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1060. The Great American Lawn: History, Culture, and Sustainability

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of the health, social, cultural, and environmental impacts of the largest irrigated crop in the U.S. CA 2. CA 3.

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1100. Turfgrass Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed SPSS 3150

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. Taught jointly with SAPL 110.

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1110. Fundamentals of Horticulture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Science and practice of horticultural plant propagation and culture. Basic concepts of plant structure, growth and function. Integrated pest management. Impact of new technology. Horticulture and the environment.

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1115. Turfgrass Management Lab

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite or corequisite SPSS 1100.

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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1120. Introduction to Plant Science

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Basic concepts of plant anatomy and physiology in production of agricultural and horticultural crops. Developmental stages of crop plants from seed through vegetative growth and flowering to harvest. Included topics are mineral nutrition, water relations, photosynthesis, respiration, reproduction, tropisms, climate effects, and breeding and development of improved crop plants. Relationships between the physiology of plants and crop production practices. Taught with SAPL 120.

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1125. Insects, Food and Culture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

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. CAHNR 10/25/16

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1150. Agricultural Technology and Society

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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2100E. Environmental Sustainability of Food Production in Developed Countries

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Foundations of modern food production systems that produce the majority of 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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2110W. Sustainable Plant Pest Management Communication

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems, Horticulture, or Turfgrass Science majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Communication of the impacts, economic importance, identification, and sustainable management of new and emerging plant pests, such as insects, mites, weeds/invasive plants, and diseases of food and non-food (ornamental) crops, in agricultural and landscape settings. Connections with UConn Extension and real-world pest occurrences will be incorporated.

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2120. Environmental Soil Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: CHEM 1122 or CHEM 1124 or CHEM 1127 or CHEM 1137 or CHEM 1147. Cannot be taken for credit after passing SPSS 3620; SOIL 3520, 3253.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils. The relationship between soils and the growth of higher plants. Impact of soils on environmental quality. CA 3. CAHNR 10/25/16

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2125. Soils Lab

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: SPSS 2120, which may be taken concurrently. Not open to students who have passed PLSC 250.

Grading Basis: Graded

Basic laboratory analysis of the physical and chemical properties of soil. Includes weekend field trips.

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2430. Herbaceous Ornamental Plants

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to graduate students.

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. Taught jointly with SAPL 430.

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2500. 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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2520. Floral Art

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed SPSS 3530 or HORT 3530

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. Taught jointly with SAPL 520.

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2560W. Written Communications in Horticulture

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems, Horticulture, or Turfgrass Science majors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Writing as a component of communicating facts and opinions in the theory and practice of Horticulture. Assignments will reflect forms of writing commonly encountered by professional horticulturists, including descriptive brochures, articles for mass media, extension bulletins, and technical manuals. CAHNR 10/25/16

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3081. Summer Internship Experience

Zero credits

Prerequisites: Must be followed by SPSS 3990

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

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. Students taking this course will be assigned a grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). May be repeated.

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

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: SPSS 3094

Grading Basis: Graded

Visits to and discussions with farmers of agronomic, vegetable, fruit and livestock production systems in the Northeastern US, 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.

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3094. Seminar in U.S. Food Production Systems

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed SPSS 3090 or PLSC 3090

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3100. Golf Course Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to graduate students.

Grading Basis: Graded

Cultural management techniques including soil aeration, topdressing, mowing, thatch removal, grass or species selection, fertilization, irrigation and management of personnel, pests, equipment and inventory. Field trips required. Taught jointly with SAPL 210.

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3150. Advanced Turfgrass Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: SPSS 1100; Corequisite: SPSS 2120

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.

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3210. Molecular Laboratory Technology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1107 or 1108 or 1110 or equivalent.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. CAHNR 10/25/16

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3230. Biotechnology - Science, Application, Impact, Perception

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3245. Plant Breeding and Biotechnology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One of BIOL 1102, 1108, or 1110; or MCB 2410; or SPSS (or PLSC) 3210, 3230, or 4210. Not open to students who have passed PLSC 3240.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles and applications, economic, social and environmental impacts, advantages, potentials and limitations of major traditional and modern plant breeding technologies including crossing/hybridization, mutagenesis, genetic engineering and genome editing.

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3255. Modern and Traditional Plant Breeding Techniques

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: One of BIOL 1102, 1108, or 1110; or MCB 2410; or SPSS 3210 (PLSC 3210) , 3230 (PLSC 3230), 3245, or 4210 (PLSC 4210). Not open to students who have passed PLSC 3250.

Grading Basis: Graded

Hands-on experiments for traditional and modern plant breeding techniques, including artificial crossing/hybridization, polyploidy induction, plant tissue culture and transgenic plant production, and radiation- and genome editing-mediate mutagenesis. A fee of $50 is charged for this course.

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3300. Principles of Turfgrass Irrigation Systems

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to graduate students.

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. Taught jointly with SAPL 230. CAHNR 10/25/16

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3400. Professional Development for Turfgrass Industries

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to graduate students.

