Agricultural and Biological Engineering

ABE 589: Management and Design of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems

3 credit course. This course is the "capstone" final project course for students in the Master's of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems. It should be taken at or near the end of the student's degree program and may not be taken prior to enrolling in (and ideally completing) all other "core" courses in the degree.

ABE 884: Biomass Energy Systems

3 credit course. Offered Summer and Fall. In the coming decades, biomass will play an increasing role in satisfying society's energy and material needs, providing a renewable alternative to fossil fuels. This course will cover the fundamental theories and applied technologies used in the production and conversion of biomass into transportation fuels, heat, power, electricity, chemicals, and other value-added products.

ABE 885: Biomass Harvesting and Logistics

3 credit course. Offered Summer. This course covers biomass handling options and relevant cost analysis, engineering principles of field equipment, practical methods of evaluation and testing, field performance of machine systems for biomass harvesting and handling operations, selection and management of field machine systems with efficiency and sustainability considerations. Prerequisite: ABE 884

ABE 888: Conversion Technologies for Bioenergy Production

3 credit course. Offered Fall. This course provides an understanding of conversions of raw agricultural materials into bioenergy with a focus on liquid biofuels. This course presents in-depth coverage of chemical, biochemical, and thermo-chemical conversion technologies for the production of bioenergy as well as the separation of bioenergy compounds from the mixture. Each part of this course is unique within itself and covers different aspects of conversion technologies for the production of bioenergy from biomass.

FOR 880: Bioenergy Feedstocks

3 credit course. Offered Spring. This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the characteristics, production, and improvement of plants as feedstocks for conversion to energy. Prerequisite: ABE 884

Agricultural and Environmental Plant Science

Agricultural Biosecurity


Community and Economic Development

CEDEV 500: Community and Economic Development: Theory and Practice

3 credit course. Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall. Understanding theories, concepts, and frameworks of community and economic development and community decision-making models in application to community development practice and issues.

CEDEV 505: Leadership Development

3 credit course. Offered Spring and Summer. This course introduces students to the four basic elements of leadership: personal, interpersonal, group/organization, and community.

CEDEV 509: Population, Land Use, and Municipal Finance

3 credit course. Offered Spring and Fall. This course provides a multidimensional overview of three key aspects of community and economic development. Population—the people. Land use—the place. Municipal finance—the things they do there.

CEDEV 550: Principles and Practices of Planning

3 credit course. This course is an overview of the field of planning. It examines the history of planning and the theories behind it, and the corresponding roles that planners can play in their communities. It establishes the legal framework for planning as a profession and examines landmark legal cases involving planning and its tools. It then looks at the different types and levels of planning and examines the process of planning, what data needs to be collected, how a comprehensive plan is made and implemented, and who planners must interact with, in the course of doing their job. Finally, the course reviews the current issues in planning, such as smart growth, new urbanism, and sustainability. Throughout, the course attempts to emphasize both the positive and negative impacts of planning.

CEDEV 560: Regional Development: Principles, Policy, and Practice

3 credit course. Offered Spring. Understanding principles and strategies of regional growth and development, focusing on challenges to theory, policy, and practice, emphasizing change in metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural areas. Prerequisites: CEDEV 430 and 500 or permission from the instructor.

CEDEV 567: Resilient Communities and Ecosystems

3 credit course. Offered Summer. This is an optional course for the Master of Professional Studies in Community and Economic Development. It provides a foundation in the connections between communities and their local environments, the institutional barriers and boundaries that guide these relationships, and how both work together in impacting the long-term community and economic development trajectories across multiple scales.

CEDEV 575: Methods and Techniques for Community and Economic Development

3 credit course. Offered Spring and Fall. Typical topics include several methods and techniques in these areas: general community assessment techniques, specialized techniques for community and economic development, and leadership and process skills.

CEDEV 580: Research Application and Practice

3 credit course. Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall. This course provides essential information for the process of writing and developing a framework for students to apply, integrate, and practice the theories, concepts, and methods from the CEDEV curriculum in developing the topic, outline, and literature review for their required master's paper.

CEDEV 596: Individual Studies

1, 2, 3, or 6 credit course. Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall. Creative projects, including non-thesis research, that are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

CEDEV 597A: Entrepreneurship in the Community

3 credit course. This course examines the relationship between entrepreneurs, small businesses, and local economic development. The course examines the multiple definitions of "entrepreneurship," and how these individuals affect—and are affected by—the social and economic dynamics of their community.

CEDEV 597B: Topics in Economic Development

3 credit course. This course provides an overview of modern approaches to developing places and regions, including policy options and limitations. Fundamental reasons for the worldwide decline of some rural areas and the growth of cities are also explored.

CEDEV 597C: Launching Community Ventures, Nonprofits and Organizations

3 credit course. This course will provide students with the knowledge needed to form innovative ideas that address social, environmental, and economic problems, put those ideas into a physical plan, get them funded, and launch them. Along the way, students will develop their own ideas for improving the world, and work them forward with fellow innovators. All the while, students will learn the techniques of social entrepreneurship and collaborative innovation, and how to apply them to everyday life.

CEDEV 597E: Theories, Principles & Institutions of International Development

3 credit course. Offered Spring. This course offers theoretical and practice background that provides the capacity to analyze and scrutinize some of the most chronic developmental problems of the twenty-first century and to provide participants with the practical skills to provide resolution along a wide spectrum of critical policy areas.

Ecosystem Management

EMGT 810: Ecosystem Monitoring

3 credit course. Offered Fall. This course provides students with an overview of ecosystem monitoring methods and analyses. Students completing the course will have the ability to apply a quantitative approach to the monitoring of ecosystems. Students will learn about monitoring planning, various sampling designs, and specific measurement methods used to accomplish particular monitoring objectives associated with ecosystem management. Students will be able to apply specific sampling, measurement, and data analysis methods for monitoring vegetation, wildlife, water quantity and quality, and soils, and they will have a statistical foundation for evaluating the various types of data that are collected. Specifically, students will be able to calculate reliability measures, trends, and indicators of ecosystem change, and apply hypothesis testing to these measures to determine their statistical significance. Specific sampling designs will be presented, such as simple random sampling, stratified random sampling, systematic sampling, and cluster sampling.

EMGT 820: Environmental Law and Policy

3 credit course. Offered Spring. This course provides a broad exploration of the basic legal principles, regimes, and issues related to environmental protection and natural resource management.

EMGT 830: Ecosystem Management, Planning, and Economics

3 credit course. Offered Spring. Making decisions as an ecosystem manager requires knowledge of economics, planning, and finance.

EMGT 894: Capstone Experience

3 or 6 credit course. Offered Spring. Supervised, professionally-oriented student activities that constitute the culminating experience for the program.

Food Science


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