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Twin Cities Campus

Applied Plant Sciences M.S.

Agronomy & Plant Genetics
Horticultural Science
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, 411 Borlaug Hall, 1991 Upper Buford Circle, St. Paul, MN 55108-6026 (612-625-4742; fax: 612-625-1268)
Email: apsc@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Applied plant sciences is an interdisciplinary program for educating students to become professional scientists well grounded in the applied disciplines of agronomy/agroecology, horticulture, and plant breeding/molecular genetics. Graduates of the program are able to provide innovative leadership and contribute to problem solving within their disciplines in the public or private sector and within society at large. The program develops the quantitative and qualitative research skills necessary to conduct high quality research and scholarship. Students choose from among four specialization tracks: agronomy/agroecology, applied plant sciences, horticulture, or plant breeding/plant molecular genetics. Students gain broad familiarity with all of the disciplines within the program and gain in-depth knowledge within their area of expertise. The program's graduate faculty is drawn primarily from the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics and the Department of Horticultural Science; but also from the Departments of Plant Biology; Plant Pathology; Soil, Water, and Climate; Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; and Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. The faculty embrace the University of Minnesota's position that promoting and supporting diversity among the student body is central to our academic mission.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Students entering the program should have a foundation in the physical and biological sciences, preferably with some emphasis in plant science. A minimum of 10 credits of math and physics, 12 credits of chemistry and biochemistry, and 15 credits of biological and/or agricultural sciences are recommended for admission. In addition, students should have completed a BS or BA degree in agriculture, biology, or other related life science. Students with a BS or BA degree outside these areas may be admitted with the requirement that they take the prerequisite courses noted above at the undergraduate level in addition to their graduate coursework.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit scores from the General (Aptitude) Test of the GRE; three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with their scholarship and research potential; a complete set of transcripts; and a clearly written personal statement of career interests, goals, and objectives as part of the online application. Students should apply by December 5 for admission into fall semester of the following year. Students should apply by October 1 for admission into spring semester of the following year.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 550
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 20 major credits, 0 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 30 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. The final exam is written and oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:Determined in consultation with advisor.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
MS students must complete the core curriculum, requirements for their specialization track, and present one graduate seminar. Additional course requirements are flexible and determined in consultation with the studentís advisor(s) and advisory committee.
Required Courses
AGRO 5311 - Research Methods in Crop Improvement and Production (1.0 cr)
AGRO 8270 - Graduate Seminar (1.0 cr)
APSC 8123 - Research Ethics in the Plant and Environmental Sciences (0.5 cr)
STAT 5021 - Statistical Analysis (4.0 cr)
or NR 5021 - Statistics for Agriculture and Natural Resource Professionals (3.0 cr)
Plan A Thesis Credits
Plan A students must take at least 10 master's thesis credits.
APSC 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Agronomy and Agroecology
Students conduct research to increase their knowledge of cropping systems and weed science, including alternative approaches and management strategies. Emphasis is on improving production efficiency and profitability in an environmentally sound approach that benefits society. Mechanisms of crop physiology and ecology underlying plant responses to the environment are a particular emphasis of this track.
In addition to the APS core curriculum, students pursuing the Agronomy and Agroecology specialization track must complete remaining MS credit requirements, which will include at least two agroecology/agronomy courses, one plant biology course, and one additional course. Other specialization courses can be substituted with agreement of the advisor, the advisory committee, and director of graduate studies.
Agroecology/Agronomy Courses
Students must complete two courses from this group
AGRO 4401 - Plant Genetics and Breeding (4.0 cr)
or AGRO 4505 - Biology, Ecology, and Management of Invasive Plants (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 4605 - Strategies for Agricultural Production and Management (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 5021 - Plant Breeding Principles (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 5321 - Ecology of Agricultural Systems (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 5999 - Special Topics: Workshop in Agronomy (1.0-6.0 cr)
or AGRO 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 8280 - Current Topics in Applied Plant Sciences (1.0 cr)
or SAGR 8010 - Colloquium in Sustainable Agriculture (2.0 cr)
Plant Biology
Students must complete one course in plant biology such as:
PBIO 5516 - Plant Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
or PBIO 5412 - Plant Physiology and Development (3.0 cr)
or PBIO 5601 - Topics in Plant Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
Suggested Additional Courses
Students must take at least one course from the following courses
BIOL 5407 - Ecology (3.0 cr)
or EEB 4068 - Plant Physiological Ecology (3.0 cr)
or EEB 5053 - Ecology: Theory and Concepts (4.0 cr)
or EEB 5609 - Ecosystem Ecology (3.0 cr)
or ESPM 5108 - Ecology of Managed Systems (4.0 cr)
or ESPM 5245 - Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy (3.0 cr)
or ESPM 5295 - GIS in Environmental Science and Management (4.0 cr)
or HORT 4071W - Applications of Biotechnology to Plant Improvement [WI] (4.0 cr)
or HORT 5071 - Ecological Restoration (4.0 cr)
or PLPA 5480 - Principles of Plant Pathology (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5660 - Plant Disease Resistance and Applications (3.0 cr)
or SOIL 4111 - Introduction to Precision Agriculture (3.0 cr)
or SOIL 5611 - Soil Biology and Fertility (4.0 cr)
Horticulture
Students conduct research related to fruits, vegetables, potatoes, flowers, ornamental trees and shrubs, or turf; on the physiology, production, environmental impact of cropping systems; and use of horticultural crops. Research areas include the effect of horticultural commodities on human health, hormonal, and stress physiology; flower development and flowering physiology; integrated pest management; post harvest physiology; and cropping system strategies. Students get a broad range of experiences in the field, greenhouse, and/or laboratory using genetic, molecular, biochemical, and ecological tools to answer research questions.
In addition to the APS core curriculum, students pursuing the horticulture specialization track must complete remaining MS credit requirements, which will include at least two courses in Area 1 (cross commodity horticulture), and at least two courses in Area 2 (commodity-based horticulture).
Area 1: Cross Commodity Horticulture
Students must complete at least two courses in Area 1.
AGRO 4505 - Biology, Ecology, and Management of Invasive Plants (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 5321 - Ecology of Agricultural Systems (3.0 cr)
or HORT 4071W - Applications of Biotechnology to Plant Improvement [WI] (4.0 cr)
or HORT 4461 - Horticultural Marketing (3.0 cr)
or HORT 4850 - Pollinator Protection in Managed Landscapes (3.0 cr)
or HORT 5007 - Advanced Plant Propagation (3.0 cr)
or HORT 5023 - Public Garden Management (2.0 cr)
or HORT 8044 - Manipulation of Plant Growth and Reproduction (2.0 cr)
or HORT 8280 - Current Topics in Applied Plant Sciences (1.0 cr)
or MBA 6210 - Marketing Management (3.0 cr)
or MKTG 6051 - Marketing Research (4.0 cr)
or MKTG 6082 - Brand Management (4.0 cr)
or SAGR 8010 - Colloquium in Sustainable Agriculture (2.0 cr)
Area 2: Commodity-based Horticulture
Students must complete at least two courses in Area 2.
HORT 4061W - Turfgrass Management [WI] (3.0 cr)
or HORT 4062 - Turfgrass Weed and Disease Science (3.0 cr)
or HORT 4063 - Turfgrass Science (3.0 cr)
or HORT 5011 - Common Chinese Medicinal Plants: Classification, Identification, and Application (3.0 cr)
or HORT 5012 - Common Chinese Medicinal Plants: Growing and Processing (3.0 cr)
or HORT 5031 - Fruit Production and Viticulture for Local and Organic Markets (3.0 cr)
or HORT 5032 - Organic Vegetable Production (3.0 cr)
or HORT 5051 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
or HORT 5061 - Advanced Turfgrass Science (2.0 cr)
or HORT 5071 - Ecological Restoration (4.0 cr)
Area 3: Additional Coursework
Courses other than those listed below can be substituted with agreement of the advisor, advisory committee, and director of graduate studies.
