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Courses - Spring 2018
PLSC
Plant Sciences
PLSC100
Introduction to Horticulture
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: LL
GenEd: DSNL
An overview to the art and science of horticulture. Relationships between plant science and plant production, the use of horticultural plants and plant stress as influenced by cultural practices.
Students must pay a $50.00 lab materials fee.
PLSC226
Plant Diversity
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC201; or permission of instructor.
Students will learn to identify and understand relationships among major plant families of northeastern North America, especially of the Mid-Atlantic region, through lecture, field, and laboratory study. Characteristics and biogeography of and evolutionary relationships among families are emphasized in lecture. These characteristics will be woven together to provide understanding of the ecological and evolutionary drivers of plant diversity and the history of the field. Sight identification of families, genera, and species and keying skills are stressed in field and laboratory sessions.
PLSC235
Irrigation and Drainage
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: PLSC235 or PLSC489I.
Formerly: PLSC489I.
An overview of U.S. and state water doctrines and plant water use rates Irrigation systems for residential and athletic field use will be discussed covering such topics as hydraulics, sprinkler spacing, pipe selection and sizing, pumps, controllers, valves, and irrigation trouble shooting. Surface and subsurface drainage for turfgrass sites will also be covered.
PLSC251
Financial Applications for the Green Industry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
Credit only granted for: PLSC361 or PLSC251.
Formerly: PLSC361.
An introduction to the application of financial principles in the Green Industry business sector. Accounting, pricing, and estimating, job cost management and production efficiency are discussed and manifested in Scholarship In Practice exercises, case studies and a business plan project.
PLSC254
Woody Plants for Mid-Atlantic Landscape II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC100 and PLSC253; or permission of instructor.
A field and laboratory study of trees, shrubs, and vines used in ornamental plantings. Major emphasis is placed on introduced and evergreen plant materials.
PLSC271
Plant Propagation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC100; or (BSCI170 and BSCI171); or BSCI105.
A study of the principles and practices in the propagation of plants.
PLSC275
Fundamentals of Agricultural Chemistry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM131 and CHEM132. And PLSC100; or PLSC101; or (BSCI160 and BSCI161); or (BSCI170 and BSCI171); or BSCI105; or BSCI106.
Restriction: Must not have completed CHEM104 or CHEM105. And must be in a major within the AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department; or must be in a major within the AGNR-Animal & Avian Sciences department; or permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: PLSC275, CHEM104, or CHEM105.
An in-depth discussion of chemistry targeted to students enrolled in plant and animal management curricula offered in AGNR. Covers the nomenclature and basic functional groups in organic chemistry, secondary plant metabolites, basic tenets of organic agriculture and the creation of genetically-modified plants. The chemistry, handling and usage of agricultural pesticides is also discussed.
PLSC303
Global Food Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Prerequisite: BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
An introduction to the global food system and its agricultural, biophysical, and socioeconomic domains. The problems and potentials for increasing world food supply based on current agronomic knowledge. Emphasis on international aspects of food crop production as its interrelationships with people and the environment in the developing world.
PLSC388
Honors Thesis Research
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PLSC399
Special Problems in Plant Science
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLSC400
Plant Physiology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105; or PLSC201. And CHEM231 and CHEM232; or CHEM237; or permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department.
Also offered as: BSCI442.
Credit only granted for: BSCI442 or PLSC400.
A survey of plant physiology and development responses and adaptation to the environment.
PLSC401
Pest Management Strategies for Turfgrass
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC305.
Interdisciplinary view of weed, disease, and insect management from an agronomy perspective. Plant responses to pest invasion, diagnosis of pest-related disorders, and principles of weed, disease and insect suppression through cultural, biological and chemical means are discussed.
PLSC407
Advanced Crop Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC101. And BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105.
A study of principles of production for forage crops, corn, small grains, rice, millets, sorghums, soybeans and other oil seed crops. Their seed production, processing, distribution and the current federal and state seed control programs for these agronomic crops will also be discussed.
PLSC410
Commercial Turf Maintenance and Production
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC305; or permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department.
Agronomic programs and practices used in hydroseeding, commercial lawn care, sod production and seed production. Current environmental, regulatory and business management issues confronting the turfgrass industry.
PLSC411
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: BSCI170; and BSCI171. Or PLSC201; or permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department.
