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Sustainable Agriculture

BIRCHAM INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Faculty of Life & Earth Sciences



Faculty of Life & Earth Sciences

 

MODULE: Sustainable Agriculture

Program delivered by distance learning higher education up to a maximum of 54 credits. This module may be combined or completed with other online university courses from this faculty.

 

DESCRIPTION: Sustainable Agriculture

This program covers the theoretical basis of sustainable agriculture; the design of alternative production systems and technologies; and the management of insect pests, pathogens, and weeds. It carefully guide students through major agricultural topics such as plant sciences, agriculture technology and engineering, and farm management using research findings and examples from both the developed and undeveloped worlds.

 

Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 Academic Credits):

1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 2 ECTS Credit (30 hours of study).

 

Agriculture Science
Horticulture
Agriculture Production
Sustainable Agriculture
Soil Fertility
Soil & Water Conservation
Drainage & Irrigation
Agriculture Machinery
Agricultural Engineering
Water & Waste Sanitation
Agricultural Biotechnology
Soil Science
Soil Improvement
Biosystems Engineering
Bioprocessing of Byproducts
Farm Management
Plant Health Management
Genetic Improvement

 

DISTANCE EDUCATION DEGREE SUPERVISOR: John Stanley Bircham
More information about this supervisor and instructors at Bircham University Human Network.

 

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DISTANCE LEARNING DEGREE PROGRAMS: Sustainable Agriculture

This module is applicable to Specialist, Expert, Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. (Doctor) Programs. This distance learning degree program is designed at the postgraduate level – Master’s or Doctoral. This module may be easily adapted to complete the Specialist, Expert or Bachelor’s adult degree program requirements. A further option is the enrollment into the online university courses listed in this module.

 

Specialist - Expert Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture (21 Academic Credits)
Select 5 courses for the online diploma of Specialist or 7 courses for the Expert Diploma from the total of 18 courses from this specialization module in Sustainable Agriculture.

 

Bachelor's Degree (B.A., B.S., B.B.A.) in Sustainable Agriculture (130 Academic Credits)
54 credits for 18 Specialization Courses in Sustainable Agriculturedistance learning higher education.
+ 60 credits in General Education may be transferred from previous education and experience for the completion of this distance learning degree.
+ 16 credits or 5 additional online university courses that may be selected from other modules in the Faculty of Life & Earth Sciences from Bircham International University. This selection must to be approved by the Distance Learning University Education Board.

 

Master's Degree (M.B.A., M.S., M.A.) in Sustainable Agriculture (35~50 Academic Credits)
54 credits for 18 Specialization Courses in Sustainable Agriculturedistance learning higher education.
+ 13 credits that correspond to research methodology and the Final Project.

 

Doctorate (Doctor Ph.D. Degree) in Sustainable Agriculture (45~70 Academic Credits)
54 credits for 18 Specialization Courses in Sustainable Agriculturedistance learning higher education.
+ 18 credits that correspond to research methodology and the Thesis.

 

 

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METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Distance Learning Higher Education

This program is delivered by traditional correspondence instruction. Bircham International University will send to your address the physical program suggested textbooks. You will be requested to write 20 to 35 pages reports about these books. You submit these reports by email or mail. The reports are the course exams. Bircham International University will evaluate your required written work. If passed, you will earn the degree from Bircham International University. Read BIU Distance Learning Higher Education Study Guide for more instructions about BIU pedagogy, tutoring and evaluation.

 

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LANGUAGE OF STUDY:

Book and report writing in other language than English must be requested (and approved by BIU) prior to enrollment into this distance learning degree program.

 

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ADMISSION PROCESS: Distance Education University

Bircham International University issues an admission certificate after receiving your complete application for admission. This document will show the amount of credits transferred and validated from previous education and experience, and the amount of credits required to complete the distance learning degree program's major. Bircham University can not perform this evaluation without the complete application for admission.

 

Students enrolling into this distance learning degree program should be aware that:

1. Location: Bircham International University needs a functional geographical location to ship the book and materials for successful completion of this online diploma.
2. Communication: Email, courier, phone are key communication instruments with Bircham University that play an important role in the progress and support of this program of study.
3. Capacity: Any impediment, physical or psychological, to read a book and write a report must be communicated to Bircham International University prior to enrollment into this distance learning degree program.
4. Technology: No specific technology is required to complete this online university degree.
5. Language: Book reading and report writing in other language than English must be requested (and approved by BIU) prior to enrollment in any online university course.
6. Discrimination: There is no discrimination with respect to race, color, gender, beliefs or religion.
7. Age: Check the admission requirements for each distance education adult degree program.
 

 

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SUBJECT COURSES: Sustainable Agriculture

Each subject accounts for 3 credits.

 

Each of the following subjetcs may be studied as a continuing education course.

 

Agriculture Science

The course covers the theoretical basis of sustainable agriculture; designing alternative systems and technologies; alternative production systems; and managing insect pests, pathogens, and weeds. It provides examples from throughout the developed and undeveloped world.

