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Agroecology

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Agroecology

 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. 

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Hocking College

2017 - 2018 Associate of Applied Technical Studies in Agroecology

Total Credit Hours:
63.50

Estimated Course Fees:
$3,382.00

Class Hours: 37.0
Lab Hours: 49.0

Total Credit Hours:
63.50

Estimated Course Fees:
$3,382.00

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
  MATH-1103 Applied Mathematics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $182.00
  AG-1100 Introduction to Agroecology 0.00 1.00 0.50 $200.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  GEOL-1105 Introduction to Soils 2.00 2.00 3.00 $160.00
  WLM-2204 Wetland Ecology and Management 0.00 4.00 2.00 $165.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  BIOS-1101 Environmental Science 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
    Totals 12.00 9.00 16.50 $877.00

  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
  GENV-2210 Hydroscience 2.00 2.00 3.00 $100.00
  BIOS-1120 Botany 2.00 0.00 2.00 $10.00
  BIOS-1120L Botany Lab 0.00 2.00 1.00 $55.00
  WLM-2203 Environmental Ethics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $50.00
  EQSI-1130 Farm Equipment and Maintenance 0.00 2.00 1.00 $235.00
    Totals 10.50 11.00 16.00 $590.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  FOR-1131 Forest Entomology and Pathology 0.50 3.00 2.00 $100.00
  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
  AG-1310 Irrigation and Water Treatment 1.00 2.00 2.00 $130.00
  AG-1350 Agroecology Entrepreneurship 3.00 0.00 3.00 $30.00
  ECO-2185 Sustainable Resource Area Management 1.00 4.00 3.00 $220.00
  *** Sustainable Agriculture Elective 0.00 0.00 2.00  
    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-2230 Indoor Crop Production II 1.00 1.00 1.50 $200.00
  AG-2240 Outdoor Crop Production II 1.00 1.00 1.50 $150.00
  AG-2270 Pest Management & Control 0.50 1.00 1.00 $180.00
  AG-2430 Agroecology Capstone & Practicum 1.00 6.00 4.00 $115.00
  AG-2220 Farm to Table 1.00 2.00 2.00 $145.00
  AG-2160 Animal Husbandry 1.50 3.00 3.00 $145.00
    Totals 7.00 18.00 16.00 $1,085.00
FIRST SEMESTER
Class Hours: 12.00 Lab Hours: 9.00 Cost: $877.00

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

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

FOURTH SEMESTER
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. 
    Interested in becoming an agroecologist? Download our e-book for everything you need to know about this growing field.
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