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Plant Sciences (PLNT)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (e.g. [M2<>QB]).

1150 [CROP 1150]. Pesticide Safety and Application. 1. Introduces various types and safe methods of pesticides application. Subsequent to completion, students may take the certification test administered by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. Cross listed with ENTO 1150. Offered S/U only. (Normally offered during finals week of the fall semester)

2025. Horticultural Science. 3. [(none)<>SB] Propagation, growth, development and utilization of horticultural plants. Students gain an understanding of plant classification, anatomy, interactions with the environment, production and utilization. Taught on-line only through Outreach. Prerequisites: AECL 1000 or LIFE 1010.

2026. Horticultural Science Laboratory. 1. [(none)<>SB] Offers hands-on experience in many areas of horticulture. Students learn basic horticultural plant structures and functions, propagation methods, growing media and fertilizers, landscaping, pruning, etc. Prerequisites: AECL 1000 or LIFE 1010. (Offered fall semester)

3000. Irrigated Agriculture. 3. Study of the complexity of plant/soil water relationships and its importance on irrigation. Soil and water relations, reference/crops evapotranspiration and management of the water balance. Principles of chemigation, computer modeling/monitoring included. Methods for irrigation scheduling and the importance of water use efficiency as a strategy for water conservation. Cross listed with SOIL 3000. Prerequisites: MATH 1400, SOIL 2010.

3036 [AECL 3036]. Grape Production. 3. Introduces students to the science of viticulture. Topics include grapevine origin and distribution, taxonomy, morphology and physiology, soil and climatic requirements, vineyard establishment, grapevine nutrition, cultural practices, harvesting and post-harvest management. Successful completion will enhance students’ knowledge and understanding on grape production and management. Prerequisites: PLNT 2025.

3200 [CROP 2200, 3200]. Forage Crop Science. 3. Major aspects of forage crop production and biology. Cultural practices, adaptation, sustainable agriculture use, seed production, harvest, livestock utilization and storage of forages.  Emphasizes characteristics of important grasses and legumes. Prerequisite: AECL 1000 or LIFE 1000. (Offered fall semester)

3220 [PLPA 3220]. Plant Pathology. 3. Study of plant diseases, their causes, nature and control, as well as pathogen biology. Study of diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, mycoplasma-like organisms, higher plants and abiotic factors on field and vegetable crops, as well as on landscape plants. Gives students insight into the impact plant diseases have on humans. Prerequisite: AECL 1000 or LIFE 1010. (Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years)

3300.  Horticultural Plant Propagation. 3. Emphasis on sexual and asexual propagation of various plants including herbaceous and woody crops. Seed propagation discussions include anatomy, physiology, dormancy, and enhancing seed viability and germination. Asexual propagation discussions center on anatomy and physiology of cuttings, adventitious root formation, budding, grafting, and tissue culture. Prerequisite: AECL or PLNT 2025. (Normally offered spring semester of even-numbered years)

3400. Horticultural Plant Materials. 3. Examines horticultural tree, shrub, vine, and ground cover varieties, cultivars and native species of horticultural use. It includes herbaceous, woody, deciduous, evergreen, annual, biennial and perennial species. Common and specific names as well as pertinent facts on each species are correlated to field identification. Prerequisite: PLNT 2025 or LIFE 2023. (Offered fall semester of even-numbered years)

4000 [PLPA 4000]. Plant Disease Control. 3. Advanced study of plant diseases. Important diseases of field, forage and horticultural crops will be studied. Includes history and current distribution and uses of crops. Emphasis will be placed on pathogen biology and development of integrated disease management. Current and classic research papers on plant disease control will be discussed. Dual listed with PLNT 5000. Prerequisite: PLNT 3220. (Normally offered fall semester of even-numbered years)

4020. Sustainable Agriculture.  3. Focuses on the sustainability of agroecosystems and the human communities that maintain them in the context of regional, national, and global food and fiber requirements. Topics include the scale of agriculture, low-input systems, current energy and transportation challenges, markets, and integrated crop and livestock production.  Dual listed with PLNT 5020. Prerequisite: 8 hours of biology. (Offered spring semester of even-numbered years)

4050. Plant Biotechnology. 3. Introduces students to the science and applications of plant cell, tissue and organ culture, and regeneration. Topics include in vitro techniques used for developing new genotypes. Successful completion will enhance knowledge and understanding of plant tissue culture techniques and their applications in crop improvement. Dual listed with PLNT 5050. Prerequisites: LIFE 2023 or equivalent.

