PLSCS 4500

PLSCS 4500

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

Students will study the managed decomposition of organic matter. Through discussion and hands on activities, we will explore the basics of the composting process, nutrient cycling and recycling as well as methods used to teach these concepts to a wide variety of audiences. The main aim of this subject is for students to understand the underlying biology and chemistry of the composting process and the resulting environmental, health and economic benefits of recycling organic residuals in real world situations. Emphasis will be placed on the applied aspects of composting, empowering students to become leaders in the community on compost education. Students will also be expected to apply the lessons learned through volunteer work each week and participate in community events where composing education will occur.

When Offered Spring.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

  • Assess, understand, apply and teach concepts in ecology, microbiology, biology and biochemistry as they relate to the study of composting organic residuals.
  • Prepare and evaluate composting processes and systems.
  • Disseminate information in informal educational situations to a wide range of audiences.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 2 Credits Sat/Unsat

  •  3635PLSCS 4500  LEC 001

    • R
    • Jan 21 - May 5, 2020
    • Bonhotal, J

      Michaelides, A

      Thies, J

  • Instruction Mode: Hybrid - Online & In Person
    Junior, Senior or Graduate Student standing. Class held at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue. Admission to this class requires that you complete an application and an interview. If you are selected to participate, then you will be provided the permission code needed to register. Email Janice Thies for more information at