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.
Credits: 1 to 4; Prereq: refer to the department.
Various courses offered. (WR)
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)
Introduces the study of ecology from an agricultural perspective. Emphasizes ecological principles with examples and applications from agriculture.
Introduces 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.
Credits: 1; Prereq: must be enrolled in CALS upper-division honors program.
Orients 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.
Credits: 3; Prereq: ALS 2410.
Engages students in trust building, accompaniment, and community development experiences within developing global contexts. The course uses immersion experience to gain an understanding for concerns relating to population fluctuation, including issues related to economics, environment, food, health, and social systems. International immersion facilitates applying sustainable practices in developing areas.
Credits: 1 to 15; Prereq: sophomore standing and minimum 18 years old.
Supervised study abroad.
Challenge 2050: Creating Solutions
Credits: 1; Prereq: ALS 2410.
Through this capstone experience 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.
Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: permission of dean and instructor.
Individual study in agriculture.
Supervised Research in Agricultural and Life Sciences
Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits.
Firsthand, authentic research in agricultural and life sciences under faculty supervision. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application. (S-U)
Honors Thesis Research in Agricultural and Life Sciences
Credits: 0 to 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: junior standing, upper division GPA of 3.75 or higher and completed honors thesis proposal on file.
Independent research in agricultural and life sciences leading to an honors thesis. Student will be mentored by a faculty member. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application. (S-U)
Credits: 3; Prereq: must be admitted to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences' honors program.
This course is designed to stimulate exceptional students from a variety of backgrounds to think creatively about real-world problems that threaten the sustainability of today's society. Creative but practical problem solving emphasizing critical thinking, critical appreciation of epistemological diversity and the need for better communication is stressed. During the second and third sections of the course, guest speakers will provide the basis for examination of intra- versus inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches to problem solving. Students will see how their own work (honors projects, proposed graduate and professional study and career goals) can contribute meaningfully to attainment of societal goals. (WR)
Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with change in content.
Variable subjects provide content for the study of agricultural topics not offered in other courses.
CALS Leadership Institute Seminar 1
Credits: 2; Prereq: admission to the CALS Leadership Institute Program.
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.
CALS Leadership Institute Seminar 2
Credits: 2; Prereq: ALS 4936.
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.
CALS Leadership Institute International Service and Learning Experience
Credits: 2; Prereq: ALS 4936.
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.
Full-time Practical Work Experience in Agriculture
Credits: 1 to 4; Prereq: prior arrangement with adviser and dean's office.
Variable subjects provide content for the study of agricultural topics not offered in other courses. (S-U)
Credits: 2 to 6; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: maintain GPA of 3.0, must be in good standing and must have completed the Challenge 2050 Global Challenge Certificate with 3.0 average.
Through supervised practical training, in conjunction with academic assignments at professional organizations, the Taking Action internship provides the opportunity to professionally examine and engage the global challenges associated with Challenge 2050.