College Of Arts And Sciences | Agricultural Biotechnology: Scientific, Social, and Ecological Aspects
E105 | 0206 | Wagner, R

Biotechnology is defined as the means or ways of manipulating life
forms to provide desirable products for manís use.  Biotechnology has
profoundly affected the way food is produced. However, the
ramifications of biotechnology extend far beyond its agronomic
intentions. As a result, agricultural biotechnology has become a
highly controversial subject.  There are several goals of this
course. The first is to understand the scientific basis of
agricultural biotechnology, with emphasis on genetic engineering.
The second is to identify the impact of biotechnology on agriculture,
society and the environment. The third is to identify and evaluate
the risks and benefits of biotechnology. The fourth is to develop the
skills for retrieving and evaluating information about a
controversial technological issue. The fifth is to synthesize
information into a comprehensive and balanced paper on a
controversial technological issue. Information will be presented in a
lecture/ discussion format and will be instructor and student led.
There will be several guest lecturers.  Student performance will be
based on quizzes, an oral presentation, a paper and class
participation. Students will work individually and in groups.