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UNDERGRADUATE COURSES: AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS [AGSE]

AGSE 110-3 Introduction to Agricultural Education. An entry level course introducing the philosophies of education, career and technical education, including: the history of and current issues in agricultural education; the nature of the educational process; the characteristics, duties, and responsibilities of successful teachers; the components of an agricultural education program; the role of professional organizations in agricultural education; state teacher certification requirements; and student difference and special needs.

AGSE 118-3 Introduction to Computers in Agriculture. An introductory course about the use and role of computers in agriculture. The major thrust includes a basic understanding and application of microcomputers n agriculture with special emphasis on how to save time, money, and increase efficiency in agriculture.

AGSE 170-4 Introduction to Physical Principles in Agriculture. An analytical introduction to physical and mechanical principles related to agricultural land measurement, power and machinery, electricity and electronics, structures, environment and handling of agricultural materials.

AGSE 180-1 to 2 (1,1) Introduction to Agricultural Communications Experience. Study, observation and participation in (a) agricultural news activities, (b) graphic/photographic activities of an agricultural extension communication office. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AGSE 190-4 Physics in Agriculture. An introduction to physical principles as they apply to agriculture. These principle topical areas include mechanics, measurement, electricity, thermodynamics, hydraulics, material properties, and fluids. Prerequisite: MATH 108 or 125, or concurrent enrollment.

AGSE 257-1 to 10 Work Experience. Credit for on-campus work experience through a cooperative program developed between the department and the Financial Aid Office. Prerequisite: consent of chair. Mandatory Pass/Fail.

AGSE 258-1 to 30 Past Work Experience. Credit for career related employment based on the evaluation of the documentation of this experience by the Department of Agricultural Systems. No grade for past work experience. Prerequisite: consent of chair.

AGSE 311-6 (3,3) Agricultural Education Programs. Nature and scope of the different programs involved in teaching agricultural occupations and methods of developing them.

AGSE 314-3 Agricultural Information Programs. Preparation for an agricultural information internship; an in-depth study into the nature, scope, integral parts, and methods of a total agricultural information program.

AGSE 359-1 to 6 Intern Program. Supervised work experience in either an agricultural agency of the government or agribusiness. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor. Mandatory Pass/Fail.

AGSE 361-3 Introduction to Control Programming. Entry-level course in the logic and procedures of computer programming for control and monitoring of electronically controlled equipment and systems in agriculture. Topics include problem solving strategies, software design concepts, control logic, and algorithm development and troubleshooting. The laboratory setting provides hands-on experience in programming electronic devices with immediate visual feedback. Laboratory fee<1>.

AGSE 363-3 Agricultural Electrical and Electronics Systems. Electrical and electronic knowledge and basics skills are developed and implemented with practical exercises and projects. Electrical and electronics circuits and control systems will be planned and constructed, with emphasis on automation, convenience, codes and safety. Laboratory fee<1>.

AGSE 364-3 Leadership of Youth and Peer Groups. (See Workforce Education and Development 364.)

AGSE 370-2 Consumer and Commercial Power Equipment. The primary focus of this course is to achieve an understanding of small engines. ATV’s and power equipment (including chain saws, generators, mowers and turf equipment) and focus on their features, benefits, maintenance and repair.

AGSE 372-4 Agricultural Machinery Systems Management. A machinery management course focusing on the principles and measurement of engine power and the selection, operation, maintenance and analysis of power and machinery systems for optimum performance and efficiency. The problem solving process is emphasized. Course fee<1>.

AGSE 374-3 Applied Graphics. Fundamentals of interpreting graphic illustrations, sketching, drawing, and lettering in agriculture, forestry and landscape design. Application of computers in the creation and interpretation of graphics will be emphasized.

AGSE 375-3 Introduction to Agricultural Systems. Agricultural systems are studied from a manager's perspective as a specified group of components, operational functions and processes that are integrated to accomplish a designated, well-defined purpose. Topics include planning, evaluating and adjusting systems using strategies to maximize productivity with considerations for: reliability, manpower, scheduling, economy, packaging, human and animal factors and decision systems. Agricultural systems are studied in the context of a field production, manufacturing and processing, technical sales and marketing and technical communications. Lab fee<1>.

