New Spring 2012 Courses

Posted: October 26, 2011

Ag Science eLearning has been busy creating six new courses for spring semester covering topics in Agricultural Careers, Ag Biosecurity, Animal Science, Community and Economic Development, and Food Science. Don't miss out!

New for Spring 2012

AG 113: Introduction to Agricultural Sciences Careers, Majors, and Experiential Learning

AG 113

In the next five years, more careers will be available in agricultural sciences than qualified graduates to fill them. In AG 113, learn about the wide variety of careers available to graduates of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Students will explore the academic paths that might best prepare them for the career of their choice.  Opportunities will be provided to learn about the college’s Experiential Learning and Career Initiative, develop a resume, and prepare for professional interaction.

AGBIO 594: Research Topics

Many students are apprehensive about the idea of conducting a research project. The lack of experience and expertise in this area may place you out of your comfort zone. This course is not designed to increase your anxiety! Instead it will engage your interest and teach you the basic skills needed for continued success in this area. Your course instructor and/or chosen mentor will guide you through a step-wise process that culminates in the completion of your research project.

AGBIO 802: Plant Protection: Responding to introductions of Threatening Pests and Pathogens


For as long as people have depended on crops –over 8,000 years- history and culture have been shaped by plant diseases. They have led to wars and human migrations, and have influenced religion and culture.

This course covers topics such as the size and scope of plant-based agriculture domestically and globally, the concept of plant disease, the nature of threats to plant health, modes of transmission of pests and pathogens and the role of government and other public institutions in protecting the nation’s agricultural and forest systems.

ANSC 100: Introduction to Animal Industries

This course will introduce students to the breadth and scope of animal agriculture in North America with emphasis on food producing animals. Additionally, fiber producing animals, pets, pleasure animals, and alternative livestock will also be studied. Students will be exposed to biological concepts and their relationship to contemporary production systems, economics, terminology and industry issues to enhance understanding of and appreciation for various uses of animals in North America.

cedev 597B

CEDEV 597B: Regional Development: Principles, Policy, and Practice

This course focuses on regional development in domestic and international settings. Students and instructor will discuss, analyze, and critique current and emerging regional development issues as well as theory, policy, and practice.

FDSC 200: Introductory Food Science

This is the main introductory course to food science for food science majors at Penn State. The course covers the basic types of processed foods available to consumers, the basic types of processes utilized to preserve these foods and the fundamental scientific principles behind these processes. It also covers the concepts of quality control for safety and quality in the processing of foods. Students will become familiar with the vocabulary of food technology in order to better understand the literature of food processing and evaluate the safety, advertising, quality and marketing of processed foods.