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AG130G-NS Fundamental of Horticulture (4) A study of the fundamental of horticulture, emphasis on plant physiology, plant propagation, vegetable, flow, and fruit production as well as basic marketing functions. The laboratories will involve exploring the scientific method through experiment in plant propagation, seed germination as well as production of vegetables and flowers. Laboratory. [Skill: T]

AG330 Foundations of Soil Science (4)
The basic concepts and components of soils will be examined in this course. How these principles relate to plant growth and human existence is of importance for society. The principles and practices of soil and water conservation, methods and technologies used in conservation and management of natural resources will be studied. Laboratory introduces students to analysis of soils and soil classification as well as a demonstration of RUSLE. Laboratory. Prerequisite: AG130G-NS or AG131; CH230 recommended.

AG132 Principles of Crop and Animal Sciences I (4) A systems approach to animal and crop production. Focuses on activities, which occur in the production cycle during the fall of the year. Topics include silage production, poultry production, sheep breeding, equipment maintenance, corn and soybean harvesting, and fall tillage techniques. Emphasis is given to appropriate stewardship of natural resources. Laboratory.

AG133 Principles of Crop and Animal Sciences II (4)
A systems approach to animal and crop production. Focuses on activities which occur in the production cycle during the spring of the year. Topics include forage establishment, corn and soybean selection and establishment, weed control, lambing, and livestock selection and evaluation. Emphasis is given to appropriate stewardship and sustainability of crop, animal, and natural resources. Laboratory.

AG350 Topics in Agriculture (must be an approve Sustainability topic) (2) Provides an opportunity for advanced study in various fields of agriculture. Possible topics include: farm and building design, biotechnology, global positioning and the impact on agriculture, animal health and care, and food security. Topics will be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisite: AG130G-NS or AG131and junior or senior standing.

AG460 Agricultural Policy (2) Economic analysis of U.S. food and agricultural policy, international trade, domestic and foreign food assistance, rural development, technological change, and emerging issues in energy, land, and water use. This course focuses on the political aspects of agriculture. [Skill: T] Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

AG470 Internship (focus on Sustainability) (1-4) A student initiated, designed, and executed occupational learning experience. On-the-job work experiences are integrated with educational objectives to give students an opportunity to broaden their learning experiences. Scope is as broad as student’s imagination. Co-op arrangements are eligible for this credit. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or instructor permission.

EC338G-SS Comparative Economic Systems (4) A review of several configurations of political economy ranging from laissez-faire capitalism to socialism to communism. The course will emphasize the historical and philosophical aspects of how various societies and times have attempted to address the basic economic questions such as; what to produce, by whom, and for whom. How do and how have actual as well as theoretical configurations of political economy addressed issues such as poverty, social justice, value, and wealth? Theoretical system types will be critically evaluated using the criteria of efficiency, justice, and liberty. Actual national economics will be examined and placed in a theoretical spectrum. [Skills: T,W] Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

EN233 Literature of Rural Life and the Environment (4) This course will increase student awareness of environmental issues and literary analysis by examining literature depicting agriculture, rural life, nature, and/or environmentalism. Emphasis will be placed on developing skill in analytical writing about literature. [Skills: T,W] Prerequisite: EN101 or EN103H.

PS337G-SS Global Politics of Food (4) How can one billion of earth's people be hungry at that same time that one billion people are obese? Who influences what food you eat and the price you pay for it? This course will answer these and many other questions by examining the global politics of food and the power dynamics between key actors such as countries, global corporations, international government organizations, nongovernmental organizations, communities, and individuals. Alternative models of food policies will also be explored. [Skill: T] Prerequisite: PS130, SY130, or PS234G-SS.

PS348G-SS The Political Economy of Globalization (4) This course will focus on foundational concepts in political economy and globalization. Special emphasis will be placed on the differential experience of globalization for individuals living in more developed countries and less developed ones. [Skill: W] Prerequisite: PS130, SY130, or PS234G-SS.

SY333G-SS Environmental Sociology and Communication (4) This course examines society's relationship with the environment. Students will gain a better understanding of the inherent social nature of many contemporary environmental problems, including population change, food production systems, global climate change and natural resource depletion, and how communities have mobilized to address these issues. A significant portion of the course will focus on the development of an environmental ethic. [Skill: T]

SY335 Rural Sociology (4) This course is designed to examine key dimensions of rural society throughout the United States and the world. What does it mean to be rural? Are rural people different from those who live in other areas? What are the trends that are affecting rural areas, both globally and in this country? What are some of the problems that people in rural areas must confront? Are rural areas likely to grow or to decline? This course will provide the information and analytical tools to understand rural society in a sociological context. [Skill: W]

TR330 Study/Service Trip (1 to 4 semester hours) These are group trips of one to six weeks in length, designed to produce learning through exposure to or involvement in a culture different from one's own. Some emphasize service and work others concentrate on lectures and field trips in the setting. Destinations may be international or global.