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Agricultural Plant and Animal Sciences

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An AGRICULTURAL PLANT AND ANIMAL SCIENCES MINOR from Graceland University will add a competitive layer to any student wishing to develop their skills in the Agricultural Business field.

Offerings
Minor
Field of Study
Business
Format
Lamoni Campus
Curriculum

Minor

  • Agricultural Plant and Animal Sciences Minor
    Courses Offered
    • AGRI1300Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management
      AGRI1300 Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management - 3 s.h.

      An analytical course in agronomy applying multiple perspectives in studying crops, soils, and environmental sciences to understand the interconnectedness of agricultural systems in global communities. Includes questioning the sources of assumptions about and the strengths/weaknesses of past innovations of production and management. Recognizes the soil and crops as the sources of food, fiber, and fuel and emphasizes the need for diverse innovation in varied ecosystems to improve global conditions. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    • BIOL1100Introduction to Sustainability (also SUST1100)
      BIOL1100 Introduction to Sustainability (also SUST1100) - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to the fundamentals of sustainability and its impact on biological systems. Explores how sustainability relates to population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history. Practical approaches to this course will be tied closely to small-scale agriculture and water use with hands-on fieldwork at the campus EcoPlot. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

    • BIOL1260Environmental Biology (3-0)
      BIOL1260 Environmental Biology (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      An exploration of the environment, including the normal structure and functioning of ecosystems and the human impact on these ecosystems. Current environmental issues, such as human population growth, air and water pollution, climate change, loss of biodiversity, and ecosystem degradation, will be considered. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Peace, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

    • BIOL1500Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution
      BIOL1500 Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution - 3 s.h.

      A study of the diversity of life, focusing on the evolutionary processes that shape life and the ecological interactions among organisms and their physical environments. Goal 1A

    • BIOL1520Fundamentals of Organismal Biology
      BIOL1520 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology - 4 s.h.

      A comparative study of form and function across organisms, focusing on the various structures and strategies used by plants and animals to fulfill basic life needs. Additional fee required. Goal 1A

    • BIOL2430Animal Biology
      BIOL2430 Animal Biology - 4 s.h.

      A survey of the major groups in the animal kingdom, including sponges, cnidarians, molluscs, arthropods, echinoderms, vertebrates, etc. Within each group, taxonomy, internal and external form, reproduction, nutrition, and habitat will be considered. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: BIOL1400, BIOL1500, or BIOL1520. Goal 1A +This course is only offered every other year.

    • BIOL2440Plant Biology
      BIOL2440 Plant Biology - 4 s.h.

      A survey of the major groups in the plant kingdom, including nonvascular plants, ferns and fern allies, gymnosperms, and angiosperms. Within each group, taxonomy, internal and external form, and reproductive life cycles will be considered. In addition, plant growth and metabolism, algae, and fungi will be covered. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: BIOL1400, BIOL1500, or BIOL1520. Goal 1A +This course is only offered every other year.

    • BIOL3400Ecology and Conservation Biology (3-0)
      BIOL3400 Ecology and Conservation Biology (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      A study of how organisms interact with one another and with their physical environments at the physiological, population, community, and ecosystem levels. Case studies will use ecological concepts to develop conservation strategies for species, habitats, and ecosystems. Corequisite (for Biology majors): BIOL3401 Ecology and Conservation Biology Lab. Goal 6, EL06 Science - World Citizenship, ELO6 Science - Sustainability +This course is only offered every other year.

    • CHEM1300Introduction to Environmental Chemistry with Lab
      CHEM1300 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.

      Examination of the chemical processes underlying the natural cycles of Earth including the impact anthropogenic processes and emissions have on these cycles. The course will also examine the technological innovations that have affected emissions and those innovations that have been implement to remedy environmental problems. ELO6 Science - Innovation

    AGRI1300Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management BIOL1100Introduction to Sustainability (also SUST1100) BIOL1260Environmental Biology (3-0) BIOL1500Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution BIOL1520Fundamentals of Organismal Biology BIOL2430Animal Biology BIOL2440Plant Biology BIOL3400Ecology and Conservation Biology (3-0) CHEM1300Introduction to Environmental Chemistry with Lab
    Course Descriptions
    AGRI1300 Global Innovation in Crop Production and Soil Management - 3 s.h.

    An analytical course in agronomy applying multiple perspectives in studying crops, soils, and environmental sciences to understand the interconnectedness of agricultural systems in global communities. Includes questioning the sources of assumptions about and the strengths/weaknesses of past innovations of production and management. Recognizes the soil and crops as the sources of food, fiber, and fuel and emphasizes the need for diverse innovation in varied ecosystems to improve global conditions. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation +This course is only offered every other year.

    BIOL1100 Introduction to Sustainability (also SUST1100) - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to the fundamentals of sustainability and its impact on biological systems. Explores how sustainability relates to population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history. Practical approaches to this course will be tied closely to small-scale agriculture and water use with hands-on fieldwork at the campus EcoPlot. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

    BIOL1260 Environmental Biology (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    An exploration of the environment, including the normal structure and functioning of ecosystems and the human impact on these ecosystems. Current environmental issues, such as human population growth, air and water pollution, climate change, loss of biodiversity, and ecosystem degradation, will be considered. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Peace, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

    BIOL1500 Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution - 3 s.h.

    A study of the diversity of life, focusing on the evolutionary processes that shape life and the ecological interactions among organisms and their physical environments. Goal 1A

    BIOL1520 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology - 4 s.h.

    A comparative study of form and function across organisms, focusing on the various structures and strategies used by plants and animals to fulfill basic life needs. Additional fee required. Goal 1A

    BIOL2430 Animal Biology - 4 s.h.

    A survey of the major groups in the animal kingdom, including sponges, cnidarians, molluscs, arthropods, echinoderms, vertebrates, etc. Within each group, taxonomy, internal and external form, reproduction, nutrition, and habitat will be considered. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: BIOL1400, BIOL1500, or BIOL1520. Goal 1A +This course is only offered every other year.

    BIOL2440 Plant Biology - 4 s.h.

    A survey of the major groups in the plant kingdom, including nonvascular plants, ferns and fern allies, gymnosperms, and angiosperms. Within each group, taxonomy, internal and external form, and reproductive life cycles will be considered. In addition, plant growth and metabolism, algae, and fungi will be covered. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: BIOL1400, BIOL1500, or BIOL1520. Goal 1A +This course is only offered every other year.

    BIOL3400 Ecology and Conservation Biology (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    A study of how organisms interact with one another and with their physical environments at the physiological, population, community, and ecosystem levels. Case studies will use ecological concepts to develop conservation strategies for species, habitats, and ecosystems. Corequisite (for Biology majors): BIOL3401 Ecology and Conservation Biology Lab. Goal 6, EL06 Science - World Citizenship, ELO6 Science - Sustainability +This course is only offered every other year.

    CHEM1300 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.

    Examination of the chemical processes underlying the natural cycles of Earth including the impact anthropogenic processes and emissions have on these cycles. The course will also examine the technological innovations that have affected emissions and those innovations that have been implement to remedy environmental problems. ELO6 Science - Innovation

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Tuition

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ExpenseAnnual CostSemester Cost
Tuition$31,250$15,625
Room (based on a two-person room)$3,770$1,885
Board$6,040$3,020
Activity Fee $370$185
University Technology Fee$300$150
TOTAL DIRECT COSTS$41,730$20,865
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