AGRO 5021 - Plant Breeding Principles (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 8023 - Evolution of Crop Plants (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding (3.0 cr)
or BIOL 5407 - Ecology (3.0 cr)
or EEB 4068 - Plant Physiological Ecology (3.0 cr)
or EEB 5053 - Ecology: Theory and Concepts (4.0 cr)
or EEB 5609 - Ecosystem Ecology (3.0 cr)
or ESPM 5108 - Ecology of Managed Systems (4.0 cr)
or ESPM 5245 - Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy (3.0 cr)
or ESPM 5295 - GIS in Environmental Science and Management (4.0 cr)
or HORT 5058 - Plant Cytogenetics (2.0 cr)
or HORT 5059 - Plant Cytogenetics Lab (1.0 cr)
or PBIO 5412 - Plant Physiology and Development (3.0 cr)
or PBIO 5516 - Plant Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
or PBIO 5601 - Topics in Plant Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5480 - Principles of Plant Pathology (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5660 - Plant Disease Resistance and Applications (3.0 cr)
or SOIL 4111 - Introduction to Precision Agriculture (3.0 cr)
or SOIL 5611 - Soil Biology and Fertility (4.0 cr)
Plant Breeding and Plant Molecular Genetics
This track allows students to select from genetic research projects ranging from applied plant breeding projects emphasizing breeding procedures and methodologies to molecular genetic projects doing biotechnology, genetic engineering, and genomic research in agronomic and horticultural crops. These research projects give students the opportunity to integrate the latest developments in the laboratory with applied applications in the field to reach the overarching goal of developing new germplasm that will improve the sustainability of our food/feed/fiber/fuel systems.
In addition to the APS core curriculum, students pursuing the plant breeding and plant molecular genetics specialization track must complete remaining MS credit requirements, which will include at least one course from each of the following areas: genetics, molecular genetics, and plant breeding area, with any additional credits determined in consultation with the studentís advisor and advisory committee.
Genetics
Take at least one course from the following:
EEB 5042 - Quantitative Genetics (3.0 cr)
or GCD 8131 - Advanced Molecular Genetics and Genomics (3.0 cr)
Molecular Genetics
Take at least one course from the following:
GCD 4034 - Molecular Genetics and Genomics (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 8241 - Chromosomal and Molecular Genetics of Plant Improvement (3.0 cr)
Plant Breeding
Take at least one course from the following:
AGRO 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 8202 - Breeding for Quantitative Traits in Plants (3.0 cr)
Other suggested courses
Courses other than those listed below can be substituted with approval of the advisor, advisory committee, and director of graduate studies.
AGRO 8280 - Current Topics in Applied Plant Sciences (1.0 cr)
or AGRO 5321 - Ecology of Agricultural Systems (3.0 cr)
or SAGR 8010 - Colloquium in Sustainable Agriculture (2.0 cr)
or PBIO 4601 - Topics in Plant Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
or BIOC 8001 - Biochemistry: Structure, Catalysis, and Metabolism (3.0 cr)
or BIOC 8002 - Molecular Biology and Regulation of Biological Processes (3.0 cr)
or HORT 4071W - Applications of Biotechnology to Plant Improvement [WI] (4.0 cr)
or HORT 5058 - Plant Cytogenetics (2.0 cr)
or HORT 5059 - Plant Cytogenetics Lab (1.0 cr)
or AGRO 5431 - Applied Plant Genomics and Bioinformatics (3.0 cr)
or PBIO 5516 - Plant Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5301 - Plant Genomics (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 8023 - Evolution of Crop Plants (3.0 cr)
or EEB 5221 - Molecular Evolution (3.0 cr)
or PBIO 5412 - Plant Physiology and Development (3.0 cr)
or HORT 8044 - Manipulation of Plant Growth and Reproduction (2.0 cr)
or PBIO 5516 - Plant Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 8103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5444 - Ecology, Epidemiology, and Evolutionary Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5480 - Principles of Plant Pathology (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5660 - Plant Disease Resistance and Applications (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 8104 - Plant Virology (2.0 cr)
or PLPA 8105 - Plant Bacteriology (2.0 cr)
or AGRO 5121 - Applied Experimental Design (4.0 cr)
or ANSC 5200 - Statistical Genetics and Genomics (4.0 cr)
or STAT 5201 - Sampling Methodology in Finite Populations (3.0 cr)
or STAT 5302 - Applied Regression Analysis (4.0 cr)
or STAT 5303 - Designing Experiments (4.0 cr)
or STAT 5401 - Applied Multivariate Methods (3.0 cr)
or STAT 5421 - Analysis of Categorical Data (3.0 cr)
or STAT 5601 - Nonparametric Methods (3.0 cr)
or ENT 5126 - Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Ecological Data (3.0 cr)
or ESPM 5211 - Survey, Measurement, and Modeling for Environmental Analysis (3.0 cr)
or FNRM 5131 - Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources (4.0 cr)
or FW 8051 - Statistical Modeling of Ecological Data using R and WinBugs/JAGS (4.0 cr)
or GIS 5555 - Basic Spatial Analysis (3.0 cr)
Applied Plant Sciences
Students who choose to complete the MS without a track must complete the APS core curriculum; at least one course from the areas of genetics and plant breeding, organismal biology, and cropping systems, communities, and commodities; and any remaining credits to meet MS credit requirements.
Genetics and Plant Breeding
Take at least one course from the following:
AGRO 5021 - Plant Breeding Principles (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 5431 - Applied Plant Genomics and Bioinformatics (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 8023 - Evolution of Crop Plants (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 8202 - Breeding for Quantitative Traits in Plants (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 8241 - Chromosomal and Molecular Genetics of Plant Improvement (3.0 cr)
or EEB 5042 - Quantitative Genetics (3.0 cr)
or GCD 4034 - Molecular Genetics and Genomics (3.0 cr)
or HORT 4071W - Applications of Biotechnology to Plant Improvement [WI] (4.0 cr)
or HORT 5058 - Plant Cytogenetics (2.0 cr)
or HORT 5059 - Plant Cytogenetics Lab (1.0 cr)
or PBIO 5301 - Plant Genomics (3.0 cr)
Organismal Biology
Take at least one course from the following:
HORT 5007 - Advanced Plant Propagation (3.0 cr)
or HORT 8044 - Manipulation of Plant Growth and Reproduction (2.0 cr)
or PBIO 5412 - Plant Physiology and Development (3.0 cr)
or PBIO 5516 - Plant Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
or PBIO 5601 - Topics in Plant Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 8103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5444 - Ecology, Epidemiology, and Evolutionary Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5480 - Principles of Plant Pathology (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5660 - Plant Disease Resistance and Applications (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 8104 - Plant Virology (2.0 cr)
or PLPA 8105 - Plant Bacteriology (2.0 cr)
Cropping Systems, Communities, and Commodities
Take at least one course from the following:
AGRO 4505 - Biology, Ecology, and Management of Invasive Plants (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 5321 - Ecology of Agricultural Systems (3.0 cr)
or HORT 4062 - Turfgrass Weed and Disease Science (3.0 cr)
or HORT 4141W - Scheduling Crops for Protected Environments [WI] (4.0 cr)
or HORT 5031 - Fruit Production and Viticulture for Local and Organic Markets (3.0 cr)
or HORT 5032 - Organic Vegetable Production (3.0 cr)
or HORT 5051 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
or HORT 5071 - Ecological Restoration (4.0 cr)
or HORT 5131 - Student Organic Farm Planning, Growing, and Marketing (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5202 - Field Plant Pathology (2.0 cr)
or PLPA 5444 - Ecology, Epidemiology, and Evolutionary Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions (3.0 cr)
or SAGR 8010 - Colloquium in Sustainable Agriculture (2.0 cr)
 
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AGRO 5311 - Research Methods in Crop Improvement and Production
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Demonstrations and discussions of techniques in crop improvement and/or production research. Presentations integrate biotechnology with traditional breeding methods; production sessions emphasize ecologically sound cropping systems. prereq: applied plant sciences grad
AGRO 8270 - Graduate Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: Agro/Hort 8270
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Reports/discussions of problems and investigational work. prereq: Grad major in [applied plnt sci or agro or ent or hort or plnt brdg or plnt path or soil] or instr consent
APSC 8123 - Research Ethics in the Plant and Environmental Sciences
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Course Equivalencies: APSc/PBio/PlPa/Soil 8123
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ethics training to graduate students enrolled in plant/environmental graduate research programs and fulfill requirement for training in responsible conduct of research. Course meets during first seven weeks of spring semester.
