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1000 Level Courses

1100. Freshman and Transfer Student Seminar (1). Exposure to scientific disciplines, time management strategies, various learning styles, support services, employment opportunities, and social organizations within the Department of Plant and Soil Science.

1311. The Science of Wine (3). Introduction to the history of winemaking and application of biology, chemistry, and technology to modern grape and wine production.

1321. [AGRI 1307, 1407] Agronomic Plant Science (3). Importance, distribution, and use of major world agronomic crops. Fundamentals of growth, structure, and improvements are also stressed. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement.

1411. [AGRI 1415, HORT 1401] Principles of Horticulture (4). Principles and practices of growth and development, structure, nomenclature, use of horticultural plants and how they are affected by the environment. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.

2000 Level Courses

2114. Wine Production Introduction Lab (1). Prerequisites: PSS 1311; BIOL 1401, 1403. An overview of wine production technical laboratory aspects with an emphasis on prefermentation processes, options and strategies, and fermentation management.

2130. Urban Soils Laboratory (1). Prerequisite: Concurrent or subsequent to PSS 2330. Discussion and practical experience with soils in the urban environment.

2210. Floral Design (2). Prerequisite: PSS 1411. Floral design as a commercial enterprise. Emphasis on principles of floral design, patterns of arrangements, and elements of color composition. Field trips required.

2312. Propagation Methods (3). Prerequisite: PSS 1411. Propagation techniques of commercial nurseries and greenhouse ranges; study of the physiological reaction and cutting material. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement. (Writing Intensive)

2313. Herbaceous Plant Materials (3). Prerequisite: PSS 1411. Study of the principal herbaceous plants and plant families, palms, roses, and subtropic landscape plants.

2314. Wine Production Introduction (3). Prerequisites: PSS 1311; BIOL 1401, 1403. An overview of wine production technical aspects with an emphasis on prefermentation processes, options and strategies, and fermentation management.

2330. Urban Soils (3). Utilization of soils in urban environments with emphasis on nutrients, water management, and physical properties. Credit not given for PSS 2330 and PSS 2432.

2401 [AGRI 1413] Introductory Entomology (4). An introduction to the arthropods with major emphasis on the insects. Insect structure, function, identification, and relationships to man, plants, and animals with be discussed. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.

2432. Principles and Practices in Soils (4). Prerequisites: CHEM 1305 or 1307 and CHEM 1105 or 1107. Formation and composition, physical and chemical properties, hydraulic and thermal relationships of soil. Role of soil in ecosystems. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement. Credit not given for PSS 2330 and PSS 2432. (Writing Intensive)

3000 Level Courses

3309. Introduction to Turfgrass Science (3). Prerequisite: PSS 1411. An overview of turfgrass selection, growth, adaptation and management. Specialized practices relative to home lawns, athletic fields, golf courses, and utility turfs.

3310. Viticulture I: Principles of Viticulture (3). Prerequisite: PSS 1411. Introduction to grapevine history, biology, physiology, and principles and practices of vineyard management.

3311. Sustainable Vegetable Crop Production (3). Prerequisite: PSS 1411. Study of principles and practices of sustainable vegetable production methods used by commercial growers. Focus will be on planning, production, and marketing of major vegetable crops within Texas.

3317. Interior Plants (3). Prerequisite: PSS 1411. Selection and maintenance of interior plants and planting facilities

3318. Woody Plants (3). Prerequisite: PSS 1411. Discussion and selection of woody plants used for ornamental purposes in the landscape setting. The course will be divided between deciduous and evergreen plants.

3321. Forage and Pasture Crops (3). The production and use of forage and pasture crops.

3322. Grain, Fiber, and Oilseed Crops (3). History, distribution, use, plant form, growth and development, and cultural and production practices of important agronomic crops.

3323. Crop Physiology (3). Presents fundamental concepts underlying the science of crop physiology, including crop phenology, canopy development and light interception, photosynthesis and respiration, and dry matter partitioning.

3324. Seed Science (3). Analysis of seed for planting. Seed quality as related to production, processing, storing, and handling. Study of federal and state seed laws.

3421. Fundamental Principles of Genetics (4). Prerequisites: PSS 1321 or 1411; BIOL 1401, or 1402, or 1403. Mendelian genetic principles and chromosomal basis of heredity and genetic analysis based on recombinant DNA. (Writing Intensive) Back to Top

 

4000 Level Courses

4000. Internship (V1-3). Prerequisite: Approval of department chair. A supervised study course providing in-service training and practice in various areas of plant science. May be repeated for credit.

