• Sustainable agriculture is the practice of farming using principles of ecology, the study of relationships between organisms and their environment. It has been defined as "an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term:

    • Satisfy human food and fiber needs
    • Make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls
    • Sustain the economic viability of farm operations
    • Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.”

    Sustainable Agriculture in the United States was addressed by the 1990 farm bill. More recently, as consumer and retail demand for sustainable products has risen, organizations such as Food Alliance and Protected Harvest have started to provide measurement standards and certification programs for what constitutes a sustainably grown crop.

  • This course is intended as a preparation for careers in the physical and biological sciences, medical and dental professions, veterinary and agricultural science, nutrition and food chemistry, and related fields. Its objective is twofold. The first is to complete the study begun in Chemistry 211 of the organic functional groups of aldehydes, ketones, enolates, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, and amines and their derivatives. The second is to provide a thorough introduction to the principles, concepts and terminology of biochemistry, with an emphasis on amino acids, proteins, enzymes and intermediary metabolism. Laboratory deals with introductory biochemical techniques including spectroscopy, dipeptide analysis, protein purification, enzyme assays and various types of chromatography.

  • Taking and processing diagnostic quality radiographs is as much an art as it is a science. This course will help to unveil the mystery of consistently taking picture perfect x-rays. Areas of study will include the basic physics of radiation, radiation safety, film and digital methods, processing, radiographic quality, and troubleshooting. In addition, other imaging modes such as ultrasound and MRIs will also be explored.

  • Provides a comprehensive introduction to modern practical methods in veterinary clinical laboratory analysis. Includes blood, urine, feces and skin scrapings tests with emphasis on small animal species.

  • Directs student exploration of Animal Health Technology and Veterinary Medicine as a career choice. Includes job tasks, job market possibilities, preview of current legislation and medical terminology.

  • This course is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills and abilities in animal care, particularly as it pertains to animals kept in environments other than home, such as a veterinary hospital, laboratory or farm. Areas of study include sanitation, housing, nutrition, environmental enrichment and basic veterinary skills.

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