Provides students with realistic views of crop science, entomology or soil science through practical, as well as work-related, experiences. Provides positive educational experience to supplement formal academic course work. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or higher; 2.5 GPA.

4960 [PLPA 4000]. Agroecology Field Studies. 2. Various facets of the agroecosystem are covered by visits to agricultural research stations, agri-businesses, private farms, national monuments, historical sites and Federal Parks. Students are exposed to ongoing sustainable research projects and innovative sustainable farming operations where a variety of cropping systems are utilized. Students are usually exposed to archaeological remains of ancient American Indian farming systems. An 8 day trip. Prerequisite: AECL 1000. (Offered as needed.)

4990. Agroecology Seminar. 3. [W3<>WC] Capstone agroecology course for final integration of agroecology courses (AECL 2010, 3030, and LIFE 2023). Provides overall synthesis of these academic subjects following completion of a prescribed senior experience courses (AECL 4920 or 4930). (Offered spring semester)

5400. Invasive Plant Ecology. 3. Ecological Impacts of invasive, non-indigenous plant species, the ecological, genetic and evolutionary hypotheses for invasiveness, as well as management strategies for invasive plant species. Dual listed with AECL 4400; cross listed with RNEW 5400. Prerequisite: LIFE 3400.

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