Courses

Hort 120 Survey of Horticulture, 3 cr, Patterson, offered Fall. For the beginning student. Scientific basis for horticultural practices; scope of the field of horticulture; introduction to propagation, culture, management, improvement, storage, and marketing of flowers, fruits, ornamentals and vegetables.

Hort 121 Horticulture Colloquium, 1 cr, Patterson, offered Fall.Overview of world, national, and regional horticulture plants and industries presented by various faculty. History and profiles of research advancing horticulture presented by department faculty.

Hort 227 Propagation of Horticultural Plants, 3 cr, Jull, offered Spring. Methods of propagation of herbaceous and woody plants, fundamental anatomical and physiological principles underlying sexual and asexual propagation of plants. P: Intro course in botany

Hort 234 Ornamental Plants, 3 cr, Oosterwyk, offered Fall. On-site identification and description, aesthetic qualities and uses, environmental requirements and adaptability of selected ornamental plants with emphasis on annuals, herbaceous perennials, and those used for interior design.

Hort 261 Turf Management, 2 cr, Koch, offered Fall, online.  Cultural management of turf in urban environments, including organic and integrated pest management, turfgrass species, and a survey of jobs and the industry. Environmental impact of turf and management practices.

Hort 262 Turfgrass Management Laboratory, 1 cr, Koch, offered Fall. Hands-on turf establishment, cool- and warm-season grass, seed and weed identification, chemical application, and turf cultivation techniques and equipment use, plus field trips to major league sport facilities and golf courses.

Hort 263 Landscape Plants, 3 cr, Jull, offered Fall. Field identification, landscape characteristics, uses, environmental requirements, adaptability of woody ornamental plants; their autumn and winter character. P: intro botany course

Hort 289 Honors Independent Study, 1-2 cr (Honors only); P: Enrolled in CALS Honor Program & Sophomore or Junior Standing. Inter-Ag 288

Hort 299 Independent Study,  1-3cr

Hort/Pl Path 309 Diseases of Trees and Shrubs, 3 cr, Stanosz, offered Fall. Fundamental disease concepts, pathogens and causal agents, diagnosis, and biologically rational principles and practices for management of diseases of trees and shrubs. For degree students and professionals. One extended lecture with discussion and one lab or field trip per week. P: One semester of plant science of consent of instructor

Hort 320 Environment of Horticultural Plants, 3cr, Palta, offered Fall. Fluctuations and regulations of temperature, light, water, carbon dioxide and pollutants in natural and controlled environments. Effects upon plant growth and development. Adaptive mechanisms. Significance of air ions, electromagnetic fields and other geophysical factors. P: Course in intro horticulture or intro botany

Hort/Soil Sci/Agron 326 Plant Nutrition Management, 3cr, Barak & Urrutia, offered Spring. Functions, requirements and uptake of essential plant nutrients; chemical and microbial processes affecting nutrient availability; diagnosis of plant and soil nutrient status; fertilizers and efficient fertilizer use in different tillage systems. P: Soil Sci 230 or 301 and one of the following: Bot 100 or 130; Hort 120; Agron 100.

Hort/Soil Sci 332 Turfgrass Nutrient and Water Management, 3 cr , Soldat, offered Fall, even years. Nutrient requirements of turfgrasses; nature of turfgrass response to fertilization; soil and tissue testing methodology and interpretation; irrigation scheduling; irrigation water quality; use of irrigation and fertilizer to minimize environmental impact; writing effective nutrient management plans. P: Soil Sci/Hort/Agron 326

Hort 334 Greenhouse Cultivation, 2 cr, Oosterwyk, offered Spring. Principles of selection, production, handling, use of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and foliage plants grown indoors. One-day field trip required.

Hort 335 Greenhouse Cultivation Lab, 1 cr, Oosterwyk, offered Spring. Provide students with hands-on experience in and understanding of greenhouse cultivation. This course is the optional lab component of Horticulture 334 Greenhouse Cultivation. P: Horticulture 334 or concurrent registration or consent of instructor

Hort/Agron 338 Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, 3 cr, offered Spring. Principles of transferring plant genes by sexual, somatic, and molecular methods and the application of gene transfer in plant breeding and genetic engineering to improve crop plants. P: Botany 130 or Genetics 160 or Biocore 301 or consent of instructor

Hort/Agron/Bot 339 Plant Biotechnology: Principles and Techniques, 4 cr, offered Fall.Theoretical and practical training in plant biotechnology including molecular biology, protein biochemistry and basic bioinformatic techniques used in fundamental and applied research on plants. Valuable hands-on training to those interested in careers in biotechnology. P: Bot/Zoo/Bio 152 or equivalent & Chem 104 or equivalent

