SRS502: Agricultural Science, Practice & Policy

This course will investigate agricultural systems and allow students to define sustainable agriculture.

This course will investigate agricultural systems and allow students to define sustainable agriculture. Scientific topics such as conventional versus organic systems, closed-loop food production, soil science, nitrogen cycles, and plant physiology will be explored. In addition, the course will seek to explore the question of why agriculture is important. This will give students the chance to explore relevant topics in policy and economics such as farm subsidies, farm trusts, agricultural easements, agrotechnology and global food issues. Emphasis will be placed on experiential and service learning. The course also intends to connect students to local agriculture and agricultural research at nearby universities. This course meets during a reserve format in order to create a double-format meeting time for weekly labs.