Life Sciences - Sustainable Agriculture - Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will gain an understanding of the current social, economic and technical challenges and opportunities in sustainable food production.
  2. Develop an appreciation for the impacts of agricultural on natural resources, energy, environment, and climate change and some solutions for these issues.
  3. Understand and apply scientific concepts and practices based on the scientific method and laboratory methods.
  4. Become familiar with diverse field, nursery, and processing equipment, sampling techniques, and related data compilation and analysis.
  5. Understand the scientific principles regarding soil physics, chemistry, and biology as it relates to fertility management, plant health, and food quality.
  6. Develop a sound understanding of fundamental plant science, including taxonomy, physiology, plant propagation and horticultural practices as it applies to sustainable production.
  7. Become familiar with crop protection using cultural, biological, and organic practices to prevent and manage weeds, diseases, and pests.
  8. Learn how to effectively plan agricultural production and rotation systems, maintain and use records, crop enterprise budgets for decision making in agricultural production and marketing.
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