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Agricultural Life Science Courses & Syllabi


Undergraduate Courses & Syllabi
ALS 3133: Agricultural and Environmental Quality
Analysis of effects of agriculture on environmental quality; emphasis on agricultural wastes and practices; potential for using agricultural systems for disposal of other wastes; effects of pollution on the agricultural environment. (P)

Fall 2014 Syllabus: Dr. George Hochmuth, Section 9685 (PDF)
Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Susan Curry, Section 0979 (PDF)
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Susan Curry, Section 9685 (PDF)
ALS 3153: Agricultural Ecology
An introduction to the study of ecology from an agricultural perspective. Ecological principles are emphasized, with examples and applications from agriculture.

Fall 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Jennifer Weeks, Section 12GG (PDF)
ALS 3203: PC Use in Agriculture
Introduction to PC computer skills, file management, software application, hardware, purchasing one's own PC system. Focus is on the use of computers for preparing documents and presentations.

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Jennifer Weeks, Sections 0191, 02A0, 02A5 (PDF)
Fall 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Jennifer Weeks, Section 12GH (PDF)
ALS 3923: Honors Orientation
The course will orient students to the CALS honors program and develop the skills needed to complete a creative, scholarly project and an honors thesis. A variety of guest speakers, in-class and outside activities, discussion, writing and oral presentation are used to accomplish the learning objectives.

Fall 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Erica Goss, Section 7738 (PDF)
Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Erica Goss, Section 094A (PDF)
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Erica Goss, Section 7738 (PDF)
ALS 4932: Humanity's 2050 Challenge: Our uncertain future
This is an introductory course intended to explore current issues in human sustainability. Throughout the semester you will be exposed to cutting edge topics in areas related to the food, environment, health, economic and social systems, and how these are all complex and overlapping.

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Teri Balser, Section 01B3 (PDF)
Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Tony Andenoro, Dr. Dana Bigham, Section 01B3 (PDF)
ALS 4932: Challenge 2050: Tools to Change the World
Experiential-learning techniques will be used to advance the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills of students in their efforts to determine how to best feed a world population of 9 billion people by the year 2050.

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Jennifer Clark, Dr. Monika Oli, Dr, Wendell Porter, Section 1H20 (PDF)

ALS 4932: Mentoring the Scientific Process
The purpose of this course is to expose students, who have a background in science, to the research process. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the research process by designing and completing an individual science research project and mentoring underserved middle-school students who are working on a science fair project.

Fall 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Bobbi Langkamp-Henken, Section 1H86 (PDF)
Fall 2015 Syllabus: Dr. Bobbi Langkamp-Henken, Section 1H86 (PDF)

ALS 4932: Plant Communities in the Florida Panhandle
This course will guide students through Florida's natural communities utilizing the community descriptions of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (2010) and narrated Power Points in Sakai. Lectures will cover community structure, indicator species, soils and hydrology as well as fire ecology and other important ecological processes.

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Debbie Miller, Dr. Mack Thetford, Section 01HG (PDF)
ALS 4936: CALS Leadership Institute Seminar 1
Discussion-based seminar provides an introduction to leadership studies and personal leadership development. Exploration of personal leadership characteristics through various assessments and the development of a personal leadership development plan.

Spring 2017 Syllabus: Natalie Coers (PDF)
ALS 4937: CALS Leadership Institute Seminar 2
Discussion-based seminar provides an introduction to group and organizational leadership in local and global contexts. Personal assessment of strengths and further application of developed personal leadership plan to a global vision are included.

Fall 2016 Syllabus: Natalie Coers, Section 1B62 (PDF)
ALS 4938 CALS Leadership Institute International Service and Learning Experience
This seminar focuses on an international service and learning experience as a context for application of course content previously covered in the program. A compilation of documentation supporting leadership growth and reflection serve as closure to leadership institute.

Spring 2017 Syllabus: Natalie Coers, Section 14AC (PDF)
Graduate Courses & Syllabi
ALS 5932: Plant Communities in the Florida Panhandle
This course will guide students through Florida's natural communities utilizing the community descriptions of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (2010) and narrated Power Points in Sakai. Lectures will cover community structure, indicator species, soils and hydrology as well as fire ecology and other important ecological processes.

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Debbie Miller, Dr. Mack Thetford, Section 01H0 (PDF)
ALS 5932: Methods in Plant Health Management
This course will explore research methods including experimental design, analysis, interpretation, and presentation. And it will also explore the use of statistics to describe and make inferences from data though the discussion of theory, examining case studies, and by gaining experience with statistical tools.The course will focus on providing students an introduction to the tools and techniques used to conduct research across the agricultural disciplines in both basic and applied environments.

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Jennifer Weeks, Section 1G44 (PDF)
ALS 6046: Grant Writing
Preparation, submission, and management of competitive grants, including operations of national review panels and finding sources of extramural funding.

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Jaret Daniels, Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, Section 0128 (PDF)
ALS 6921: Colloquium on Plant Pests of Regulatory Significance
On-going colloquium series involving information on important emerging plant pests.

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Amanda Hodges, Section 14DB (PDF)
ALS 6925: Integrated Plant Medicine
Review and synthesis of the principles of plant-problem prevention, diagnosis, and management.

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Amanda Hodges, Section 5129 (PDF)
ALS 6931: Plant Medicine Program Seminar
On-going seminar series involving presentations on plant-health management.

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Amanda Hodges, Sections 5118, 7889 (PDF)
ALS 6942: Principles of Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management
Plant pest risk estimation and how mitigation strategies are developed and implemented.

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Todd Dutton, Dr. Amanda Hodges, Section 14BH (PDF)
BCH 5045: Graduate Survey of Biochemistry
Introduction to plant, animal, and microbial biochemistry for graduate students who have not had biochemistry. Integration and regulation of biochemical processes stressed; limited discussion of some biochemical techniques.

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Charlie Guy, All Sections
Ag and bio students at Okeechobee Field Lab

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