Term: Spring 2022

Subject: Plant & Soil Science

PSS 021 - SU: Intro to Agroecology

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 and socially just manner.

PSS 028 - A Bug's Life

An introduction to the world of insects and their impact on our everyday lives, from the food we eat to solving murder crimes.

PSS 096 - Special Topics

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

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 or PSS 021, or one semester of Biology, or Instructor permission.

PSS 124 - Sust Veg Crops Production

Introduces students to current practices in organic and conventional vegetable cropping systems and farm management. Prerequisite: PSS 010 or PSS 021 or Instructor permission.

PSS 127 - Greenhouse Operations & Mgmt

Principles and practices of commercial greenhouse management including construction, heating, cooling, container media, watering, fertilization, light and temperature, growth regulators, integrated pest management and disease control. Prerequisite: PSS 010, PSS 021, one semester Biology, or Instructor permission. Alternate years.

PSS 138 - Commercial Plant Propagation

Principles and practices involved in propagating herbaceous and woody plants by seeds, division, layering, cuttings, budding, grafting, and aseptic culture. Prerequisite: PSS 010, PSS 021, one semester Biology, or Instructor permission.

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: PSS 021 or BIOL 002 or NR 103 or BCOR 012 or BCOR 102 or other basic ecology course or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: ENVS 156.

PSS 162 - Soil Fertility & Conservation

An ecological approach to soil management including nutrient supply and uptake, rhizosphere-microbial interactions, soil conservation, and nutrient management strategies. Prerequisite: PSS 161 or Instructor 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 196 - 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 208 - Diversified Farm Planning

Students study diverse farming systems to gain financial, management, and technical knowledge to plan a new or evaluate and existing farm enterprise. Prerequisites: PSS 021 and one 100-level PSS course, equivalent experience, or Instructor permission.

PSS 218 - Agricultural Policy and Ethics

An examination of American agriculture and policies from various perspectives - historical, political, ecological, technological, social, economic, and ethical. Emphasis on contemporary issues, policy options, and future development. Prerequisites: CDAE 102 or PSS 212 or equivalent. Cross-listed with: CDAE 208.

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. Prerequisite: Course in entomology, ecology, or relevant experience.

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. Prerequisites: Junior standing; PSS 137 or one course in ecology plus one course in design or drawing.

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.

PSS 281 - Prof Dev:Eco Ag/Sust Lndsc Hrt

Students will develop and articulate a professional philosophy and improve skills in career development including writing, resume preparation, effective interviewing and negotiation. Prerequisites: Sophomore/Junior standing; Ecological Agriculture Major or the Sustainable Landscape Horticulture Major or Instructor permission.

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.

PSS 298 - 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: Instructor permission. More than a total of six credits per semester requires Chair permission.

PSS 312 - Ecological Foundations of Agro

Examines the ecological foundations of Agroecology, largely from a biophysical perspective. Over the course of three sequential modules, students will explore the fundamental principles of ecology and their application to agricultural systems and landscapes. Prerequisite: One semester biological science at the 100-level or Instructor permission.

PSS 315 - Agroecology Grad Capstone

The capstone designed for the application of newly developed knowledge and skills in a culminating experience/project that addresses an agroecological topic relevant to the individual student. Prerequisites: PSS 311, PSS 312, PSS 313, PSS 314.

PSS 381 - Graduate Special Topics

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

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.