Agricultural and Environmental Systems (AES)

AES - Agricultural and Environmental Systems Courses

AES 201 Shop Processes and Management 3.

Safety practices, materials, equipment, processes, procedures, and management techniques related to operation and maintenance of a mechanized agricultural enterprise or agriculture-related industry. Theory and practice through basic shop operationsand procedures.

AES 250 Survey of Agricultural and Environmental Issues 3.

This course presents an overview of the history of technology in agriculture. Topics include how the adoption of agriculture affected society, how ancient Greek farmers gave the world the idea of the family farm, and how this notion saved the earliest attempts to colonize North America from disaster. Additionally, a broad overview of current agricultural and environmental problems and attempts to find solutions suitable not only to farmers and the agri-business community but to all urban and environmentally aware society will be covered.

AES 323 Water Management 3.
Prerequisite: Junior standing..

Water management principles applied to agriculture; hydrologic cycle, runoff, surface and sub-surface drainage, soil conservation measures to reduce erosion and sedimentation, irrigation, pond construction, open channel flow, water rights and environmental laws pertaining to water management. Emphasis on problem solving.

AES 332 Management of Animal Environments 4.
Prerequisite: PY 211 or PY 205..

Environmental relationships, design methods, materials and construction procedures as they relate to agricultural animal production facilities. Problem situations integrating structural design, environmental control, and waste handling.

AES 333 Processing Agricultural Products 4.
Prerequisite: PY 211 or PY 205..

Application of the principles of fluid flow, heat transfer, refrigeration, psychrometrics, and materials handling to the processing of agricultural products. Pump sizing, heat exchanger selection, refrigeration analyses, fan sizing, crop drying, andselection of materials handling equipment.

AES 343 Agricultural Electrification 4.
Junior standing or above.

Practical and efficient use of electrical energy for agricultural and home application. Energy conservation, electric rates, farm and house wiring, circuit design, single-phase and three-phase distribution systems, electric motors, lighting, space and water heating, electric controls, safety and protective devices. This course has a required field trip.

AES 411 Agricultural Machinery and Power Units 4.
Prerequisite: CH 101, CH 102, and PY 211 or PY 205..

Agricultural machinery principles, energy requirements, operation, calibration and environmental considerations. Diesel engine principles and their application to engine power, efficiencies and systems. Power trains and hydraulic systems. Application of basic machinery and power principles to mechanical needs in environmental systems.

AES 432 Agricultural and Environmental Safety and Health 3.
Prerequisite: Junior standing and 6 hrs CALS Group A, B or C Electives.

Safety and health issues for agricultural and environmental occupations. Hazard recognition, injury and illness prevention, regulations, and safety and health management strategies for agricultural production, chemical handling, and waste management. Environmental factors which affect human health and safety.

AES 443 Environmental Restoration Implementation 3.
Prerequisite: AES 323 or BAE 471..

Students will learn how to implement environmental restoration designs for streams, wetlands, and stormwater best management practices to improve ecosystem health. Topics include interpretation of construction drawings and specifications, calculating construction quantities and developing contractor bid tabs, environmental permitting and regulations, erosion and sediment control, project management and scheduling, construction oversight, specialized construction materials and equipment for environmental projects, survey stakeout, vegetation installation and management, site inspection and maintenance, and monitoring of structural and ecological conditions of restoration projects. In-class field trips are required.