BIOL 422
Ecology of Sustainable Agriculture Spring 2015
Division III
Cross-listed ENVI 422 / BIOL 422
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar; two 75 minute sessions per week
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 3370
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on writing assignments, seminar presentation, and course participation
Prerequisites: BIOL/ENVI 203 or BIOL 302 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: open to juniors and seniors
Unit Notes: Satisfies the distribution requirement in the major; the ENVS biology track; the Natural World distributional requirement of the Environmental Studies program
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 422 Division III BIOL 422 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
ENVS Group EB-A Electives
PHLH Nutrition,Food Security+Environmental Health

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