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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 2018
  • 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 and Microbial 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)
APSC 8270 - Graduate Seminar (2.0 cr)
APSC 8123 - Research Ethics in the Plant and Environmental Sciences (0.5 cr)
At least 3 credits of graduate-level statistics
AGRO 5121 - Applied Experimental Design (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 5272 - Applied Biostatistics (4.0 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 GIS 5555 - Basic Spatial Analysis (3.0 cr)
or NR 5021 - Statistics for Agricultural and Natural Resource Professionals (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I (4.0 cr)
or STAT 5021 - Statistical Analysis (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)
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 14 credits with 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 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 APSC 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding (3.0 cr)
or APSC 8280 - Current Topics in Applied Plant Sciences (1.0-3.0 cr)
or GCC 5017 - World Food Problems: Agronomics, Economics and Hunger [GP] (3.0 cr)
or SAGR 8010 - Colloquium in Sustainable Agriculture (2.0 cr)
Plant Biology
Students must complete one course in plant biology such as:
PMB 5516 - Plant Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
or PMB 5412 - Plant Physiology (3.0 cr)
or PMB 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 5103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5202 - Field Plant Pathology (2.0 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 14 credits in Areas 1, 2 and 3; with at least one course in Area 1 and at least one course in Area 2.
Area 1: Cross Commodity Horticulture
Students must complete at least one course 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 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 6055 - Buyer Behavior (4.0 cr)
or MKTG 6082 - Brand Strategy (2.0 cr)
or SAGR 8010 - Colloquium in Sustainable Agriculture (2.0 cr)
Area 2: Commodity-based Horticulture
Students must complete at least one course in Area 2.
HORT 4061W - Turfgrass Management [WI] (3.0 cr)
or HORT 4063 - Turfgrass Science (3.0 cr)
or HORT 5011 - Common Medicinal Plants: Classification, Identification, and Application (3.0 cr)
or HORT 5012 - Common 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 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 APSC 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 PLPA 5103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5202 - Field Plant Pathology (2.0 cr)
or PLPA 5480 - Principles of Plant Pathology (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5660 - Plant Disease Resistance and Applications (3.0 cr)
or PMB 5412 - Plant Physiology (3.0 cr)
or PMB 5516 - Plant Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
or PMB 5601 - Topics in Plant Biochemistry (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/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 plant breeding, at least two courses from genetics and genomics, with any additional credits determined in consultation with the studentís advisor and advisory committee.
Plant Breeding
Take at least one course from the following:
AGRO 5021 - Plant Breeding Principles (3.0 cr)
or APSC 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 8202 - Breeding for Quantitative Traits in Plants (3.0 cr)
Genetics and Genomics
Take at least two courses from the following:
AGRO 5431 - Applied Plant Genomics and Bioinformatics (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 8023 - Evolution of Crop 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 HORT 5058 - Plant Cytogenetics (2.0 cr)
or HORT 5059 - Plant Cytogenetics Lab (1.0 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 5321 - Ecology of Agricultural Systems (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 5999 - Special Topics: Workshop in Agronomy (1.0-6.0 cr)
or HORT 5011 - Common Medicinal Plants: Classification, Identification, and Application (3.0 cr)
or HORT 5012 - Common Medicinal Plants: Growing and Processing (3.0 cr)
or HORT 5023 - Public Garden Management (2.0 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 5071 - Ecological Restoration (4.0 cr)
or SAGR 8010 - Colloquium in Sustainable Agriculture (2.0 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 PMB 5601 - Topics in Plant Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
or GCD 4034 - Molecular Genetics and Genomics (3.0 cr)
or GCD 8131 - Advanced Molecular Genetics and Genomics (3.0 cr)
or HORT 4071W - Applications of Biotechnology to Plant Improvement [WI] (4.0 cr)
or HORT 5007 - Advanced Plant Propagation (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5301 - Large Scale Omic Data in Plant Biology (3.0 cr)
or Computational Biology/Bioinformatics
BIOC 5361 - Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics (3.0 cr)
or CSCI 4041 - Algorithms and Data Structures (4.0 cr)
or CSCI 5461 - Functional Genomics, Systems Biology, and Bioinformatics (3.0 cr)
or CSCI 5481 - Computational Techniques for Genomics (3.0 cr)
or CSCI 5980 - Special Topics in Computer Science (1.0-3.0 cr)
or EEB 5221 - Molecular Evolution (3.0 cr)
or PMB 5412 - Plant Physiology (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5202 - Field Plant Pathology (2.0 cr)
or PLPA 5203 - Introduction to Fungal Biology (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 8103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions (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 BIOL 5272 - Applied Biostatistics (4.0 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)
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)
Applied Plant Sciences
