Head of Department: Professor Richard McAvoy
Department Office: Room 133, W.B. Young Building
(Formerly offered as TURF 1100.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Taught with SAPL 110. Rackliffe
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.
(Formerly offered as HORT 1110.) Three credits. Three class periods. Salsedo
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.
Four credits. Three class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Taught with SAPL 120. Lubell
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.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 1125.) 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.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 1150.) Three credits. Berkowitz
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.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 2100.) 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.
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.
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.
(Formerly offered as SOIL 2125.) One credit. One 2-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: SPSS 2120 (SOIL 2120), which may be taken concurrently. Schulthess
Basic laboratory analysis of the physical and chemical properties of soil. Includes weekend field trips.
(Formerly offered as HORT 2430.) Three credits. Taught with SAPL 430. Not open for credit to graduate students. Kuzovkina
Identification, nomenclature, cultural requirements and landscape uses of herbaceous perennials, ornamental grasses, ferns, annuals and bulbs. Study of live plants is required.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 2500.) 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.
(Formerly offered as HORT 2520.) Two credits. One class period and one 2-hour studio period. Taught with SAPL 520.
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.
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.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 3081.) Zero credit. Hours by arrangement. Must be followed by SPSS 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.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 3090.) Two credits. Prerequisite: SPSS 3094 (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.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 3094.) One credit. Morris
Discussion of the complex issues surrounding the economic, agronomic, and environmental performance of food production systems in the United States.
(Formerly offered as TURF 3100.) Three credits. Taught with SAPL 210. Not open for credit to graduate students. Rackliffe
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.
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.
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.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 3230.) 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.
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.
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.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 3250.) 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.
Three credits. Prerequisite: One of BIOL 1102, 1108, or 1110; or MCB 2410; or SPSS 3210 (PLSC 3210), 3230 (PLSC 3230), 3245, or 4210 (PLSC 4210); others with instructor consent. Not open to students who have passed PLSC 3250.
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.
(Formerly offered as TURF 3300.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Taught with SAPL 230. Not open for credit to graduate students. 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.
(Formerly offered as TURF 3400.) Two credits. Two hour class periods. Taught with SAPL 240. 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.
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.
(Formerly offered as SOIL 3410.) Four credits. Three class periods and one 2-hour computer laboratory period. Prerequisites: CHEM 1124Q or 1127Q or 1137Q or 1147Q . Recommended preparation: SPSS 2120 and 2125 (SOIL 2120 and 2125). Schulthess
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. Lab exercises on a personal computer are an integral part of the course.
(Formerly offered as HORT 3530.) Two credits. Taught with SAPL 530. One class period and one 2-hour lab. Not open for credit to graduate students. Prerequisite: SPSS 2520 (HORT 2520); instructor consent.
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.
(Formerly offered as HORT 3540.) Three credits. Taught with SAPL 540. Not open for credit to graduate students. Bonelli
Fundamentals related to horticultural specialty businesses with particular emphasis on the retail and contracting areas. Specialty and mass merchandising firms are considered and compared.
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.
(Formerly offered as HORT 3560.) Three credits. Taught with SAPL 560. Kuzovkina
Taxonomy, identification, ornamental characteristics, cultural requirements and use of tropical plants. Principles of interiorscaping in the home, office, public buildings, and related locations.
(Formerly offered as HORT 3620.) Four credits. Three class periods and one 2-hour field laboratory period. Taught with SAPL 620. Field trips required. Not open for credit to graduate students. Berkowitz
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.
(Formerly offered as SOIL 3620.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: SPSS 2120 (SOIL 2120). Morris
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.
(Formerly offered as HORT 3640.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Not open for credit to graduate students. Taught with SAPL 640. 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.
(Formerly offered as HORT 3660.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Lubell
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. Lubell
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.
One credit. One three hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite or corequisite: SPSS 3670.
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.
(Formerly offered as TURF 3720.) Two credits. Taught with SAPL 720. Not open for credit to graduate students. Rackliffe
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.
(Formerly offered as HORT 3740.) Three credits. Two 1-hour lectures per week and seven 4-hour outdoor laboratories per semester. Taught with SAPL 740.
Principles and techniques used to build landscape structures including patios, walls, walkways, water features, and green roofs.
(Formerly offered as TURF 3800.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Taught with SAPL 800. Not open for credit to graduate students. Rackliffe
Turfgrass weed, insect, disease and vertebrate identification and control. Emphasis on biological controls and IPM. Field trips required.
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.
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.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 3830.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory. Legrand
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.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 3840.) 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.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 3990.) 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 final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).
Students will work with professionals in an area of research or management.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 3995.) 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.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 3999.) 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.
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.
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.
(Formerly offered as HORT 4650.) Three credits. Two class periods and one 3-hour laboratory period. Prerequisite: CHEM 1122 or 1124 or 1127 and instructor consent. Not open for credit to students who have passed HORT 3650. Brand
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.
(Formerly offered as PLSC 4994.) One credit. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.
Professional presentations of current topics in Plant Science.