STAT 5021 - Statistical Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Intensive introduction to statistical methods for graduate students needing statistics as a research technique. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for: : 3011; College algebra or instr consent; Stat course recommended
NR 5021 - Statistics for Agriculture and Natural Resource Professionals
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02358 - AnSc 3011/ESPM 3012/NR 5021/St
Typically offered: Every Fall
The primary audience for this course is graduate students in the agricultural, environmental, natural resources, and other related programs that need competence in statistics. The subject matter will be approaches and applications involving analysis of data using common statistical methods, e.g., describing and visualizing data, the design of single factor experiments, linear modeling, and the ability to examine journal articles in their field and assess their content in a critical manner. prereq: College algebra or consent of instructor.
APSC 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]
AGRO 4401 - Plant Genetics and Breeding
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00950 - Agro 4401/Hort 4401
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles of plant genetics and environmental variation. Applications of genetics to crop evolution and breeding of self-pollinated, cross-pollinated, and asexually propagated crops. Investigation of hybridization, variation, and selection. prereq: Biol 1009 or equiv or grad, instr consent
AGRO 4505 - Biology, Ecology, and Management of Invasive Plants
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Ecology/biology of invasive plant species (weeds). Principles of invasive plant management in agricultural/horticultural, urban, wetland, aquatic, and other non-cropland landscape systems, utilizing biological, cultural, and chemical means. Management strategies to design systems that optimize invasive plant management in terms of economic, environmental, and social impacts. prereq: 4005, [Bio 3002 or equiv], Soil 2125, [Agro 2501 or Hort 1011]
AGRO 4605 - Strategies for Agricultural Production and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Information/tools necessary to make informed land management decisions in ever-evolving economic, policy, climate environments. Evaluate hows, whats, whys of crop management by solving real-world problems that agricultural professionals face. State-of-the-art production/management practices for major agricultural crops in Minnesota. Lectures feature agricultural professionals/experts. Lab component provides hands-on experience with modern equipment/data interpretation. prereq: 1101 or equivalent, [CHEM1015/17 or equivalent], SOIL1125 or equivalent], [jr or sr or grad student or instr consent]
AGRO 5021 - Plant Breeding Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is intended for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students that are either: 1) not plant breeding majors who will benefit from a basic understanding of how genetics is applied to plant improvement; or 2) plant breeding majors lacking prior coursework in plant breeding. The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of the underlying principles, ideas, and concepts important to applying genetic principles to plant breeding, evaluating breeding methods, and enhancing genetic progress and efficiency.
AGRO 5321 - Ecology of Agricultural Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00275 - Agro/Ent 5321
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ecological approach to problems in agricultural systems. Formal methodologies of systems inquiry are developed/applied. prereq: [3xxx or above] course in [Agro or AnSc or Ent or Hort or PlPa or Soil] or instr consent
AGRO 5999 - Special Topics: Workshop in Agronomy
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Workshops on various topics in agronomy and plant genetics. Presenters/faculty may include guest lecturers/experts. Topics specified in class schedule.
AGRO 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Agro/Hort 8201
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Principles/current methods involved in breeding agronomic and horticultural crops. Use of genotype/environment data to increase genetic gain, population improvement, parent building, alternative selection strategies, breeding for special traits, and new approaches. prereq: STAT 5301 or equiv
AGRO 8280 - Current Topics in Applied Plant Sciences
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topics presented by faculty or visiting scientists.
SAGR 8010 - Colloquium in Sustainable Agriculture
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Forum for University faculty and students, and representatives of the farming community, including farmers, grassroots organizations, agricultural businesses, and representatives of state agencies, to engage in discussions on topics related to sustainability of food production. prereq: Coursework in biological or social sciences that provides intro to ag practices or issues
PBIO 5516 - Plant Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: PBio 4516W/5516
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Structure, function, and dynamic properties of plant cellular components such as organelles, cytoskeleton, and cell wall. How cellular structures are assembled, how it contributes to cell growth/division. Cell fate/development. Responses to hormones and external signals. prereq: [Biol 2022 or Biol 3007 or Biol 3022], [Biol 3021 or BioC 3021 or Biol 4003]
PBIO 5412 - Plant Physiology and Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Biol 2022 or Biol 3002 or Biol 3007, Biol/BioC 3021 or BioC 4331
Typically offered: Every Fall
Physiological and biochemical bases of plant systems with emphasis on higher plants. prereq: Biol 2022 or Biol 3002 or Biol 3007, Biol/BioC 3021 or BioC 4331
PBIO 5601 - Topics in Plant Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Biochemical analysis of processes unique to photosynthetic organisms. Photosynthesis and carbon dioxide fixation. Synthesis of carbohydrates, lipids, and derivatives. Aromatic compounds such as lignin, other natural products. Functions of natural products. prereq: [BIOL 1002 or BIOL 1009 or BIOL 2003], CHEM 2301
BIOL 5407 - Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Biol 3407/3807/5407/EEB 3001
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of population growth/interactions and ecosystem function applied to ecological issues, including regulation of human populations, dynamics/impacts of disease, invasions by exotic organisms, habitat fragmentation, and biodiversity. Lab. prereq: [One semester college biology, [MATH 1142 or MATH 1271 or MATH 1281 or equiv], grad student] or instr consent
EEB 4068 - Plant Physiological Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01680
Prerequisites: BIOL 2022 or BIOL 3002 or BIOL 3407 or BIOL 3408W or #
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Plant function, its plasticity/diversity in an ecological context. Impact of environmental stresses on major physiological processes of plants, including photosynthesis, respiration, water uptake/transport, and nutrient uptake/assimilation. Lab, field trip to Cedar Creek.
EEB 5053 - Ecology: Theory and Concepts
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Classical and modern mathematical theories of population growth, interspecific interactions, ecosystem dynamics and functioning, with emphasis on underlying assumptions and on effects of added biological reality on robustness of predictions, stability, interspecific interactions, ecosystem structure and functioning. prereq: Biol 3407 or instr consent
EEB 5609 - Ecosystem Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Regulation of energy and elements cycling through ecosystems. Dependence of cycles on kinds/numbers of species within ecosystems. Effects of human-induced global changes on functioning of ecosystems. prereq: [Biol 3407 or Biol 5407] or instr consent
ESPM 5108 - Ecology of Managed Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01229 - ESPM 3108/ESPM 5108
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analysis of functioning of ecosystems primarily structured by managed plant communities. Managed forests, field-crop agroecosystems, rangelands, aquatic systems. Structure-function relations. Roles of biodiversity in productivity, resource-use efficiency, nutrient cycling, resilience. Emerging principles for design of sustainable managed ecosystems, provision of ecological services. prereq: Sr or grad student
ESPM 5245 - Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ENR 3245/5245
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Planning theories, concepts, and constructs. Policies, processes, and tools for sustainable land use planning. Scientific/technical literature related to land use planning. Skills needed to participate in sustainable land use planning.
ESPM 5295 - GIS in Environmental Science and Management
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of geographic information science and technologies (GIS) in complex environmental problems. Students gain experience in spatial data collection, database development, and spatial analysis, including GNSS and field attribute collection, image interpretation, and existing data fusion, raster/vector data integration and analysis, information extraction from LiDAR data, DEM conditioning and hydrologic analysis, neighborhood analysis, bulk processing and automation, and scripting. Problems vary depending on topics, often with extra-University partners. *Please note that students should have completed a semester-long, introductory lab/lecture GIS course at the graduate or undergraduate level before enrolling in this course, e.g., FNRM 5131. We do not require any given course because students come from varied universities and backgrounds. That said, we assume a knowledge commensurate with a comprehensive introductory course. Students seeking a first course are directed to FNRM 5131. If you have questions regarding your capabilities, please contact the instructor prior to enrolling.