Students who choose to complete the Applied Plant Sciences 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 8202 - Breeding for Quantitative Traits in Plants (3.0 cr)
or AGRO 8241 - Chromosomal and Molecular Genetics of Plant Improvement (3.0 cr)
or APSC 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding (3.0 cr)
or EEB 5042 - Quantitative Genetics (3.0 cr)
or GCD 4034 - Molecular Genetics and Genomics (3.0 cr)
or GCD 8131 - Advanced 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 PLPA 5301 - Large Scale Omic Data in Plant Biology (3.0 cr)
Organismal Biology
Take at least one course from the following:
HORT 5007 - Advanced Plant Propagation (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 5203 - Introduction to Fungal Biology (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 8103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions (3.0 cr)
or PLPA 8104 - Plant Virology (2.0 cr)
or PLPA 8105 - Plant Bacteriology (2.0 cr)
or PMB 5412 - Plant Physiology (3.0 cr)
or PMB 5516 - Plant Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
or PMB 5601 - Topics in Plant Biochemistry (3.0 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 4063 - Turfgrass 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 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)
Integrated BS Plant Science/MS APS Plant Breeding
CFANS offers an integrated Bachelor of Science (BS) in Plant Science and Master of Science (MS) in Applied Plant Sciences (Plant Breeding and Molecular Genetics track). The integrated BS/MS program offers students the opportunity to complete coursework for both degrees in five years by working toward a master's degree while simultaneously working toward their undergraduates degree. Plant Science undergraduate students in the Plant Breeding and Genetics sub-plan are welcome to apply to this program during their 3rd year of undergraduate study. During the 4th year, students take undergraduate and graduate courses concurrently and are advised by an undergraduate and graduate program adviser. Students must complete undergraduate degree requirements before the end of their fourth year.
Students in this program will complete the 120 undergraduate credits required for a BS degree in Plant Science by the end of the 4th year and must be awarded an undergraduate degree at the 4th year mark or earlier. During the 4th and 5th years, students will complete 30 graduate credits and a Plan A or B research project with a final oral defense as required for the Applied Plant Sciences MS degree. Students cannot double-count credits to meet credit requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. At least one course must be taken from each of the Plant Breeding areas and at least two courses from the Genetics & Genomics area. Additional course requirements are flexible and are determined in consultation with the student's advisor(s) and advisory committee.
 
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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
APSC 8270 - Graduate Seminar
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Examine qualities of effective scientific presentations. Develop skills in presenting scientific information effectively. Practice public speaking skills. Presenting scientific information to the general public. Organize a seminar series. prereq: Grad major in Applied Plant Sciences or instructor 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.
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
BIOL 5272 - Applied Biostatistics
Credits: 4.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01933 - Biol 3272Biol 3272H//Biol 5272
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Conceptual basis of statistical analysis. Statistical analysis of biological data. Data visualization, descriptive statistics, significance tests, experimental design, linear model, simple/multiple regression, general linear model. Lectures, computer lab. prereq: High school algebra; BIOL 2003 recommended.
ENT 5126 - Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Ecological Data
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even 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
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
NR 5021 - Statistics for Agricultural 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
PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics. Gaussian probability models, point/interval estimation for means/proportions. Hypothesis testing, including t, chi-square, and nonparametric tests. Simple regression/correlation. ANOVA. Health science applications using output from statistical packages. prereq: [College-level algebra, health sciences grad student] or instr consent
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
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
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 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.
APSC 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This course covers the principles underlying the application of genetics and statistics to cultivar development; evaluation of breeding methods; and methods to enhance genetic progress and efficiency through the application of statistical genetics, genomics, and molecular markers. In terms of format, this course is combination of lecture, discussion, and computer lab, varying according to the topic. An emphasis will be placed on classical and current literature to teach concepts, as well as hands-on experience with data analysis. Introductory courses in plant breeding/genetics and statistics. Knowledge of population and quantitative genetics would be useful but not required.
APSC 8280 - Current Topics in Applied Plant Sciences
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This variable-credit course is a forum for learning and discussing contemporary topics in applied plant sciences. The topics covered differ according to the instructor and term that the class is taught.
