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Courses - Spring 2024
PLSC
Plant Sciences
Open Seats as of
06/18/2024 at 07:30 PM
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.
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.
PLSC254
Woody Plants for Mid-Atlantic Landscape II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in 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: Minimum grade of C- in PLSC110 and PLSC111; or minimum grade of C- in BSCI170 and BSCI171.
A study of the principles and practices in the propagation of plants.
PLSC303
Global Food Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNS
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI170 and BSCI171; 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: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI170 and BSCI171; or minimum grade of C- in PLSC201; and minimum grade of C- in CHEM231 and CHEM232; or minimum grade of C- in CHEM237.
Cross-listed with: BSCI442.
Credit only granted for: BSCI442 or PLSC400.
An in-depth examination of the unique molecular and physiological principles necessary to understand how plants grow and respond to the environment at the cellular and organismal levels. Plants evolved unique metabolism and survival strategies, so students should be prepared to enter a world that may be new to them.
PLSC401
Pest Management Strategies for Turfgrass
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLSC305.
Interdisciplinary view of weed, disease, and insect management from an agronomy perspective. Plant responses to pest invasion, diagnosis of pest-related disorders, and principles of weed, disease and insect suppression through cultural, biological and chemical means are discussed.
PLSC411
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BSCI170 and BSCI171.
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.
PLSC434
The Quest for Color
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: PLSC434 or HONR218R.
Formerly: HONR218R.
Finding sources of color in nature has motivated mindful inquiry and technical innovation across cultures. Yet, the quest for new colors has been both a result of and an excuse for colonization, appropriation of indigenous knowledge, and enslavement. When natural dyestuffs were largely replaced by synthetic dyes derived from coal tar in the late 1800s, color development posed new ecological and cultural challenges. In spite of these threats, practitioners worldwide have maintained their traditional methods without exploitation or petroleum products. This course integrates the history and chemistry of dye materials from plants and insects with hands-on practice in sustainable color creation. Students will hone the practical skills needed to source and process foraged dye materials, and apply them sustainably to fibers. Via this scientific process students will gain insight into the benefits of a naturally sourced approach to color and to life.
PLSC452
Environmental Horticulture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in PLSC110 and PLSC111; or minimum grade of C- in PLSC112 and PLSC113; and minimum grade of C- in 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.
Students must pay a $60.00 lab fee.
PLSC460
(Perm Req)
Application of Knowledge in Plant Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in PLSC110 and PLSC111; or minimum grade of C- in PLSC112 and PLSC113; or minimum grade of C- in 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.
PLSC489W
Special Topics in Plant Science; Plant-Microbe Associations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Understanding the diverse relationships between plants and their associated microbes is important for crop protection and food security. A comparative analysis of the ecology, physiology and molecular genetics of plant - microbe interactions along with their impact on society and the surrounding ecosystem. Students will learn and gain an understanding of various microbiomes and their impact on plant growth, pathogenic strategies used to overcome plant immune systems and derive nutrients from host plants, the molecular mechanisms used by plants to recognize and respond to invading pathogens, symbiotic relationships between plants and microbes, prospects of genetic engineering of plants for disease resistance.
PLSC608T
(Perm Req)
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
PLSC689W
Special Topics; Plant-Microbe Associations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Understanding the diverse relationships between plants and their associated microbes is important for crop protection and food security. A comparative analysis of the ecology, physiology and molecular genetics of plant - microbe interactions along with their impact on society and the surrounding ecosystem. Students will learn and gain an understanding of various microbiomes and their impact on plant growth, pathogenic strategies used to overcome plant immune systems and derive nutrients from host plants, the molecular mechanisms used by plants to recognize and respond to invading pathogens, symbiotic relationships between plants and microbes, prospects of genetic engineering of plants for disease resistance.
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.