Agroecology


2005-2007 Catalog

The following courses are required for all Agronomy students graduating in the Agroecology Option. This option provides the scientific foundation for understanding and managing agricultural systems with ecological and environmental perspectives. Students may pursue graduate study or careers in sustainable agriculture, including advising farmers on alternatives or monitoring conservations plans for federal or state environmental agencies.

AGRONOMIC SCIENCES (30.5 credits) Credit Term
AGRON 105: Leadership Experience R F, S, SS
AGRON 110: Prof. Dev. in Agronomy: Orientation 0.5(1-0) F
AGRON 114: Principles of Agronomy 3(2-3 to 4) F, S
AGRON 154: Fundamentals of Soil Science 3(2-2 to 4) F, S
AGRON 206: Introduction to Meteorology 3(3-0) F, S
AGRON 210: Prof. Dev. in Agronomy: Career Planning 1(1-0) F, S
AGRON 230: Crop Structure-Function Relationships 3(3-0) F, S
AGRON 310: Prof. Dev. in Agronomy: Internship R F, S, SS
AGRON 354: Soils and Plant Growth 3(3-0) F, S
AGRON 354L: Soils and Plant Growth Laboratory 1(0-3) F, S
AGRON 392: Systems Analysis in Crop and Soil Mgt 3(2-3) F, S
AGRON 410: Prof. Dev. in Agronomy: Senior Forum 1(1-0) F, S
AGRON 450: Issues in Sustainable Agriculture 3(3-0) F
AGRON 497: Agroecology Summer Field Course 3 SS

Plus 3 elective Credits to be chosen in Agronomy with no more than 2 Credits total from Agron 331, 370, 490, 491, and 496 allowed to meet the 3-Credit requirement and Agron 320 will only be used as a biological requirement. (A minimum of 15 Credits in Agronomy must be earned at Iowa State.)



ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS (6 credits) Credit Term
ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics 3(3-0) F, S, SS
ENV S 380: Environmental & Resource Economics <3(3-0) F, S


NATURAL SCIENCES (18-22 credits) Credit Term
BIOL 211: Principles of Biology I 3(3-0) F, S
BIOL 211L: Principles of Biology Laboratory 1(0-3) F, S
BIOL 212: Principles of Biology II 3(3-0) F, S
BIOL 212L: Principles of Biology Laboratory 1(0-3) F, S
BIOL 312: Ecology 3(2-3) F, SS

Select at least 3 of the following courses:

AGRON 320: Genetics, Agriculture, and Biotechnology 3(3-0) F, S
AGRON 360: Environmental Soil Science 3(2-3) S
AGRON 402: Watershed Hydrology and Surficial Processes> 4(3-3) F, SS
BIOL 474: Plant Ecology 3(3-0) S, SS
ENSCI 403: Environmental Biogeochemistry 4(3-2) S
ENT 376: Fundamentals of Entomology & Pest Management 3(2-3) F, S
HORT 424: Sustainable/Environmental Horticulture Systems 2(2-0) F
MICRO 201: General Microbiology 2(2-0) F, S
Pl P 408: Principles of Plant Pathology 3(2-3) F


COMMUNICATIONS (12.5 credits) Credit Term
ENGL 104: First-Year Composition I 3(3-0) F, S, SS
ENGL 105: First-Year Composition II 3(3-0) F, S, SS
LIB 160: Library Instruction 0.5(1-0) F, S
SP CM 212: Fundamentals of Public Speaking
OR
AG EDS 311: Presentation & Sales Strategies for Agricultural Audiences
3(3-0)

3(3-0)
F, S, SS

F, S
ENGLISH 309: Report and Proposal Writing
OR
ENGLISH 314: Technical Communication
3(3-0)

3(3-0)
F, S, SS

F, S, SS


HUMANITIES, ETHICS, AND SOCIAL SCIENCE (15 credits) Credit Term
SOC 130: Rural Institutions and Organizations 3(3-0) F, S
SOC 325: Agriculture in Transition 3(3-0) S

Three Credits each in U.S. diversity, international perspectives, and humanities (all courses must be from approved lists).



MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (6 credits) Credit Term
MATH 140: College Algebra 3(3-1) F, S, SS
STAT 104: Introduction to Statistics 3(2-2) F, S, SS

Demonstration of computer proficiency or take a course in Computer Science (See adviser for procedures to meet requirement).



PHYSICAL SCIENCES (15-16 credits) Credit Term
CHEM 163 & 163L: General Chemistry & Laboratory 5(4-3) F, S, SS
CHEM 231 & 231L: Elementary Organic Chem. & Lab
OR
BBMB 221: Structure and Reactions in Biochemical Processes
4(3-3)

3(3-0)
F, S, SS

 F, S
GEOL 100: The Earth 3(3-0) F, S, SS
PHYS 106: The Physics of Common Experience
OR
PHYS 111: General Physics
4(4-2)

4(4-2)
F, S

F, S, SS


ELECTIVE CREDITS (20-25 credits)

128 total Credits required for graduation