Plant Science (PLSC)

Head of Department: Professor Richard McAvoy

Department Office: Room 133, W.B. Young Building

For major requirements, see the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources section of this Catalog.

1125. Insects, Food and Culture

Three credits. Three class periods. Legrand

Introduction to the fascinating world of insects and their ubiquitous interactions with people. Role of insects in food and fiber production; insects as food; impact of insects on human health, commerce and history; and insects as inspiration sources for art, music, film and literature around the world. CA 4-INT.

1150. Agricultural Technology and Society

Three credits.

Development of agricultural systems and technologies and their influence on societies. Topics include plant and animal domestication, food and industrial crops and centers of production, environmental issues, and agricultural ethics. CA 3.

2100. Environmental Sustainability of Food Production in Developed Countries

Three credits. Not open for credit to students who have passed PLSC 3995 when taught as Environmental Sustainability of Food Production in North America. Guillard

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.

2500. Principles and Concepts of Agroecology

Three credits. 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.

3055. Genetically Engineered Crops from Farm to Fork

Two credits. Two class periods. Auer

Analysis of genetically engineered crops through the study of environmental, health, social, regulatory, economic, and farm management issues in the United States and other countries. For students from all disciplines.

3081. Summer Internship Experience

Zero credit. Hours by arrangement. Must be followed by PLSC 3990. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Students taking this course will be assigned a grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). May be repeated.

Provides opportunity for students to gain practical experience, knowledge, and professional skills in a work environment related to employment and careers in plant science or landscape architecture. Students work with instructor and internship supervisor to develop a learning contract and plan of work to ensure meaningful and educational tasks and experiences.

3090. Field Study of U.S. Food Production Systems

Two credits. Prerequisite: PLSC 3094. Morris

Visits to and discussions with farmers of agronomic, vegetable, fruit and livestock production systems in the Northeastern United States, the Corn Belt and the High Plains. Visits to agricultural research stations for discussions with scientists and educators, and visits to agricultural infrastructure sites such as retail fertilizer dealerships, granaries, and post production facilities such as juice factories or flour mills will also be included.

3094. Seminar in U.S. Food Production Systems

One credit. Morris

Discussion of the complex issues surrounding the economic, agronomic, and environmental performance of food production systems in the United States.

3210. Molecular Laboratory Technology

Three credits. Prerequisite: BIOL 1107 or 1108 or 1110 or equivalent. Wang

Laboratory technologies for identification and characterization of molecules important for molecular biology research, genetic manipulation and disease diagnosis. Labs will provide hands-on experience performing basic molecular biology techniques, lectures will cover theoretical basis and application .A fee of $50 is charged for this course.

3230. Biotechnology – Science, Application, Impact, Perception

Three credits.

Scientific, legal, and ethical aspects of Biotechnology application in agriculture, health medicine, forensics, and the environment. Designed for students with diverse departmental affiliations.

3240. Plant Biotechnology

Three credits. Prerequisites: One of BIOL 1110, MCB 3010, MCB 3201. Li

Principles of recombinant DNA and plant gene transfer technologies. Applications of plant biotechnology in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, human/animal health care, and pharmaceutical industry. Social and environmental impacts of plant biotechnology.

3250. Plant Gene Transfer Techniques

Three credits. Li

Techniques of plant gene delivery and transgenic plant production. Verification and analysis of transgenic plants. A fee of $75 is charged for this course.

3810. Fundamentals of Plant Pathology

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or 1110; open to juniors or higher. Inguagiato

Causal agents, nature and dynamics of plant disease. Pathogen biology, factors influencing disease development, diagnosis of diseases, and principles of plant disease control with emphasis on major diseases of crop, horticultural and turfgrass systems.

3820. Ecology and Control of Weeds

Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 1110. Guillard

Weed origin and classification. Losses caused by weeds. Weed competition. Weed seed production, dormancy and germination. Cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical control methods. Weed identification.

3830. Insect Pests of Ornamentals and Turf

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

Biology and management of insects with an emphasis on pests of ornamental plants and turf. Identification of key pests and their damage symptoms, monitoring insect populations and management strategies and tactics.

3840. Integrated Pest Management

Three credits. Taught with SAPL 840. Not open for credit to graduate students. Legrand

Principles of integrated pest management covering insect, disease, and weed problems in agronomic crops, vegetables, fruits, turfgrass, ornamentals, and greenhouse production. Environmental impacts and pest control strategies will be covered.

3990. Field Study Internship

One to six credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to junior-senior students who have demonstrated professional potential as identified by their advisor; open only with consent of Head of the Department of Plant Science and the advisor. This course may be repeated provided that the sum total of credits earned does not exceed six. Students taking this course will be assigned a grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Students will work with professionals in an area of research or management.

3995. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor.

Topics and credits to be published prior to the registration period preceding the semester offerings.

3999. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to qualified students with consent of instructor and Department Head. Students are expected to submit written reports. Course may be repeated for credit.

4210. Plant Physiology: How Plants Work

Three credits. Three class periods. Prerequisite: BIOL 1108 or 1110 and CHEM 1122 or 1124Q or 1127Q or 1137Q or 1147Q; open to juniors or higher. Not open for credit to students who have passed PLSC 213. Auer

Principles of plant physiology and gene expression from the cell to the whole plant level. Emphasis on plant cell structure, water movement, transport systems, photosynthesis, respiration, phytohormone signals and responses to environmental stresses.

4215. Plant Physiology Lab: Investigations into How Plants Work

One credit. One 2-hour laboratory. Corequisite: PLSC 4210. Not open for credit to students who have passed PLSC 213. Auer

Independent research projects investigating plant physiology, development and response to the environment. Principles of experimental design, data analysis and scientific communication. A fee of $20 is charged for this course.

4994. Seminar

One credit. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.

Professional presentations of current topics in Plant Science.


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