HORT 4071W - Applications of Biotechnology to Plant Improvement (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamentals of plant genetics, molecular biology, and plant biotechnology. Emphasizes their applications to plant propagation and crop improvement. Hands-on experience with crossing plants, analysis of phenotypes and segregation data, plant tissue culture/transformation, gel electrophoresis, molecular cloning, use of genetically modified crops. Principles of ethics/citizenship to decision making in plant genetics and biotechnology. Debate, discussion, writing exercises. prereq: [Biol 1009 or equiv or grad student], instr consent
HORT 5071 - Ecological Restoration
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02353
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ecological/physiological concepts for revegetation of grasslands, wetlands, forests, and landscapes. Plant selection, stand establishment/evaluation. State/federal programs that administer restoration/reclamation. Field trips. prereq: [One college course in ecology, one college course in [plant science or botany]] or instr consent
PLPA 5480 - Principles of Plant Pathology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Diseases that affect plants, microbiology and microbial and plant interactions. Mycology and select diseases caused by fungi within Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, and the fungal-like Oomycota. Diseases caused by bacteria, nematodes, viruses, parasitic plants and abiotic damage. Lecture and Lab. prereq: BIOL 1009 or equiv
PLPA 5660 - Plant Disease Resistance and Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of disease resistance in plants and the genetics of host-parasite interactions as they relate to the sustainable control of plant diseases. Examples explored at the Mendelian, populational, and molecular level of organization. prereq: 2001, BIOL 4003
SOIL 4111 - Introduction to Precision Agriculture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Soil, landscape, and crop spatial variability. GIS, DEM, GPS technologies. Variable rate machinery, PA software, remote sensing. Geostatistics, sampling, experimental designs. Precision integrated crop management. Data acquisition, processing, and management. Socio-economical and e-marketing aspects. prereq: Basic sciences, statistics, soil, agronomy
SOIL 5611 - Soil Biology and Fertility
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02333
Typically offered: Every Fall
Properties of microorganisms that impact soil fertility, structure, and quality. Nutrient requirements of microbes and plants, and mineral transformations in biogeochemical cycling. Symbiotic plant/microbe associations and their role in sustainable agricultural production. Biodegradation of pollutants and bioremediation approaches. prereq: Biol 1009 or equiv, Chem 1021 or equiv; Soil 2125 recommended
AGRO 4505 - Biology, Ecology, and Management of Invasive Plants
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Ecology/biology of invasive plant species (weeds). Principles of invasive plant management in agricultural/horticultural, urban, wetland, aquatic, and other non-cropland landscape systems, utilizing biological, cultural, and chemical means. Management strategies to design systems that optimize invasive plant management in terms of economic, environmental, and social impacts. prereq: 4005, [Bio 3002 or equiv], Soil 2125, [Agro 2501 or Hort 1011]
AGRO 5321 - Ecology of Agricultural Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00275 - Agro/Ent 5321
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ecological approach to problems in agricultural systems. Formal methodologies of systems inquiry are developed/applied. prereq: [3xxx or above] course in [Agro or AnSc or Ent or Hort or PlPa or Soil] or instr consent
HORT 4071W - Applications of Biotechnology to Plant Improvement (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamentals of plant genetics, molecular biology, and plant biotechnology. Emphasizes their applications to plant propagation and crop improvement. Hands-on experience with crossing plants, analysis of phenotypes and segregation data, plant tissue culture/transformation, gel electrophoresis, molecular cloning, use of genetically modified crops. Principles of ethics/citizenship to decision making in plant genetics and biotechnology. Debate, discussion, writing exercises. prereq: [Biol 1009 or equiv or grad student], instr consent
HORT 4461 - Horticultural Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01519 - ApEc 4461/Hort 4461
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Major areas in horticultural marketing. Difference between horticultural products and commercial commodities. Core marketing components that should be used by every small horticultural business. Approaches to consumer research.
HORT 4850 - Pollinator Protection in Managed Landscapes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Importance of pollinators in agricultural/other natural landscapes. Risks to pollinators. Ways risks can be reduced, minimized, or overcome. Ways public policy has impacted pollinators/how future policy decisions will affect pollinator protection efforts. prereq: [1001 or AGRO 1101 or BIOL 1009 or BIOL 1001 or ENT 1001 or PLPA 1005], 30 credits completed (non-freshman status)
HORT 5007 - Advanced Plant Propagation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Control of growth/development in sexual/asexual reproduction of plants. Effects of environment, plant growth substances. Protocols on dormancy, origin, development of adventitious structures. Specialized propagation techniques. Lecture, lab. prereq: 1001 or BIOL 2022
HORT 5023 - Public Garden Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Overview of knowledge/skills necessary to manage a public garden. History of public gardens. Development of mission and vision. Planning and design. Operations. Education and research. Fund raising, business management, personnel, marketing, conservation.
HORT 8044 - Manipulation of Plant Growth and Reproduction
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Impact of environmental and genetic factors on crop growth, development, and reproduction. Emphasis on whole plant physiology and plant response to the environment as determined by genotype and its manipulation for the purpose of producing a crop. Lectures, discussion of current literature, and projects. prereq: PBio 5412
HORT 8280 - Current Topics in Applied Plant Sciences
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics presented by faculty or visiting scientists. prereq: Grad major in [hort or applied plnt sciences or ent or agro or plnt brdg or plnt path or soil] or instr consent
MBA 6210 - Marketing Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Management of the marketing function; understanding the basic foundational marketing concepts and skills in strategy development and planning of operational and strategic levels pertaining to product offering decisions, distribution channels, pricing and communication. prereq: MBA student
MKTG 6051 - Marketing Research
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Methods for collecting/analyzing data to solve marketing problems. Survey research techniques. Research design, secondary/primary data collection, sample design, data analysis. Application of techniques to marketing problems, marketing research projects. prereq: MBA 6210, MBA student
MKTG 6082 - Brand Management
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Management of brands/brand equity in modern business enterprises. Measuring brand equity. Building brand equity. Leveraging brand equity through brand extensions/alliances. Lectures, case studies, group brand projects. prereq: MBA 6210, MBA student
SAGR 8010 - Colloquium in Sustainable Agriculture
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Forum for University faculty and students, and representatives of the farming community, including farmers, grassroots organizations, agricultural businesses, and representatives of state agencies, to engage in discussions on topics related to sustainability of food production. prereq: Coursework in biological or social sciences that provides intro to ag practices or issues
HORT 4061W - Turfgrass Management (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Biology of turfgrasses, ecology of landscape systems. Installation, management, and culture of turfgrass communities and landscape plant systems. Sod production, industrial grounds, lawn care, park/recreation areas, athletic field/business management. Case studies. prereq: 1001 or instr consent
HORT 4062 - Turfgrass Weed and Disease Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Turfgrass weed/disease problems. How to deal with these problems using an integrated approach. Biology, identifying features, and management strategies for several turfgrass diseases/weeds. How to apply IPM principles to turfgrass weed/disease problems. prereq: [4061, PLPA 2001] or instr consent
HORT 4063 - Turfgrass Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ecology, physiology, and theory of turf population dynamics. Specialized management situations such as golf course, commercial sod production, and fine turf athletic settings. prereq: 4061
HORT 5011 - Common Chinese Medicinal Plants: Classification, Identification, and Application
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
More than 200 common Chinese medicinal plants from 80 plant families. Medicinal plant identification/classification. Methods/philosophy of applying herbs for health and disease prevention. Practice with about 90 herb samples. prereq: 1001 or BIOL 1009 or instr consent
HORT 5012 - Common Chinese Medicinal Plants: Growing and Processing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
How to grow, process, store 40 common Chinese herbs/herbal products. prereq: 1001 or BIOL 1009 or CHEM 1015 or instr consent
HORT 5031 - Fruit Production and Viticulture for Local and Organic Markets
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Principles of fruit production. Temperature fruit crops. Integrated management of fruit cropping systems. Site selection, cultural management practices, taxonomic classification, physiological/environmental control of plant development. Writing. prereq: [1001, 3005] or instr consent
HORT 5032 - Organic Vegetable Production
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Integrated management of vegetable cropping. Site selection/environment, seed/stand establishment, cultural management, commodity use, handling. Types of vegetable cultivars. Breeding, physiological/environmental control. prereq: [3005, SOIL 2125] or instr consent
HORT 5061 - Advanced Turfgrass Science
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
For advanced students in turf with career objectives in professional turf management. Emphasis on ecology, physiology, theory of turf population dynamics and specialized management situations such as golf course, commercial sod production, and fine turf athletic settings. prereq: 4061
HORT 5071 - Ecological Restoration
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02353
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ecological/physiological concepts for revegetation of grasslands, wetlands, forests, and landscapes. Plant selection, stand establishment/evaluation. State/federal programs that administer restoration/reclamation. Field trips. prereq: [One college course in ecology, one college course in [plant science or botany]] or instr consent
AGRO 5021 - Plant Breeding Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is intended for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students that are either: 1) not plant breeding majors who will benefit from a basic understanding of how genetics is applied to plant improvement; or 2) plant breeding majors lacking prior coursework in plant breeding. The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of the underlying principles, ideas, and concepts important to applying genetic principles to plant breeding, evaluating breeding methods, and enhancing genetic progress and efficiency.