AGSE 380-1 to 2 (1,1) Agricultural Communications Seminar. Readings, discussions, and activities related to (a) current problems, issues, and practices in agricultural communication, (b) career opportunities, professional development, and ethical standards in agricultural communication. Prerequisite: junior and senior standing and consent of instructor.

AGSE 381-1 to 4 (1,1,1,1) Agricultural Systems Seminar. Discussion of special topics and/or problems in the field of agricultural systems. Prerequisite: junior standing and consent of instructor.

AGSE 384-3 Agricultural Construction Processes. Students will apply computer and hands-on techniques to different agricultural construction processes. The computer techniques will address construction challenges such as budget, deadlines, and limited resources. Safety, tool and equipment principles will be applied while completing specific agricultural construction projects. Lab fee<1>.

AGSE 388-1 to 16 (1 to 8 per semester) International Studies. Course work undertaken as part of an approved University residential study program abroad. May be taken for a maximum of eight semester hours per semester and may be repeated for a maximum of 16 semester hours. Prerequisite: major department or program approval.

AGSE 390-1 to 4 Special Studies in Agricultural Systems. Assignments involving research and individual problems. Field trips. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AGSE 391-1 to 4 Honors in Agricultural Systems. Completion of honors paper and comparable project within one of the specializations, under the supervision of one or more faculty members. Subject matter depends upon the needs and interests of the student. Prerequisite: junior standing, gpa 3.0 with a 3.25 in major; approval of staff members, department chair.

AGSE 402-1 to 12 (1 to 6 per topic) Problems in Agricultural Education and Technologies. (Same as Plant Soil and Agricultural Systems 402.) (a) Agriculture education, (b) agriculture mechanization. Designed to improve the techniques of agricultural education and mechanization workers through discussion, assignment, and special workshops on problems related to their field. Emphasis will be placed on new innovative and currently developed techniques for the field. A limit of six hours will be counted toward graduation in master's degree program. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: consent of chair.

AGSE 411-3 Program Development in Agricultural Extension. (Same as Plant Soil and Agricultural Systems 411.) Principles and procedures in developing extension programs with emphasis on program determination and methods. Prerequisite: junior standing.

AGSE 412-3 Methods of Agriculture Mechanization. (Same as Plant Soil and Agricultural Systems 412.) Theory and use of educational materials and devices adaptable to the needs and interests of educators involved in agricultural mechanization laboratories. Laboratory fee<1>.

AGSE 414-3 Adult Education Procedures, Methods, and Techniques. (Same as Plant Soil and Agricultural Systems 414.) Determining adult education needs and interests of the community. Securing and organizing the information needed for adult education programs and planning teaching activities.

AGSE 415-3 Beginning Teacher Seminar. (Same as Plant Soil and Agricultural Systems 415.) The application in the professional field setting, of principles and philosophies of the education system. Includes application of principles of curricula construction, programming student and community needs. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AGSE 418-3 Applications of Integrated Software/Agriculture. (Same as Plant Soil and Agricultural Systems 418.) Design of agricultural or educational applications of integrated software. Spreadsheet, database, word processing, graphic and communications software will be applied to the solution of agricultural problems. Individual student projects will be the focus of the applied nature of the class. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

AGSE 431-3 International Agricultural Systems. Introduction to world agriculture, farming systems, world crops, agricultural trade, and food production and processing. Influence of population and climate. Ethical issues surrounding rain forest, global agriculture, finance, world trade, crops and livestock, and the environment. Appropriate technologies and their social and economic impact on developing countries. Not for graduate credit.

AGSE 438-3 Techniques in Plant Molecular Biology. (Same as Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems 438) Students will gain hands-on experience with current molecular techniques being applied to questions in the plant sciences. These include isozyme electrophoresis, DNA and RNA extraction, restriction endonuclease digestions, Northern blotting, Southern blotting, PCR (polymerase chain reaction), gene cloning and DNA sequencing. Students will also gain some exposure to the use of computers in manipulating and analyzing molecular data. Prerequisite: either Biology 200b or Plant Biology 200 and junior standing.

