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Plant Sciences (PLS)

Chairperson: Professor Alm

101 Freshman Inquiry into Plant Sciences (1)

Introduction for freshmen to the opportunities, careers, research activities, applied outreach, and educational programs in the Department of Plant Sciences. Interact weekly with faculty. Explore hands-on modules. (Lec. 1) S/U credit.

107 (or BIO 107) Plant Biology Seminar (1)

A seminar series offered by faculty, graduate students, and visiting professionals for the purpose of acquainting students with career opportunities provided by the plant biology program. (Seminar)

150 Plant Biology for Gardeners (3)

Fundamentals of plant biology, emphasizing the structure, physiology, and ecology of vascular plants common to gardens and landscaped environments. (Lec. 3) (N)

190 Issues in Biotechnology (3)

See Aquaculture and Fisheries Science 190. (N)

200 Introduction to Plant Protection (4)

Basic study of weeds, insects, and disease agents, and the problems they cause. Recognition of important plant pests and application of integrated cultural, chemical, and biological pest management procedures. (Lec. 4) Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor.

205 Population, Environment, and Plant Biology I (4)

Solving problems related to the interaction of population growth, environment, cell behavior, and plant productivity, as seen from the perspective of competitive evolution. (Lec. 3, Lab. 2) Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor.

210 Plant Protection Practicum (2)

Introduction to practical aspects of plant protection, concentrating on field diagnostic techniques and development of analytical and observation skills. Diagnostics are primarily an interactive field activity, supplemented by microscopy, report writing, and oral presentations. (Practicum) Pre: credit or concurrent enrollment in 200 or permission of instructor.

215 Propagation of Plant Materials (4)

Theory and practice of the propagation of ornamental plants by seed, cuttings, grafting, and tissue culture. (Lec. 2 Lab. 4) Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor.

233 Floral Art (3)

Theory and practice in the art of flower and plant arrangement for the home, show, and special occasions. History, elements, and principles of design and color. (Lec. 1, Lab. 4) (A) or (N)

250 Plant Breeding and Genetics (4)

Introduction to the general principles of plant breeding, with emphasis on the application of genetic principles in plant improvement strategies. (Lec. 3, Lab. 2) Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor.

255 Horticultural Plant Science(3)

Fundamental concepts underlying life functions in plants and their horticultural implications and relevancy. Emphasis on plant physiology, plant nutrition, and plant reproduction and how they relate to horticultural plant production. (Lec. 3) Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 and CHM 103 or 124 or permission of instructor.

301 Nursery Crop Production and Management (3)

Foundation of nursery management and woody plant production practices. History and organization of the nursery industry, land selection and management, plant culture, growing structures and equipment, and recent innovations. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor. In alternate years. Next offered spring 2009.

306 Landscape Management and Arboriculture (3)

Culture of new and established trees, shrubs, and vines in the landscape. Practical exposure to planting, pruning, fertilization, and plant protection. Prepares the student for Arborist’s Certification Examination. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor.

311 Fruit Culture (3)

Principles of fruit production with emphasis on home gardens. Topics include propagation, planting, soils, fertilization, cultural practices, pruning and storage of tree and small fruits and dwarfs or semi-dwarf stocks. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

320 Landscape Design (3)

Examination of landscape design principles and practices including introduction to landscape graphics, preliminary design, and planting design. (Lec. 3) Not open to landscape architecture majors.

322 Power Units (3)

Principles of operation, maintenance, and adjustment of power units including gasoline and diesel engines and electric motors. Emphasis on tractors and other power units important in farm, nursery, greenhouse, and grounds maintenance operations. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) In alternate years.

331 Floriculture and Greenhouse Management (3)

The greenhouse environment and its relation to the culture of specific plants. Principles governing the production and culture of plants under controlled temperature, humidity, light, and modified atmospheres. Greenhouse construction and environmental control. (Lec. 3) Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor. In alternate years. Next offered spring 2008.

332 Plant Pathology: Introduction to Plant Diseases

See Biological Sciences 332.

335 Commercial Floral Design and Flower Shop Practices (3)

Advanced floral design including wedding, funeral, church, and holiday arrangements. Flower shop practices, buying, selling, and handling cut flowers and potted plants. (Lec. 1, Lab. 4) Pre: 233 or permission of instructor. (A) [D]

341 Introduction to Turf Management (3)

Fundamental aspects of turfgrass science including identification, propagation, fertilization, pest control, and other soil-plant relationships. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor..

350 Herbaceous Garden Plants (3)

Identification and use of annual and perennial herbaceous ornamental plants in the landscape. Emphasis on sustainable landscaping and the use of native plants. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor.

