Associate of Applied Technical Studies in Agroecology
Agroecology uses the study of ecology to evaluate the productivity of agricultural systems. This includes the dynamics between technological advances, biophysical interactions, socioeconomic relationships, and the geology/geomorphology of a region. Use of local resources, conservation and preservation of the environment and efficiency (saving both money and resources) are the goal for success in farming via Agroecology. This is ideal for a small farm in areas that may suffer economically or have limited natural resources (due to over-use, difficult terrain, or small parcels of land available).
Traditional production agriculture is changing as people begin to question where the food that they eat originates, what chemicals were used, if crops have been genetically modified or if growth hormones were used. Smaller farms must be more efficient and learn to grow crops that have higher value (monetarily or in high demand) in order to compete with larger “mega” farms. Technology and interdisciplinary education can help small farmers succeed and that is the goal of this program, to provide that interdisciplinary education through technological advances to be economically and environmentally responsible and succeed. Choosing unique crops or animals, such as varieties of hops, heirloom seed varieties, organic crops, antibiotic-free livestock (goats, sheep, emu, cattle), wool (sheep, llama, alpaca), winter-hardy grapes (that can be sold to local wineries) are all examples of the interesting and profitable choices for small farming.
The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Technical Studies in Agroecology:
- Employ agroecology principles to support environmental preservation. Preventing the degradation of water, air, soil, or other natural resources.
- Apply scientific concepts and practices within the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and geology to methods of sustainable farming and farm management.
- Use technology and new research to solve complex or changing agricultural problems.
- Develop plans to survey, protect and sustain existing wildlife as well as domestic animals that may be part of the farm.
- Collect, analyze, and evaluate environmental and economical methods of farming to design successful and viable farm management plans.
Associate of Technical Study in Natural Resources Major in Agroecology
Course of Study
For students entering May 2017
|COURSE NO.||FIRST SEMESTER||Class Hours||Lab Hours||Credit Hours||Course Fee|
|AG-1100||Introduction to Agroecology||0.00||1.00||0.50||$200.00|
|GEOL-1105||Introduction to Soils||2.00||2.00||3.00||$160.00|
|WLM-2204||Wetland Ecology and Management||0.00||4.00||2.00||$165.00|
|ENGL-1510||English Composition I||4.00||0.00||4.00||$50.00|
|COURSE NO.||SECOND SEMESTER||Class Hours||Lab Hours||Credit Hours||Course Fee|
|EQSI-1130||Farm Equipment and Maintenance||0.00||2.00||1.00||$235.00|
|COURSE NO.||THIRD SEMESTER||Class Hours||Lab Hours||Credit Hours||Course Fee|
|FOR-1131||Forest Entomology and Pathology||0.50||3.00||2.00||$100.00|
|AG-1230||Indoor Crop Production I||1.00||1.00||1.50||$175.00|
|AG-1240||Outdoor Crop Production I||1.00||1.00||1.50||$175.00|
|AG-1310||Irrigation and Water Treatment||1.00||2.00||2.00||$130.00|
|ECO-2185||Sustainable Resource Area Management||1.00||4.00||3.00||$220.00|
|***||Sustainable Agriculture Elective||0.00||0.00||2.00|
|COURSE NO.||FOURTH SEMESTER||Class Hours||Lab Hours||Credit Hours||Course Fee|
|AG-2101||Agroforestry & Perennial Agriculture||1.00||4.00||3.00||$150.00|
|AG-2230||Indoor Crop Production II||1.00||1.00||1.50||$200.00|
|AG-2240||Outdoor Crop Production II||1.00||1.00||1.50||$150.00|
|AG-2270||Pest Management & Control||0.50||1.00||1.00||$180.00|
|AG-2430||Agroecology Capstone & Practicum||1.00||6.00||4.00||$115.00|
|AG-2220||Farm to Table||1.00||2.00||2.00||$145.00|
|TOTAL CREDIT HOURS:||ESTIMATED TOTAL COURSE FEES:|
Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
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