The 18-credit Civic Agriculture and Life Sciences Pathways minor has four required Agriculture and Life Sciences courses (3 credits). Students select the remaining six credits from a list of cross-disciplinary College of Agriculture and Life Sciences departmental courses that complement the minor and have departmental support. The required courses are structured in a step-wise fashion to prepare a senior for a culminating experiential capstone course.
ALS 2204 Introduction to Civic Agriculture
Introduction to the economic, social, and ecological foundations of civic agriculture. Topics include industrialization, localized food systems, and citizen participation in civic agriculture. Emphasis will be given to a range of civic agriculture models, strategies, and hands-on approaches to establish, retain, and strengthen community-based food and agriculture systems. (3H, 3C) Pathways Concepts: Advanced Discourse, and Intercultural and Global Awareness.
ALS 3404 Ecological Agriculture: Theory and Practice
This course examines the ecological foundations of sustainable agriculture practice. It surveys the principles of ecology in the context of civic agriculture and food systems. It includes an overview of sustainable agriculture practices both historic and modern. Pre: 2204 (2H, 1L, 3C) Pathways Concepts: Reasoning in the Natural Sciences, and Ethical Reasoning.
ALS 4204 Concepts in Community Food Systems
Examination of the economic, political, social, and cultural issues related to community food systems and agricultural practices. Topics include local and regional food systems development, food production and biotechnology, food sovereignty and security, and population and environmental health. Analyze models, strategies, and policies of national food systems. Pre: 2204 (3H, 3C) Pathways Concepts: Reasoning in the Social Sciences, and Intercultural and Global Awareness.
ALS 4214 Capstone: Civic Agriculture and Food Systems
Multidisciplinary, experiential community-based course focusing on civic agriculture-food systems. Working in partnership with community stakeholders, students propose viable solutions to real world issues revolving around civic agriculture and food systems. Students will connect with communities locally, regionally or globally. Pre: 2204, 3404, 4204 (3H, 3C) Pathways Concepts: Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts, and Ethical Reasoning.
For more information, please visit the Undergraduate Course Catalog and Academic PoliciesH = classroom hours; L = lab hours; C = credit hours
CAFS Required Courses Resources
- Minor Checksheets
- Undergraduate Course Catalog and Academic Policies