4070 [CROP 4070]. Weed Science and Technology. 4. Management and physiological principles involved in control of economically important farm and range weeds. Dual listed with PLNT 5070. Prerequisite: AECL 1000, LIFE 1010. (Normally offered fall semester)

4120. Organic Food Production. 3. A complete review of the federal organic production guidelines, methods and applications for organic production facilities, alternative marketing principles, concepts of organic fertilizer use, organic pest control and concepts for using environmentally friendly methods to reduce chemical, petroleum and synthetic inputs for more sustainable crop and livestock agricultural systems. Cross listed with AECL 4120. Dual listed with PLNT 5120. Prerequisite: 8 hours of LIFE and/or CHEM. (Normally offered fall semester of odd-numbered years)

4140. Turfgrass Science. 3. Turfgrass management practices from a plant biology perspective. Adaptability and maintenance of turfgrass species that are used in landscape and sports turf. Includes common, low maintenance, and intensively managed special sports turf species; sports turf construction techniques; establishment; fertility and integrated pest management. Prerequisite: AECL/PLNT 2025 or LIFE 2023. (Normally offered spring semester of odd-numbered years)

4160. Western Landscape Design. 4. Designed for the challenges and limitations of high altitude landscaping with an emphasis on water use efficiency. Primary course concepts include construction using hard materials, xeriscaping principles, decreased water consumption using specialized irrigation systems and selection of native, adapted species, as well as basic landscape design principles. Prerequisite: PLNT 3400. (Normally offered spring semester of odd-numbered years)

4180. Greenhouse Crop Production. 4. Production methods for a wide range of herbaceous plants including bedding plants, perennials, vegetables, flowing potted plants, and foliage plants. Emphasis is placed on current production techniques in controlled environments and in the field. Dual listed with PLNT 5180. Prerequisite: PLNT 3300. (Normally offered spring semester of odd-numbered years)

4190. Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants. 3. Includes the history and importance of HSMP, collection of medicinal plants in the wild, botany, chemistry, greenhouse and field production, organic production, harvesting, drying, and postharvest operations, legal aspects of HSMP and their products. Cross listed with AECL 4190.  Dual listed with PLNT 5190. Prerequisites: 8 hrs. LIFE and/or CHEM.

4200. Greenhouse Design and Management. 4. Emphasis on greenhouse structural and functional design concepts of economy, efficiency and energy conservation. Primary emphasis is on the limitations and advantages of greenhouses in the Rocky Mountain region, including alternative energy concepts. The management and operational concerns associated with private, commercial, educational and public greenhouses will be included. Dual listed with PLNT 5200. Prerequisites: AECL/PLNT 2025 or LIFE 2023 and a USP QA course. (Normally offered spring semester of even-numbered years)

4470 [CROP 4470]. Seed Science and Technology. 3. Presents aspects of seed biology and processing including development, physiology, ecology, germination, viability, dormancy, production, conditioning, storage, certification and marketing. Dual listed with PLNT 5470. Prerequisite: 8 hours of plant biology. (Normally offered fall semester of even years)

4520 [CROP 4520]. Plant Breeding. 3. [M3<>(none)] Principles and methods for genetic improvement of all kinds of plants including agronomic, horticultural, forest and range species. Emphasizes fundamental concepts of quantitative genetics and integration of classical plant breeding with emergent biotechnology. Prerequisites: MATH 1000 or statistics course; LIFE 4000. (Normally offered fall semester of odd-numbered years)

4790 [CROP 4700, 4790]. Topics: _____. 1-4 (Max. 10). Dual listed with PLNT 5790. Prerequisite: senior standing. (Offered based on sufficient demand and resources)

4900. Undergraduate Teaching Practicum. 1-2 (Max. 4). Supervised participation of undergraduates in the teaching of laboratory sections offered by the Department of Plant Sciences. Provides opportunity for students to gain teaching experience in agroecology, horticulture, or life science. Prerequisites: AECL 1000 and junior or senior standing.

4975. Problems in Plant Science. 1-2 (Max. 4). Provides an opportunity for students to conduct supervised research on specific topics of interest and importance in crop breeding, genetics, physiology, pathology, ecology and pest management. Prerequisites: junior/senior standing with at least 10 hours of agroecology core requirements.

5000. Plant Disease Control. 3. Advanced study of plant diseases. Important diseases of field, forage and horticultural crops are studied. Includes history and current distribution of crops. Emphasis is placed on pathogen biology and development of integrated disease management. Current and classic research papers on plant disease control are discussed. Dual listed with PLNT 4000. Prerequisite: PLNT 3220.

5020. Sustainable Agriculture. 3. Focuses on the sustainability of agroecosystems and the human communities that maintain them in the context of regional, national and global food and fiber requirements. Topics include: the scale of agriculture, low-input systems, current energy and transportation challenges, markets, and integrated crop and livestock production. Dual listed with PLNT 4020. Prerequisite: 8 hours of Life Sciences.

