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Courses in Plant and Soil Science

1407. General Plant Science. (AGRI 1407) 4(3-2)

Fundamental principles underlying the selection, growth, development, maintenance, improvement, utilization and harvesting of cultivated plants.

2315. Introductory Horticulture. (AGRI 1315) 3(3-0)

Fundamental basis of horticulture. Emphasis on home gardening, the uses of horticultural plants and their importance to human civilization. Open to all university students.

3319. Landscape Design. 3(2-2)

Fundamentals of landscape design including historical survey of garden designs, site analysis, development and evaluation of exterior and interior environments of residential, school, commercial and public park areas. Open to all university students. Prerequisite: BIOL 1306 and BIOL 1106, or PLSS 1407.

3320. Soil Morphology and Classification. 3(2-2)

The genesis and evolution of soil profiles as influenced by soil forming agencies, classification schemes, soil survey techniques and utilization of soil maps in management of the soil. Prerequisite: PLSS 3410.

3321. Soil and Water Conservation and Management. 3(3-0)

Methods of reclamation, conservation and management of soils based on the kinds of soils and adapted crops.

3325. Field and Forage Crop Production 3(3-0)

Production practices, produce quality, environmental considerations in the production of field crops and forage crops. Prerequisite: PLSS 1407.

3331. Ornamental Plant Materials. 3(3-0)

Characteristics, description, identification and landscape uses of ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, ground-covers and grasses adapted to tropic and subtropical zones of the world. Prerequisite: PLSS 1407.

3332. Plant Propagation. 3(2-2)

A study of principles and practices of asexual and sexual propagation of horticultural crops. Prerequisite: PLSS 1407.

3334. Weed Control. 3(2-2)

Growth, dissemination, economic importance, distribution and control methods of weeds. Chemistry and application of herbicides. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of chemistry; PLSS 1407.

3344. Fruit and Vegetable Production. 3(2-2)

A study of principles and practices used in commercial production, harvesting, storage and processing of fruit and vegetable crops. Prerequisite: PLSS 1407.

3381. Crop Physiology. 3(3-0)

Physiological concepts underlying the practices utilized in crop production systems as related to growth processes and their mechanisms. Prerequisite: PLSS 1407.

3995. Internship. V:1-9

Supervised and planned work experience under college guidelines in an agriculture enterprise or agency setting. Practical application of knowledge and skills of major subject area without classroom consultation, but with formal evaluation. May be repeated for a maximum of nine semester hours toward degree; may not count toward minor. Prerequisite: written consent of adviser and dean.

3410. Principles of Soil Science. 4(3-2)

Fundamental principles underlying the formation, characteristics and management of soil. Prerequisites: 3 semester hours of Chemistry.

4313. Landscape Maintenance and Construction. 3(2-2)

Grading, drainage and construction of landscaped areas to include cost and bid estimation, soil preparation, transplanting operations, arboriculture, turf management, pest and disease control and general maintenance of landscaped areas. Prerequisites: BIOL 1306 and BIOL 1106, or PLSS 1407.

4325. Plant Breeding and Genetics. 3(3-0)

Methods of plant breeding applied to agronomic and horticultural crops to ultimate development of superior varieties. Practical application of Mendelian genetics in the breeding and improvement of crop plants. Prerequisites: PLSS 1407 and PLSS 3381.

4326. Tropical and Subtropical Crops. 3(3-0)

Tropical and subtropical climates and physiography related to production and management of tropical and subtropical crops including fruits and vegetables, root and tuber crops, beverage crops, oil and industrial crops, legumes, spices, herbs and medicinal plants. Recent significant development in production technology will be presented. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or permission of the instructor.

4327. Plant Soil Water Relations. 3(3-0)

The water-related properties of plants and soil, the properties of water and the natural processes that affect the behavior of water in plants. Prerequisite: junior standing.

4328. Plant Disease and Pest Control. 3(3-0)

Comprehensive study of diseases and arthropod pests of cultivated crop plants with emphasis on symptoms identification, economic importance and control measures. The concept of integrated pest management is discussed. Prerequisite: senior standing.

4329. Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition. 3(2-2)

The principles of soil fertility, mechanisms of plant nutrient uptake and plant nutrient requirements. Includes a study of soil fertility management. Laboratory exercises involve soil testing and data interpretation. Prerequisite: PLSS 3410.

4331. Greenhouse Crop Production. 3(2-2)

Commercial production and management of floricultural crops in greenhouses, modern nurseries and other forcing structures. Prerequisite: PLSS 1407.

4390. Studies in Plant and Soil Science. 3(3-0)

Material offered to be determined by the needs of the students. Laboratory and lecture will vary according to the subject needs with each course having three hour credit. May be repeated for credit when the topic changes. May be taken for graduate credit within the limits of the graduate degree program. Prerequisite: senior standing.

4395. Problems in Plant and Soil Science. V:1-3

Literature review, laboratory field problem. May be repeated for a total of six semester hours, only three may count toward a minor. Prerequisite: approval of supervising professor.

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