ENTOM 4730

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

Analysis of the ecological processes operating in agricultural systems, with an emphasis on understanding relationships between agroecosystem structure and function and interactions among organisms. Examines agroecological theory and research through readings and discussions. The first part of this course emphasizes understanding biogeochemical processes, population and community ecology with emphasis on plant-herbivore and plant-microbial interactions, and evolutionary processes in agroecosystems. The latter part focuses on the application of ecological knowledge to the design and management of multifunctional agroecosystems and comparative analysis of frameworks used to assess sustainability.

When Offered Fall.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: 30 students.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: BIOEE 1610 or permission of instructors.

Distribution Category (OPHLS-AG)
Course Attribute (CU-SBY)

Comments During first six weeks of class, Thurs. meetings may run until 5:30 p.m. because of field trips. Field trips to local farms and case studies from both the tropics and the temperate zone are used to illustrate important concepts.

Outcomes
  • Through field trips, problem-solving, case studies and other active learning approaches this class will provide students with opportunities to apply ecological concepts to agricultural systems.
  • We will develop a working knowledge of agroecology including population, community, evolutionary and ecosystem principles and processes as well as more recent concepts about interactions across social and ecological systems.
  • We will learn about the history of agricultural intensification and the diverse approaches to meeting the challenge of achieving sustainability.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: PLHRT 4730

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4517ENTOM 4730  LEC 001

  • During first six weeks of class, Thurs. meetings may run as late as 5:30 p.m. because of field trips. Field trips to local farms and case studies from both the tropics and the temperate zone are used to illustrate important concepts.

  •  4518ENTOM 4730  DIS 201