AGSE 461-3 Programming for Agricultural Systems. (Same as Plant Soil and Agricultural Systems 461.) Computer programming concepts and strategies are applied to agricultural problems and systems. Students will analyze problems, design solutions, develop software and test solutions. Student will be expected to develop software project related to their academic interests. Laboratory fee<1>. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: 361 or instructor consent.

AGSE 472-3 Precision Agriculture. (Same as Plant Soil and Agricultural Systems 472.) A study of the basic principles of the Global Positioning System and how that system, along with currently available and emerging technologies is applied to the intensive management of production agriculture resources. Lab fee <1>. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: junior standing.

AGSE 473-3 Agricultural Automation. (Same as Plant Soil and Agricultural Systems 473.) This course introduces students to topics such as power distribution, programmable controllers, sensors and components, ladder control circuits and diagrams, and motor controls. The lab will address automation issues for different industrial processes such as pasteurization. Lab fee<1>. Prerequisite: 363 or consent of instructor.

AGSE 476-3 Agricultural Safety and Health. (Same as Plant Soil and Agricultural Systems 476.)Analysis of safety and health issues important to managers and supervisors in agricultural operations. Topics include agricultural accident data, causes and effects of accidents, hazard identification, strategies for accident prevention, response to accidents, and health risks and safeguards. Developments and documentation of accident and illness prevention activities in the workplace. Prerequisite: junior standing.

AGSE 483-3 Agricultural Processing Systems. (Same as Plant Soil and Agricultural Systems 483.) This course provides students with an understanding of the design principles, equipment, procedures and processes utilized in handling, processing and storing agricultural products.

AGSE 488-3 Food Engineering Technology. (Same as PSAS 488) This course introduces the basic principles of facilities planning for larger operations and complexes of the food processing industry, and gain management/technology insight in food engineering technology. Special approval needed from the instructor.

AGSE 489-3 Brewing & Distilling Technology. (Same as PSAS 489) The primary focus on this course is to introduce the basic facilities planning for the operation of the brewing and distilling industry, and to gain management and technology insight in brewing/distilling production. Restricted to Junior/Senior standing in Ag Systems Technology or AGSE 375, basic email computer skills. Special approval needed from the instructor.

AGSE 495-3 Food and Pharmaceutical Packaging. Applied packaging and food engineering principles used in packaging, storing, preserving, and transporting food and drug products. Topics include packaging functions, graphic design, printing, sterilization, and food safety. Utilization of paper, glass, plastics, laminates, and metals. Applications of machinery and equipment. Not for graduate credit.

AGSE 497-2 Agricultural Operations Management. Practical management skills and strategies are applied to the agriculture industry. This course is intended for students who desire to advance into management positions in the agricultural industry. Skills and strategies include: interpretation of financial reports, preparing and monitoring budgets, time and process management, critical thinking, advanced problem solving, professional development, strategy planning and communication, leadership, personal interaction and teambuilding. Prerequisite: senior standing or instructor consent.

AGSE 499-3 Agriculture Information for Elementary Teachers. (Same as Plant Soil and Agricultural Systems 499.) A general inquiry into the agriculture literacy appropriate for elementary students. A framework for evaluating content appropriate for elementary students in the pursuit of agriculture literacy will be developed. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

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GRADUATE COURSES: AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS/PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE [PSAS]

PSAS 400-2 Trends in Agronomy. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 400.) A discussion session format will be employed as a means of acquainting students with recent literature and allowing them to remain current with latest developments in their area of specialty. Prerequisite: senior standing.

PSAS 401-2 Agricultural Plant Pathology. A study of macro and micro-organisms and environmental factors that cause disease in plants of agricultural importance; of the mechanisms by which these factors induce disease in plants; and of the methods for managing diseases and reduce the damage they cause. Prerequisite: Plant Biology 200 or equivalent; Plant Biology 320 or and Plant Soil Science/Plant, Soil General Agriculture 409 recommended.

