Agriculture - Plant and Soil Science
|AGPR-100: Introduction to Agriculture and Natural Resource Careers, Credits = 3|
A survey of the agriculture industry looking at different jobs, working conditions, employment structure, and employee-employer relationships. Each student builds a personal job portfolio to include letters of application, resume, references and job interview techniques.
AGPR-101: Introduction to Environmental Sciences, Credits = 5
Provides a study of natural and modified systems and their interactions with humans and other living organisms. Students will gain scientific understanding of natural environments and the effects of human modification upon the natural world. Topics include climate, soil, water resources, riparian areas, hazardous waste, and pollution of air, food, water, and agriculture. Students will learn about assessment procedures and riparian habitat improvements used by local government agencies. Lab work required. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 097; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088 of higher. Student may not earn credit for both AGPR 101 and ENVS& 101.
AGPR-105: Weed Biology and Identification, Credits = 5
Introduction in weed science to provide an understanding of the principles and methods of controlling weeds, use and development of herbicides, methods of application and rate calculation, sprayer components and calibration, and practical knowledge of plant and seed samples of weeds common to the Pacific Northwest.
AGPR-110: Livestock Production, Credits = 5
Introduction to the livestock industry and its importance to the U.S. economy. Animal products for consumers, biological principles, and management practices will be discussed.
AGPR-112: Feeds and Feeding, Credits = 5
Addresses common feeding practices and nutrient characteristics of animal feeds. Topics include ration formulation and ration requirements for cattle, sheep, hogs, and horses.
AGPR-113: Cultivated Plants, Credits = 5
Provides a practical understanding of plant anatomy, morphology, and growth of agriculture crops.
AGPR-114: Plant Physiology, Credits = 5
Provides a practical understanding of plant structure, function and physiological processes involved in growth and development.
AGPR-115: Animal Health and Disease, Credits = 5
Basic information on animal health and disease prevention. Topics include fundamentals of the nature of disease, nutrition, sanitation, disinfection, immunization, and basic husbandry practices.
AGPR-116: Livestock Selection and Carcass Evaluation, Credits = 5
Principles of Livestock and Carcass evaluation for the purposes of selecting meat animals in production scenarios. The basic method and procedure for evaluating carcass characteristics of cattle, hogs, and sheep. Information on carcass quality and yield. The course will also include evaluating live animals before processing, and seeing the carcass of that animal in the cooler. Class material will also cover selection of females for producing meat animals.
AGPR-120: Agricultural Chemistry, Credits = 5
Fundamental course in chemistry which overviews the basics of inorganic, organic, and biochemistry with applications to agriculture and other applied science fields. Recommended: high school chemistry or equivalent.
AGPR-121: Biomass Feedstock Management, Credits = 3
Learn about growing, harvesting, storage, processing, and utilization of biomass such as: manure, forest slash, food waste, agriculture residues, wood processing residues, and dedicated energy crops (e.g. oilseeds, grasses, hybrid poplar, etc.). Review technologies that can utilize biomass to sequester carbon and generate electricity, heat, transportation fuels, recovered nutrients/soil amendments, reclaimed water, animal feed, bio-chemicals, and other byproducts. Lay the groundwork for soil fertility studies for oilseed crops and field corn amended with biochar, compost, and/or digestate from an anaerobic digester. Recommended for students working towards Biomass Feedstock Management Certificate, Plant and Soil Science, and/or Precision Agriculture degree(s).
AGPR-135: Mechanization of GIS, Credits = 3
This course is an introduction to the practical applications of Geographic Informational Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in agriculture. Content will include reasoning, methods, and technology used for data collection, and how that data is further applied through integration with mechanized equipment.
AGPR-139: Agriculture Safety, Credits = 3
This course is a synopsis of safety practices and worker protections in the agricultural workplace. Topics will include safety in and around shops, on farm vehicles, using farm equipment, and safe practices around rotational and directional moving equipment. Personal protection equipment, pesticide standards, and MSDS sheets will be included. Safety plans will be analyzed and evaluated for completeness. Safety standards for agriculture identified by the Washington State Administration codes(WAC 296-307)will be covered.
AGPR-140: Agriculture Safety and Pesticides, Credits = 5
This course is a synopsis of safety and worker protection in the agricultural workplace. Topics will include safety in and around shops, on farm vehicles, using farm equipment, and safe practices around rotational and directional moving equipment. Personal protection equipment, pesticide standards, and MSDS sheets will be included. Safety plans will be analyzed and evaluated for completeness. It emphasizes agricultural pesticide uses and applications, chemical safety, and waste hazards associated with pesticides and fertilizer use. This course will prepare the student to become a licensed pesticide applicator with the state of Washington. Safety standards for agriculture identified by the Washington State Administration codes(WAC 296-307)will be covered.
AGPR-170: Precision Equipment Installation and Troubleshooting, Credits = 4
This course is an introduction to precision ag field equipment. Tracking, auto steering, and precision spraying equipment will be installed, calibrated, troubleshot and repaired. Hands on labs will have students in the field operating these types of equipment. Data acquisition, data analysis and compilation will also be covered.
AGPR-199: Special Topics, Credits = 1 - 5
Study and train to meet established local needs in the agri-science industry, supplemental to courses currently offered. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
AGPR-201: Basic Soil Science, Credits = 5
Provides an understanding of soil structure and composition as related to temperature, water, and other environmental controls. Emphasizes studying soils from a land use and management perspective. Lab work required.
AGPR-202: Soils Fertility and Management, Credits = 5
Study of macro- and micronutrient uptake and utilization by plants and the fertilizer products used to supply different nutrients. Topics include soil conservation, erosion control practices, and utilization of soil survey reports. Prerequisite: AGPR 201 or instructor permission.
AGPR-215: Field Crop Production, Credits = 5
Production and management of field crops designed to provide the most current information in the production and management of agronomic crops important to the economy of the Pacific Northwest. Topics include plant and seed sample identification.
AGPR-224: Pasture and Range Management, Credits = 5
A study of the proper use and management of forage producing lands using grazing animals as a method to harvest and utilize this resource. This class will also focus on the economics of grazing livestock and the environmental sustainability issue surrounding the topic.
AGPR-230: Plant Diseases and Insects, Credits = 5
Introduction to the identification, life cycles, and control of insects and diseases common to crops in Washington. Focuses on the fundamentals of entomology and plant pathology, not on specific problems and their control in a given crop. Formerly AGRI 215.
AGPR-254: Robotics and Drone Technologies, Credits = 3
This course is an introduction to robotics and drone technologies in regards to precision agricultural applications. Autonomous and non-autonomous robots will be discussed. The laws of physics will be applied to the use of drones and how those laws affect the flying and/or driving of these apparatus. Wheeled and flying drones will be assembled, programmed and operated. Drones will also be programmed to perform duties using inputs and outputs from a multitude of different types of sensors.
AGPR-274: Beef Cattle Production, Credits = 5
Study of the economics and management strategies for raising and marketing the various types and classes of beef cattle.
AGPR-292: Leadership, Credits = 2
Explore issues related to effective workplace relationships and applying leadership skills to promote personal development. Students will also be required to participate in the activities of the Ag Technology club.
AGPR-297: Special Projects, Credits = 1 - 15
Project-oriented experiences in the area or applications not covered in the standard agriculture science curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's education and work experience.