University of Vermont

UVM Course Directory

Term: Fall 2017

Subject: Plant & Soil Science

PSS 010 - Home & Garden Horticulture

Planning, selecting, and maintaining shrubs, trees, flowers, lawns, fruits, and vegetables around the home. Suitable for students in any major.

PSS 015 - Home & Garden Horticulture Lab

This lab provides practical, hands-on horticultural skills both in and around the home. Co-requisite: PSS 010.

PSS 021 - SU: Intro to Ecological Agr

This course analyzes factors driving current agricultural production systems, the problems associated with the industrial agriculture model, and the variety of approaches and practices for producing food in an ecologically sound manner.

PSS 095 - Special Topics

Courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing department offerings.

PSS 106 - Entomology & Pest Mgmt

Survey of the major insect orders, and methods for controlling injurious species. Prerequisites: PSS 010, PSS 021, one semester Biology, or Instructor permission.

PSS 112 - Weed Ecology & Management

Identification, ecology, and management of weeds and other invasive plants in agriculture, urban/suburban landscapes, and natural areas. Prerequisites: PSS 010 or PSS 021, or PBIO 004, or Instructor permission.

PSS 121 - Indoor Plants

Indoor flowers, culture, related topics such as design. Prerequisite: PSS 010 or PSS 021, or one semester of Biology, or Instructor permission.

PSS 123 - Garden Flowers

Outdoor flowers, culture, related topics. Prerequisite: PSS 010, PSS 021, one semester of Biology, or Instructor permission.

PSS 125 - Woody Landscape Plants

Identification, climatic requirements, cultural management, and use of ornamental plant materials in landscape planting. Prerequisite: PSS 010, PSS 021, one semester of Biology, or Instructor permission.

PSS 137 - Landscape Design Fundamentals

Studio course to learn techniques of landscape design and analysis, develop graphic communication skills for representing the landscape, and apply sustainable design principles to a site. Prerequisites: Junior standing; at least one course in drawing, design, or mapping, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: CDAE 137, ENVS 137, NR 137.

PSS 143 - Forage and Pasture Mgmnt

Principles and practices of growing and utilizing forage plants for hay, silage and pasture; introduction to management intensive grazing; understanding forage quality. Pre/co-requisites: PSS 010, one semester of Biology, one semester of Plant Biology, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: ASCI 143.

PSS 156 - Permaculture

Design of agriculturally productive environments that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of the natural biosphere to harmoniously integrate landscape and people. Prerequisite: Three credits in a basic biological or ecological science, or permission. Cross-listed with: ENVS 156.

PSS 161 - SU:Fundmntls of Soil Science

Biological, chemical, and physical properties of the dynamic soil system as related to plant growth and environmental problems. Prerequisite: Inorganic chemistry or permission.

PSS 190 - Internship

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

PSS 191 - Teaching Assistantship

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

PSS 192 - Independent Study

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

PSS 195 - Special Topics

Courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing department offerings. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

PSS 198 - Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Permission. More than a total of six credits per semester requires the permission of the Department Chair.

PSS 212 - SU: Advanced Agroecology

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. Prerequisites: PSS 021 or one semester ecology at the 100-level or above or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: ENVS 212.

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.

PSS 381 - Graduate Special Topics

Advanced readings and discussion of horticulture, crops, or soils research literature.

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.