PSAS 402-1 to 12 (1 to 6 per topic) Problems in Agricultural Education and Technology. (Same as Agricultural Systems 402.) (a) Agriculture education, (b) agriculture technologies. Designed to improve the techniques of agricultural education and mechanization workers through discussion, assignment and special workshops on problems related to their field. Emphasis will be placed on new innovative and currently developed techniques for the field. A limit of six hours will be counted toward graduation in Master's degree program. Prerequisite: consent of chair.

PSAS 403A-2 Field Crop Diseases. A survey of major diseases of important field crops in the United States. Disease identification, cycles, and management strategies will be addressed. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in, or prior completion of 401 or equivalent.

PSAS 403B-2 Horticultural Crop Diseases. A survey of major diseases of important horticultural crops in the United States. Disease identification, cycles, and management strategies will be addressed. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in, or prior completion of 401 or equivalent.

PSAS 403C-1 Turfgrass Diseases. A survey of major diseases of important turfgrasses in the United States. Disease identification, cycles, and management strategies will be addressed. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in, or prior completion of 401 or equivalent.

PSAS 403D-1 Tree Diseases. A survey of major diseases of important tree species in the United States. Disease identification, cycles, and management strategies will be addressed. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in, or prior completion of 401 or equivalent.

PSAS 405-3 Plant Breeding. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 405.) Principles of plant breeding emphasized together with their application to the practical breeding of agronomic, horticultural and forest plants. Field trip fee<1>. Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

PSAS 408-3 World Crop Production Problems. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 408.) Ecological and physiological factors influencing production in various areas of the world. Natural limitations on world crop production. Non-agricultural factors influence world crop output. Prerequisite: 200.

PSAS 409-3 Crop Physiology. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 409.) Principles of basic plant physiology. Topics include cell structure, photosynthesis, respiration, water and mineral relations, vascular transport, and plant growth regulators. Course fee<1>. Prerequisite: Plant Biology 200 and a course in organic chemistry.

PSAS 411-3 Human Resource Development Programs in Agriculture. (Same as Agricultural Systems 411.) Principles and procedures of human resource development (HRD) programs in agriculture with emphasis on program determination and methods. Prerequisite: junior standing.

PSAS 412-3 Methods of Agriculture Mechanization. (Same as Agricultural Systems 412.) Theory and use of educational materials and devices adaptable to the needs and interests of educators involved in agricultural mechanization lab-oratories. Laboratory fee<1>.

PSAS 414-3 Adult Education Procedures, Methods and Techniques. (Same as Agricultural Systems 414.) Determining adult education needs and interests of the community. Securing and organizing the information needed for adult education programs and planning teaching activities.

PSAS 415-3 Beginning Teacher Seminar. (Same as Agricultural Systems 415.) The application in the professional field setting, of principles and philosophies of the education system. Includes application of principles of curricula construction, programming student and community needs. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

PSAS 418-3 Applications of Integrated Software/Agriculture. (Same as Workforce Education and Development 409.) (Same as Agricultural Systems 418.) Design of agricultural or educational applications of integrated software. Spreadsheet, database, word processing, graphic and communications software will be applied to the solution of agricultural problems. Individual student projects will be the focus of the applied nature of the class. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

PSAS 419-3 Forage Crop Management. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 419.) Forage crop production and utilization; forage crop characteristics, breeding, and ecology; grasslands as related to animal production, soil conservation, crop rotation and land use. Field fee<1>. Prerequisite: Plant Biology 200 or one course in biology or equivalent.

PSAS 420-4 Crop Pest Control. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 420.) Study of field pests of forest; orchard, field and garden crops; pest control principles and methods; control strategy; and consequences of pest control operations. Prerequisite: introductory biology or crop science course and/or consent of department.

PSAS 421-3 Turf Management Issues and Strategies. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 421) Issues in environmental, technical, management, social, political, business, and sports arenas that interact with turf management. Students will utilize periodicals and other references for preparing papers addressing these issues. Laboratory fee<1>. Prerequisite: Plant and Soil Science 322 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

PSAS 422-3 Turf Science and Professional Management. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 422.) Basic concepts of physiology, growth, and nutrition of turfgrasses and their culture. Application of turfgrass science to management of special turf areas such as golf course, athletic fields, and sod farms; and to the turfgrass industry. Course fee<1> assessed to pay for guest speaker expenses, laboratory materials, and field trips.

