ENVI 422
Ecology of Sustainable Agriculture Fall 2018
Division III
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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, 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: Type: seminar; two 75 minute sessions per week
Limit: 16
Expected: 12
Class#: 1332
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on writing assignments, seminar presentation, and course participation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: BIOL/ENVI 203 or BIOL 302 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: senior Biology and Environmental Studies Majors and Environmental Studies Concentrators; then Junior majors/concentrators, then seniors, then juniors
Unit Notes: Satisfies the distribution requirement in Biology; the ENVS biology track; the Natural World distributional requirement of the Environmental Studies program
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
PHLH Nutrition,Food Security+Environmental Health

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