5050. Plant Biotechnology. 3. Introduces students to the science and applications of plant cell, tissue and organ culture, and regeneration. Topics include in vitro techniques used for developing new genotypes. Successful completion will enhance knowledge and understanding of plant tissue culture techniques and their applications in crop improvement. Dual listed with PLNT 4050. Prerequisites: LIFE 2023 or equivalent.

5070. Weed Science and Technology. 4. Management and physiological principles involved in control of economically important farm and range weeds. Dual listed with PLNT 4070. Prerequisite: AECL 1000, LIFE 1010.

5120. Organic Food Production. 3. A complete review of the federal organic production guidelines, methods and applications for organic production facilities, alternative marketing principles, concepts of organic fertilizer use, organic pest control and concepts for using environmentally friendly methods to reduce chemical, petroleum and synthetic inputs for more sustainable crop and livestock agricultural systems. Dual listed with PLNT 4120. Prerequisite: 8 hours of LIFE and/or CHEM. (Normally offered fall semester of odd-numbered years)

5180. Greenhouse Crop Production. 4. Production methods for a wide range of herbaceous plants including bedding plants, perennials, vegetables, flowering potted plants, and foliage plants. Emphasis is placed on current production techniques in controlled environments and in the field. Dual listed with PLNT 4180. Prerequisite: PLNT 3300.

5190. Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants. 3. Includes the history and importance of HSMP, collection of medicinal plants in the wild, botany, chemistry, greenhouse and field production, organic production, harvesting, drying, and postharvest operations, legal aspects of HSMP and their products. Dual listed with PLNT 4190. Prerequisites: 8 hrs. LIFE and/or CHEM.

5200. Greenhouse Design and Management. 4. Emphasis on greenhouse structural and functional design concepts of economy, efficiency and energy conservation. Primary emphasis is on the limitations and advantages of greenhouses in the Rocky Mountain region, including alternative energy concepts. The management and operational concerns associated with private, commercial, educational and public greenhouses are included. Prerequisite: AECL/PLNT 2025 or LIFE 2023 and a QA course.

5380. Crop and Weed Ecology. 4. Focuses on agroecosystems and the ecology of weeds. Main objective is to understand how ecological processes determine agroecosystem function and weed invasions. Some of the processes to be covered include: competition, succession, disturbance, nutrient cycling, diversity and evolution. Prerequisites: basic ecology course, senior standing with permission of instructor.

5410. Advanced Crop Physiology and Management. 3. Review and interpretation of current crop management and physiology literature. Prerequisite: 6 hours of biochemistry or plant physiology.

5470. Seed Science and Technology. 3. Presents aspects of seed biology and processing including development, physiology, ecology, germination, viability, dormancy, production, conditioning, storage, certification and marketing. Prerequisite: 8 hours of plant biology.

5500. Clinical Plant Pathology. 2. Designed to give students practical experience in disease diagnosis. Students are exposed to a variety of current techniques used in the diagnosis and control of plant problems caused by abiotic and biotic factors. Primary emphasis is on the identification of biotic agents; including fungi, bacteria, nematodes and viruses. Students should gain experience and insight in the practical aspects of plant pathology. Prerequisite: PLNT 4000.

5600. Research in Crops. 1-4 (Max. 10). Investigation of research problems to include a written and oral presentation of results. Prerequisite: basic training in the field of problem selected.

5720. Plant Disease Problems. 1-3 (Max. 10). Biology, epidemiology, and control of specific crop, field and forage diseases. Prerequisite: PLNT 3220.

5790. Topics in Plant Sciences. 1-10 (Max. 10). Dual listed with PLNT 4790. Prerequisite: senior standing.

5820. Graduate Seminar. 1 (Max. 6). Discussion in production, physiology, breeding and weed science. Prerequisite: basic training in plant sciences.

5900. Practicum in College Teaching. 1-3 (Max. 3). Work in classroom with a major professor. Expected to give some lectures and gain classroom experience. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5920. Continuing Registration: On Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5940. Continuing Registration: Off Campus. 1-2 (Max. 16). Prerequisite: advanced degree candidacy.

5960. Thesis Research. 1-12 (Max. 24). Designed for students who are involved in research for their thesis project.  Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their thesis.  Prerequisite: enrollment in a graduate degree program.

5980. Dissertation Research. 1-12 (Max. 48). Designed for students who are involved in research for their dissertation project. Also used for students whose coursework is complete and are writing their dissertation. Prerequisite: enrollment in a graduate level degree program.

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