BIOL 422 Spring 2013 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. Several 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. Position paper assignments will be made at bi-weekly intervals and due prior to the seminar to which they relate, and periodic synthesis paper assignments will tie together various topic elements.
Class Format: seminar, three hours per week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on writing assignments, seminar presentation, and course participation
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Prerequisites: Biology 203 or Biology 302 or Environmental Studies 203 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: open to juniors and seniors
Department Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement in the Biology 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 Environmental Biology Upper Level Electives
Enrollment Limit: 16
Expected Enrollment: 16
Class Number: 3160
BIOL422-01(S) SEM Sustainable Agricultural Ecolo Division 3: Science and Mathematics Henry W. Art
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Biology 103A 3160
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