PSAS 423-3 Greenhouse Management. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 423.) Principles of greenhouse management controlling environmental factors influencing plant growth; greenhouses and related structures; and greenhouse heating and cooling systems. Laboratory fee<1>. Prerequisite: 220 or consent of instructor.

PSAS 424-4 Floriculture. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 424.) Production, timing and marketing of the major floricultural crops grown in the commercial greenhouse. Each student will have an assigned project. Laboratory fee<1>. Prerequisite: 423 or consent of instructor.

PSAS 425-5 Advanced Plant Physiology. (Same as Plant Biology 425 and Plant and Soil Science 425) Physics of plants, membrane phenomena; water relations; mineral nutrition. Prerequisite: 320 and consent of instructor.

PSAS 426-4 Genomic and Bioinformatics. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 426.) The course is designed to introduce students from a variety of backgrounds and departments to the scope and methodology of genomic and bioinformatic sciences. Real problems and solutions from genome data analysis are studied in this course to see how high throughput genomics is driving bioinformatics, and changing the biological sciences in revolutionary ways. Prerequisite: One course in the principles of genetics and consent of instructor.

PSAS 427-5 Plant Biochemistry. (Same as Plant Biology 427 and Plant and Soil Science 427.) Primary and intermediary metabolism. Exploration of fundamental biochemistry pathways in plants with an emphasis upon carbon and nitrogen metabolism. Prerequisite: Plant Biology 320 or consent of instructor.

PSAS 428-3 Advanced Landscape Design 1. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 428.) Development of the design process, graphics and verbal communication of landscape projects. Emphasis on large-scale projects and residential design. Laboratory fee<1>. Prerequisite: 328 or consent of instructor.

PSAS 429-3 Advanced Landscape Design II. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 429.) Development of the design process, graphics and verbal communication of landscape projects. Emphasis on construction details, color rendering and portfolio development. Laboratory fee<1>. Prerequisite: 328 or consent of instructor.

PSAS 430-4 Plant Propagation. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 430.) Fundamental principles of asexual and sexual propagation of horticultural plants. Actual work with seeds, cuttings, grafts and other methods of propagation. Field trip fee<1>. Lab fee<1>. Prerequisite: 220.

PSAS 431-4 Landscape Construction. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 431.) An introduction course in the basic elements of landscape construction dealing with wood, concrete, masonry and stone. Emphasis will be placed on safety, construction interpretation of construction drawings, specifications for specific structures, materials selection, cost estimation, site preparation, and construction techniques. Laboratory fee<1>. Prerequisite: 220.

PSAS 432-4 Garden Center and Nursery Management. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 432.) Principles and practices in both field and container production or ornamental landscape materials and the marketing of landscape plant materials at the nursery and retail garden center. Business management of both nurseries and garden centers will be included. Laboratory fee<1>. Prerequisite: Plant and Soil Science 220 or consent of instructor.

PSAS 433-4 Introduction to Agricultural Biotechnology. (Same as Animal Science 433.) (Same as Plant and Soil Science 433.) This course will cover the basic principles of plant and animal biotechnology using current examples; gene mapping in breeding, transgenic approaches to improve crop plants and transgenic approaches to improve animals will be considered. Technology transfer from laboratory to marketplace will be considered. An understanding of gene mapping, cloning, transfer and expression will be derived. Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor.

PSAS 434-3 Woody Plant Maintenance. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 434.) Care and management of ornamental shrubs and trees commonly used in the landscape. Topics to include trimming, pruning, fertilization, transplanting and diagnosis of woody plant problems. Prerequisite: 327 or Forestry 202 or consent of instructor.

