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Courses - Fall 2024
AGST
Agricultural Science and Technology
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07/19/2024 at 10:30 PM
AGST130
Did Yeast Create Civilization?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Recommended: CHEM103, CHEM131, CHEM135, or CHEM146.
Cross-listed with: PLSC130.
Credit only granted for: AGST130 or PLSC130.
Did yeast create civilization? Fermented foods have played a major role in the transition from nomadic to settled agrarian societies, the establishment of social and religious customs, the expansion of empires, and modern economies. To what extent are our past and current attitudes towards fermented foods rooted in historical and cultural imprints? Explore the central role of fermentation in human history and culture, the basic microbiological processes underlying fermentation processes, and the processes used to produce and distribute fermented foods. Find out how the fruits, grains, and dairy products used to produce fermented foods are grown and selected. Students will learn about the development and modern use of fermented dairy products, pickles, bread, tea, chocolate, wine, beer, distilled liquors, and pharmaceutical/manufactured products.
This course is not hands-on and does not teach how to ferment food.
AGST333
Crafty Beverage Crops
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: PLSC110 or PLSC112; or 1 course in BSCI, BCHM, BIOL.
From soda to wine, a scientific introduction to "crafty beverage crops". Students will expand their horticulture knowledge and gain an appreciation for craft beverages and the plants that made them. Topics include history, biology, production and management techniques, harvest, storage and market potential for crafty beverage crops.
AGST426
Scientists Teaching and Translating Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: AGST426 or PLSC489L.
Formerly: PLSC489L.
Explore methods in pedagogy, andragogy, and heutagogy to facilitate science learning through the development of a teaching philosophy, outreach teaching skills, motivation in learning, assessment foundations, and review of current literature on instruction in science fields.
AGST440
Exploring Maryland Agriculture, Agricultural Industry, and Agricultural Literacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Explore the mission and history of the Land Grant System as well as current work conducted through the University of Maryland to extend research to citizens. Often referred to as America in miniature, Maryland boasts diverse people, agricultural practices, cultures, and ecosystems which students will examine to perceive the decision making processes within and across ecological systems as well as the development of advisory boards.
AGST640
Analysis of Maryland Agriculture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
An advanced research focused course on examining the mission and history of the Land Grant System as well as appraising the current work conducted through the University of Maryland Extension to extend research to citizens. Often referred to as America in miniature, Maryland boasts diverse people, agricultural practices, cultures, and ecosystems which students will examine to perceive the decision making processes within and across ecological systems. An enriching field practicum with an agricultural agency is required.