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2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Conservation Agronomist

Location(s): Calmar, Online


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Campus Location: Calmar, Online

Program Entry: Enrollment may occur during any term.  Fall term is the start of the program course sequence.

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree

Description: The Conservation Agronomy program is an alternative Education Plan within our Agronomy Program.  The focus of this program is to provide students with strong agronomy skills with the addition of watershed management, environmental science, soil health, sociology and psychology skills. The goal is to provide students with the ability to work with agriculture producers for both their agronomy needs and water quality management needs. 

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the principles of ecology and how they relate to sustainable land use practices.
  • Students will be able to identify the key drivers of soil degradation and biodiversity loss, and conservation strategies to mitigate their impact.
  • Students will be able to evaluate the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil, and sustainable soil management practices to enhance soil health and fertility.
  • Students will be able to analyze the environmental and economic factors that affect the conservation and management of natural resources, and sustainable land use practices to promote biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • Students will be able to apply advanced technology and statistical methods to interpret data related to conservation agronomy, and use this knowledge to inform decision-making.
  • Students will be able to communicate effectively with stakeholders in the agricultural and conservation industries, including farmers, policymakers, and environmental organizations.
  • Students will be able to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address challenges in the conservation and management of natural resources, such as climate change, habitat fragmentation, and invasive species.
  • Students will be able to apply the key concepts of sociology and psychology to become a change agent in the agricultural practices that promote water quality and soil health such as opinion leaders, the five stages of technology adoption, catalytic leadership, and demonstration.

Minimum Credits: 66

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