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101. Environmental Sustainability of Food Production in Developed Countries

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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110. Turfgrass Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to students in the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture. Cannot be taken for credit after passing SAPL 315.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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115. Turfgrass Management Laboratory

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: SAPL 110, which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Grass establishment, grass identification, athletic field turfgrass playability evaluations, soil testing, turfgrass pest identification, turfgrass pest monitoring techniques and fertilizer spreader and sprayer calibration.

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120. Introduction to Plant Science

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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210. Golf Course Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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220. Athletic Field Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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230. Principles of Turfgrass Irrigation Systems

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. Dept-10/12/09, RH-10/22/09

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240. Professional Development for Turfgrass Industries

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. Dept-10/12/09; RH-10/22/09

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250. Turfgrass Evaluation and Management Skills

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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300. Introduction to Soil Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program. Cannot be taken for credit after passing SAPL 315 or 352.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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315. Advanced Turfgrass Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: SAPL 110 and 300

Grading Basis: Graded

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. Taught with SPSS 3150.

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410. Woody Plants: Common Trees, Shrubs and Vines

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: SAPL 120; not open to students in anundergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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430. Herbaceous Ornamental Plants

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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440. Small Fruit Production

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The commercial production of small fruits and grapes in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions including varieties, fruit-growing systems and pruning, site requirements, harvesting methods, post-harvest requirements, marketing, pest complexes and IPM strategies of the major berry crops. Field trips required.

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482. Horticulture Production Practicum - Nursery

1.00 - 6.00 credits

Prerequisites: SAPL 660; open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/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. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

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500. Principles and Concepts of Agroecology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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520. Floral Art

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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530. Advanced Floral Design

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: SAPL 520; not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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540. Garden Center Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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550. Urban Plant Systems: Construction and Maintenance

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: SAPL 120,410,430. Not open for credit to students who have passed SAPL 740.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. Taught with SPSS 3550.

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560. Indoor Plants and Interiorscaping

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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620. Vegetable Production

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. Field trips required.

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640. Plant Propagation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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660. Nursery Production

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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670. Greenhouse Technology and Operations

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: SAPL 120; not open to students in anundergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to greenhouse crop management with emphasis on structures, environmental control systems, and management techniques used to control crop response.

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675. Greenhouse Management Field Study

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite or corequisite: SAPL 670.

Grading Basis: Graded

Students will be introduced to greenhouse crop production techniques and methodologies. Course follows a travel-course format, in which students participate in regularly scheduled field trips to commercial greenhouse operations in Connecticut and neighboring states. Students will make observations on the mechanical systems, management considerations, and crop production practices employed by commercial businesses.

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682. Horticulture Production Practicum - Vegetables

1.00 - 6.00 credits

Prerequisites: SAPL 620; not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Students will be responsible for planning, producing, and marketing a vegetable crop on a commercial scale. Requires the availability of private production facilities. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

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720. Golf Course Design

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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740. Landscape Construction

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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800. Turfgrass Pests and Control

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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810. Plant Pest Control

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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840. Integrated Pest Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: SAPL 800 or 810; not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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991. Internship

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

Students will work with professionals in an area of their interest. Written reports, daily logs, and/or evaluations by professional supervisors may be required. Open to qualified students with consent of advisor and Department Head. May be repeated provided that the sum total of credits does not exceed six.

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995. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Total credits allowed toward graduation requirements are restricted as outlined in Ratcliffe Hicks Section.

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999. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Not open to students in an undergraduate program.

Grading Basis: Graded

An independent study project is mutually arranged between a student and an instructor. Course may be repeated for credit. Total credits allowed toward graduation requirements are restricted as outlined in Ratcliffe Hicks section.

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