Plant Science (SAPL)

101. Environmental Sustainability of Food Production in Developed Countries

Three credits. Three class periods. Taught with SPSS 2100Guillard

Foundations of modern systems that produce the majority of food calories consumed in North America and other developed countries. Benefits and environmental risks associated with modern food production systems. Alternative food production systems and sustainability. Local food production and food security. Food production and climate change.

110. Turfgrass Management

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Taught with TURF 1100. Guillard

An overview of turfgrass adaptation, selection, and management. Topics include turfgrass growth, physiology, soil interactions, weeds and diseases morphology and identification establishment, and maintenance. Cultural system practices for lawns, golf courses, athletic fields and other turf areas.

120. Introduction to Plant Science

Four credits. Three class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Lubell

A general course designed to give students a broad view of the field of horticulture as well as a working knowledge of the fundamentals of plant growth.

210. Golf Course Management

Three credits. Three class periods. Taught with SPSS 3100. Rackliffe

Discussion of the specialized field of golf course management. Topics: cultural techniques including soil aeration, topdressing, mowing, and thatch removal; grass or species selection, fertilization, irrigation, personnel golf course pest management and equipment and inventory management. Field trips required.

220. Athletic Field Management

Three credits. Three class periods. Rackliffe

Management strategies associated with heavily used athletic fields. Sport specific focus on mowing, fertilization, irrigation, core cultivation, overseeding, and pest control. Areas of emphasis include: playing surface renovation, optimizing wear tolerance, maximizing turfgrass recovery, traffic management, and game day preparations.

230. Principles of Turfgrass Irrigation Systems

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Taught with SPSS 3300. Rackliffe

Turfgrass irrigation systems, principles of hydraulics, irrigation components, design, installation and repair. Students will design irrigation systems for various turf areas. Field trips and fieldwork will be required.

240. Professional Development for Turfgrass Industries

Two credits. Two hour class periods. Taught with SPSS 3400. Not open for credit to graduate students. Rackliffe

Topics include human resource information, communication skills, turfgrass pesticide laws and compliance, labor laws and compliance, bid specifications, resume writing, interviewing, golf course management structures, business ethics, and benefits of professional association membership. Guest lecturers include industry professionals and representatives.

250. Turfgrass Evaluation and Management Skills

One credit. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor required.

Turfgrass species identification, growth and development, soils and fertility, pest management, and operations management. Participants in intercollegiate Turf Bowl competitions may be selected from this course.

300. Introduction to Soil Science

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory exercise or field trip. Henderson

Physical and chemical properties of soils; nature and use of fertilizer and lime materials; management of soils for crop production including soil testing, tillage and fertilization practices, and conservation practices.

315. Advanced Turfgrass Management

Three credits. Three class periods. Prerequisite: SAPL 110 and 300. Taught with SPSS 3150.

Effects of environmental stresses and turfgrass management practices on growth, development and physiology of turfgrasses. Implementation of proper management practices to promote optimal turfgrass health under stress conditions.

410. Woody Plants: Common Trees, Shrubs and Vines

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour outdoor laboratory. Prerequisite: SAPL 120. Taught with HORT 3410. Brand

Taxonomy, identification, ornamental characteristics, cultural requirements and landscape use of deciduous and evergreen woody plants most often utilized in landscapes of the northeastern United States and similar environs.

430. Herbaceous Ornamental Plants

Three credits. Taught with SPSS 2430. Kuzovkina

Identification, nomenclature, cultural requirements and landscape uses of herbaceous perennials, ornamental grasses, ferns, annuals and bulbs. Study of live plants is required.

482. Horticulture Production Practicum – Nursery

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: SAPL 660; consent of instructor. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Students will be responsible for planning, producing, and marketing a nursery crop. Students may use private facilities or the Ratcliffe Hicks C.R. Burr Teaching Nursery.

500. Principles and Concepts of Agroecology

Three credits. Three class periods. Taught with SPSS 2500. Recommended preparation: introductory course in plant biology or environmental science. Guillard

Application of ecological processes to modern agricultural production practices. Crops and their environment. Soil quality and maintenance of soil productivity. Sustainability of agroecosystems.

520. Floral Art

Two credits. One class period and one 2-hour studio period. Taught with SPSS 2520.

The study of flower arrangement as an art form with emphasis on historical background, artistic principles, color harmony, and care of perishable media. Individual expression is encouraged in the creation of floral composition. A fee of $75 is charged for this course.

530. Advanced Floral Design

Two credits. One class period and one 2-hour studio period. Prerequisite SAPL 520. Taught with SPSS 3530.