4001. Problems (V1-3). Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. An assigned problem and individual instruction in a specific area, Plant Science. May be repeated for credit with approval of department chair.

4100. Seminar (1). Utilization of writing and oral presentation skills. Continued enhancement of education skills and adherence to professional ethics.

4111. Winemaking Worldwide Lab (1). Prerequisite: 21 years old or older. Sensorial introduction to wines and spirits of the world through tasting various regional wine and spirit types in relationship to an assortment of food pairings.

4301. Agricultural Compounds (3). Prerequisites: PSS 2401; CHEM 1107, 1108, 1307, 1308; and consent of instructor. Nature, mode of action, and uses of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other pesticides.

4305. Integrated Pest Management (3). Prerequisite: PSS 2401. The principles and practices of integration of all available control strategies in the management of arthropod pest populations.

4310. Viticulture II: Grape Production (3). Prerequisite: PSS 3310. Advanced studies of grape production and management practices in commercial vineyards.

4313. Arboriculture (3). Prerequisite: PSS 1411. The physiological principles and industry practices in the production, moving, care, and maintenance of ornamental trees, shrubs, and ground covers. Required field trips.

4314. Garden Center Management (3). Prerequisite: PSS 1411.The principles of management, marketing, structures, and distribution for retail establishments. (Writing Intensive)

4316. Turfgrass Physiology and Ecology (3). Prerequisite: PSS 3309 or consent of instructor. Physiological response of turfgrass to stress. Effect of management practices on community dynamics, competition, and the environment.

4317. Golf Course Construction (3). Prerequisite: PSS 3309. Phases of golf course construction with emphasis on how construction decisions impact future management practices and concerns.

4318. Turf Pest Management (3). Prerequisite: PSS 1411 or 3309. Provides background of the major turfgrass pests and their control with special emphasis on integrated pest management.

4321. Fundamental Principles of Plant Breeding (3). Prerequisite: PSS 3421. Practical application of genetics and biotechnology in the breeding and improvement of plants.

4325. Crop Water Management (3). Evaluation of the primary irrigation systems used in crop production, soil-plant interactions affecting water supply, and methods of monitoring soil and plant water status.

4330. Environmental Soil Chemistry (3). Prerequisite: PSS 2432. Chemistry of inorganic and organic soil components with emphasis on environmental significance of soil solution-solid phase equilibria, sorption phenomena, ion exchange processes, reaction kinetics, redox reactions, and acidity processes.

4331. Soil Microbiology Ecology (3). Prerequisite: Introductory biology or microbiology, or consent of instructor. Introduction to soil organisms. Includes interactions between organisms, processes, and their ecological functions.

4332. Soil Classification (3). Prerequisite: Approval of instructor for nonagriculture majors. Soil profile morphology. Classification systems with emphasis on the taxonomic system of the United States.

4335. Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management (3). Prerequisite: PSS 2432. Nutrient availability as influenced by soil properties, modern methods of nutrient management, and tools for maximizing nutrient use efficiency. (Writing Intensive)

4336. Soil Physical Properties (3). Prerequisites: PSS 2432 and 6 hours of mathematics. Physical properties of soils: structure and movement of water, air, and temperature.

4337. Environmental Soil Science (3). Prerequisite: PSS 2432. Physical, chemical, and biological properties and processes of soil as they relate to environmental quality.

4411. Greenhouse Crop Production (4). Prerequisite: PSS 1411. Greenhouse construction, heating, cooling, growing media, pest management, nutrition, fertility, growth regulation, irrigation, post-harvest handling, marketing of greenhouse crops. Required field trips.

4415. Plant Biotechnology (4). Prerequisite: PSS 3421. The study of plant biotechnology with emphasis on industry topics such as research, marketability, product development, and regulatory and intellectual property issues.

4416. Winemaking Quality Control and Analysis (4). Prerequisites: CHEM 1307, 1308, 1107, 1108; PSS 1311, 2314; FDSC 3301 or MBIO 3400 (may be taken concurrently). Quality control and analysis for winemaking.

4421. Principles of Weed Science (4). Fundamentals of chemical weed control. Emphasis on herbicide families, names, usage, absorption, translocation, mechanism of action, and factors influencing selectivity and soil persistence. The laboratory will emphasize labels, calculations, equipment, calibrations and usage, and methods of application.

4425. Introductory Plant Pathology (4). Identification and management of diseases of agricultural and horticultural plants. Diagnostic methods used to identify basic plant pathogens.