AGRO 8023 - Evolution of Crop Plants
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Origin, distribution, and evolution of cultivated plants; implication of the effects of evolutionary processes on crop breeding for needs of people today. prereq: 9 grad cr in ag or bio science
AGRO 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Agro/Hort 8201
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Principles/current methods involved in breeding agronomic and horticultural crops. Use of genotype/environment data to increase genetic gain, population improvement, parent building, alternative selection strategies, breeding for special traits, and new approaches. prereq: STAT 5301 or equiv
BIOL 5407 - Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Biol 3407/3807/5407/EEB 3001
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of population growth/interactions and ecosystem function applied to ecological issues, including regulation of human populations, dynamics/impacts of disease, invasions by exotic organisms, habitat fragmentation, and biodiversity. Lab. prereq: [One semester college biology, [MATH 1142 or MATH 1271 or MATH 1281 or equiv], grad student] or instr consent
EEB 4068 - Plant Physiological Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01680
Prerequisites: BIOL 2022 or BIOL 3002 or BIOL 3407 or BIOL 3408W or #
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Plant function, its plasticity/diversity in an ecological context. Impact of environmental stresses on major physiological processes of plants, including photosynthesis, respiration, water uptake/transport, and nutrient uptake/assimilation. Lab, field trip to Cedar Creek.
EEB 5053 - Ecology: Theory and Concepts
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Classical and modern mathematical theories of population growth, interspecific interactions, ecosystem dynamics and functioning, with emphasis on underlying assumptions and on effects of added biological reality on robustness of predictions, stability, interspecific interactions, ecosystem structure and functioning. prereq: Biol 3407 or instr consent
EEB 5609 - Ecosystem Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Regulation of energy and elements cycling through ecosystems. Dependence of cycles on kinds/numbers of species within ecosystems. Effects of human-induced global changes on functioning of ecosystems. prereq: [Biol 3407 or Biol 5407] or instr consent
ESPM 5108 - Ecology of Managed Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01229 - ESPM 3108/ESPM 5108
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analysis of functioning of ecosystems primarily structured by managed plant communities. Managed forests, field-crop agroecosystems, rangelands, aquatic systems. Structure-function relations. Roles of biodiversity in productivity, resource-use efficiency, nutrient cycling, resilience. Emerging principles for design of sustainable managed ecosystems, provision of ecological services. prereq: Sr or grad student
ESPM 5245 - Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ENR 3245/5245
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Planning theories, concepts, and constructs. Policies, processes, and tools for sustainable land use planning. Scientific/technical literature related to land use planning. Skills needed to participate in sustainable land use planning.
ESPM 5295 - GIS in Environmental Science and Management
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of geographic information science and technologies (GIS) in complex environmental problems. Students gain experience in spatial data collection, database development, and spatial analysis, including GNSS and field attribute collection, image interpretation, and existing data fusion, raster/vector data integration and analysis, information extraction from LiDAR data, DEM conditioning and hydrologic analysis, neighborhood analysis, bulk processing and automation, and scripting. Problems vary depending on topics, often with extra-University partners. *Please note that students should have completed a semester-long, introductory lab/lecture GIS course at the graduate or undergraduate level before enrolling in this course, e.g., FNRM 5131. We do not require any given course because students come from varied universities and backgrounds. That said, we assume a knowledge commensurate with a comprehensive introductory course. Students seeking a first course are directed to FNRM 5131. If you have questions regarding your capabilities, please contact the instructor prior to enrolling.
HORT 5058 - Plant Cytogenetics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Hybrid science of plant cytology/genetics. History, concepts, current research, technological development in plant cytogenetics. Function, movement, number/structure of chromosomes. Methods/application of chromosome modification in plant improvement. prereq: [HORT/AGRO 4401, BIOL 4004] or instr consent
HORT 5059 - Plant Cytogenetics Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Consolidate knowledge of plant cytogenetics by practicing series of microscopy/computational technologies. Examine number, movement, structure/structure modification of chromosomes. Application in plant improvement. prereq: [HORT/AGRO 4401, BIOL 4004] or instr consent
PBIO 5412 - Plant Physiology and Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Biol 2022 or Biol 3002 or Biol 3007, Biol/BioC 3021 or BioC 4331
Typically offered: Every Fall
Physiological and biochemical bases of plant systems with emphasis on higher plants. prereq: Biol 2022 or Biol 3002 or Biol 3007, Biol/BioC 3021 or BioC 4331
PBIO 5516 - Plant Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: PBio 4516W/5516
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Structure, function, and dynamic properties of plant cellular components such as organelles, cytoskeleton, and cell wall. How cellular structures are assembled, how it contributes to cell growth/division. Cell fate/development. Responses to hormones and external signals. prereq: [Biol 2022 or Biol 3007 or Biol 3022], [Biol 3021 or BioC 3021 or Biol 4003]
PBIO 5601 - Topics in Plant Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Biochemical analysis of processes unique to photosynthetic organisms. Photosynthesis and carbon dioxide fixation. Synthesis of carbohydrates, lipids, and derivatives. Aromatic compounds such as lignin, other natural products. Functions of natural products. prereq: [BIOL 1002 or BIOL 1009 or BIOL 2003], CHEM 2301
PLPA 5103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Genetics, physiology, molecular biology of plant-microbe interactions. Communication between plant/microbes, signal transduction, control of gene expression, symbiosis/parasitism, plant host response mechanisms, plant disease physiology. prereq: Intro course in plant pathology or molecular biology or equiv
PLPA 5480 - Principles of Plant Pathology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Diseases that affect plants, microbiology and microbial and plant interactions. Mycology and select diseases caused by fungi within Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, and the fungal-like Oomycota. Diseases caused by bacteria, nematodes, viruses, parasitic plants and abiotic damage. Lecture and Lab. prereq: BIOL 1009 or equiv
PLPA 5660 - Plant Disease Resistance and Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of disease resistance in plants and the genetics of host-parasite interactions as they relate to the sustainable control of plant diseases. Examples explored at the Mendelian, populational, and molecular level of organization. prereq: 2001, BIOL 4003
SOIL 4111 - Introduction to Precision Agriculture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Soil, landscape, and crop spatial variability. GIS, DEM, GPS technologies. Variable rate machinery, PA software, remote sensing. Geostatistics, sampling, experimental designs. Precision integrated crop management. Data acquisition, processing, and management. Socio-economical and e-marketing aspects. prereq: Basic sciences, statistics, soil, agronomy
SOIL 5611 - Soil Biology and Fertility
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02333
Typically offered: Every Fall
Properties of microorganisms that impact soil fertility, structure, and quality. Nutrient requirements of microbes and plants, and mineral transformations in biogeochemical cycling. Symbiotic plant/microbe associations and their role in sustainable agricultural production. Biodegradation of pollutants and bioremediation approaches. prereq: Biol 1009 or equiv, Chem 1021 or equiv; Soil 2125 recommended
EEB 5042 - Quantitative Genetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamentals of quantitative genetics. Genetic/environmental influences on expression of quantitative traits. Approaches to characterizing genetic basis of trait variation. Processes that lead to change in quantitative traits. Applied/evolutionary aspects of quantitative genetic variation. prereq: [BIOL 4003 or GCD 3022] or instr consent; a course in statistics is recommended
GCD 8131 - Advanced Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Literature-based course in modern molecular genetic and genomic analysis. Students will gain a deep understanding of the fundamental molecular mechanisms controlling inheritance in biological systems. Students will gain a facility in thinking critically and creatively about how genes work at cellular, organismal, and transgenerational levels. Course instruction emphasizes active-learning approaches, student presentations, and group projects. prereq: [3022 or BIOL 4003], [BIOC 3021 or BIOC 4331] or instr consent
GCD 4034 - Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Molecular genetics and genomics of eukaryotes. Course emphasizes mechanisms of gene regulation and how these are studied. Current strategies used to study the activity and function of genes and genomes, including the role of chromatin, will be covered. Techniques will include gene knockouts/knockdown, genome engineering, genome-wide analysis of RNA and protein expression and function, as well as genome-wide protein binding and chromatin interaction mapping. Technologies covered will include next-generations and third-generation sequencing and CRISPR-based strategies for gene modification and precision gene regulation. Students will analyze and present recent primary papers in molecular genetic and genomics.