In-depth study of post-harvest requirements for specialized floral crops. Exposure to novel floral materials with an emphasis on special events and wedding designs. Mass marketing, retail price structuring and mass-production concepts are covered. A fee of $75 is charged for this course.

540. Garden Center Management

Three credits. Taught with HORT 3540. Bonelli

Techniques and concepts essential in managing and operating a garden center. Topics include goal setting, retailing, finance, business planning and pricing.

550. Urban Plant Systems Construction and Maintenance

Three credits. Recommended preparation: SAPL 120, 410, 430. Taught with SPSS 3550. Kuzovkina

Technical information on the effective construction and maintenance of planted systems. Structural and functional components of plant systems. Provision of ecosystem services. Overviews of a wide spectrum of planted systems including streetscaping, green roofs and green walls, rain gardens and bioretention, and phytoremediation systems. Techniques of soil modification. Plant selection. Establishment and maintenance of woody and herbaceous plants: planting, preservation, pruning, mulching, irrigation, and fertilization

560. Indoor Plants and Interiorscaping

Three credits. Two class periods. Taught with HORT 3560. Kuzovkina

Taxonomy, identification, ornamental characteristics, cultural requirements and use of tropical plants. Principles of interiorscaping in the home, office, public buildings, and related locations.

620. Vegetable Production

Four credits. Three class periods and one 2-hour field laboratory period. Field trips required. Taught with HORT 3620. Berkowitz

Fundamentals of soil management and crop plant husbandry as applied to commercial vegetable production and home gardening. Horticultural principles of crop growth. Focus is on sustainable practices. Field laboratory will consist of field trips (some outside designated laboratory time) during the early part of the semester to organic and conventional farms to observe production and marketing practices.

640. Plant Propagation

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Taught with HORT 3640. Brand

Theory and practice in sexual and asexual propagation of horticultural plants, emphasizing the anatomical, physiological, and ecological principles involved. Laboratories provide practical experience with seeds, division, cuttings, budding, grafting, layering and tissue culture.

660. Nursery Production

Three credits. Taught with HORT 3660. Lubell

Principles of field and container production of nursery stock. Emphasis on production practices for woody nursery stock from propagule to sales.

670. Greenhouse Operations

Four credits. Three class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Field trips required. Prerequisite: SAPL 120. Taught with HORT 3670. Elliott

Introduction to greenhouse systems with emphasis on structures, environmental control, root media, irrigation and fertilization, and pest control, in relation to requirements for plant growth and crop production. Laboratories provide experience in greenhouse operations and crop production.

682. Horticulture Production Practicum – Vegetables

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: SAPL 620; consent of instructor. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Students will be responsible for planning, producing, and marketing a vegetable crop on a commercial scale. Requires the availability of private production facilities.

720. Golf Course Design

Two credits. Two class periods. Taught with TURF 3720. Guillard

Introduction to golf course design theory, planning, and layout. Putting green and tee construction methods. Turfgrass species and cultivar selection for the golf course. Expertise and experience of departmental faculty and staff, independent and commercial consultants and designers, and golf course superintendents will be utilized. Field trips required.

740. Landscape Construction

Three credits. Two 1-hour lectures per week and seven 4-hour outdoor laboratory modules per semester. Hutton

Principles and techniques used to build landscape structures including patios, walls, walkways, water features and green roofs.

800. Turfgrass Pests and Control

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Taught with SPSS 3800. Rackliffe

Turfgrass weed, insect, disease and vertebrate identification and control. Emphasis on biological controls and IPM. Field trips required.

810. Plant Pest Control

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Ellis

A practical survey of practices used for insect, disease and weed pests of turf, flowers, shrubs, trees and food crops. Consideration will be given to quarantine, mechanical, biological and chemical means of control. Field trips may be required.

840. Integrated Pest Management

Three credits. Three class periods. Prerequisite: SAPL 800 or 810. SPSS 3840. Legrand

Principles of integrated pest management covering insect, disease, and weed problems with emphasis on turfgrass, ornamentals, and greenhouse production. Environmental impacts and pest control strategies will be covered.

991. Internship

One to 6 credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to qualified students with consent of advisor and Department Head. This course may be repeated provided that the sum total of credits does not exceed six.

Students will work with professionals in an area of their interest. Written reports, daily logs, and/or evaluations by professional supervisors may be required.

995. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Total credits allowed toward graduation requirements are restricted as outlined in Ratcliffe Hicks Section.

999. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor required.

Course may be repeated for credit. Total credits allowed toward graduation requirements are restricted as outlined in Ratcliffe Hicks Section.

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