GCC 5017 - World Food Problems: Agronomics, Economics and Hunger (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00136 - Agro 4103/ApEc 4103/GCC 3017
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This course provides a multi-disciplinary look at problems (and some of the possible solutions) affecting food production, distribution and requirements for the seven plus billion inhabitants of this planet. It is co-taught by an agronomist (Porter) and an economist (Runge) who together have worked on international food production and policy issues for the past 40 years. Historical context, the present situation and future scenarios related to the human population and food production are examined. Presentations and discussions cover sometimes conflicting views from multiple perspectives on population growth, use of technology, as well as the ethical and cultural values of people in various parts of the world. The global challenge perspective is reflected in attention to issues of poverty, inequality, gender, the legacy of colonialism, and racial and ethnic prejudice. Emphasis is placed on the need for governments, international assistance agencies, international research and extension centers, as well as the private sector to assist in solving the complex problems associated with malnutrition, undernutrition, obesity and sustainable food production. Through a better understanding of world food problems, this course enables students to reflect on the shared sense of responsibility by nations, the international community and ourselves to build and maintain a stronger sense of our roles as historical agents. Throughout the semester students are exposed to issues related to world food problems through the lenses of two instructors from different disciplinary backgrounds. The core issues of malnutrition and food production are approached simultaneously from a production perspective as well as an economic and policy perspective throughout the semester.
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
PMB 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]
PMB 5412 - Plant Physiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02642 - PMB 4412/PMB 5412
Typically offered: Every Fall
Plant Physiology is the study of how plant cells, tissues and whole organisms function. PMB 4412/5412 is a classic Plant Physiology course that covers plant water relations, mineral nutrition, membrane transport, photosynthesis, respiration, vascular function, metabolism, growth and development, and hormone responses. The physics underlying our understanding of these physiological systems will be addressed as much as possible. Classical and modern approaches to studying these physiological systems will be covered. There are no enforced prerequisites for this course. The following preparation is recommended: PMB 2022 General Botany or PMB 3007W Plant Algal and Fungal Diversity; General Chemistry and Introductory Physics.
PMB 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 5103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
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 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 5480 - Principles of Plant Pathology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is intended for graduate students and undergraduate students in their third or fourth year that are interested in learning about principles of plant pathology, diseases that affect plants, microbiology and microbial and plant interactions. In this course students will learn principles of plant pathology through lectures and demonstrations and exercises in laboratory. Students will gain knowledge of 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 are also examined. Lectures will include information concerning the history and importance of plant pathology, mycology, bacteriology, nematology, virology, infection process, genetics of host and microorganism interactions, epidemiology of diseases and disease control strategies. In the hands-on laboratory period the student will learn laboratory skills, gain experience using the microscope, work with microorganisms, learn diagnostic skills, and be able to recognize 30 plant diseases. 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 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 6055 - Buyer Behavior
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application of behavioral sciences to understanding buyer behavior. Perceptions, memory, affect, learning, persuasion, motivation, behavioral decision theory, social/cultural influences, managerial implications. Emphasizes class discussion. prereq: MBA 6210, MBA student
MKTG 6082 - Brand Strategy
Credits: 2.0 [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 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 Medicinal Plants: Classification, Identification, and Application
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
More than 200 common 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.
HORT 5012 - Common Medicinal Plants: Growing and Processing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
How to grow, process, store 40 common herbs/herbal products.
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.
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
APSC 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This course covers the principles underlying the application of genetics and statistics to cultivar development; evaluation of breeding methods; and methods to enhance genetic progress and efficiency through the application of statistical genetics, genomics, and molecular markers. In terms of format, this course is combination of lecture, discussion, and computer lab, varying according to the topic. An emphasis will be placed on classical and current literature to teach concepts, as well as hands-on experience with data analysis. Introductory courses in plant breeding/genetics and statistics. Knowledge of population and quantitative genetics would be useful but not required.