353 Landscape Plants I

See Landscape Architecture 353.

354 Landscape Plants II

See Landscape Architecture 354.

361 Weed Science (3)

Ecological and cultural aspects of weed problems, physiology of herbicide action, selected problem areas in weed control and plant identification. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor. In alternate years. Next offered fall 2007.

390 Irrigation Technology (3)

A study of the science and technology of obtaining, applying, and managing water as it relates to the culture of field, forage, vegetable, turf, and ornamental crops. (Lec. 2, Lab. 2) Service learning. Pre: MTH 107 or 108 or 111 or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

393, 394 Plant Protection Clinic (3 each)

Practical experience in plant pest detection and identification, pest management techniques and equipment. (Lec. 1, Lab. 4) Pre: ENT 305 or 387 and PLS 332 or 440 and permission of instructor.

399 Plant Sciences Internship (1-6)

Directed work experience programs at nurseries, turf farms, greenhouses, plant breeding farms, arboreta, research farms, or laboratories. (Practicum) Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. S/U credit.

401, 402 Plant Sciences Seminar (1 each)

Presentations and discussions of current topics of concern to producers and consumers of plants and plant products, including plant protection. (Seminar)

406 Senior Thesis Research (3-6)

Seniors conduct research approved by a faculty mentor. Research results are written and orally presented to a group of faculty for a grade. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of instructor. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. Not for graduate credit.

436 Floriculture and Greenhouse Crop Production (4)

Status of floriculture industry and commercial production of greenhouse crops including scheduling, marketing, and postharvest handling. Student project required. (Lec. 3, Lab. 2) Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor.

440 Diseases of Turf and Ornamentals (3)

Diagnosis, epidemiology, and control measures of common turf and ornamental plant diseases found in the Northeast United States. (Lec. 3) Pre: 200 or 332. Not for graduate credit.

441 Plant Disease Laboratory (1)

Laboratory and field diagnosis of turf diseases and diseases of trees and ornamental shrubs. (Lab. 2) Pre: concurrent enrollment in 440.

442 Advanced Turf Management (3)

Establishment and maintenance practices for specialty turfgrass areas (golf courses, athletic fields, and parks) including design and construction specifications and budget management. (Lec. 3) Pre: 341 and 440 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit.

471 Plant Improvement (4)

Traditional breeding techniques and methods used for germplasm development and enhancement. Plant cell and tissue culture methodologies as they relate to the improvement of plant varieties through biotechnology. (Lec. 3, Lab. 2) Pre: 250 and 215 or permission of instructor. Not for graduate credit. Offered in alternate years.

475 (or NRS 475) Plant Nutrition and Soil Fertility (4)

The plant-soil system. Availability and mobility of mineral nutrients in soil and their uptake, distribution, and function in plants. Plant energy relations and organic nutrition. Laboratory: hydroponic plant culture, ion interactions, radioisotopes, and deficiency symptoms. (Lec. 3, Lab. 2) Pre: NRS 212 and PLS 315 and BIO 346.

491, 492 Special Projects and Independent Study (1-3 each)

Special work to meet individual needs of students in various fields of plant nutrition, propagation, growth and development, garden design, site planning, plant pathology, entomology, and related subjects. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of instructor by override only.

501, 502 Graduate Seminar in Plant Sciences (1 each)

Presentation of technical reports and discussion of current research papers in crop science, landscape ecology, growth and development of economic plants, and production, protection, and management of economic crops. (Seminar)

508 Seminar in Biological Literature

See Biological Sciences 508.

540 Diseases of Turf and Ornamentals (3)

Disease diagnosis, epidemiology, and control measures of common turf and ornamental diseases found in the Northeast United States. (Lec. 3) Pre: 200 or 332.

542 Advanced Turf Management (3)

Establishment and maintenance practices for specialty turfgrass areas (golf course, athletic fields, and parks) including design and construction specifications and budget management. (Lec. 3) Pre: 341, 440.

571 Plant Improvement (4)

Traditional breeding techniques and methods used for germplasm development and enhancement. Plant cell and tissue culture methodologies as they relate to the improvement of plant varieties through biotechnology. (Lec. 3, Lab. 1) Pre: 250 and 215 or permission of instructor. Offered alternate years.

591, 592 Nonthesis Research in Plant Sciences (1-3 each)

Advanced work under the supervision of researchers to expand research experience into areas other than those related to thesis research. Arranged to suit individual requirements. (Independent Study) Pre: permission of instructor.

Note: For other related courses, see BIO 311, 321, 323, 432, 437, 447, 453, 515, 521, 522, 524, 534, 536, 554, 571, 572 and MIC 521, 552.


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