Land, Farming and Community Course Descriptions

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The following courses are required for the LAND major:

HIST 171: U.S. Environmental History

This survey of the history of the United States focuses on the interaction between human societies and the non-human natural world. It covers many of the traditional topics in American history including the clash of cultures in the colonial era, the Revolution and its aftermath, commercial and geographic expansion, and the Civil War, but always with an emphasis on the role of the environment in shaping human action and interaction. Themes will include changing and conflicting ideas about nature, the role of natural wealth in the development of American civilization, environmental factors in regional development, and the various forms of exploitation of human and natural resources.

HIST 172: U.S. Environmental History 2

This survey of the history of the United States focuses on the interaction between human societies and the non-human natural world. It covers many of the traditional topics in American history, including urban industrialization, the age of reform from the Progressive era through the New Deal, and the rise to world power but always with an emphasis on the role of the environment in shaping human action and interaction. Themes will include changing and conflicting ideas about nature, the environmental implications of urbanization and suburbanization, the intensification of the exploitation of human and natural resources here and abroad, and the emergence and development of environmental movements.

BIOL 160/161: General Biology I

Principles of molecular, cellular, and organismal biology, emphasizing the physiology of vertebrates. Introductory course for BIOL, NATS, MEDT, APBI majors. Preparation for most 200 level courses, including botany and entomology. Laboratory exercises demonstrating the principles of cellular biology, genetics, and vertebrate systems.

BIOL 163/164: General Biology II

Topics in taxonomy, evolution, animal behavior, and ecology. Preparation for most 200 level courses. Laboratory exercises and field trips demonstrating the principles of evolution, animal behavior, and ecology, with emphasis on scientific writing.

BIOL XXX: Agroecology I & II

This course will examine the various ways that biological, chemical, and human systems influence agriculture. Agroecology is a whole-systems approach to agriculture and food systems development based on traditional knowledge, alternative agriculture, and local food system experiences.  

ACCT 200: Introductory Financial Accounting

A foundation course that provides an introduction to fundamental concepts and to financial statements.

BIOL 250/251: Ecology

The relationships between organisms and their living and non-living environments. Laboratory and field exercises to illustrate ecological principles. Local aquatic and terrestrial habitats are investigated. 

ECON 200: Microeconomic Principles

Principles governing the efficient allocation of the nation's scarce resources. Economic behavior of consumers, producers, and resource owners. 

HIST 2XX: History of Agriculture

The course begins with a consideration scavenging, gathering and hunting, exploring the social, economic and environmental implications of these practices. Then the course considers the long, slow, difficult, and varied processes of developing agriculture and the keeping of livestock in different areas of the world and the attendant social, economic and environmental implications. The course explores biologist A. Duncan Brown's contention that agriculture has been the most powerful biological event of recent times.

THEO 2XX: Theology and Agriculture

This course will examine the interface of theology/religion and the practice of agriculture. We will focus on several key historical periods and developments, the biblical era, the Christian/Jewish schism, the emergence of monasticism, Catholic and Protestant colonization of the Americas, to build a historical context for an ethical and theological consideration of the relationship between Christianity and agriculture in the United States today.

EDUC 2XX: Educating for Place

This course explores place-based education as a mechanism for educating citizens to have a direct bearing on the well-being of the places they inhabit. We will consider the moral imperative to provide a holistic education for children, examples of schools that are using place-based education as a foundation for their curriculum, and the role that food and growing food plays in such curricula.

ECON 320: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

A survey of basic concepts and models in the related fields of natural resources economics, environmental economics, and ecological economics.  Students will relate economic decision-making to environmental quality and human well-being (now and in the future), and will contrast questions of efficiency with questions of distribution, equity, and scale.

ENTR 311: New Venture Planning

Identification and screening of business opportunities; analysis of personal, marketing, financial, and operational factors for start-ups; writing a business plan.

BIOL 210/211: General Botany

The morphology, physiology, and reproduction of representatives of each plant division are studied with emphasis on the seed plants. Observations of living and preserved plants, experimentation, and field trips to illustrate structure and life processes in various plant groups.

BIOL 270: Introduction to Entomology

Introduction to the taxonomy, morphology, physiology, behavior, ecology, and evolution of insects and related arthropods.

ECON 3XX: Environment, Economics & Policy

Students will analyze and extend the basic concepts and models learned in previous courses, and apply these to policy questions concerning economics and the environment.  Applications will involve project work, with reference to a particular natural resource or ecosystem service

UNST XXX: Land, Farming and Community Practicum

This is a fieldwork placement. Hours and type of work will vary depending on the site and the semester but will range from 20-30 hours/week and will include a wide variety of agricultural work, including but not limited to, planting, weeding, harvesting, composting, tilling and preparing beds, putting planting beds to rest, cover cropping, distribution, marketing, and planning and preparing for another growing season.

UNST XXX: Land, Farming and Community Capstone

This is a discussion-based course, drawing on the practicum work that students are engaged in and readings and course work from previous semesters. Each course will end with a paper or project that establishes a preferred, revised or new method for agricultural production or policy.