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Examination of career opportunities in agriculture with an exploration of the relationship between student interest and career decisions.
AG 150: Be a Master Student!
Be a Master Student!
Students explore agricultural issues and research methodologies through literature review, library searches, field studies, and critical thinking.
Prerequisite: first- or second-semester standing
AG 160: Introduction into Ethics and Issues in Agriculture
Introduction into Ethics and Issues in Agriculture
This course covers ethics and the social contract to include substantive ethical theories focusing on rights-based ethical theories (libertarianism and egalitarian theories) and consequentialist theories (utilitarianism and axiology). These theories assist in conceptually defining levels of participation and consent in democracy. This course explores the circumstances in which rational persons and political groups historically agree to be bound in collective decision making. The primary focus by examines four separate ethical themes illustrating why and how individuals accept a variety of terms.The course highlights philosophical/ethical decisions related to agriculture issues during the history of the United States. Issues range from non-interference rights to opportunity rights dealing with food, fiber, natural resource and environmental issues. Procedural theory emphasizes the formation of legitimate and defensible rules rather than ethics. Policy choices are assumed to be legitimate and defensible as long as individuals follow the rules/procedures for decision making. The content of this course meshes the procedural and the substance theories found throughout historical debates in agriculture communities. The course identifies traditional agrarian problem identification, policy formation, policy adoption and funding, program implementation and program evaluation.How ethics figures historically in agriculture policy processes is applied in a variety of case studies and debates as well as selected readings. The course includes an examination of the ethics of when, how and where the policy process historically influenced agriculture public policies. The course emphasizes the need to critically think about various points of view expressed by various conflicting authors.
GenEd Learning Objective: Crit and Analytical Think
GenEd Learning Objective: Soc Resp and Ethic Reason
AG 160S: Introduction to Ethics and Issues in Agriculture
Introduction to Ethics and Issues in Agriculture
Introduce students to the University and College of Ag Sciences preparing them to succeed. Review ethical theories and issues in American agriculture. AG 160S Introduction to Ethics and Issues in Agriculture (3)This course introduces students to contemporary issues, ethical theories and principles, and the application of critical thinking and communication skills related to topics in agriculture, renewable natural resources, and the environment. Additional emphasis will be placed on developing the skills that help achieve academic success at Penn State through these speakers and activities. Course content will include analyzing moral positions based on three ethical theories: normative ethics, descriptive ethics, and metaethics; and four ethical principles: beneficence, nonmaleficence, respect for autonomy, and justice. Guest speakers, field trips and interactive activities, which feature disciplines in the College of Agricultural Sciences, will supplement the course materials and enrich the educational experience. In addition, various career and networking opportunities with internationally acclaimed faculty and staff, current students, and alumni will be featured.
Prerequisites: first or second semester standing
General Education: Humanities (GH)
AG 294: Research Project Courses
1-12 Credits/Maximum of 12
Research Project Courses
1-12 Credits/Maximum of 12
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
AG 297: Special Topics
1-9 Credits/Maximum of 9
1-9 Credits/Maximum of 9
Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
AG 301: Introduction to Agricultural Law
Introduction to Agricultural Law
A survey of the legal system and legal issues that typically arise in agricultural and agribusiness situations.
Writing Across the Curriculum
AG 400: Biometry/Statistics in the Life Sciences
Biometry/Statistics in the Life Sciences
Application of statistical techniques to experimental and survey research in the life sciences.
Prerequisite: 6 credits in the natural sciences
AG 422: Communicating Research in Agricultural Sciences
Communicating Research in Agricultural Sciences
This course provides opportunities to develop effective communication skills within the context of scientific research. Students participating in independent studies with faculty mentors will use their independent research projects as the subject of a series of exercises that will enhance their abilities to share scientific ideals and findings with a variety of audiences including grant writing, poster presentations, and both technical and non-technical oral presentations about research topics. This course will prepare students for graduate school and, importantly, provide students with a set of skills that would be applicable to any career.