About PSS 156 OL1

Design of agriculturally productive environments that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of the natural biosphere to harmoniously integrate landscape and people. Prerequisite: PSS 010 or PSS 021 or BIOL 002 or NR 103 or BCOR 012 or BCOR 102 or other basic ecology course or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: ENVS 156.


Prereqs enforced by the system: PSS 21 or BIOL 2 or BCOR 12 or BCOR 102 or NR 103; or permission; Sophomore standing; Cross listed with ENVS 156 A; Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

Permaculture is an ethically based, whole-systems design approach to creating sustainable landscapes and human settlements. It strives to create agriculturally productive environments that have the diversity, stability, and resiliency of the natural biosphere while harmoniously integrating people and landscapes. As an interdisciplinary design method, permaculture is rooted in horticulture and agriculture, but also spans into regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, technology, architecture, and international development. This introductory permaculture course explores the fundamentals of permaculture science and design.

Section Expectation

This is a fully online and asynchronous course. Students will work individually through weekly online learning modules that include assigned reading, recorded lectures, and other supplemental videos/materials. Students will engage with each other through discussion board prompts and reviewing design work.


Students will be evaluated on a series of 10 short permaculture design exercises, weekly open-book content quizzes, and a final design project.

Course Dates



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