Environmental Plant Science and Natural Resources Courses

Agricultural Natural Resources (AGN) courses

  • AGN 605 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

    Prerequisite: AGN 215.

    Theoretical and applied aspects of soil fertility emphasizing ion transport, nutrient availability, and root absorption in soils-plant environments. May be taught concurrently with AGN 405. Cannot receive credit for both AGN 605 and AGN 405.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • AGN 635 Soil Conservation and Water Management

    The history and policies surrounding management of soil and water resources will be considered, but the majority of class time will be used addressing the processes of erosion and nutrient loss, and the practices used to conserve natural resources and sustain productivity/function of cropland, pasture, urban, and wild landscapes. May be taught concurrently with AGN 335. Cannot receive credit for both AGN 635 and AGN 335.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • AGN 643 Silviculture

    This course will examine natural tree and stand development, as well as fundamentals of forest stand dynamics, site productivity, stand density and tree growth. As such, this course will provide a scientific and practical basis for concepts such as regeneration techniques, density management, wildlife habitat management and other silvicultural principles. May be taught concurrently with AGN 543. Cannot receive credit for both AGN 543 and AGN 643.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • AGN 655 Soil Genesis, Morphology and Classification

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGN 465. Pedogenetic processes, macromorphology, micromorphology, redoximorphic features, and classification as related to soil taxonomy, with GIS applications for use of soil survey information discussed, if time allows. May be taught concurrently with AGN 455. Cannot receive credit for both AGN 655 and AGN 455.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Upon demand
  • AGN 665 Environmental Soil Science

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGN 215. Application of soil physical, chemical, and biological properties influencing agriculture, natural resources, and environmental science. Students will determine site suitability for agricultural and engineering purposes using information from onsite evaluations, soil survey, and other appropriate resources. May be taught concurrently with AGN 465. Cannot receive credit for both AGN 465 and AGN 665.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • AGN 699 Special Topics in Natural Resources

    Special study in an identified area of natural resources not treated in other courses. Recent advances and new research techniques will be discussed. Variable content course. May be repeated to a maximum of nine hours provided the same topic is not duplicated.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • AGN 725 Advanced Soils Interpretations

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGN 465. Field interpretation of physical and chemical properties, water relationships, and soil landscape relationships.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    323Upon demand
  • AGN 730 Advanced Topics in Natural Resources

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    An advanced topic in natural resources will be addressed via faculty lectures and student projects. Variable content course. May be repeated to a maximum of nine hours provided the same topic is not duplicated.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand

Agricultural Plant Science (AGP) courses

  • AGP 603 Suburban Horticulture

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGP 103 or AGN 115 or BIO 101 and 111 or BIO 121. Horticultural concepts and their application to the growth and maintenance of fruit, vegetables and ornamentals common to most homes. Will not count toward the Environmental Plant Science major or Horticulture minor. May be taught concurrently with AGP 303. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 603 and AGP 303.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • AGP 611 Viticulture

    Grapevine growth, development and adaptation of grape species and hybrids is covered. Focus is on vineyard establishment and management for wine production. Concepts relate to all wine growing regions with emphasis on grape production in the Midwest and Eastern United States. May be taught concurrently with AGP 511. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 611 and AGP 511.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • AGP 613 Insects Affecting Horticulture and Forestry Crops

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Identification, life histories and control methods of insects affecting gardens, ornamental plants, orchards and forests. May be taught concurrently with AGP 513. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 613 and AGP 513.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    314Fall
  • AGP 625 Hydroponic Systems

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGP 103 and AGP 104 and AGN 405 and AGP 453. This course focuses on the "growing" industry of hydroponics, and includes the different methods and systems used to grow plants without soil, and the science of plant nutrition and production. In the hands-on lab, students plan, build, and manage hydroponic systems for growing plants and apply entrepreneurial strategies for associated business plans. Field trips include visiting local hydroponic growers. May be taught concurrently with AGP 425. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 625 and AGP 425.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
  • AGP 633 Crop Physiology

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGP 103 or BIO 101 and 111; 3 hours additional AGP or BIO plant courses. General, stress-related and post-harvest physiology of horticulture and agronomic crops in relationship to their environments. May be taught concurrently with AGP 453. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 453 and AGP 633.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • AGP 641 Vegetable Production

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGP 103 or AGN 115 or BIO 101 and 111 or BIO 121. Methods of commercial vegetable production with an emphasis on using sustainable production techniques to optimize yield and quality of vegetables. The purpose of this course is to expand knowledge in commercial vegetable production. May be taught concurrently with AGP 441. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 641 and AGP 441.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • AGP 644 High Tunnel Crop Production

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGP 103 or AGN 115 or BIO 101 and 111 or BIO 121. Site selection, design, construction, management, and production methods of crops grown in high tunnels. Sustainable production methods are emphasized. May be taught concurrently with AGP 444. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 444 and AGP 644.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • AGP 653 Turf Science

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGP 103 or BIO 101 and 111 or BIO 121. A scientific approach to the physiology of turfgrass in response to the environment, and the selection, establishment, maintenance and pest management relevant to utility, lawn and sports turf. Field trips required. May be taught concurrently with AGP 353. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 353 and AGP 653.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • AGP 660 Site Specific Techniques in Agriculture and Natural Resources

