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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Agricultural and Life Sciences Undergraduate Courses & Syllabuses


 

  • ALS 2410: Challenge 2050 - Global Uncertainty

    Explores questions in human well-being and sustainability building a foundation for addressing global challenges associated with global population. Transdisciplinary experts lead diverse and innovative discussions, complex adaptive problem solving; and the integration of economic, environmental, food, health, and social system perspectives. 

    Instructor: Dr. Natalie Coers

    Syllabus: Fall 2021

  • ALS 3110: Home and Community Gardening - Collegiate Master Gardner

    The Florida Master Gardener Program trains UF/IFAS Extension volunteers to provide horticultural education to residents and communities. Students will receive training to become a Master Gardener, and learn, horticulture, Integrated Pest Management, plant pathology, and garden planning. This online class is composed of digital lectures, discussion, and hands-on activities.

    Instructor: Dr. Anna Prizzia and Wendy Wilber

    Syllabus: Fall 2021

  • ALS 3133: Agricultural and Environmental Quality

    Analysis of the effects of agriculture on environmental quality with emphasis on agricultural wastes and practices, the potential for using agricultural systems for disposal of other wastes and the effects of pollution on the agricultural environment. Topics covered include: Soil characterization and erosion/leaching, non-point source pollution, best management practices, land application of biosolids and organic wastes, bioenergy, pesticides, and wetlands.

    Instructors: Mrs. Susan Curry and Dr. Heather Enloe

    Syllabus: Spring 2021 campus

    Syllabus: Spring 2021 online

  • ALS 3153 Agricultural Ecology

    This course introduces students to agricultural systems as ecosystems governed by the same ecological processes governing natural systems. Students will learn about the ecological processes controlling soil-waterplant interactions as well as the capture and use of solar energy in the biosphere. Students will also examine biotic interactions in agricultural systems and a variety of farming practices in the context of sustainability.

    Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Weeks

    Syllabus: Spring 2021

    Syllabus: Fall 2021

  • ALS 3415: Challenge 2050 - Developing Tools for Changing the World

    By the year 2050, the global human population is projected to exceed 9 billion people. Our Challenge 2050 requires innovative development of transdisciplinary solutions to complex, global challenges. Tools are needed in order to develop effective, adaptive solutions. This course explores individual and team-based application of tools indispensable to addressing our Challenge 2050.

    Instructor: Dr. Natalie Coers

    Syllabus: Spring 2021

  • 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.

    Instructor: Dr. Erica Goss

    Syllabus: Fall 2021

  • ALS 4154 Global Agroecosystems

    This course focuses on the principles of agroecology and topics that integrate ecological with agricultural principles to optimize resource conservation, productivity, societal benefit, and profitability. There is a need for students trained broadly in agriculture, including agriculture’s role in ecology as farming systems become more complex. This context is found in the “triple bottom line” of economics, environment, and society. This course will emphasize greater understanding of this triple bottom line in agricultural production in an ecosystem context, often termed agroecology. It will focus on the global trends of increasing population and land-use pressure; diminishing soil, water, nutrient, and energy resources; concern over the negative impacts of agricultural production on the environment; and increasing awareness of the potential ecosystem service benefits from agriculture.

    Instructor: Dr. Gabriel Maltais-Landry, Dr. Chris Wilson

    Syllabus: Fall 2021

  • ALS 4161: Exotic Species and Biosecurity Issues

    This course covers astudy of U. S. policies and programs affecting agricultural biosecurity. Emphasis is on current agricultural extension and regulatory programs, and thepolicies and procedures involved in detecting and reporting non-indigenous species. Students will develop the analytical capabilities to assess the consequences of agricultural biosecurity threats. The course will explore content using narrated PowerPoint presentations, selected video clips,andassigned readings.

    Instructor: Dr. Tolulope Agunbiade

    Syllabus: Fall 2021

  • ALS 4162: Consequences of Biological Invasions/Topics of Biological Invasions

    This course provides an overview of non-native species invasions and the environmental effects of these invaders. Students will acquire a working knowledge of important global invaders and develop critical thinking skills for assessing the consequences of biological invasions. This course is oriented toward students majoring in Environmental Management or related disciplines.

    Instructor: Dr. Tolulope Agunbiade

    Syllabus: Spring 2021

  • ALS 4163 Challenges in Plant Pest Risk Assessment & Mgt

    Learners uniquely explore dynamic plant health regulatory issues through lectures, reading assignments, course discussion, class assignments, two substantial written assignments, and course exams. By the conclusion of the course, student learners will be more familiar with policies and procedures related to plant health regulation, and learners will have specifically developed their own pest risk assessment and survey and response plan. This course will also assist students in the pursuit of career opportunities related to plant pest regulation.Instructor: Dr. Amanda C. Hodges

    Syllabus: Fall 2020

  • ALS 4419: Challenge 2050 - Creating Solutions

    This course creates a capstone experience for the Global Challenge Certificate. Throughout this course, students will demonstrate and apply knowledge, skills, and dispositions in assigned transdisciplinary teams. Students will complete a comprehensive proposal for a developmental initiative focused on addressing the 2050 Challenge of sustaining a global population.

    Instructor: Dr. Matt Sowcik

    Syllabus: Fall 2021

  • ALS 4905: Individual Study

    Instructor: STAFF

    Syllabus: Students determine the work completed with the instructor based on their projects.

  • ALS 4911: Supervised Research

    Instructor: STAFF

    Syllabus: Students determine the work completed with the instructor based on their projects.

