BIOL 422 Spring 2015 Ecology of Sustainable Agriculture

Cross Listed as ENVI422
A seminar / field course investigating patterns, processes, and concepts of stability in human-dominated, food production ecosystems. As a capstone course, the course will draw upon the experiences that students have had in biology and environmental studies courses. Topics will include: the relationships among diversity, ecosystem function, sustainability, resilience, and stability of food production and distribution systems, nutrient pools and processing in human dominated ecosystems. Two extensive field trips will be taken to agricultural operations in the region. Each student will present a seminar on a topic requiring extensive reading of primary resources and is responsible for leading the discussion that ensues. Reading question paper assignments will be due prior to the seminar. Criticism paper assignments will be made at approximately bi-weekly intervals and due two days after the seminar to which they relate.
Class Format: seminar; two 75 minute sessions per week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on writing assignments, seminar presentation, and course participation
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Prerequisites: BIOL/ENVI 203 or BIOL 302 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: open to juniors and seniors
Department Notes: Satisfies the distribution requirement in the major; the ENVS biology track; the Natural World distributional requirement of the Environmental Studies program
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives,ENVS Group EB-A Electives,PHLH Nutrition and Food Security
Enrollment Limit: 16
Expected Enrollment: 16
Class Number: 3370
BIOL 422 - 01 (S) SEM Sustainable Agricultural Ecolo Division 3: Science and Mathematics Henry W. Art
MWF 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Biology 202 3370
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