An introduction to genetic principles and technologies in plants, centered on linking phenotype to genotype. Topics include Mendelian inheritance of single and complex traits, epigenetics, population genetics and plant breeding. Examples on creating and mapping genetic mutations in both model plants and non-model crops are discussed. Current genetic and genomic approaches are highlighted, such as genome engineering and reprogramming, TILLING, and genome-wide association mapping.
PLSC425
Green Roofs and Urban Sustainability
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: PLSC425 or PLSC489V.
Formerly: PLSC489V.
The integration of disciplines associated with sustainability issues. Topics range from plant science to design to policy, all of which can contribute to improving the urban environment.
PLSC432
Greenhouse Crop Production
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC201 and PLSC202; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in BSCI442.
The commercial production and marketing of ornamental plant crops under greenhouse, plastic houses and out-of-door conditions.
PLSC452
Environmental Horticulture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC100 or PLSC101; and (PLSC253 and PLSC254).
Environmental horticulture principles used in the establishment and maintenance of plant materials in residential and commercial landscapes will be addressed. The effect of soil conditions, environmental factors, and commercial practices will be discussed in relation to the growth and development of newly-installed plant materials. Field diagnostics will be used by students to assess significant problems of plant decline. Environmental sustainability will be combined with current commercial practices of storm water management, nutrient management, and irrigation management to achieve an integrated approach to plant management.
Students must pay a $60.00 lab materials fee.
PLSC460
Application of Knowledge in Plant Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: PLSC100 or PLSC101; or permission of instructor.
Recommended: ENGL393 and ENST200; and (PLSC389 or PLSC399).
Restriction: Senior standing or higher. And must be in a major within AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department; or must be in another related major.
A capstone course based on interactions with plant science professional and student-led class discussions. Students will apply their knowledge and experience to practical issues in the discipline, further develop critical thinking ability, and enhance their communication, teamwork, and professional skills. Topics will include nutrient management, integrated pest management, plant interactions with urban and rural ecosystems, planning of public grounds, plant biotechnology, and teaching skills.
PLSC471
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC201; or (BSCI160 and BSCI161); or BSCI106.
An understanding of the forest ecosystem, its structure and the processes that regulate it are provided. It also considers changes that occur in forests, the interaction of environment and genetics in promoting ecosystem sustainability, and the role of human influences on urban forest ecosystems.
PLSC489O
Special Topics in Plant Science; Plant Taxonomy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students will learn to identify and understand relationships among major plant families of northeastern North America, especially of the Mid-Atlantic region, through lecture, field, and laboratory study. Characteristics and biogeography of and evolutionary relationships among families are emphasized in lecture. These characteristics will be woven together to provide understanding of the ecological and evolutionary drivers of plant diversity and the history of the field. Sight identification of families, genera, and species and keying skills are stressed in field and laboratory sessions.
PLSC489W
Special Topics in Plant Science; Plant-Microbe Associations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Understanding the diverse relationships between plants and their associated microbes is important for crop protection and food security. A comparative analysis of the ecology, physiology and molecular genetics of plant - microbe interactions along with their impact on society and the surrounding ecosystem. Students will learn and gain an understanding of various microbiomes and their impact on plant growth, pathogenic strategies used to overcome plant immune systems and derive nutrients from host plants, the molecular mechanisms used by plants to recognize and respond to invading pathogens, symbiotic relationships between plants and microbes, prospects of genetic engineering of plants for disease resistance
PLSC608T
Research Methods; Supervised Teaching
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLSC618
Advances in Research; Critiquing Primary Plant Science Literature
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLSC619
Seminars in Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLSC689C
(Perm Req)
Special Topics; Conservation Biology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
PLSC689W
Special Topics; Plant-Microbe Associations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Understanding the diverse relationships between plants and their associated microbes is important for crop protection and food security. A comparative analysis of the ecology, physiology and molecular genetics of plant - microbe interactions along with their impact on society and the surrounding ecosystem. Students will learn and gain an understanding of various microbiomes and their impact on plant growth, pathogenic strategies used to overcome plant immune systems and derive nutrients from host plants, the molecular mechanisms used by plants to recognize and respond to invading pathogens, symbiotic relationships between plants and microbes, prospects of genetic engineering of plants for disease resistance
PLSC789M
Advances in Research; Plant Membrane Biology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLSC799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLSC898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLSC899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.