Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix.  Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title.  The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description.  Prerequisites are also listed.  A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.

Subject Prefix and Course NumberCourse NameSemester Credit HoursCourse DescriptionCross Listed CoursePrerequisite
AFE 116Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Environment2Students examine career options, necessary academic preparation, and how to search for in agriculture, food and environment. In addition to lectures, students will visit an organically certified farm, a sustainable conventional farm, a small business/ nursery involved in agriculture, an agricultural biotechnology company (AllTech), and tour the Kentucky River on the KSU Kentucky River Thorobred. Not Applicable Not Applicable
AFE 117Global Perspectives in Agriculture, Food, and Environment3Students will explore agriculture, food science, and environmental issues across the planet and how these issues also impact people in the United States. Climate change, international challenges to food production, expanding international markets, global competition in producing food and energy, and international environmental challenges will be examined. Specific AFE issues in Asia, Africa, Cuba, Europe, and Mexico/ South America will be discussed, as well as opportunities for international study by students.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
AFE 211AFE Introduction to Animal Science3Explores interactions between animal production systems and the environment. Impact of animal production on water and nutrient cycles, greenhouse gas balance, and soil quality in relation to sustain able animal production systems. Economic, social, and ecological considerations for ruminant, swine, and poultry production.Not ApplicableBIO 111
AFE 217Plant Science3An introduction to plant structure, function, physiology, nutrition, health, growth, and genetics and interactions between crop production systems and the environment. Conventional and organic growing practices of important food and ornamental crops in field and greenhouse settings will be explored. (Two hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory per week).Not ApplicableBIO 111
AFE 311Practicum I2Intensive experience involving practical on-site participation working in option area (University, state, or private).Not ApplicableConsent of Instructor
AFE 318Environmental Entomology3Basic insect biology and relationships among insects, plants, and other organisms; identification of commonly encountered insects, interaction of insects with the biological, chemical, and physical aspects of their environment. Principles of insect damage and various types of natural and applied control methods, including natural products, traditional insecticides, transgenic insecticidal cultivars, biological and microbial controls and chemical ecology.Not ApplicableBIO 111
AFE 334Soil Science3Explore interactions between soil, agriculture, and the environment. Topics include soil classification, formation and loss; soil biology; soil and water quality; soil contamination and remediation; nutrient management.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
AFE 366Climate Change 3The course provides the fundamentals of Earth’s climate system, and mechanisms of climate change as well as the methods that scientists use to investigate climate variability or change. It focuses on the Earth's natural climate changes over the past and the role that humans have had in changing climates. Students will investigate the relationships between human activity and climate change and the consequences when human and natural factors interact. Students will use a Climate Change laboratory manual to explore weather related data, learn and investigate climate models and predictions. Students also will explore possible technological solutions to this vast and increasingly important problem.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
AFE 340Environmental Science & Agroecology3Introduction to ecological underpinnings of conventional, sustainable, and organic agriculture. Survey of beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants, animals, fungi, protists, and bacteria commonly found in agroecosystems. Discussion of competition, predator-prey dynamics, herbivory, disease, biological control, and management tactics that optimize farmer benefits.Not ApplicableAFE 211 and AFE 217 with grade of "C" or better.
AFE 404Nutrition and Metabolism3Nutrition and Metabolism takes the fundamentals of basic nutrition: calorie intake, macro-nutrients, energy production/consumption, vitamins/minerals, and other principles and informs the student on how these elements are integrated with one another through metabolism. Students will cover the metabolic pathways of carbohydrates, lipids, protein, amino acids, and vitamin/minerals and how they are all interconnected. In addition, this class will explore the nature of metabolic diseases and how nutrition plays a significant role.Not ApplicableBIO 111 or consent of instructor
AFE 405Research and Extension in Nutrition3This course will provide substantial opportunities to learn about research, provide education, and participate in Extension activities in order to give students a chance to explore different work experiences in nutritional science.Not ApplicableFNU 104 and/or BIO 101 or BIO 111, AFE 100, AFE 200
AFE 407Agroforestry: Local/Global Perspectives 3Students will examine and have an understanding of how different agroforestry systems function with landscapes across multiple scales (plot, watershed, landscape) and how these systems contribute to achieving multiple benefits (environmental, social, economic, etc.)Not ApplicableNot Applicable
AFE 410AFE Seminar1Expose students to presentations of environmental science and agriculture research efforts by faculty and visiting scientists and allow students to formally present a research topic. Students make a formal, oral presentation of a research topic with computer-generated audio-visual materials.Not ApplicableUpper-division standing; senior classification recommended.