Hort/Agron/Bot 340 Plant Cell Culture and Genetic Engineering, 4cr, offered Spring.Theoretical and practical training in plant cell and tissue culture, and plant genetic engineering. Includes overview of current techniques, biosafety and regulatory requirements, and experimental design and analysis used in fundamental and applied research on plants. Valuable hands-on training to those interested in careers in biotechnology. P: Botany 130 or Bot/Zoo/Bio 152 or Zoology 102, and Chemistry 104, 109, or 116

Hort 345 Fruit Crop Production, 3 cr, Atucha, offered Spring every even year. Survey of fruit production, emphisizing commercial production of temperate fruits. Fruit origin, history, classification, physiology, genetics, harvest and postharvest handling P: Hort 120 or equivalent

Hort 350 Plants and Human Wellbeing, 2 cr, Goldman, offered Fall. Plants provide not only the foundation of food, clothing, and shelter essential for human existence, but also some of the key raw materials for transcendence and abstraction through music, art, and spirituality. Since antiquity, we have co-evolved with plants and their derivative products, with each exerting a domesticating force on the other. It is, for example, impossible to think of our modern life without its plant-based accompaniments in the form of cotton, sugar, bread, coffee, and wood. Yet they are so ubiquitous we may forget they all derive from plants discovered, domesticated, bred, and farmed for millennia in a never-ending pursuit to improve our wellbeing. This course will explore major points of intersection between plants and human wellbeing from a horticultural point of view. Each week, we will highlight a plant or group of plants that represent a primary commodity or resource through which humans have pursued their own aims. We will examine this plant with hands-on demonstrations and produce extracts and preparations to more deeply explore its effects and impacts in human society. This course is open to all students, and has no prerequisites.

Hort/Entom/Pl Path/Soils 354 Diagnosing and Monitoring Pest and Nutrient Status of Field Crops, 1 cr, Jensen/Hudelson/Sturgl, offered Spring. This course is designed to provide students with information necessary to diagnosis and monitor corn, soybean, alfalfa and wheat for pests (insects, weeds, diseases) and nutrient deficiency symptoms including perspectives from Agronomy, Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Soil Science. Proper soil and pest sampling information will be provided as will proper crop staging techniques which are essential for pest and nutrient management.

Hort/Agron 360 Genetically Modified Crops: Science, Regulation & Controversy, 2cr, Endelman, offered Spring. Explores how and why genetically modified (GM) crops are created and their regulation at the federal and state level. Through case studies, students will learn about the impacts of GM crops and critically evaluate arguments both for and against their use. Readings and discussion introduce students to the complex economic, cultural, and political issues surrounding GM crops.

Hort 370 World Vegetable Crops, 3cr, Goldman & Nienhuis, offered Fall. An overview of the importance of fresh and processed vegetables worldwide. Vegetable origin, history, classification, culture, marketing, physiology, genetics, handling, quality, significance in world cultures and diets. P: A course in horticulture and a course in biology

Hort 372 Colloquium in Organic Agriculture, 1 cr, Nienhuis, offered Spring. Colloquium in which faculty, regional professionals, local organic farmers and students will present and discuss topics relevant to history, marketing, economics, production and social context of organic and sustainable agriculture. P: Junior or senior standing

Hort 374 Tropical Horticulture, 2 cr, Calderon/Nienhuis, offered Fall. Fall semester colloquia on tropical ecology and crops followed by two-week long winter break (January) field trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. P: Junior or senior standing

Hort 375 Special Topics I, II, and III, 1-4 cr Specialized subject matter of current interest to undergrads

Hort 376 Tropical Horticultural Systems, 1 cr, Calderon, offered Fall. This course will highlight the interactions between tropical plants and society. How plants are obtained, the systems used to raise the crops, the specific plants that are used and how we use these in the context of local and global markets, have a profound implication on food security, the resilience of the farming systems and the conservation of natural habitats. Class discussions will include reflections on the origins of the tropical crops, the roles of plants in our daily lives, and the effects of our daily choices on the environment, climate change, human health, water access, conflicts, poverty, and development. We will do an overview of tropical horticulture and survey some of the social, scientific and environmental problems associated with the utilization of plants for subsistence, health, aesthetics, and cultural practices. P: Junior or senior standing

Hort 378 Tropical Horticultural Systems International Field Study, 2 cr, Calderon, offered Spring. This international field study will meet during the winter intercession in a tropical country in Central America. We will reflect on the role of plants in our daily lives and the effects that our daily choices have on the environment, human health, conflicts, poverty, and development. This course will provide an opportunity to develop a holistic appreciation of horticulture by highlighting the interactions between plants and society. We will discuss some of the social, scientific and environmental challenges that conventional, sustainable and organic horticulture practices face in the production, marketing, and use of tropical crops. The field study will provide an opportunity to contextualize what students learned during the course “Tropical Horticultural Systems” (HORT 376). We will visit diverse agricultural systems, such as small farms, large-scale operations, market growers, and industrial export businesses. In addition, we will visit agronomic centers, botanical gardens, herbaria, germplasm banks, and nature preserves. P: Hort 376

