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 AgroecologyKey Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

Agroecology uses the study of ecology to evaluate the productivity of agricultural systems.  This includes the dynamics between technological advances, biophysical interactions, socioeconomic relationships, and the geology/geomorphology of a region.

Use of local resources, conservation and preservation of the environment and efficiency (saving both money and resources) are the goal for success in farming via Agroecology.  This is ideal for a small farm in areas that may suffer economically or have limited natural resources (due to over-use, difficult terrain, or small parcels of land available). 

Traditional production agriculture is changing as people begin to question where the food that they eat originates, what chemicals were used, if crops have been genetically modified or if growth hormones were used.  Smaller farms must be more efficient and learn to grow crops that have higher value (monetarily or in high demand) in order to compete with larger “mega” farms.  Technology and interdisciplinary education can help small farmers succeed and that is the goal of this program, to provide that interdisciplinary education through technological advances to be economically and environmentally responsible and succeed.  

Choosing unique crops or animals, such as varieties of hops, heirloom seed varieties, organic crops, antibiotic-free livestock (goats, sheep, emu, cattle), wool (sheep, llama, alpaca), winter-hardy grapes (that can be sold to local wineries) are all examples of the interesting and profitable choices for small farming.  

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Technical Studies in Agroecology:

  • Employ agroecology principles to support environmental preservation.  Preventing the degradation of water, air, soil, or other natural resources.
  • Apply scientific concepts and practices within the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and geology to methods of sustainable farming and farm management. 
  • Use technology and new research to solve complex or changing agricultural problems.
  • Develop plans to survey, protect and sustain existing wildlife as well as domestic animals that may be part of the farm.
  • Collect, analyze, and evaluate environmental and economical methods of farming to design successful and viable farm management plans. 

Additional Outcomes

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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Associate of Technical Study in Natural Resources in Agroecology

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 33.5
Lab Hours: 55.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 37.0
Lab Hours: 49.0


Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  ECO-2185 Sustainable Resource Area Management 1.00 4.00 3.00 $220.00
  AG-1100 Introduction to Agroecology 0.00 1.00 0.50 $200.00
  BIOS-1120 Botany 2.00 0.00 2.00 $10.00
  BIOS-1120L Botany Lab 0.00 2.00 1.00 $55.00
  EQSI-1130 Farm Equipment and Maintenance 0.00 2.00 1.00 $235.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  MATH-1103 Applied Mathematics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $182.00
    Totals 10.00 11.00 15.50 $1,032.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  CHEM-1131 Environmental Chemistry 1.50 3.00 3.00 $100.00
  GEOL-1105 Introduction to Soils 2.00 2.00 3.00 $160.00
  AG-1230 Indoor Crop Production I 1.00 1.00 1.50 $175.00
  AG-1240 Outdoor Crop Production I 1.00 1.00 1.50 $175.00
  FOR-1131 Forest Entomology and Pathology 0.50 3.00 2.00 $100.00
  AG-1310 Irrigation and Water Treatment 1.00 2.00 2.00 $130.00
    Totals 10.00 12.00 16.00 $880.00

  COURSE NO. SUMMER SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  NRM-2296 Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00
 OR NRM-2297 Technology Assistant - Natural Resources 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00
    Totals 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00


  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  AG-2160 Animal Entrepreneurship 3.00 0.00 3.00 $30.00
  AG-2160 Animal Husbandry 1.50 3.00 3.00 $145.00
  AG-2230 Indoor Crop Production I 1.00 1.00 1.50 $200.00
  AG-2240 Outdoor Crop Production I 1.00 1.00 1.50 $150.00
  AG-1350 Agroecology Entrepreneurship 3.00 0.00 3.00 $30.00
  BIOS-1101 Environmental Science 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  WLM-2204 Wetland Ecology and Management  0.00 4.00 2.00 $165.00
    Totals 7.50 11.00 15.00 $830.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  AG-2101 Agroforestry & Perennial Agriculture 1.00 4.00 3.00 $150.00
  AG-2220 Farm to Table 1.00 2.00 2.00 $145.00
  WLM-2203 Environmental Ethics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $50.00
  AG-2430 Agroecology Capstone & Practicum 1.00 6.00 4.00 $115.00
  *** Sustainable Agriculture Elective 0.00 0.00 2.00 -
    Totals 5.00 14.00 14.00 $460.00
Class Hours: 12.00 Lab Hours: 9.00 Cost: $877.00

Class Hours: 10.50 Lab Hours: 11.00 Cost: $590.00

Class Hours: 7.50 Lab Hours: 11.00 Cost: $830.00

Class Hours: 7.00 Lab Hours: 18.00 Cost: $1,085.00

Additional Resources

AgroecologyA Career in Agroecology Offers Amazing Possibilities!

Are you concerned about the the global food crisis, diminishing soil health, polluted waterways, etc? Take action. Grow and market food for local communities.  Discover how to model nature on the path to creating sustainable agriculture and the next food revolution.

Small scale Community Supported Agriculture Operators avg $30,000 while other roles average $30-$40,000. The Agriculture industry will add 26,000 new jobs each year with half in the field of sustainable Ag, government, and education.  

Potential job titles include Community Supported Agriculture Manager, Urban Agriculture Director, Community Agriculture Director, Agricultural Technician, Agriculture Inspector, Organic Farm Certification Specialist, Small and Mid-Size Farm Management, or Food Systems Development.

Additional Benefits of this program include:

  • Internships on small farms and businesses
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Maximize your marketability- the best and most environmentally applicable training to Agriculture, Business, and Sustainable Ag Education.
  • Dig into a "hands-on" program where you will accumulate technical hob skills plus the professional judgment to work independently. 
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Student Learning Outcomes 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

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