AGRO 8241 - Chromosomal and Molecular Genetics of Plant Improvement
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Mixture of classic/current info in molecular plant genetics, biotech, and genomics. Students devise experiments in breeding, genetics, genomics, physiology, cellular/molecular biology, and other areas. prereq: Introductory Genetics course
AGRO 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Agro/Hort 8201
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Principles/current methods involved in breeding agronomic and horticultural crops. Use of genotype/environment data to increase genetic gain, population improvement, parent building, alternative selection strategies, breeding for special traits, and new approaches. prereq: STAT 5301 or equiv
AGRO 8202 - Breeding for Quantitative Traits in Plants
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Principles and concepts of population and quantitative genetics/application in designing and implementing a plant breeding program/theory, experimental approaches, and evidence that form the basis for these concepts and breeding strategies. prereq: [5201, STAT 5021] or instr consent
AGRO 8280 - Current Topics in Applied Plant Sciences
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topics presented by faculty or visiting scientists.
AGRO 5321 - Ecology of Agricultural Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00275 - Agro/Ent 5321
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ecological approach to problems in agricultural systems. Formal methodologies of systems inquiry are developed/applied. prereq: [3xxx or above] course in [Agro or AnSc or Ent or Hort or PlPa or Soil] or instr consent
SAGR 8010 - Colloquium in Sustainable Agriculture
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Forum for University faculty and students, and representatives of the farming community, including farmers, grassroots organizations, agricultural businesses, and representatives of state agencies, to engage in discussions on topics related to sustainability of food production. prereq: Coursework in biological or social sciences that provides intro to ag practices or issues
PBIO 4601 - Topics in Plant Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Biochemical analysis of processes unique to photosynthetic organisms. Photosynthesis and carbon dioxide fixation. Synthesis of carbohydrates, lipids, and derivatives. Aromatic compounds such as lignin, other natural products. Functions of natural products. prereq: [BIOL 1002 or BIOL 1009 or BIOL 2003], CHEM 2301
BIOC 8001 - Biochemistry: Structure, Catalysis, and Metabolism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Protein structure, methods to determine structure, protein folding, forces stabilizing macromolecular structure, protein engineering, design. Dynamic properties of proteins/enzymes, enzyme substrate complexes, mechanism of enzyme catalysis. Enzymology of metabolic regulation and cell signaling. prereq: BMBB or MCDBconcurrent registration is required (or allowed) in G grad student or instr consent
BIOC 8002 - Molecular Biology and Regulation of Biological Processes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Classical to current topics in molecular biology. Aspects of DNA, RNA, and protein biology. DNA replication, repair, and recombination. RNA transcription, editing, and regulation. Protein translation/modification. Technologies such as deep-sequencing micro-RNA and prions. prereq: [BMBB or MCDBG] grad student or instr consent
HORT 4071W - Applications of Biotechnology to Plant Improvement (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamentals of plant genetics, molecular biology, and plant biotechnology. Emphasizes their applications to plant propagation and crop improvement. Hands-on experience with crossing plants, analysis of phenotypes and segregation data, plant tissue culture/transformation, gel electrophoresis, molecular cloning, use of genetically modified crops. Principles of ethics/citizenship to decision making in plant genetics and biotechnology. Debate, discussion, writing exercises. prereq: [Biol 1009 or equiv or grad student], instr consent
HORT 5058 - Plant Cytogenetics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Hybrid science of plant cytology/genetics. History, concepts, current research, technological development in plant cytogenetics. Function, movement, number/structure of chromosomes. Methods/application of chromosome modification in plant improvement. prereq: [HORT/AGRO 4401, BIOL 4004] or instr consent
HORT 5059 - Plant Cytogenetics Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Consolidate knowledge of plant cytogenetics by practicing series of microscopy/computational technologies. Examine number, movement, structure/structure modification of chromosomes. Application in plant improvement. prereq: [HORT/AGRO 4401, BIOL 4004] or instr consent
AGRO 5431 - Applied Plant Genomics and Bioinformatics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analysis, interpretation, visualization of large plant genomic datasets. Basic computer programming, applying large-scale genomics to answer basic/applied biological questions, understanding limitations of each application, presenting concise visual findings from large-scale datasets. prereq: Grad student or [undergrad with genetics course]
PBIO 5516 - Plant Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: PBio 4516W/5516
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Structure, function, and dynamic properties of plant cellular components such as organelles, cytoskeleton, and cell wall. How cellular structures are assembled, how it contributes to cell growth/division. Cell fate/development. Responses to hormones and external signals. prereq: [Biol 2022 or Biol 3007 or Biol 3022], [Biol 3021 or BioC 3021 or Biol 4003]
PLPA 5301 - Plant Genomics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01050 - PBio 5301/PlPa 5301
Typically offered: Every Fall
Plants and model organisms. DNA sequencing, comparative genomics, genome structure and function, DNA chips/microarrays, RNA expression, gene-knockout systems, genome databases, sequence comparison/clustering algorithms, and visualization tools. prereq: Intro course in genetics or instr consent
AGRO 8023 - Evolution of Crop Plants
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Origin, distribution, and evolution of cultivated plants; implication of the effects of evolutionary processes on crop breeding for needs of people today. prereq: 9 grad cr in ag or bio science
EEB 5221 - Molecular Evolution
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Molecular basis of evolutionary change. Selection, neutral evolutionary processes at molecular level. Evolution from gene to genome level: protein structure/function, multigene families, organelle genomes, genome organization. Lectures, current literature, workshops. prereq: [[BIOL 4003 or GCD 3022], grad student]] or instr consent
PBIO 5412 - Plant Physiology and Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Biol 2022 or Biol 3002 or Biol 3007, Biol/BioC 3021 or BioC 4331
Typically offered: Every Fall
Physiological and biochemical bases of plant systems with emphasis on higher plants. prereq: Biol 2022 or Biol 3002 or Biol 3007, Biol/BioC 3021 or BioC 4331
HORT 8044 - Manipulation of Plant Growth and Reproduction
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Impact of environmental and genetic factors on crop growth, development, and reproduction. Emphasis on whole plant physiology and plant response to the environment as determined by genotype and its manipulation for the purpose of producing a crop. Lectures, discussion of current literature, and projects. prereq: PBio 5412
PBIO 5516 - Plant Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: PBio 4516W/5516
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Structure, function, and dynamic properties of plant cellular components such as organelles, cytoskeleton, and cell wall. How cellular structures are assembled, how it contributes to cell growth/division. Cell fate/development. Responses to hormones and external signals. prereq: [Biol 2022 or Biol 3007 or Biol 3022], [Biol 3021 or BioC 3021 or Biol 4003]
PLPA 8103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Genetics, physiology, and molecular biology of plant-microbe interactions. Communication between plants/microbes. Signal transduction, control of gene expression, symbiosis/parasitism, plant host response mechanisms, plant disease physiology. prereq: Intro course in plant pathology or molecular biology or equiv
PLPA 5444 - Ecology, Epidemiology, and Evolutionary Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Concepts and recent research in the ecology, epidemiology, and evolutionary/coevolutionary biology of plant-microbe interactions spanning the range from parasitic to mutualistic in agricultural and natural habitats. prereq: Intro plant pathology or advanced biology coursework recommended
PLPA 5480 - Principles of Plant Pathology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Diseases that affect plants, microbiology and microbial and plant interactions. Mycology and select diseases caused by fungi within Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, and the fungal-like Oomycota. Diseases caused by bacteria, nematodes, viruses, parasitic plants and abiotic damage. Lecture and Lab. prereq: BIOL 1009 or equiv
PLPA 5660 - Plant Disease Resistance and Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of disease resistance in plants and the genetics of host-parasite interactions as they relate to the sustainable control of plant diseases. Examples explored at the Mendelian, populational, and molecular level of organization. prereq: 2001, BIOL 4003
