MSC Southeast - Sustainable Food and Farming - AAS
Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Sustainable Food and Farming

Agriculture that feeds your pocketbook, your planet, and your soul

 

Sustainable Food and Farming - AAS

1) Must complete a minimum of 3 different MnTC goals in Liberal Arts and Sciences

2) 1100 or higher Liberal Arts and Sciences courses required unless specified


GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Goal 1: Written and Oral Communications
Recommend College Writing I
3 cr
Goal 3: Natural Science
Recommend Environmental Chemistry
3 cr
Goal 4: Mathematics
Recommend Intro to Statistics
3 cr
Goal 6: Humanities and Fine Arts
Choose from any – see advisor
3 cr
Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility
Recommend Personal Finance
3 cr
 
15 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
ACCT2201
Financial Accounting
This course covers the fundamental accounting concepts and principles which are used in a business environment to provide reports on the economic condition of an organization. The focus will be on the accrual method of accounting, utilizing Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to analyze and record transactions. The ultimate objective is to understand the effects of these transactions in order to provide timely and relevant information in the form of financial statements. (Prerequisite: none) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
AGRI1100
Farm Safety
In this course, students will focus on safety as it relates to proper operation of a variety of common agricultural situations, tools, and implements. Students will be provided an overview of the major risks and hazards in the agricultural setting and will explore best practices injuries and accidents. The course will include a strong hands-on component where students will demonstrate proper equipment operation and maintenance, and the course will culminate with students designing a customized farm safety plan. (Prerequisite: None) (2 Credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
AGRI1202
Animal Science
This course offers basic knowledge in understanding the important role of domestic animals in agriculture. Reproduction, Nutrition, Growth/Development and Health will be the overarching modules of the course. These will apply to the study of selected animal species (Ruminant, monogastric, avian) that will be considered in the second half of the course. Class time will be spent in lecture, lab and field trips to farms and livestock operations in order to foster learning. Special consideration will be given to sustainable and regenerative practices integrating animals to a diversified farm. (Prerequisite: none) (3 Credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
AGRI2200
Crop Science
This course blends basic knowledge in plant science, embracing horticulture, crop science and agroforestry, in order to provide students with the broadest understanding about the important role played by plants in modern, sustainable farms. Origin of cultivated plants, their propagation techniques (sexual, asexual), their agronomic needs, harvest and fruits/seed conservation will be the main, general topics to be taught in the first half of the semester. Selected herbaceous (corn, soybean, barley, sunflower, fodder crops) and arboreal crops (apple, plum, grapes, hazelnut) valuable for Southeastern Minnesota agriculture will be considered in the second half of the course. Special consideration will be given to sustainable and regenerative practices integrating crops in a diversified farm. (Prerequisite: BIOL1240 and BIOL2240) (3 Credits)

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3 cr
AGRI2599
Agriculture Practicum
For this course, students will be assigned to a farm or other agricultural/food production setting for a total of 150 hours. The student must complete the hours in not less than four weeks and not more than 16 weeks as determined by the faculty mentor. Students will apply practical skills including such activities as design and planning, equipment operations, harvesting, animal husbandry, budgeting, and farm management, as applicable to the site. It is expected that students will be involved in all aspects of operation including physical labor and machine operations. Students will complete the course under the direct guidance of the faculty mentor in consultation with the supervising farmer mentor. At the end of the course, students will give a presentation describing their experience and outlining new skills and knowledge obtained. (Prerequisite: AGRI1100, BIOL1240, BIOL 1241, AGRI 1201, and AGRI2200) (3 Credits: 0 lecture/0 lab/3 OJT)

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3 cr
BIOL1240
Introduction to Agroecology
This course provides an introduction to the theory of agroecology and the current practices of sustainable agriculture. The components of farm management will be studied within the context of a complex ecosystem. Class time will be spent in lecture, lab, field studies and field trips to integrate concepts in agroecology, with actual practices in sustainable agriculture. (Prerequisite: none) (4 credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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4 cr
BIOL2240
Soil Science
This course is an introduction to soil studies with focus on agricultural soils. Main emphasis of the course will be studying soil health as the balanced condition among soil chemical, physical and biological characteristics, to be achieved through sustainable soil management. Class time will be spent in lecture, lab exercises and field studies to foster learning about agricultural soils. (Prerequisite: CHEM 1010) (4 Credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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4 cr
BUSN2000
Small Business Development
A study of current theory and practice relating to starting and managing small firms. It provides a comprehensive coverage of critical small business issues, numerous real-world examples to help students understand how to apply the business management concepts presented in the text, and incorporates material to help them explore small business issues in the Internet. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
BUSN2210
Legal Environment of Business
This course introduces students to ethical theory and decision-making models, as well as to the legal framework in which American business operates, the substantive legal rules that govern American business, domestically and internationally, and the ethical and social responsibility implications of business conduct within the legal environment. Governmental efforts to regulate business activity by statute and administrative agency rules and decisions are emphasized. (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
BUSN2220
Principles of Management
This course provides a survey of the traditional functions of management with primary emphasis on planning, organizing, controlling, and leading. This emphasis involves coverage of managerial decision making, leadership, motivation, interpersonal communication, staffing human resources, and organizational structure, design, and change and development. Additional topics include the history of managerial thought, management information systems, international management, and business ethics and social responsibility. (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
BUSN2225
Principles of Marketing
An introduction to the study of marketing in business and other organizations. Topics include: the marketing environment, marketing strategies and decision-making, marketing ethics and the international dimension of marketing strategy. (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CARP1115
Emerging Construction Technologies 1
This course provides knowledge of new tools, methods, and equipment being used in the construction industry (Prerequisite: none) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
DESL1200
Introduction to Diesel Technology
This course is designed as a prerequisite for all technical diesel courses. This course covers the basics of the diesel industry. It will cover employer expectations as well as common working conditions. (Prerequisite: none) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
ELEC1202
Introduction to DC Electricity
This course covers the general information, theory, and problem-solving techniques required for an analysis of DC circuits with emphasis on the meter measurements, current flow, and voltage division. (Prerequisite: Proficient in basic math) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
TRDR1300
Straight Truck Proficiency
The Class "B" license can put you in the driver's seat of a dump truck, a delivery truck, or a van! If you are 18 years of age or older here is an opportunity to operate a straight truck with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) if 26,000 pounds or more. This hands-on course is designed to give you actual driving experience. In the final class, you take the test for your CDL Class B license. Students must have a Class B permit with air brakes to start the class. Students from Wisconsin need a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical before the start of the class. Arrangements can be made to take the Wisconsin test for an additional fee. Enroll early, class size is limited. (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab) (Prerequisite: CDL Class B Permit Required)

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2 cr
WELD1442
Individualized Welding Skills Lab
This course is a hand-on, open laboratory time available to both the skilled and unskilled welder for the opportunity to improve or develop his/her welding application skills. Students will have access to SMAW (stick), GMAW (MIG), FCAW (flux-cored), and GTAW (TIG) welding processes. Enhancement and/or introduction of all 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G welding positions will also be encouraged to help broaden the welder's abilities. (Prerequisite: Instructor interview and approval required) (2 credits: 0 lecture/2 lab) (4 hour lab session)

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2 cr
 
45 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 60


 

 



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