PSAS 435-1 to 4 Agricultural Molecular Biotechnology Seminar. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 435.) Molecular Biology is rapidly making important contributions to agricultural science through biotechnology. An appreciation of the techniques of molecular biology and their application to plant improvement is important to all in agriculture and biology. The relationships between plant molecular biology and the biotechnology industry will be discussed. Presentations on particular research problems will be made. Graded S/U only.

PSAS 436-4 Successful Fruit Growing. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 436.) Learn how to grow and use temperate fruit trees for your pleasure and/or economic benefit. Learn to use the basic principles of plant-environment interaction to understand and solve common problems found in the culture of tree fruit crops in the landscape, garden or orchard. Master the secrets of fruit growing through emphasis on hands-on experiential laboratories. Focus on Midwest culture of tree fruit and nut crops. One-day field trip. Required textbooks mandatory. Laboratory fee<1>. Prerequisite: Plant and Soil Science 220 or consent of instructor.

PSAS 437-4 Vegetable Production. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 437.) Culture, harvesting, and marketing of vegetables; with morphological and physiological factors as they influence the crops. Laboratory fee<1>. Prerequisite: Plant and Soil Science 220 or consent of department.

PSAS 438-3 Techniques in Plant Molecular Biology. Student will gain hands-on experience with current molecular techniques being applied to questions in the plant sciences. These include isozyme electrophoresis, DNA and RNA extraction, restriction endonuclease digestions, Northern blotting, Southern blotting, PCR (polymerase chain reaction), gene cloning and DNA sequencing. Student will also gain some exposure to the use of computers in manipulating and analyzing molecular data. Prerequisite: either Biology 200b or Plant Biology 200 and junior standing.

PSAS 441-3 Soil Morphology and Classification. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 441.) Development, characteristics, and identification of soils, study of profiles; and interpretation and utilization of soil survey information in land use planning. Field trip fee<1>. Prerequisite: 240 or consent of instructor.

PSAS 442-3 Soil Physics. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 442.) A study of the physical properties of soils with special emphasis on soil and water relationships, soil productivity and methods of physical analysis. Prerequisite: 240.

PSAS 443-3 Soil Management. (Same as Plant and Soil Science 443.) The soil as a substrate for plant growth. Properties of the soil important in supplying the necessary mineral nutrients, water and oxygen and for providing an environment conducive to plant root system elaboration. Soil management techniques that are important in optimizing plant growth. Prerequisite: 240.

PSAS 445-3 Irrigation Principles and Practices. (Same as Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems 445) This course will cover basic principles of irrigation sciences; water requirements of crops; soil water relationship; water application methods including flooding, sprinkler, and drip (or trickle) systems; water conveyance, distribution and measurement; evaluation of irrigation efficiency; and irrigation scheduling. Considerations will also include crop production effects and economic aspects of irrigation. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: 240 or consent of instructor.

PSAS 446-3 Soil and Water Conservation. (Same as Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems 446) Covers the principles of hydrologic processes and soil erosion. Consideration will be given to the occurrence of soil erosion as it affects humans, food production, and the environment. The methods and technologies for protecting against and controlling of erosion will also be discussed. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: 240 and Mathematics 108 or 125. or consent of instructor.

PSAS 447-3 Fertilizers and Soil Fertility. (Same as Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems 447) Recent trends in fertilizer use and the implications of soil fertility build up to sufficiency and/or toxicity levels; the behavior of fertilizer material in soils and factors important in ultimate plant uptake of the nutrients; the plant essential elements in soils and ways of assessing their needs and additions; tailoring fertilizer for different uses and management systems; implication of excessive fertilization in our environment. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: 240, concurrent enrollment in 448 suggested.

PSAS 448-2 Soil Fertility Evaluation. (Same as Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems 448) A laboratory course designed to acquaint one with practical soil testing and plant analysis methods useful in evaluating soil fertility and plant needs. One hour lecture, two hours laboratory. Lab fee<1>. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: 240; 447 or concurrent enrollment; or consent of instructor.

PSAS 454-4 Soil Microbiology. (Same as Microbiology 454.)(Same as Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems 454) A study of microbial numbers, characteristics and biochemical activities of soil microorganisms with emphasis on transformations of organic compounds, nitrogen phosphorus, sulfur, iron, and plant essential nutrients. Lab fee<1>. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: 240 or Microbiology 301.

