With an individualized program (IP) in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, you have the unique opportunity to customize your education and tailor it to a set of special interests.
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A study of general principles, including laws of definite and multiple proportions, stoichiometry, gases, electronic structure, chemical bonding, periodic relationships, oxidation-reduction, chemical equilibrium and acids/ bases. Not open to students who have already completed both CHE 105 and CHE 107. Not recommended for students seeking careers in science, engineering, medicine, pharmacy or dentistry for which the recommended sequence is CHE 105/107
An introductory course requiring critical analysis of the major social, economic, political and scientific issues in agriculture and related disciplines. The historical development of agriculture will be surveyed, followed by discussions of major issues related to agriculture, food and environment. Development of skills in information gathering, critical analysis of issues, and written and oral communication will be emphasized. Satisfies the U.S. Citizenship area of UK Core. Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.
Introduction to the environmental, economic and cultural components of sustainable food production and distribution in local and regional food systems. The definition, emergence, and growth of sustainable agriculture are discussed along with pertinent soil, crop, and livestock management practices. Emphasis is placed on holistic analyses of current issues in agriculture and food systems from environmental, profitability, and social justice perspectives.
Formally a continuation of CHE 104, a study of selected aspects of inorganic, organic, and biochemistry including the chemistry of metals and nonmetals, basic organic functional groups, proteins, nucleic acids, and lipids. Not recommended for students seeking careers in medicine, pharmacy, science, dentistry, and engineering for which the recommended sequence is CHE 105/107
The goal of this course is to help students develop or refine their statistical literacy skills. Both the informal activity of human inference arising from statistical constructs, as well as the moral formal perspectives on statistical inference found in confidence intervals and hypothesis tests are studied. Throughout, the emphasis is on understanding what distinguishes good and bad inferential reasoning in the practical world around us.
BIO 148 introduces the student to the biological mechanisms operating at the molecular, cellular, and population level that contribute to the origin, maintenance, and evolution of biodiversity including the origins and history of the evolutionary process. Course material is presented within a phylogenetic context, emphasizing the shared history of all living organisms on earth through common ancestry. The first semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and BIO 152).
The study of the allocation of scarce resources from the viewpoint of individual economic units. Topics include household and firm behavior, competitive pricing of goods and resources, and monopoly power.
Study of the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils and how these properties relate to plant nutrient availability and plant growth, land- use planning and management issues, and soil and water quality issues. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours.
Examines cultural dimensions within the concept of sustainability through a close reading of texts addressing the relationship between people and nature. The application of cultural constructs used by individuals and societies in experiencing, interpreting and impacting the natural world are studied. Insights and observations of noted writers on environmental issues are discussed in relation to the interdependence between individuals, civilizations, and nature. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.
Analysis of the market's role in determining prices and coordinating productive activities in the food and agricultural systems.
The second semester of an integrated one-year sequence (BIO 148 and 152) that is designed to develop understanding and appreciation for the biocomplexity of multicellular eukaryotes, with emphasis on animals and terrestrial plants. Structure and function relationships will be explored at many levels of organization.
An elementary study of the principles of nutrition and the application of these principles to providing adequate nutrition to humans. The chemical and physiological approach to nutrition is emphasized.
A comprehensive study of economic principles and management tools useful in farm and agribusiness decision making. Utilizes a systems approach to the planning, implementation and control of the agricultural business. Specific attention to application of management and decision theory, economic principles used in decision making, and risk management strategies. Emphasis on planning the future course of the business, acquiring and managing the necessary resources, and establishing physical and financial control over the business. Lab incorporates microeconomic applications of management principles developed in lectures. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours per week.
In-depth analysis of the underlying principles of plant production systems. Successful strategies, based on application of the principles developed by lecture and laboratory activities, will be discussed in either agronomic or horticultural contexts. Special attention will be given to minimizing the the environmental impact of the plant production techniques employed. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours per week.
A sociological study of the inter-relationship between human societies and the natural environment. Topics may include population growth; food systems; energy; climate change; risk perception; disasters; sustainability; social movements; and environmental justice.
A broad survey of animal agricultural management cov- ering cattle, horses, poultry, swine, sheep and goats. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of scientific disciplines including anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction and genetics. For nonmajors only.
Provides students with hands-on experience operating an organic community supported agriculture produce farm and marketing its harvest in the local community. Students receive training across the full range of production and marketing activities under the guidance of the Course Coordinator and the professional staff of the farm management team.
Economic analysis of the problems of assuring resource availability and environmental quality. Theoretical concepts and empirical tools for evaluating resource and environmental policy.
Examination of the complex scientific and social issues involving sustainable agriculture systems. Intensive experience in critical analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data will be provided, and students will consider substantive ethical issues and global themes. Students will evaluate the sustainability of different world agricultural systems and consider the potential implications.
The curriculum of this program offers both a strong, diverse core of entomological courses and the flexibility to make each student's experience unique through individualized research experiences, and selection of specialized coursework from other disciplines (agriculture sciences, biology, and chemisty). Because of the small size of this program, students will have many opportunities to develop one-on-one interactions with faculty and graduate students. All students conduct independent research under a faculty mentor. Most students have part-time employment opportunities in laboratories that allow their entomological skills to grow.
Agronomists impact lives every day. They produce and use plants for food, fiber, forage, fuel, and to enhance the human environment. They promote conservation of our soil and water resources and all related services. Choosing to study agronomy is more than farming. Whether you are interested in agriculture, pure science or even business, agronomy offers you the opportunity to pursue a career that will impact the planet.
In sustainable agriculture, students have the opportunity to:
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