    Recommended Prerequisite: 12 hours of AGN or AGP courses. An overview of the theory and application of site-specific techniques used in agriculture and natural resources with emphasis on precision agronomy. Techniques will include: guidance systems, remote sensing, drone operation, variable rate application, and yield monitoring. May be taught concurrently with AGP 460. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 460 and AGP 660.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Spring
  • AGP 663 Greenhouse Production

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGP 103. Factors involved in site-selection, construction and management of greenhouses and other controlled-environment structures for production of floriculture and food crops. Sustainable production methods are emphasized. May be taught concurrently with AGP 543. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 663 and AGP 543.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • AGP 665 Grain Crops for Food, Feed and Energy

    Adaptation, production, and utilization of the major grain crops for human and animal (livestock and wildlife) consumption and energy production. May be taught concurrently with AGP 365. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 665 and AGP 365.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • AGP 670 Forage Crops for Animals and the Environment

    Prerequisite: AGP 103 or AGN 115 or equivalent.

    Adaptation, production and utilization of the major forage crops for grazing, hay, and silage production, as well as their effects on environmental quality and wildlife. May be taught concurrently with AGP 370. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 670 and AGP 370.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • AGP 673 Plant Propagation

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGP 103; and AGN 115 or BIO 121; and CHM 107 or CHM 116 or CHM 160. Practices employed by fruit and ornamental plant producers in propagation of plants, including seeds, cuttings, layerings, grafting and micropropagation. May be taught concurrently with AGP 573. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 673 and AGP 573.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
  • AGP 675 Plant Breeding and Genetics

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGP 103 or AGN 115. Application of genetic principles to the improvement of crop plants. Includes self-pollinated, cross-pollinated, and asexually-propagated crops. May be taught concurrently with AGP 575. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 675 and AGP 575.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    220Spring
  • AGP 676 Plant Breeding and Genetics Lab

    Prerequisite: AGP 575 or AGP 675 or concurrent enrollment.

    Laboratory activities related to plant breeding and genetic improvement of crop plants. May be taught concurrently with AGP 576. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 676 and AGP 576.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    102Spring
  • AGP 680 Plant Biotechnology

    This course provides lecture and hands-on exposure to more in-depth concepts in plant biotechnology, including DNA and RNA extraction, cloning and sequence analysis of DNA fragments, detection of plant viruses by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and generation of genetically-modified plants. May be taught concurrently with AGP 580. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 580 and AGP 680.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    322Fall
  • AGP 683 Plant Pathology

    Recommended Prerequisite: 9 hours of plant science (AGP). Continued study into diseases and physiological disorders of fruit, vegetables, agronomic crops and ornamental plants. Emphasis is placed on the interactions between plants and pathogenic organisms, on environmental factors that cause plant diseases, and on disease control methods that reduce or eliminate the need for chemical applications. Students will gain insight into the techniques to manage plant diseases, and the impact plant diseases have on humans and the environment. May be taught concurrently with AGP 583. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 683 and AGP 583.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • AGP 685 Weed Ecology and Management

    Prerequisite: AGP 103 or AGN 115; and BIO 101 or BIO 121; and CHM 107 or CHM 116 or CHM 160.

    Recommended Prerequisite: AGP 353 or AGP 365 or AGP 370 or AGP 393 or AGP 441. Ecology, physiology and impacts of invasive plants and crop weeds and methods for their control in natural and agroecosystems. May be taught concurrently with AGP 585. Cannot receive credit for both AGP 685 and AGP 585.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • AGP 693 Fruit Production

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    The culture and management of perennial fruit crops adapted to temperate climates. Physiology, technology, and research as it applies to modern production practices will be emphasized. May be taught concurrently with AGP 393. Students cannot receive credit for both AGP 693 and AGP 393.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • AGP 699 Special Topics in Plant Science

    Special study in an identified area of plant science not treated in other courses. Variable content course. May be repeated to a maximum of nine hours provided the same topic is not duplicated.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • AGP 700 Plant Science Colloquium

    Prerequisite: permission of graduate coordinator.

    A series of oral presentations on new developments in plant science. Presentations to be made by faculty members, students, and guest speakers from industry and academe. May be repeated, but not more than two hours may be counted toward the MS degree.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    110Fall, Spring, Summer
  • AGP 721 Enology

    Recommended Prerequisite: BIO 310. The course will study the chemistry, microbiology, and technology of modern wine production.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • AGP 722 Enology Lab

    Prerequisite: AGP 721.

    Laboratory techniques in assessing wine production methods and quality.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    204Fall
  • AGP 730 Advanced Topics in Plant Science

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    An advanced topic in plant science will be addressed via faculty lectures and student projects. Examples of proposed topics include: Improved Disease Resistance in Viticulture, and Application of Field Collected Data to Computer Analysis. Variable content course. May be repeated to a maximum of nine hours provided the same topic is not duplicated.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • AGP 731 Plant Genetic Engineering

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Principles, methodology, and commercial applications of plant biotechnology. Includes brief introduction to nucleic acid structure, gene regulation, and genome organization in eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • AGP 753 Plant Stress Physiology

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    The effects of environmental stresses on plant physiological functions and plant growth, plus cultural methods to help plants adapt to stress.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • AGP 773 Plant Growth Regulation

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    The role of natural and synthetic plant hormones and related compounds in the growth, reproduction and cultivation of plants.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand