Tompkins Cortland Community College

ENVS141 - Agroecology


Agroecology is defined as the application of ecological principles to the design and management of sustainable farming systems. Through this course, students will move away from a narrow concern with farming practices, and toward a scientific understanding of the complex interactions among crop plants, soil, soil organisms, insects, insect enemies, other biotic and abiotic elements of farming systems, environmental conditions, and agricultural management decisions. Students will also learn to understand and appreciate the effects of farming systems on surrounding ecosystems, the food system, and the planet. Lab fee required. ENVS 141 fulfills the SUNY General Education Natural Sciences requirement. Prerequisite: Prior completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099 if required by placement testing or prior completion or concurrent enrollment in ESL 120, 121, and 122 (or prior completion of ESL 103); prior completion or concurrent enrollment in MATH 090 if required by placement testing; RDNG 099 if required by placement testing. 3 cr. (2 Lec. 2 Lab.). Spring semester.