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
PLPA 5103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
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 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 5480 - Principles of Plant Pathology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is intended for graduate students and undergraduate students in their third or fourth year that are interested in learning about principles of plant pathology, diseases that affect plants, microbiology and microbial and plant interactions. In this course students will learn principles of plant pathology through lectures and demonstrations and exercises in laboratory. Students will gain knowledge of 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 are also examined. Lectures will include information concerning the history and importance of plant pathology, mycology, bacteriology, nematology, virology, infection process, genetics of host and microorganism interactions, epidemiology of diseases and disease control strategies. In the hands-on laboratory period the student will learn laboratory skills, gain experience using the microscope, work with microorganisms, learn diagnostic skills, and be able to recognize 30 plant diseases. 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
PMB 5412 - Plant Physiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02642 - PMB 4412/PMB 5412
Typically offered: Every Fall
Plant Physiology is the study of how plant cells, tissues and whole organisms function. PMB 4412/5412 is a classic Plant Physiology course that covers plant water relations, mineral nutrition, membrane transport, photosynthesis, respiration, vascular function, metabolism, growth and development, and hormone responses. The physics underlying our understanding of these physiological systems will be addressed as much as possible. Classical and modern approaches to studying these physiological systems will be covered. There are no enforced prerequisites for this course. The following preparation is recommended: PMB 2022 General Botany or PMB 3007W Plant Algal and Fungal Diversity; General Chemistry and Introductory Physics.
PMB 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]
PMB 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
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 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.
APSC 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This course covers the principles underlying the application of genetics and statistics to cultivar development; evaluation of breeding methods; and methods to enhance genetic progress and efficiency through the application of statistical genetics, genomics, and molecular markers. In terms of format, this course is combination of lecture, discussion, and computer lab, varying according to the topic. An emphasis will be placed on classical and current literature to teach concepts, as well as hands-on experience with data analysis. Introductory courses in plant breeding/genetics and statistics. Knowledge of population and quantitative genetics would be useful but not required.
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 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 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
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 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.
HORT 5011 - Common Medicinal Plants: Classification, Identification, and Application
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
More than 200 common 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.
HORT 5012 - Common Medicinal Plants: Growing and Processing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
How to grow, process, store 40 common herbs/herbal products.
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 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.
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
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
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
PMB 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
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.
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
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 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
PLPA 5301 - Large Scale Omic Data in Plant Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to large scale data in plant biology. Emphasizes model plants and important agricultural crops focusing on new approaches and technologies in the field. Fundamentals, acquisition, and analysis of high-throughput DNA and RNA sequencing, high-throughput plant phenotyping, functional and comparative genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and microbiomics. prereq: Intro course in genetics or instr consent
BIOC 5361 - Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to genomics. Emphasizes microbial genomics. Sequencing methods, sequence analysis, genomics databases, genome mapping, prokaryotic horizontal gene transfer, genomics in biotechnology, intellectual property issues. Hands-on introduction to UNIX shell scripting, genomic data analysis using R and Excel in a computer lab setting. prereq: College-level courses in [organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology]
CSCI 4041 - Algorithms and Data Structures
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02015
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Rigorous analysis of algorithms/implementation. Algorithm analysis, sorting algorithms, binary trees, heaps, priority queues, heapsort, balanced binary search trees, AVL trees, hash tables and hashing, graphs, graph traversal, single source shortest path, minimum cost spanning trees. prereq: [(1913 or 1933) and 2011] or instr consent; cannot be taken for grad CSci cr
CSCI 5461 - Functional Genomics, Systems Biology, and Bioinformatics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Computational methods for analyzing, integrating, and deriving predictions from genomic/proteomic data. Analyzing gene expression, proteomic data, and protein-protein interaction networks. Protein/gene function prediction, Integrating diverse data, visualizing genomic datasets. prereq: 3003 or 4041 or instr consent
CSCI 5481 - Computational Techniques for Genomics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Techniques to analyze biological data generated by genome sequencing, proteomics, cell-wide measurements of gene expression changes. Algorithms for single/multiple sequence alignments/assembly. Search algorithms for sequence databases, phylogenetic tree construction algorithms. Algorithms for gene/promoter and protein structure prediction. Data mining for micro array expression analysis. Reverse engineering of regulatory networks. prereq: 4041 or instr consent
CSCI 5980 - Special Topics in Computer Science
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 27.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Lectures and informal discussions on current topics in computer science. prereq: instr consent; may be repeated for cr
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
PMB 5412 - Plant Physiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02642 - PMB 4412/PMB 5412
Typically offered: Every Fall
Plant Physiology is the study of how plant cells, tissues and whole organisms function. PMB 4412/5412 is a classic Plant Physiology course that covers plant water relations, mineral nutrition, membrane transport, photosynthesis, respiration, vascular function, metabolism, growth and development, and hormone responses. The physics underlying our understanding of these physiological systems will be addressed as much as possible. Classical and modern approaches to studying these physiological systems will be covered. There are no enforced prerequisites for this course. The following preparation is recommended: PMB 2022 General Botany or PMB 3007W Plant Algal and Fungal Diversity; General Chemistry and Introductory Physics.