PSAS 455-3 Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions. The molecular basis of host-pathogen interactions and disease development in plants is examined with a critical review of original and current literature focusing on the mechanisms of pathogenesis, virulence, disease development and resistance, and response mechanisms in plants. Prerequisite: Plant and Soil Science/Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems 401, 433 or consent of instructor.

PSAS 466-4 Vine and Small Fruit Culture. (Same as Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems 466) Study of the developmental patterns and environmental responses of important vine and small fruit crops; strawberries, brambles, blueberries, grapes and exotic crops. Learn to adapt these crops to profitable culture for the amateur or professional with a Midwest focus. Practical hands-on experience in the classroom and the field. Two one-day field trips required. Required textbooks mandatory. Lab fee<1>. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: 220 or 435 or consent of instructor.

PSAS 468-3 Weeds - Their Control. (Same as Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems 468) Losses due to weeds, weed identification and distribution, methods of weed dissemination and reproduction, mechanical, biological, and chemical control of weeds. State and Federal legislation pertaining to weed control herbicides. Herbicide commercialization. Field trips fee<1>. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: an introductory biology course.

PSAS 470-2 Post Harvest Handling of Horticultural Commodities. (Same as Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems 470) Fundamental principles of post harvest physiology, handling, and evaluation of horticultural commodities will be covered. Specific details will be given on vegetable, fruit, ornamental, and floricultural commodities. Field trip fee<1>. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: 220 and Plant Biology 320.

PSAS 475-4 Golf Course Green Installation and Maintenance. (Same as Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems 475) This course will focus on the requirements, installation, care and maintenance of the rooting media of golf course putting green and turfgrass on disturbed soils. Not for graduate credit. Prerequisite: 240.

PSAS 500-3 Agricultural Systems Research Methodology. Research methodology for agricultural education and agricultural systems technology including defining research problems, preparing project proposals and sources of data. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

PSAS 501-43 Recent Research in Agricultural Education. A study of recent research and development in agricultural education. The course includes an analysis of regional and national scholarly publications, procedures and products. Prerequisite: graduate status and consent of instructor.

PSAS 518-3 Principles of Herbicide Action. Chemistry and mode of action of herbicides. Nature of herbicidal action. Illustrates the various types of chemical weed control procedures in current use. The physiology of herbicidal action examined using the different mechanisms established for various chemical groups of herbicides. Prerequisite: 468, Plant Biology 320.

PSAS 520-3 Growth and Development of Plants. Physiological control of developmental processes. Emphasis on exogenous growth-regulating compounds and their behavior in plants. Prerequisite: Plant Biology 320 or consent of instructor.

PSAS 524-2 Advanced Plant Genetics. (Same as Plant Biology 524.) Prerequisite: Biology 305 or equivalent.

PSAS 525-3 Program Development in Agricultural Education. Analysis and appraisal of current trends in agricultural education program development. Attention is given to implications for educators at the high school, post secondary and in extension education positions. Offered each year, alternating spring and summer semesters.

PSAS 526-4 Cytogenetics. (Same as Plant Biology 526.) Prerequisite: Biology 306 or equivalent.

PSAS 527-3 Professional Development in Agricultural Education. Recent developments and trends in agricultural education are presented for review and discussion. The role of the agricultural instructor in determining educational priorities is emphasized. Offered each year, alternating fall and summer semesters.

PSAS 530-3 Plant Ecophysiology. A study of the physiological processes that influence the growth reproduction, adaptation, and geographic distribution of plants. The ecophysiology of plant stress and interactions. Prerequisite: Plant Biology 320 or equivalent and Biology 307 or equivalent.

PSAS 531- 3 International Agricultural Systems. (Same as Agricultural Systems 431) Introduction to world agriculture, forming systems, world crops, agriculture trade, and food production and processing. Influence of population and climate. Ethical issues surrounding rain forests, global agriculture, finance, world trade, crops and livestock, and the environment. Appropriate technologies and their social and economic impact on developing countries.