Instructor: John Stanley Bircham

 

Horticulture

This course explores the science and technology related to horticulture with emphasis on the physiological components of growth and development of ornamentals, fruits, and vegetables.

Instructor: John Stanley Bircham

 

Agriculture Production

This course reviews the production and management of field crops, including establishment, irrigation, fertilization, pests, harvesting, and the integration of different plants and animals in the agriculture production chain.

Instructor: John Stanley Bircham

 

Sustainable Agriculture

This course reviews the idea of agricultural sustainability; economic, ecological, and social components; landscape management; agri-food communities in urban and rural systems; pest management; water availability and use for irrigation and other purposes, and the importance of water to agriculture and society; in addition to the land, food, and nutrition and their impact on human health continuum.

Instructor: John Stanley Bircham

 

Soil Fertility

This course explores all aspects of soil fertility including nutrient availability, soil chemistry, solubility relationships, ion exchange, and oxidation-reduction reactions in soils. It considers the sources, properties, and utilization of fertilizers and other formulas to affect soil fertility.

Instructor: John Stanley Bircham

 

Soil & Water Conservation

This course reviews the problems, principles, and control of soil erosion by water and wind, land planning for soil conservation, and water management including irrigation and drainage problems.

Instructor: Luis Fontanet Sallán

 

Drainage & Irrigation

This course explores all issues related to drainage and irrigation including soil-water-plant relationships, theory of infiltration and evapotranspiration, saturated and unsaturated flow through soils, movement of chemicals in the vadose zone, the design of surface and subsurface drainage systems, design of sprinkler, trickle, and subsurface irrigation systems. It studies the management of irrigation systems in developing countries.

Instructor: John Stanley Bircham

 

Agriculture Machinery

This course reviews the selection, use, evaluation, maintenance, and management of farm, industrial, and turf equipment. It also explores the calibration, efficiency, cost considerations, and labor performance of agriculture machinery.

Instructor: John Stanley Bircham

 

Agricultural Engineering

This course brings the principles and applications of engineering to bear on the science and technology of farming and growing. It integrates biological and physical sciences through the application of engineering fundamentals and design to biological systems involved in production, processing, storage, handling, distribution, the use of food and other biomaterials, and managing related natural resources of the agriculture.

Instructor: John Stanley Bircham

 

Water & Waste Sanitation

This course deals with waste sanitation and the environmental health problems concerning watersheds, water channels, river systems, and the sea. It examines waste impact on the hydrologic cycle and provides management solutions for modifying this impact on water quality, quantity, and use.

Instructor: Luis Fontanet Sallán

 

Agricultural Biotechnology

This course reviews the theory, principles, and techniques of molecular biology and its applications in agriculture and animal production. Humans have historically altered plants to meet food needs. It also explores the impacts of biotechnology from different perspectives.

Instructor: John Stanley Bircham

 

Soil Science

This course presents the properties and mechanics of soil that govern its use for purposes related to plant growth, construction, and conservation. Topics include soil biology, chemistry, water, fertility, classification, and surveys. It relates these concepts to current soil management, wetland management, the use of Geographic Information Systems for soil mapping, and much more. It stresses on sustainable soil uses and prepares students to deal with current environmental issues, such as soil and water conservation, nutrient management, sustainable agriculture, etc.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali

 

Soil Improvement

This course explores the methods of soil improvement, cohesion, de-watering, drains, compaction, ground stabilization, and injections.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali

 

Biosystems Engineering

This course explores the application of engineering sciences to energy and mass balances in agricultural and biological systems. Emphasis is on solving engineering problems in the areas of air and water vapor systems, machine systems, food systems, grain processing, hydrologic systems, electrical systems, and mass and energy transport in cells and microbes.

Instructor: Jose R. Vazquez

 

Bioprocessing of Byproducts

This course presents the principles of chemistry, microbiology, and engineering applicable to the design of systems for the treatment and utilization of livestock manures and other agricultural byproducts. It explains the bioenergetics of microbial processes, composting agricultural and animal wastes, odor measurement, and toxic control.

Instructor: Luis Fontanet Sallán

 

Farm Management

This course explains the key aspects in today's agriculture production industry. It shows how a good farm management requires the application of economic principles, budgeting procedures, and information systems to determine optimal combinations of crop and livestock. It considers the whole farm resources, planning, and management.

Instructor: John Stanley Bircham

 

Plant Health Management

This course studies the identification and biology of important diseases and plant insects. It presents an integrated approach to pest and plant health management in various plant environments.

Instructor: Jose R. Vazquez

 

Genetic Improvement

This course deals with the past, present, and future of genetic improvement with emphasis on the genetic principles underlying plant and animal breeding, and on molecular biological principles underlying genetic analysis and engineering. It explores the use of hormones and DNA for genome modification and improvement.

Instructor: Jose R. Vazquez

 

 

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