PLPA 8104 - Plant Virology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Characteristics, biology, epidemiology, and control of plant diseases caused by viruses. prereq: 5480
PLPA 8105 - Plant Bacteriology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
For graduate students interested in bacteria that cause plant diseases. Disease cycles, epidemiology, pathogenesis, and means of disease control. The lab section will focus on techniques used to identify bacteria, for inoculating plants, and isolating bacteria from plant material. prereq: 5480
AGRO 5121 - Applied Experimental Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Agro 5121/Ent 5121
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles of sampling methodologies, experimental design, and statistical analyses. Methods/procedures in generating scientific hypotheses. Organizing, initiating, conducting, and analyzing scientific experiments using experimental designs and statistical procedures. prereq: Stat 5021 or equiv or instr consent
ANSC 5200 - Statistical Genetics and Genomics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: AnSc 5200/MVB 5200
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Gene discovery. Genomic selection. Data analysis. Phenotypes/DNA markers. Parametric/non parametric linkage analysis. Mapping quantitative trait loci (QTL). Parentage testing. prereq: [Stat 3021 or equiv], [Biol 4003 or equiv]
STAT 5201 - Sampling Methodology in Finite Populations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Simple random, systematic, stratified, unequal probability sampling. Ratio, model based estimation. Single stage, multistage, adaptive cluster sampling. Spatial sampling. prereq: 3022 or 4102 or 5021 or 5102 or instr consent
STAT 5302 - Applied Regression Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Simple, multiple, and polynomial regression. Estimation, testing, prediction. Use of graphics in regression. Stepwise and other numerical methods. Weighted least squares, nonlinear models, response surfaces. Experimental research/applications. prereq: 3022 or 4102 or 5021 or 5102 or instr consent
STAT 5303 - Designing Experiments
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Analysis of variance. Multiple comparisons. Variance-stabilizing transformations. Contrasts. Construction/analysis of complete/incomplete block designs. Fractional factorial designs. Confounding split plots. Response surface design. prereq: 3022 or 4102 or 5021 or 5102 or instr consent
STAT 5401 - Applied Multivariate Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Bivariate and multivariate distributions. Multivariate normal distributions. Analysis of multivariate linear models. Repeated measures, growth curve and profile analysis. Canonical correlation analysis. Principal components and factor analysis. Discrimination, classification, and clustering.
STAT 5421 - Analysis of Categorical Data
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Varieties of categorical data, cross-classifications, contingency tables. Tests for independence. Combining 2x2 tables. Multidimensional tables/loglinear models. Maximum-likelihood estimation. Tests for goodness of fit. Logistic regression. Generalized linear/multinomial-response models.
STAT 5601 - Nonparametric Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Order statistics. Classical rank-based procedures (e.g., Wilcoxon, Kruskal-Wallis). Goodness of fit. Topics may include smoothing, bootstrap, and generalized linear models. prereq: 3022 or 4102 or 5021 or 5102 or instr consent
ENT 5126 - Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Ecological Data
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This course covers linear models (regression and ANOVA) and extensions to temporal data and spatial point processes, lattice/areal data, and geostatistics. The course bridges sufficient theory to understand why contending with spatiotemporal dependence is important with enough application to make students confident in their own data analyses.
ESPM 5211 - Survey, Measurement, and Modeling for Environmental Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ENR 3211/5211
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to survey, measurement, and modeling concepts/methods for study of natural resources and environmental issues. Emphasizes survey design for data collection, estimation, and analysis for issues encompassing land, water, air, vegetation, animal, soil, and human/social variables.
FNRM 5131 - Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00369
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Geographic information systems (GIS), focusing on spatial data development and analysis in the science and management of natural resources. Basic data structures, sources, collection, and quality; geodesy and map projections; spatial and tabular data analyses; digital elevation data and terrain analyses; cartographic modeling and layout. Lab exercises provide practical experiences complementing theory covered in lecture. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
FW 8051 - Statistical Modeling of Ecological Data using R and WinBugs/JAGS
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: Graduate-level statistics class, [working knowledge of program R or #]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Regression methods for modeling ecological data. Real world examples from ecology, as well as environmental/natural resource sciences/management. Computer-based solutions using R/Bayesian modeling software. prereq: Graduate-level statistics class, [working knowledge of program R or instr consent]
GIS 5555 - Basic Spatial Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
How to use spatial data to answer questions on a wide array of social, natural, and information science issues. Exploratory data analysis/visualization. Spatial autocorrelation analysis/regression. prereq: [STAT 3001 or equiv, MGIS student] or instr consent
AGRO 5021 - Plant Breeding Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is intended for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students that are either: 1) not plant breeding majors who will benefit from a basic understanding of how genetics is applied to plant improvement; or 2) plant breeding majors lacking prior coursework in plant breeding. The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of the underlying principles, ideas, and concepts important to applying genetic principles to plant breeding, evaluating breeding methods, and enhancing genetic progress and efficiency.
AGRO 5431 - Applied Plant Genomics and Bioinformatics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analysis, interpretation, visualization of large plant genomic datasets. Basic computer programming, applying large-scale genomics to answer basic/applied biological questions, understanding limitations of each application, presenting concise visual findings from large-scale datasets. prereq: Grad student or [undergrad with genetics course]
AGRO 8023 - Evolution of Crop Plants
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Origin, distribution, and evolution of cultivated plants; implication of the effects of evolutionary processes on crop breeding for needs of people today. prereq: 9 grad cr in ag or bio science
AGRO 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Agro/Hort 8201
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Principles/current methods involved in breeding agronomic and horticultural crops. Use of genotype/environment data to increase genetic gain, population improvement, parent building, alternative selection strategies, breeding for special traits, and new approaches. prereq: STAT 5301 or equiv
AGRO 8202 - Breeding for Quantitative Traits in Plants
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Principles and concepts of population and quantitative genetics/application in designing and implementing a plant breeding program/theory, experimental approaches, and evidence that form the basis for these concepts and breeding strategies. prereq: [5201, STAT 5021] or instr consent
AGRO 8241 - Chromosomal and Molecular Genetics of Plant Improvement
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Mixture of classic/current info in molecular plant genetics, biotech, and genomics. Students devise experiments in breeding, genetics, genomics, physiology, cellular/molecular biology, and other areas. prereq: Introductory Genetics course
EEB 5042 - Quantitative Genetics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamentals of quantitative genetics. Genetic/environmental influences on expression of quantitative traits. Approaches to characterizing genetic basis of trait variation. Processes that lead to change in quantitative traits. Applied/evolutionary aspects of quantitative genetic variation. prereq: [BIOL 4003 or GCD 3022] or instr consent; a course in statistics is recommended
GCD 4034 - Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Molecular genetics and genomics of eukaryotes. Course emphasizes mechanisms of gene regulation and how these are studied. Current strategies used to study the activity and function of genes and genomes, including the role of chromatin, will be covered. Techniques will include gene knockouts/knockdown, genome engineering, genome-wide analysis of RNA and protein expression and function, as well as genome-wide protein binding and chromatin interaction mapping. Technologies covered will include next-generations and third-generation sequencing and CRISPR-based strategies for gene modification and precision gene regulation. Students will analyze and present recent primary papers in molecular genetic and genomics.