PLPA 5103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
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 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 5203 - Introduction to Fungal Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Fungi are a critical component of the diversity and function of terrestrial ecosystems, affecting decomposition, plant nutrient uptake, and agricultural practices. Key components of fungal biology, including ecology, genetics, life cycles and diversity. Labs provide hands on experience with a diverse range of organisms. prereq: BIOL 1009 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
This course is intended for graduate students and undergraduate students in their third or fourth year that are interested in learning about principles of plant pathology, diseases that affect plants, microbiology and microbial and plant interactions. In this course students will learn principles of plant pathology through lectures and demonstrations and exercises in laboratory. Students will gain knowledge of 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 are also examined. Lectures will include information concerning the history and importance of plant pathology, mycology, bacteriology, nematology, virology, infection process, genetics of host and microorganism interactions, epidemiology of diseases and disease control strategies. In the hands-on laboratory period the student will learn laboratory skills, gain experience using the microscope, work with microorganisms, learn diagnostic skills, and be able to recognize 30 plant diseases. 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 8103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
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 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]
BIOL 5272 - Applied Biostatistics
Credits: 4.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01933 - Biol 3272Biol 3272H//Biol 5272
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Conceptual basis of statistical analysis. Statistical analysis of biological data. Data visualization, descriptive statistics, significance tests, experimental design, linear model, simple/multiple regression, general linear model. Lectures, computer lab. prereq: High school algebra; BIOL 2003 recommended.
ENT 5126 - Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Ecological Data
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even 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
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
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 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
APSC 8201 - Advanced Plant Breeding
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This course covers the principles underlying the application of genetics and statistics to cultivar development; evaluation of breeding methods; and methods to enhance genetic progress and efficiency through the application of statistical genetics, genomics, and molecular markers. In terms of format, this course is combination of lecture, discussion, and computer lab, varying according to the topic. An emphasis will be placed on classical and current literature to teach concepts, as well as hands-on experience with data analysis. Introductory courses in plant breeding/genetics and statistics. Knowledge of population and quantitative genetics would be useful but not required.
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.
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
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
PLPA 5301 - Large Scale Omic Data in Plant Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to large scale data in plant biology. Emphasizes model plants and important agricultural crops focusing on new approaches and technologies in the field. Fundamentals, acquisition, and analysis of high-throughput DNA and RNA sequencing, high-throughput plant phenotyping, functional and comparative genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and microbiomics. prereq: Intro course in genetics 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
PLPA 5203 - Introduction to Fungal Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Fungi are a critical component of the diversity and function of terrestrial ecosystems, affecting decomposition, plant nutrient uptake, and agricultural practices. Key components of fungal biology, including ecology, genetics, life cycles and diversity. Labs provide hands on experience with a diverse range of organisms. prereq: BIOL 1009 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
This course is intended for graduate students and undergraduate students in their third or fourth year that are interested in learning about principles of plant pathology, diseases that affect plants, microbiology and microbial and plant interactions. In this course students will learn principles of plant pathology through lectures and demonstrations and exercises in laboratory. Students will gain knowledge of 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 are also examined. Lectures will include information concerning the history and importance of plant pathology, mycology, bacteriology, nematology, virology, infection process, genetics of host and microorganism interactions, epidemiology of diseases and disease control strategies. In the hands-on laboratory period the student will learn laboratory skills, gain experience using the microscope, work with microorganisms, learn diagnostic skills, and be able to recognize 30 plant diseases. 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 8103 - Plant-Microbe Interactions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
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 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
PMB 5412 - Plant Physiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02642 - PMB 4412/PMB 5412
Typically offered: Every Fall
Plant Physiology is the study of how plant cells, tissues and whole organisms function. PMB 4412/5412 is a classic Plant Physiology course that covers plant water relations, mineral nutrition, membrane transport, photosynthesis, respiration, vascular function, metabolism, growth and development, and hormone responses. The physics underlying our understanding of these physiological systems will be addressed as much as possible. Classical and modern approaches to studying these physiological systems will be covered. There are no enforced prerequisites for this course. The following preparation is recommended: PMB 2022 General Botany or PMB 3007W Plant Algal and Fungal Diversity; General Chemistry and Introductory Physics.
PMB 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]
PMB 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
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 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 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.
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