  • ALS 4914: Project Team Research: Building Skills in Agrobiology

    Did you know that more than 15 *billion* packages are shipped per year in the US right now? Many of these use Styrofoam and other materials used to insulate and protect the contents, but these materials can pollute the environment for up to a million years, creating an enormous sustainability problem. The Illuminate Group developed novel cold-chain shipping material made of wood, and we will work with our industry partner to field test its compostability.

    This course provides hands-on experience in addressing a real-world question faced by an agricultural industry partner. It guides students through the process of working in teams to develop a professional research plan, collect and analyze field research data, and present results to clients. The final project will consist of a written report and a video mini-documentary that will be submitted to the faculty instructor and shared in a group presentation to the
    industry representatives.

    This course will emphasize three main themes woven throughout the semester: 1) Research design and field research skills, 2) Composting and sustainability themes, and 3) communications and project management skills.

    Students will have weekly lectures via zoom, which will then be reinforced and applied through hands-on engagement at the Field & Fork Farm and Gardens. As the semester progresses, students will have more flexibility to organize and conduct their research independently at the farm, with regular feedback and mentoring from instructors

    Instructor: Dina Liebowitz and Anna Prizza

    Syllabus: Spring 2021

  • ALS 4915: Honors Project

    Instructor: STAFF

    Syllabus: Students determine the work completed with the guidance of their faculty mentor on their research.

  • ALS 4932: Living the Experiment- Circular Nature of the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic

    Now that the Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the globe, how can we redesign a health eco-system less vulnerable and more sustainable for all: humans, animals, plants, and the environment? This interdisciplinary course focuses on the Coronavirus pandemic and is designed for undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds and ambitions who desire to learn a systems-thinking approach to better understand this global event and how we move forward. Students will learn different social and behavioral science methods to understand the complexity of the current pandemic and learn about tools for resilience, preparedness, and management of the current pandemic as an investment for future global crises. The following areas of study will be explored to address this pressing question: anthropology, religion, history, language, economic and sociological aspects, epidemiology, the human/animal interface and zoonotic diseases, public health, health behavior and healthcare systems. Crisis communication, the role of media including social media and the concept of an infodemic will be addressed with a particular focus around the issue of trust. The One Health Center at UF is expanding the traditional One Health model to encompass all the disciplines beyond the original definition in a broader and more dynamic concept that of “Circular Health”. The goal of the course is to engage UF students in developing innovative interdisciplinary approaches to empower the Circular Health vision by applying multi-stakeholder perspective and understanding the potential of the big data environment.

    Instructor: Dr. Ilaria Capua and Sara Agnelli

    Syllabus: Fall 2021

  • ALS 4932: Connecting With CALS

    This course is designed to aid CALS Transfer students in a successful transition to the University of Florida, specifically tailored to the resources and opportunities within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. This course aims to help students understand the four core values within CALS: Diversity, Collaboration, Service, and Integrity; through a series of seminars, workshops, and guest presentations. Connecting with CALS is here to provide a foundation for a well-rounded college experience, connect students to CALS and IFAS Research and Extension resources, and promote engagement within and outside of the classroom. 

    Instructors: Dr. Charlotte Emerson, Ms. Amie Imler, and Dr. Elaine Turner

    Syllabus: Fall 2018

  • ALS 4932: Exploring Research Opportunities in CALS
    CALS and Exploratory Honors students will explore research experiences for undergraduate students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Students will visit a variety of labs and research facilities around the college. Students will interact with faculty and participate in hands-on research activities, gaining a deeper understanding of the research opportunities in CALS. Students will be introduced to the process for participating in the CALS Honors Scholars Certificate program and graduating with high or highest honors.

    Instructors: Dr. Allen Wysocki, Dr. Elaine Turner, and Dr. Charlotte Emerson

    Syllabus: Fall 2021

  • ALS 4932: Foodomics - What is in the Food We Eat and Use to Treat Patients?

    Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine” and for nearly a century, diet has been used to treat seizures. The recent practice of precision medicine has emphasized the need to know the chemical composition of food. This course will include several steps that make the needed composition of food found in Florida available for the treatment of patients with refractory epilepsy. Students will collect composition data from food in Florida markets, prepare databases designed to use that data in recipes consistent with patients’ diet prescriptions, address specific questions concerning Precision Ketogenic Therapy, and draft potential research projects to be conducted in the future.

    Instructor: Dr. Peggy Borum

    Syllabus: Spring 2020

  • ALS 4932: Plant Communities of 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 Canvas. Lectures will cover community structure, indicator species, soils and hydrology as well as fire ecology and other important ecological processes.

    Instructors: Dr. Deborah Miller and Dr. Mack Thetford

    Syllabus: Fall 2021

  • ALS 4936: CALS Leadership Institute Seminar 1

    This seminar course for students selected for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Leadership Institute 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 are included in this discussion-based seminar.

    Instructor: Dr. Natalie Coers

    Syllabus: Spring 2021

  • ALS 4937: CALS Leadership Institute Seminar 2

    This seminar course for students selected for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Leadership Institute provides an introduction to group and organizational leadership in local and global contexts.

    Instructor: Dr. Natalie Coers

    Syllabus: Fall 2021

  • ALS 4938: CALS Leadership Institute International Service and Learning Experience

    This seminar course for students selected for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Leadership Institute includes an International Service & Learning Experience as a context for application of course content previously covered in the program. A compilation of documentation supporting leadership growth and reflection serves as closure to the course.

    Instructor: Dr. Natalie Coers

    Syllabus: Spring 2021