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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Permaculture Minor

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Ida Bowers (Geography), Ph.D., Adviser
Mark Bender (Agricultural Studies), Ph.D., Adviser
Michael Stevens (Biology), Ph.D., Adviser

Office: Bizzini Hall 215

The minor in Permaculture is an interdisciplinary program open to students in any major. Permaculture is a design approach for agroecosystems. With a focus on long- term sustainability, it emphasizes ecological principles and diversity of plant and animal combinations suited to the characteristics of places and cultures. As such, it is appropriate for students who are concerned with resource issues, agriculture, community development, and land use planning.

Students must complete a minimum of 31 upper-division units. (With adviser’s approval, a transfer student who has completed equivalent courses at the lower-division level in Categories 1-5 may use those courses to satisfy requirements in the minor as long as the student has a minimum of 20 upper-division units in the minor). Advising and approval for each student’s pattern of courses in the minor is required.

Supplementing the Minor

The following are recommended upper-division GE courses. Choose one course from each category:


(31–34 units)

Category 2 — Ecology

(3-4 units)

Choose one course from the following:

Category 3 — Pests and Plant Diseases

(4 units)

Choose one course from the following:

Category 5 — Applied Work/Work Experience

(3 units)

It is required that students take an internship with the campus BioAg Center or with a local agricultural entity. See appropriate discipline for your interests. If students come from a community college with credited work experience, this requirement is waived.

Category 6 — Capstone Courses

(6-7 units)

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