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. Taught jointly with SAPL 240. CAHNR 10/25/16

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3410. Woody Plants: Common Trees, Shrubs and Vines

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: BIOL 1110.

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. Taught jointly with SAPL 410.

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3420. Soil Chemistry Components

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: CHEM 1124 or 1127 or 1137 or 1147 Recommended preparation: SPSS 2120 and 2125

Grading Basis: Graded

Basic concepts of the physical chemistry of soil constituents. Topics include soil atmospheres, soil solutions, soil organic matter, soil mineralogy, and surface characteristics and analysis.

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3440. Small Fruit Production

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to graduate students.

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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3530. Advanced Floral Design

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: SPSS 2520; not open for credit to graduate students.

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. Taught jointly with SAPL 530.

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3540. Garden Center Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to graduate students.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamentals related to horticultural specialty businesses with particular emphasis on the retail and contracting areas. Specialty and mass merchandising firms are considered and compared. Taught jointly with SAPL 540.

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3550. Urban Plant Systems Construction and Maintenance

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: BIOL 1110; SPSS 2430, 3410

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.

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3560. Indoor Plants and Interiorscaping

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

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. Taught jointly with SAPL 560.

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3610. Organic and Sustainable Vegetable Production

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to graduate students.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamentals of soil management and crop plant husbandry as applied to vegetable production. Horticultural principles of crop growth. Focus is on sustainable and organic practices. Field laboratory will consist of required trips (some outside designated laboratory time) during the early part of the semester to organic and conventional farms. Taught jointly with SAPL 620.

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3620. Soil Fertility

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: SPSS 2120

Grading Basis: Graded

Factors governing nutrient uptake by plants, fate of nutrients applied to soils, principles and practices in the manufacture and use of fertilizers for crop production, laboratory and greenhouse studies of soil and plant response to applied nutrients.

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3640. Plant Propagation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to graduate students.

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. Taught jointly with SAPL 640.

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3660. Nursery Production

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles of field and container production of nursery stock. Emphasis on production practices for woody nursery stock from propagule to sale. Taught with SAPL 660.

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3660W. Nursery Production

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles of field and container production of nursery stock. Emphasis on production practices for woody nursery stock from propagule to sale. Major writing assignment required.

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3670. Greenhouse Technology and Operations

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL1108 or 1110. Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: SPSS 2120.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3675. Greenhouse Management Field Study

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: SPSS 3670, which may be taken concurrently

Grading Basis: Graded

Greenhouse crop production techniques and methodologies employed at commercial greenhouse venues. Follows a travel-course format, in which students are required to participate in regularly scheduled field trips to commercial greenhouse operations in Connecticut and neighboring states, where students will make observations on the mechanical systems, management considerations, and crop production practices.

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3720. Golf Course Design

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to graduate students.

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. Guest presentations by designers and golf course superintendents. Field trips required. Taught jointly with SAPL 720.

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3740. Landscape Construction

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3800. Turfgrass Pests and Control

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to graduate students.

Grading Basis: Graded

Turfgrass weed, insect, disease and vertebrate identification and control. Emphasis on biological controls and IPM. Field trips required. Taught jointly with SAPL 800.

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3810. Fundamentals of Plant Pathology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1108 or 1110; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3820. Ecology and Control of Weeds

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1108 or 1110; or SPSS 1120

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3830. Horticultural Entomology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Identification and management of insects pests found in food crops, ornamental plants and turfgrass. Biology of key pests and their damage symptoms, monitoring and management tactics will be covered along with identification and use of beneficial insects employed in pest management.

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3840. Integrated Pest Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to graduate students.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. Taught with SAPL 840.

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3990. Field Study Internship

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

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors and seniors who have demonstrated professional potential as identified by their advisor.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Students will work with professionals in an area of research or management. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory.) This course may be repeated provided that the sum total of credits earned does not exceed six credits.

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3995. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Topics and credits to be published prior to the registration period preceding the semester offerings. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

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3999. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit. Students are expected to submit written reports.

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4210. Plant Physiology: How Plants Work

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 1108 or BIOL 1110; CHEM 1122 or CHEM 1124 or CHEM 1127 or CHEM 1137 or CHEM 1147; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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4420. Soil Chemistry Processes

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: CHEM 1128. Recommended preparation: SPSS 2120 and 2125.

Grading Basis: Graded

Physical chemical characteristics of soil minerals and soil organic matter, and their reactivity with compounds present in the aqueous and vapor phase. Topics include: redox reactions, adsorption and desorption measurements, electrokinetics, adsorption modeling, and basic principles of soil modification and remediation practices. CAHNR 10/25/16

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4650. Plant Tissue Culture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: CHEM 1122 or 1124 or 1127. Not open for credit to students who have passed HORT 3650.

Grading Basis: Graded

In vitro techniques for plant propagation, biotechnology and research. Media preparation, aseptic micropropagation techniques including meristem culture, direct and indirect-organogenesis and embryogenesis, embryo rescue, somaclonal variation, and pathogen indexing. CAHNR 10/25/16

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4994. Seminar

1.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Professional presentations of current topics in Plant Science. This course may be repeated for credit.

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