4426. Introduction to Genomics (4). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Focuses on genome structure and function of model systems with emphasis on studying the regulation of gene expression and the transcriptome.Back to Top

 

5000 Level Courses

5000. Professional Internship (V1-6). Prerequisite: Consent of department chairperson. Supervised study providing advanced training for master’s students. Emphasis is on scientific and technical training.

5001. Problems in Plant and Soil Science (V1-3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Selected problems based on the student’s needs and interests, not included in other courses. May be repeated for credit with approval of department.

5100. Seminar (1). Current research in all aspects of plant and soil science including presentations by internationally recognized scientists. May be repeated for credit.

5231. Applied Geostatistics (2). Application of regionalized variable theory to surface and subsurface land forms using semivariograms and kriging.

5232. International Agronomic Development (2). Overview of world food situation. Role of assistance programs and international and national research centers in the development of agronomic research and outreach for developing countries.

5301. Advanced Genetics (3). Prerequisite: PSS 3421 or BIOL 3416. Examines the complex principles and applications of modern genetics.

5302. Statistical Applications in Natural Resources (3). Introduction to statistical concepts and overview of statistical methods as applied to current research issues in plant and soil science and natural resource management.

5303. Host Plant Resistance to Arthropod Pests (3). Applied co-evolution aspects of plant-insect interactions. Covers developmental, physiological and behavioral aspects of arthropod-plant interactions.

5307. Pesticides (3). Advanced study of the registration, development, and legal use of pesticides.

5310. Insect Ecology (3). The effects of environmental factors on insect abundance, composition, complexity, and dynamics of insect community systems.

5312. Vineyard Management (3). Prerequisite: PSS 3310 or consent of instructor. Application of advanced knowledge of viticultural principles to the management of commercial vineyards.

5314. Advanced Turf Pest Management (3). Prerequisite: PSS 3309 or consent of instructor. Examines the biology and ecology of major turfgrass pests to develop best management practices for various turf environments.

5315. Aspects of Golf Course Construction (3). Prerequisite: PSS 3309 or consent of instructor. Provides an in-depth account of the golf course construction sequence from site selection through the grow-in process.

5316. Advanced Arboriculture (3). Advanced principles associated with anatomical, physiological, and chemical changes in woody plants.

5317. Advanced Nursery Management (3). Principles of nursery production, cultural management, and marketing of both wholesale and retail commodities.

5318. Advanced Turfgrass Physiology and Ecology (3). Prerequisite: PSS 3309 or consent of instructor. Interaction between turfgrass and the environment. Focus on turfgrass adaptation and tolerance to environmental and mechanical stress

5319. Advanced Interiorscaping (3). A tropical foliage plant course for graduate students with no previous training in interiorscaping. Emphasis is placed on plant identification, selection, design, lighting and maintenance.

5321. Plant Breeding Theory (3). Prerequisite: PSS 3421. Breeding and plant improvement presented at an advanced level.

5323. Environmental Crop Physiology (3). The plant-environment interaction in relation to growth and production of crop communities. Radiant energy, carbon dioxide, water, and temperature relationships in crop stands.

5324. Mode and Mechanism of Herbicide Action (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Herbicide classification, activity, crop selectivity, and resistant plants.

5325. Transgenic and Plant Cell Genetics (3). Genome organization in plants, interspecific hybridization, cytoplasmic male sterility, self-incompatibility, tissue culture, in-vitro screening, and transformation technologies.

5326. Advanced Seed Science (3). In-depth study of seed and seedling anatomy, the sequence of events and factors affecting germination and emergence, and the characteristics of dormancy and vigor.

5327. Soil-Plant-Animal Interrelationships in Grazing Lands (3). Prerequisite: PSS 3321. Ecological and nutritional principles of livestock grazing are established. Mineral cycling, antiquality factors, limitations to intake, and research methodology in forage-livestock systems are presented.

5328. Forages and Livestock in Pasture Ecosystems (3). Systems of grazing management are presented from the perspective of ecosystems in pasture lands and other grazing lands with intensified management.

5329. Precision Agriculture (3). Introduction to site-specific management of agricultural crops emphasizing collection and use of geospatial information in performing variable-rate farming practices.

5330. Advanced Environmental Soil Chemistry (3). Prerequisite: PSS 2432. Chemistry of inorganic and organic soil components with emphasis on environmental significance of soil solution-solid phase equilibria, sorportion phenomena, ion exchange processes reaction kinetics, redox reactions, and acidity processes.

5331. Advanced Plant Nutrient Management (3). Prerequisite: PSS 2432. Evaluation and application of theory to plant nutrient management; a study of nutrient needs and nutrient reactions in soil; and predicting nutrient need and response.

