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Courses - Spring 2022
PLSC
Plant Sciences
PLSC110
Introduction to Horticulture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with PLSC111) or DSNS
Credit only granted for: PLSC100 or PLSC110 and PLSC111.
Formerly: PLSC100.
An overview to the art and science of horticulture. Relationships between plant science and plant production, the use of horticultural plants and plant stress as influenced by cultural practices.
PLSC111
Introduction to Horticulture Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Corequisite: PLSC110 or permission of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture.
The goal of this course is to expand your knowledge of the growth and development of horticultural crops. An integrated understanding of horticulture will come from laboratory experiments and field trips. This course is designed to complement lecture material from PLSC 110.
Students must pay a $50.00 lab materials fee.
PLSC226
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC201; or permission of instructor.
Students will learn to identify and understand relationships among major plant families of northeastern North America, especially of the Mid-Atlantic region, through lecture, field, and laboratory study. Characteristics and biogeography of and evolutionary relationships among families are emphasized in lecture. These characteristics will be woven together to provide understanding of the ecological and evolutionary drivers of plant diversity and the history of the field. Sight identification of families, genera, and species and keying skills are stressed in field and laboratory sessions.
PLSC250
Lawns in the Landscape: Environmental Hero or Villain?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
Cross-listed with ENSP250.
Credit only granted for: ENSP250 or PLSC250.
Examination of the lawn as an element in the anthropogenic landscape and its influence on global warming, regional air and water quality, ecological diversity, mammalian pesticide exposure and consumptive water use. Demographic and socioeconomic factors are examined in the context of being predictors of landscape aesthetic desires and lawn management behaviors. Policies that incentivize lawn alternatives or changes in lawn management behavior are discussed.
PLSC251
Financial Applications for the Green Industry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Credit only granted for: PLSC361 or PLSC251.
Formerly: PLSC361.
An introduction to the application of financial principles in the Green Industry business sector. Accounting, pricing, and estimating, job cost management and production efficiency are discussed and manifested in Scholarship In Practice exercises, case studies and a business plan project.
PLSC254
Woody Plants for Mid-Atlantic Landscape II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC110, PLSC111, and PLSC253; or permission of instructor.
A field and laboratory study of trees, shrubs, and vines used in ornamental plantings. Major emphasis is placed on introduced and evergreen plant materials.
PLSC271
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC110 and PLSC111; or (BSCI170 and BSCI171).
A study of the principles and practices in the propagation of plants.
PLSC275
Fundamentals of Agricultural Chemistry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM131 and CHEM132; and (PLSC110 and PLSC111); or (PLSC112 and PLSC113); or (BSCI160 and BSCI161); or (BSCI170 and BSCI171); or PLSC100 or PLSC101.
Restriction: Must not have completed CHEM104 or CHEM105; and must be in a major within the AGNR-College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; or permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: PLSC275, CHEM104, or CHEM105.
An in-depth discussion of chemistry targeted to students enrolled in plant and animal management curricula offered in AGNR. Covers the nomenclature and basic functional groups in organic chemistry, secondary plant metabolites, basic tenets of organic agriculture and the creation of genetically-modified plants. The chemistry, handling and usage of agricultural pesticides is also discussed.
PLSC303
Global Food Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
GenEd: DSNS
Prerequisite: BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
An introduction to the global food system and its agricultural, biophysical, and socioeconomic domains. The problems and potentials for increasing world food supply based on current agronomic knowledge. Emphasis on international aspects of food crop production as its interrelationships with people and the environment in the developing world.
PLSC388
Honors Thesis Research
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PLSC399
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Plant Science
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLSC400
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105; or PLSC201. And CHEM231 and CHEM232; or CHEM237; or permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department; or permission of CMNS-Biological Sciences UG Program.
Cross-listed with: BSCI442.
Credit only granted for: BSCI442 or PLSC400.
A survey of plant physiology and development responses and adaptation to the environment.
PLSC407
Advanced Crop Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC112, PLSC113, BSCI160, and BSCI161.
A study of principles of production for forage crops, corn, small grains, rice, millets, sorghums, soybeans and other oil seed crops. Their seed production, processing, distribution and the current federal and state seed control programs for these agronomic crops will also be discussed.
PLSC411
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI170; and BSCI171. Or PLSC201; or permission of AGNR-Plant Science & Landscape Architecture department.
An introduction to genetic principles and technologies in plants, centered on linking phenotype to genotype. Topics include Mendelian inheritance of single and complex traits, epigenetics, population genetics and plant breeding. Examples on creating and mapping genetic mutations in both model plants and non-model crops are discussed. Current genetic and genomic approaches are highlighted, such as genome engineering and reprogramming, TILLING, and genome-wide association mapping.
PLSC425
Green Roofs and Urban Sustainability
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: PLSC425 or PLSC489V.
Formerly: PLSC489V.
The integration of disciplines associated with sustainability issues. Topics range from plant science to design to policy, all of which can contribute to improving the urban environment.
PLSC432
Greenhouse Crop Production
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC201 and PLSC202; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in BSCI442.
The commercial production and marketing of ornamental plant crops under greenhouse, plastic houses and out-of-door conditions.
PLSC452
Environmental Horticulture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC110 and PLSC111 or (PLSC112 and PLSC113); and (PLSC253 and PLSC254).
Environmental horticulture principles used in the establishment and maintenance of plant materials in residential and commercial landscapes will be addressed. The effect of soil conditions, environmental factors, and commercial practices will be discussed in relation to the growth and development of newly-installed plant materials. Field diagnostics will be used by students to assess significant problems of plant decline. Environmental sustainability will be combined with current commercial practices of storm water management, nutrient management, and irrigation management to achieve an integrated approach to plant management.
PLSC460
Application of Knowledge in Plant Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: PLSC110 and PLSC111; or (PLSC112 and PLSC113); or PLSC201; or permission of instructor.
Recommended: ENGL393 and ENST200; and (PLSC389 or PLSC399).
Restriction: Senior standing or higher.
A capstone course based on interactions with plant science professionals and student-led class discussions. Students will apply their knowledge and experience to practical issues in the discipline, further develop critical thinking ability, and enhance their communication, teamwork, and professional skills. Topics will include nutrient management, integrated pest management, plant interactions with urban and rural ecosystems, planning of public grounds, plant biotechnology, and teaching skills.
PLSC489O
Special Topics in Plant Science; Plant Taxonomy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PLSC608T
Research Methods; Supervised Teaching
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLSC618
Advances in Research; Critiquing Primary Plant Science Literature
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLSC619
Seminars in Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLSC689F
(Perm Req)
Special Topics; Biogeochemistry
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Cross-listed with ENTM699P. Credit only granted for PLSC689F or ENTM699P.

This course will cover advanced concepts in biogeochemistry including element cycling in terrestrial and aquatic systems, microbial metabolism, redox chemistry, and human impacts on managed and natural systems. Students will be required to lead discussions of the primary literature, prepare presentations, and present their scientific manuscripts for review and discussion.
PLSC789M
Advances in Research; Plant Membrane Biology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLSC799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLSC898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLSC899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.