HORT 4071W - Applications of Biotechnology to Plant Improvement (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamentals of plant genetics, molecular biology, and plant biotechnology. Emphasizes their applications to plant propagation and crop improvement. Hands-on experience with crossing plants, analysis of phenotypes and segregation data, plant tissue culture/transformation, gel electrophoresis, molecular cloning, use of genetically modified crops. Principles of ethics/citizenship to decision making in plant genetics and biotechnology. Debate, discussion, writing exercises. prereq: [Biol 1009 or equiv or grad student], instr consent
HORT 5058 - Plant Cytogenetics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Hybrid science of plant cytology/genetics. History, concepts, current research, technological development in plant cytogenetics. Function, movement, number/structure of chromosomes. Methods/application of chromosome modification in plant improvement. prereq: [HORT/AGRO 4401, BIOL 4004] or instr consent
HORT 5059 - Plant Cytogenetics Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Consolidate knowledge of plant cytogenetics by practicing series of microscopy/computational technologies. Examine number, movement, structure/structure modification of chromosomes. Application in plant improvement. prereq: [HORT/AGRO 4401, BIOL 4004] or instr consent
PBIO 5301 - Plant Genomics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01050 - PBio 5301/PlPa 5301
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to genomics. Emphasizes plants and relevant model organisms. DNA marker/sequencing technology, comparative genomics, whole genome sequencing, DNA chips/microarrays, EST libraries and SAGE analysis, gene-knockout systems, genome databases, sequence comparison/clustering algorithms, visualization tools. prereq: [Intro course in genetics, intro course in biochemistry] or instr consent
HORT 5007 - Advanced Plant Propagation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Control of growth/development in sexual/asexual reproduction of plants. Effects of environment, plant growth substances. Protocols on dormancy, origin, development of adventitious structures. Specialized propagation techniques. Lecture, lab. prereq: 1001 or BIOL 2022
HORT 8044 - Manipulation of Plant Growth and Reproduction
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Impact of environmental and genetic factors on crop growth, development, and reproduction. Emphasis on whole plant physiology and plant response to the environment as determined by genotype and its manipulation for the purpose of producing a crop. Lectures, discussion of current literature, and projects. prereq: PBio 5412
PBIO 5412 - Plant Physiology and Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Biol 2022 or Biol 3002 or Biol 3007, Biol/BioC 3021 or BioC 4331
Typically offered: Every Fall
Physiological and biochemical bases of plant systems with emphasis on higher plants. prereq: Biol 2022 or Biol 3002 or Biol 3007, Biol/BioC 3021 or BioC 4331
PBIO 5516 - Plant Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: PBio 4516W/5516
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Structure, function, and dynamic properties of plant cellular components such as organelles, cytoskeleton, and cell wall. How cellular structures are assembled, how it contributes to cell growth/division. Cell fate/development. Responses to hormones and external signals. prereq: [Biol 2022 or Biol 3007 or Biol 3022], [Biol 3021 or BioC 3021 or Biol 4003]
PBIO 5601 - Topics in Plant Biochemistry
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Biochemical analysis of processes unique to photosynthetic organisms. Photosynthesis and carbon dioxide fixation. Synthesis of carbohydrates, lipids, and derivatives. Aromatic compounds such as lignin, other natural products. Functions of natural products. prereq: [BIOL 1002 or BIOL 1009 or BIOL 2003], CHEM 2301
PLPA 8103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Genetics, physiology, and molecular biology of plant-microbe interactions. Communication between plants/microbes. Signal transduction, control of gene expression, symbiosis/parasitism, plant host response mechanisms, plant disease physiology. prereq: Intro course in plant pathology or molecular biology or equiv
PLPA 5444 - Ecology, Epidemiology, and Evolutionary Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Concepts and recent research in the ecology, epidemiology, and evolutionary/coevolutionary biology of plant-microbe interactions spanning the range from parasitic to mutualistic in agricultural and natural habitats. prereq: Intro plant pathology or advanced biology coursework recommended
PLPA 5480 - Principles of Plant Pathology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Diseases that affect plants, microbiology and microbial and plant interactions. Mycology and select diseases caused by fungi within Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, and the fungal-like Oomycota. Diseases caused by bacteria, nematodes, viruses, parasitic plants and abiotic damage. Lecture and Lab. prereq: BIOL 1009 or equiv
PLPA 5660 - Plant Disease Resistance and Applications
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of disease resistance in plants and the genetics of host-parasite interactions as they relate to the sustainable control of plant diseases. Examples explored at the Mendelian, populational, and molecular level of organization. prereq: 2001, BIOL 4003
PLPA 8104 - Plant Virology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Characteristics, biology, epidemiology, and control of plant diseases caused by viruses. prereq: 5480
PLPA 8105 - Plant Bacteriology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
For graduate students interested in bacteria that cause plant diseases. Disease cycles, epidemiology, pathogenesis, and means of disease control. The lab section will focus on techniques used to identify bacteria, for inoculating plants, and isolating bacteria from plant material. prereq: 5480
AGRO 4505 - Biology, Ecology, and Management of Invasive Plants
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Ecology/biology of invasive plant species (weeds). Principles of invasive plant management in agricultural/horticultural, urban, wetland, aquatic, and other non-cropland landscape systems, utilizing biological, cultural, and chemical means. Management strategies to design systems that optimize invasive plant management in terms of economic, environmental, and social impacts. prereq: 4005, [Bio 3002 or equiv], Soil 2125, [Agro 2501 or Hort 1011]
AGRO 5321 - Ecology of Agricultural Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00275 - Agro/Ent 5321
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ecological approach to problems in agricultural systems. Formal methodologies of systems inquiry are developed/applied. prereq: [3xxx or above] course in [Agro or AnSc or Ent or Hort or PlPa or Soil] or instr consent
HORT 4062 - Turfgrass Weed and Disease Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Turfgrass weed/disease problems. How to deal with these problems using an integrated approach. Biology, identifying features, and management strategies for several turfgrass diseases/weeds. How to apply IPM principles to turfgrass weed/disease problems. prereq: [4061, PLPA 2001] or instr consent
HORT 4141W - Scheduling Crops for Protected Environments (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the identification, scheduling and cultural requirements of commercially produced potted plants, gain experience in growing them, and conduct experiments to understand current problems. The course builds on knowledge obtained in Hort 1001 or Hort 1015, by adding in additional factors of plant growth coupled with scheduling and growing a of crops which commercial growers would experience. The role of ornamental plants in the human environment will be discussed, with special emphasis on future issues. Writing is an integral component of this course; one major paper is revised and expanded multiple times plus other course writing fulfill the writing intensive requirement. Through the use of interactive learning, field trips, written assignments, and in-class discussions students learn crop requirements and the interactions between the marketing distribution system of breeders, producers, distributors, growers, retailers, and consumers.
HORT 5031 - Fruit Production and Viticulture for Local and Organic Markets
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Principles of fruit production. Temperature fruit crops. Integrated management of fruit cropping systems. Site selection, cultural management practices, taxonomic classification, physiological/environmental control of plant development. Writing. prereq: [1001, 3005] or instr consent
HORT 5032 - Organic Vegetable Production
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Integrated management of vegetable cropping. Site selection/environment, seed/stand establishment, cultural management, commodity use, handling. Types of vegetable cultivars. Breeding, physiological/environmental control. prereq: [3005, SOIL 2125] or instr consent
HORT 5071 - Ecological Restoration
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02353
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ecological/physiological concepts for revegetation of grasslands, wetlands, forests, and landscapes. Plant selection, stand establishment/evaluation. State/federal programs that administer restoration/reclamation. Field trips. prereq: [One college course in ecology, one college course in [plant science or botany]] or instr consent
HORT 5131 - Student Organic Farm Planning, Growing, and Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01487 - Agro 3131/Agro 5131/Hort 3131/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students plan/implement cropping/marketing strategies for organic produce/flowers from Student Organic Farm on St. Paul campus. prereq: 1001 or AGRO 1101 or AGRO 1103 or BIOL 1001 or BIOL 1009 or instr consent
PLPA 5202 - Field Plant Pathology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Summer
Characteristics of a variety of plant diseases. Field trips to observe symptoms and effects of diseases, and to learn about prevention and control of diseases in field, forest, golf course, greenhouse, nursery, orchard, and urban environments.
PLPA 5444 - Ecology, Epidemiology, and Evolutionary Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Concepts and recent research in the ecology, epidemiology, and evolutionary/coevolutionary biology of plant-microbe interactions spanning the range from parasitic to mutualistic in agricultural and natural habitats. prereq: Intro plant pathology or advanced biology coursework recommended
SAGR 8010 - Colloquium in Sustainable Agriculture
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Forum for University faculty and students, and representatives of the farming community, including farmers, grassroots organizations, agricultural businesses, and representatives of state agencies, to engage in discussions on topics related to sustainability of food production. prereq: Coursework in biological or social sciences that provides intro to ag practices or issues