5334. Soils and Crops in Arid Lands (3). Potentials for utilizing soils, rainfall patterns, and plant characteristics for crop production in arid lands.

5335. Soil Physics (3). Physical characteristics of soils and porous media and principles underlying flow and distribution of water, air, and heat in soils.

5336. Soil Mineralogy (3). The mineralogical makeup of sand, silt, and clay. The relation of physical and chemical soil properties to mineralogy.

5337. Advanced Soil Classification (3). A study of the taxonomic System of Soil Classification as used in the United States.

5351. Environmental Instrumentation and Measurements (3). Setting up and programming a data logger to collect environmental measurements related to soil, atmosphere, and plant conditions using a variety of sensors.

5370. U.S. and Global Cotton Fiber-Textile Industries (3). Examination of factors affecting cotton production, processing, marketing, and utilization as an industrial raw material for textile manufacturing.

5371. Structure and Functionalization of Cotton Fibers (3). Fundamental understanding of the structure of cotton fibers and their characterization. Presents techniques used to functionalize the cotton fabric to create “smart” textiles.

5373. Biopolymers and Bioproducts (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Focuses on the chemistry of biopolymers and their transformation to bio-based products.

5376. Advanced Studies in Cotton Fibers (3). Examination of the structure of cotton fibers, meaning and measurement of fiber properties, and issues related to increasing cotton’s use-value as an industrial raw material.

5378. Economics of Cotton as an Industrial Raw Material (3). Evaluates entire marketing chain pertinent to cotton and cottonseed, along with the industrial transformation required. Develops methodology for analyzing agriculture commodities as industrial raw materials. (AAEC 5393)

5415. Advanced Greenhouse Crop Production (4). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Greenhouse construction, heating, cooling, growing media, pest management, nutrition, fertility, growth regulation, irrigation, post-harvest handling, marketing greenhouse crops. Required field trips.

5416. Advanced Winemaking (4). Prerequisites: CHEM 1107, 1108,1307, 1308, : PSS 1311, 2314; FDSC 3301 or MBIO 3400 (may be taken concurrently). Advanced winemaking quality control and analysis.

5421. Genetically Modified Crops (4). Prerequisite: PSS 3421 or BIOL 3416. This course will examine the contemporary methods and genetic principles of plant biotechnology and the commercialization of genetically modified plants.

5425. Advanced Agricultural Plant Pathology (4). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Identification of causal agents of plant diseases (fungi, bacteria, nematodes, and viruses). Emphasis will be placed on diagnostic methods, isolation, and inoculation. Not open to students who have taken PSS 4425.

5426. Functional Genomics (4). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A comprehensive overview of gene regulation from genotype to phenotype using high-throughout platforms and bioinformatics to facilitate genome-wide analysis. May be repeated once for credit.

5429. Advanced Principles of Weed Science (4). Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Weeds, weed control, plant identification, and equipment presented at an advanced level.Back to Top

 

6000 Level Courses

6000. Master’s Thesis (V1-6).

6001. Selected Topics in Plant and Soil Science (V1-3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Individual study of advanced topics in plant and soil science. May be repeated in different areas for credit.

6301. Quantitative Agricultural Remote Sensing (3). A general course in the theory and application of remote sensing to quantifying soil and vegetation characteristics relevant to agriculture and natural biosystems.

6302. Plant Growth Modeling (3). Development, testing, and application of mathematical models of plant growth relevant to agriculture and natural biosystems.

6322. Advanced Plant Breeding (3). Qualitative and quantitative inheritance, heterosis, selection theory and breeding methodology for crop plant improvement, genotype by environment interaction, and application of cellular and molecular techniques to plant breeding.

6323. Plant-Water Relations (3). Comprehensive understanding of biophysical factors affecting water status of plant tissue and resultant physiological responses.

6331. Advanced Environmental Soil Science (3). Prerequisite: PSS 2432. Applications of soil chemical, physical, and biological principles to environmental issues.

6424. Structural Genomics of Plants and Animals (4). Gene structure and cloning, molecular markers, population structure, QTL and association mapping, physical mapping and position cloning, genome sequencing and structure, SNP identification and analysis. S, even years.

6432. Advanced Soil Microbial Ecology (4). Prerequisite: Introductory biology or microbiology or instructor permission. Study of soil blots, emphasizing soil microorganisms’ ecology, physiology, and biochemical functions.

7000 Level Courses

7000. Research (V1-12).

8000 Level Courses

8000. Doctor’s Dissertation (V1-12).
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