PSAS 547-2 Soils and Environmental Quality. A study of the interaction between plants and soil-water, and their affects in soil and water pollution. Reactions and processes governing the solubility and mobility of metals, organic compounds and nutrients in soil, sustainable management practices, and soil/water resource remediation in providing environmental quality will be discussed.

PSAS 551-4 Plant Nematology. This course will provide an understanding of plant parasitic nematode anatomy and morphology, identification, life cycles, and management strategies. Emphasis will be placed on practical or applied aspects of information presented. Prerequisite: 401 or Plant and Soil Science 401 or consent of instructor.

PSAS 560-5 (3,2) Field Plot Technique. (a) Design of field plot and greenhouse experiments including appropriate statistical analyses for each of the designs. Data interpretation. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (b) Each of the designs discussed in (a) will be illustrated with a type problem and solved by computer processes using primarily MINITAB and SAS software programs. Prerequisite: 560a or concurrent enrollment or consent of instructor.

PSAS 570-4 Genomics of Eukaryotes. (Same as Plant Biology 571.) Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics are rapidly making important contributions to the life sciences through biotechnology. An appreciation of the genomic tools is important to all in agriculture and biology. The relationships between plant molecular biology and the biotechnology industry will be explored. Short independent practical projects in genomics, proteomics or bioinformatics will be pursued. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor, 400-level course in genetics, biotechnology

PSAS 572-3 Current Research in Agricultural Systems. A study and analysis of current problems, research findings and innovations in agricultural systems. Technical reports and journal articles will be discussed and analyzed. Students will select articles related to their own research interests and begin writing a thesis or research proposal. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

PSAS 575-3 Introduction to Agricultural Systems. Agricultural systems are studied from a manager's perspective as a specified group of components, operational functions and processes that are integrated to accomplish a designated, well-defined purpose. Topics include planning, evaluating, and adjusting systems using strategies to maximize productivity with consideration for: reliability, manpower, scheduling, economy, packaging, human and animal factors and decision systems. Agricultural systems are studied in the context of a field production, manufacturing and processing, technical sales and marketing and technical communications. Laboratory fee<1>.

PSAS 581-1 to 4 (1,1,1,1) Seminar. Individual presentations on subjects and problems relating to soils, field and horticultural crops, education, information, and technologies and other phases of plant, soil and general agriculture. Graded S/U only.

PSAS 582-6 (2,2,2) Colloquium in Plant and Soil Science. Recent developments and trends in specialized areas of plant and soil science will be discussed in (a) Genetics and plant breeding, (b) Research methods, (c) Physiology and ecology.

PSAS 588-1 to 8 International Graduate Studies. Residential graduate study programs abroad. Approval of department required both for the nature of program and number of hours of credit. Prerequisite: consent of department chair. Graded S/U only.

PSAS 590-1 to 4 Readings. Contemporary books and periodicals on selected subjects within the fields of plant, soil and agricultural systems. Prerequisite: consent of department.

PSAS 592-1 to 3 Special Problems. Directed study of specialized areas of crop production, horticulture, soils or agricultural systems depending on the program of the student. Discussion, seminars, readings and instruction in research techniques. Prerequisite: consent of department.

PSAS 593-1 to 6 Individual Research. Directed research on approved projects investigating selected fields of plant, soil and agricultural systems. Prerequisite: consent of department.

PSAS 595-1 to 4 Agricultural Occupation Internship. Prepares coordinators to fulfill their responsibilities in selected areas in agricultural related occupations through an internship in the area of specialization and through orientation to related technical information. Prerequisite: consent of department.

PSAS 599-1 to 6 Thesis. At least three hours of thesis credit is required for the Master's degree under the thesis option. Prerequisite: consent of department.

PSAS 601-1 per semester Continuing Enrollment. For those graduate students who have not finished their degree programs and who are in the process of working on their dissertation, thesis or research paper. The student must have completed a minimum of 24 hours of dissertation research, or the minimum thesis, or research hours before being eligible to register for this course. Concurrent enrollment in any other course is not permitted. Graded S/U or DEF only.

 

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