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 SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
MATH-1103Applied Mathematics2.002.003.00$182.00
AG-1100Introduction to Agroecology0.001.000.50$200.00
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$80.00
GEOL-1105Introduction to Soils2.002.003.00$160.00
WLM-2204Wetland Ecology and Management0.004.002.00$165.00
BIOS-1101Environmental Science3.000.003.00$40.00
Complete 1 of the following 2 groups
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
CHEM-1131Environmental Chemistry1.503.003.00$100.00
BIOS-1120LBotany Lab0.002.001.00$55.00
WLM-2203Environmental Ethics2.002.003.00$50.00
EQSI-1130Farm Equipment and Maintenance0.002.001.00$235.00
CHEM-1131Environmental Chemistry1.503.003.00$100.00
WLM-2203Environmental Ethics2.002.003.00$50.00
EQSI-1130Farm Equipment and Maintenance0.002.001.00$235.00
COURSE NO.THIRD SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
FOR-1131Forest Entomology and Pathology0.503.002.00$100.00
AG-1230Indoor Crop Production I1.001.001.50$175.00
AG-1240Outdoor Crop Production I1.001.001.50$175.00
AG-1310Irrigation and Water Treatment1.002.002.00$130.00
AG-1350Agroecology Entrepreneurship3.000.003.00$30.00
ECO-2185Sustainable Resource Area Management1.004.003.00$220.00
***Sustainable Agriculture Elective0.000.002.00
COURSE NO.FOURTH SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
AG-2101Agroforestry & Perennial Agriculture1.004.003.00$150.00
AG-2230Indoor Crop Production II1.001.001.50$200.00
AG-2240Outdoor Crop Production II1.001.001.50$150.00
AG-2270Pest Management & Control0.501.001.00$180.00
AG-2430Agroecology Capstone & Practicum1.006.004.00$115.00
AG-2220Farm to Table1.002.002.00$145.00
AG-2160Animal Husbandry1.503.003.00$145.00
Complete 1 of the following 11 groups
COURSE NO.FIRST SEM ENGLISHClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
1ENGL-1510English Composition I4.000.004.00$50.00
2COMM-122Communications II3.000.003.00$15.00
COMM-123Communications III3.000.003.00$15.00
3COMM-122Communications II3.000.003.00$15.00
COMM-124Communications IV3.000.003.00$15.00
4COMM-122Communications II3.000.003.00$15.00
ENGL-1152Research Skills1.000.001.00$15.00
5COMM-122Communications II3.000.003.00$15.00
ENGL-2123English Composition II-Contemp Issues3.000.003.00$40.00
6COMM-122Communications II3.000.003.00$15.00
ENGL-2124English Composition II-Creative Writing3.000.003.00$40.00
7COMM-122Communications II3.000.003.00$15.00
ENGL-2125English Composition Ii: Music & Culture3.000.003.00$40.00
8COMM-122Communications II3.000.003.00$15.00
ENGL-2126English Composition II-Nature Readings3.000.003.00$40.00
9COMM-122Communications II3.000.003.00$15.00
ENGL-2223Business Writing3.000.003.00$40.00
10COMM-122Communications II3.000.003.00$15.00
ENGL-2225Technical Writing3.000.003.00$30.00
11ENGL-1122English Composition I3.000.003.00$50.00
ENGL-1152Research Skills1.000.001.00$15.00


Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

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