University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Graduate Courses in Plant & Soil Science (PSS)

PSS 212 - Advanced Agroecology
This course presents an in-depth overview of research and applications in the field of agroecology, including current ecological and social dynamics in agricultural landscapes in Vermont and abroad. Pre/co-requisites: PSS 021 and one semester ecology at the 100-level or above or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: ENVS 212.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
PSS 232 - Biological Control
Describes theory and application of biological control of insects, disease, and weeds. Discuss ecological factors that contribute to the success of classical, augmentative, and conservation approaches to biological control. Approved for Graduate credit. Prerequisites: Course in entomology, ecology, or relevant experience.
Credits: 3.00
PSS 238 - Ecological Landscape Design
Studio course synthesizing work from fields of landscape ecology and landscape design, exploring ecological design alternatives at multiple scales, and developing multifunctional landscape solutions. Pre/co-requisites: minimum Junior standing, PSS 137 or one course in ecology plus one course in design or drawing. Cross-listed with: CDAE 238, ENVS 238, NR 238.
Credits: 4.00
PSS 261 - Soil Morph Class & Land Use
Field techniques that describe soil properties, formation, and classification. The principles and processes of soil genesis, land use classification systems, and land use challenges. Prerequisite: PSS 161 or Instructor permission. Alternate years.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
PSS 264 - Chemistry of Soil & Water
An environmentally oriented study of the colloidal chemistry of soil and its interfaces with roots, water, and air. Prerequisites: PSS 161, two semesters Chemistry or Instructor permission. Alternate years.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
PSS 266 - Soil Water Movement
Mathematical modeling and physical principles of the soil-water-plant interaction and its relationship to environmental and agricultural issues. Prerequisites: PSS 161, one semester of Physics or Instructor permission. Alternate years.
Credits: 3.00
PSS 268 - Soil Ecology
Underlying concepts and theory of modern soil ecology will be reviewed including spatial and temporal distributions, sampling methods, biogeochemical cycles, and ecological functions of soil. Pre/co-requisites: BCOR 102 or NR 103; PSS 161. Cross-listed with: NR 268.
Credits: 0.00 or 4.00
PSS 269 - Soil/Water Pollution/Bioremed
Examines key issues in pollution of soil and water. Topics include type of pollutants, their reactions in soil and water, pollution prevention and bioremediation. Prerequisites: PSS 161 or Instructor permission. Alternate years.
Credits: 3.00
PSS 295 - Advanced Special Topics
Lectures, laboratories, readings, field projects, surveys, or research designed to provide specialized experience in horticulture, agronomy, soils, entomology, and integrated pest management. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 12.00
PSS 296 - Advanced Special Topics
Lectures, laboratories, readings, field projects, surveys, or research designed to provide specialized experience in horticulture, agronomy, soils, entomology, and integrated pest management. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 12.00
PSS 297 - Advanced Independent Study
Individual projects under direction of a faculty member. Project may involve original research, readings, internship, or assisting in teaching. Prerequisite: Instructor permission; More than a total of six credits per semester requires Chair permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
PSS 298 - Advanced Independent Study
Individual projects under direction of a faculty member. Project may involve original research, readings, internship, or assisting in teaching. Prerequisite: Instructor permission; more than a total of six credits per semester requires Chair permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
PSS 301 - Professional Skills Colloquium
Presentation and peer review of oral and written communication. Professional development skills including technical writing, literature review, mentorship, scientific integrity, grant proposals, and job market.
Credits: 1.00
PSS 302 - Soil Science Colloquium
Graduate student and faculty discussion of current research topics in soil science.
Credits: 1.00
PSS 381 - Graduate Special Topics
Advanced readings and discussion of horticulture, crops, or soils research literature.
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
PSS 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PSS 393 - Seminar Series
Presentations of personal research by faculty, Graduate students and outside guest speakers. Attendance and oral presentations are required of Graduate students in Plant and Soil Science. Repeatable 2 times for M.S. students and 4 times for Ph.D. students.
Credits: 1.00
PSS 394 - Seminar Series
Presentations of personal research by faculty, Graduate students, and outside guest speakers. Attendance and oral presentations are required of Graduate students in Plant and Soil Science. Repeatable 2 times for M.S. students and 4 times for Ph.D. students.
Credits: 1.00
PSS 395 - Special Topics
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PSS 491 - Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00