AFE 411Practicum II2Intensive research experience involving hypothesis testing. This course requires on-site participation in an option area. The research can be conducted on campus, at another university, or with state or private institutions. Not ApplicableConsent of Instructor
AFE 415Livestock Production Practices3Course will explore conventional and alternative production practices for the major livestock species produced in Kentucky. Students will learn about organic, forage based, and natural production practices and how they compare to conventional production of cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, and poultry. They will have hands on experience with working with livestock to learn basic handling and management procedures.Not ApplicableAFE 211
AFE 416Nutrition and Society3As the prevalence of obesity and co-morbidities continue to rise in the United States, there is a strong need for individuals trained in community nutrition education as well as science. This course is dedicated to teaching students the principles behind nutrition education, the epidemiological factors, methodologies and pertinent organizations.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
AFE 417Modern Nutrition and Disease3This course in intended for those with theoretical and practical interest in the field of Food and Nutrition Sciences, and will give an overview of the role of Nutritional Science as it relates to health with special emphasis on disease prevention and management of disorders and diseases of various body systems.Not ApplicableFNU 104
AFE 425Agricultural Economics and Marketing3Understanding the economics of agricultural production. Training in the decision-making tools available to agribusiness managers. Using agricultural financial analyses for making management decisions. Understanding the food marketing system and how prices are established in marketsNot ApplicableMAT 120 or MAT 125 or Consent of Instructor
AFE 435Urban Agriculture3Examine contributions of ornamental and food gardens to community health and food system sustainability. Explore potential of compact urban agriculture to offset community food needs through high and low input production. Gain hands-on experience with tools, techniques and practices used to grow and process food and ornamental crops in urban environments.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
AFE 440Ornamental and Landscape Plants3Identification, morphology, classification, nomenclature and adaptability of ornamental plants in landscape environments. Use of plants in home, business, and park landscapes to reduce water use, pollutants, energy and labor inputs. Use of native plants for therapeutic environments that promote human health, limit spread of invasive plants, and promote local plant/wildlife.Not ApplicableAFE 217 or consent of instructor
AFE 442Plant Propagation and Plant Production Systems 3This course provides an understanding of both traditional plant propagation and tissue culture as well as sustainable plant production systems. Plant propagation is a critical part of nursery and greenhouse management not only to reduce production costs but also to maximize the potential profit. Sustainable practices and production of horticultural crops is also examined to reduce water use, pollutants, energy and labor inputs. Topics covered also include soil, plant nutrition, pest and disease management that are essential for small scale farmers.Not ApplicableAFE 217 or consent of instructor
AFE 443 Apiculture/Pollination Biology 3This course guides the student through the biology and culture of honey bees and other important pollinators. The morphology, physiology, behavior, reproduction, genetics, breeding and ecology of honey bees are included. The application of the biology of honey bees is described, as they are important crop pollinators and producers of honey and wax. The biology of other pollinators, especially other species of bees, is compared to that of the honey bee. In particular, the relative merits of various pollinators are compared according to the plants they visit. Recent ideas and novel applications for apiculture are described.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
AFE 445Agriculture and Energy3Examine agriculture’s role as a producer and consumer of energy in context of the broader food system. Explore potential to improve agricultural energy efficiency and produce energy on farms using solar, wind, hydro, biopower, and biofuel technologies.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
AFE 450Human Health and Environment3Explore interactions between health, chemical exposure, water quality, air quality, and agriculture. Other topics include environmental justice, case studies of environmental health disasters, waste disposal, risk, urbanization, and links between global warming and health.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
AFE 455Food Safety & Microbiology3Survey food and nutrition principles, including nutrients, diet; nutritional effects of food processing, storage, and preparation; food safety, fads, and current controversies. Gain hands-on experience with techniques used to prepare food.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
AFE 465Food Systems3Explore relationships among environment, food supply chains, security, quality, diet, and consumer health, with particular emphasis on system components after the farm gate. Discuss existing barriers to healthy and sustainable food consumption, behaviors and policies with potential to overcome these barriers.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
AFE 485 Special Topics in AFE 3This course requires intensive examination of an Agriculture, Food, and Environmental (AFE) science topic chosen by a faculty member in Agriculture, Food, and Environment. This course will require intensive reading and discussion, as well as writing.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
AFE 489 Remote Sensing of the Environment 3The course introduces fundamental principles of remote sensing applications for recording electromagnetic energy from the earth’s surface for studying vegetation, soil, water, urban infrastructure.Not ApplicableConsent of Instructor
AFE 495 Environmental Science and Bioremediation 3The fate and transport of pollutants in the environment and their final destination, dilution, dispersion, adsorption, persistence, degradation, their adverse effects, and the route these pollutants take in the environment will be discussed and possible solutions and remediation techniques will be presented. (Four hours of lecture/laboratory per week)Not ApplicableNot Applicable