Hort 399 Coordinative Internship/Cooperative Education, 1-8 cr

Hort 461 Advanced Turfgrass Management and Physiology, 3cr, offered Fall, occasionally. Interacting effects of environmental stresses on turfgrass physiology/growth in relation to management practices. Discussion of new and conventional management systems. Use of biotechnology and plant breeding for improving turfgrass. P: Hort 261 and intro botany course

Hort/Path-Bio 500 Molecular Biology Techniques, 3cr, offered spring. The objective of the course is to familiarize students with recombinant DNA technology. This will be accomplished through lectures as well as hands on exposure to methodologies used in molecular biology laboratories. P: Biochem 501 or 621 or Genetics 466 or Bact 303, 304, or consent of instructor

Hort/Agron 501 Principles of Plant Breeding, 3 cr, Goldman & Nienhuis, offered Spring. Principles involved in breeding and maintaining economic crops; factors affecting the choice of breeding methods; alternative approaches through hybridization and selection. P: Intro course in genetics and one year of biology

Hort/Agron 502 Techniques of Plant Breeding, 1 cr, Goldman & Nienhuis, offered Spring. Lab and field techniques used in breeding and maintaining economic crops. P: Intro course in genetics and one year of biology

Hort/Soil Sci/F&W Ecol 524 Urban Soil and Environment, 3 cr, Balster, offered occasionally. Many environmental issues related to urbanization are derived from the manipulation of soil. By coupling contemporary literature in urban soils with soil science, students will be able to evaluate environmental issues within the urban environment and provide new ways of remediating their impact. P: Soil Sci 301 or 230

Hort/Genetics 550 Molecular Approaches for Potential Crop Improvement, 3 cr, Krysan, offered Spring. Introduction of basic concepts of plant molecular biology and molecular techniques in current use. Topics include: organization and regulation of plant genes, gene cloning and analysis, transformation systems for plants, and molecular techniques for crop improvement. P: Biochem 501 and Genetics 466 or equivalent courses

Hort/Genetics 561 Introductory Cytogenetics, 2-3 cr, Jiang, offered Spring. Mitosis, meiosis, variations in chromosome structure and number, cytological aspects of hybridity and apomixis; chromosomes as they affect breeding behavior. P: Genetics, Botany, Zoology 466 or consent of instructor

Hort/Stat/ F&W Ecol 571 Statistical Methods for Bioscience, 4 cr, offered Fall. Descriptive statistics, distributions, one- and two-sample normal inference, power, one-way ANOVA, simple linear regression, categorical data, non-parametric methods; underlying assumptions and diagnostic work. P: College algebra; Grad standing or consent of instructor

Hort/Stat/ F&W Ecol 572 Statistical Methods for Bioscience, 4 cr, offered Spring. Continuation of Forestry 571. Polynomial regression, multiple regression, two-way ANOVA with and without interaction, split-plot design, subsampling, analysis of covariance, elementary sampling, introduction to bioassay. P: Stat/F&W Ecol/Hort 571

Hort 681 Senior Honors Thesis,  2-4 cr (Honors only)

Hort 682 Senior Honors, 2-4 cr (Honors only) Continuation of 681. Honors program candidacy & Hort 681

Hort 699 Special Problems, 1-4 cr (A, C) P: Senior Standing

Hort 799 Practicum in Horticulture Teaching, 1-3 cr Instructional orientation to teaching at the higher education level in the agricultural and life sciences, direct teaching experience under faculty supervision, experience in testing and evaluation of students, and the analysis of teaching performance. P: Grad Standing

Hort/Agron 811 Biometrical Procedures in Plant Breeding, 3 cr, offered Fall. Use of statistical methods to facilitate improvements in quantitative traits of cultivated plants. P: Intro courses in genetics and statistics

Hort/Agron 812 Selection Theory for Quantitative Traits, 3cr, offered Spring. Develop and evaluate mathematical theories for population improvement. Review recurrent selection strategies and examine resource allocation for plant breeding programs. P: Agron 770 or equiv, Agron/Hort 811 or instructor consent.

Hort/Agron 850 Advanced Plant Breeding, 3 cr, offered Spring. Concepts in improvement of major crop species. Historically important breeding methods and new approaches. Lectures and discussion. P: Agron/Hort 338 or 501 or consent of instructor

Hort 875 Special Topics, 1-4 cr  For graduate students

Hort 910/Agron 920 Seminar, 1 cr

Hort/Agron 957 Seminar – Plant Breeding, 1 cr

Hort 990 Research, 1-12 cr