Plant Science

AGRI 200. Biometrics in Agriculture

Prerequisites: PLANT 99, AGBS 71, or MATH 101, or permission of instructor. Advanced concepts in the design of agricultural experiments. Emphasis is placed on the selection of appropriate designs to meet the objectives of well-planned experiments. Relative merits of various designs and topics in analysis, interpretation, and regression are covered.

Units: 3

AGRI 201. Agricultural Laboratory Techniques

Prerequisite: One of the following courses: BIOL 161; CHEM 105, CHEM 129A, CHEM 151; FSC 115. Agricultural problem solving through the application of advances in laboratory technology, crop management, foods, nutrition, soil and water quality. Theory and practice operation of scientific instruments and techniques are taught. Student defined project and report required. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3

CRSC 1. Introduction to Crop Science

Not open to students with credit in upper-division CR SC courses. Principles of production for cereal, row, forage and vegetable crops. Culture, insect and disease control, harvesting, storage, and marketing.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

CRSC 101. Row Crops

Prerequisites: BIOL 11, CRSC 1. The culture of beans, cotton, sugar beets, and oil crops; varieties, nutrition, insect, disease, and weed control; harvest, storage, uses, and marketing. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

CRSC 102. Cereal and Forage Crops

Prerequisites: BIOL 11, CRSC 1. The culture of barley, corn, sorghum, oats, rice, rye and wheat; varieties, nutrition, insect disease, and weed control; harvest, storage, uses, and marketing. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

CRSC 105. Range Ecology and Management

Prerequisites: BIOL 10 or BIOL 11, CRSC 1. Identification of range and pasture plants; carrying capacity; methods of range and pasture improvement, grazing management, water development, rodents, fertilization, reseeding, brush removal; mountain range resources. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

CRSC 111. Vegetable Production

Prerequisites: BIOL 11, CRSC 1. Cultural practices, harvesting, processing, and marketing of vegetables of economic importance to California and the San Joaquin Valley. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) (field trip fee, $65) F

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

CRSC 115. Organic Crop Production

Prerequisites: BIOL 11, CRSC 1. Cultural practices, harvesting, processing, and marketing of organically grown crops of economic importance to California and the San Joaquin Valley. (2 lectuers, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

HORT 1. Introduction to Fruit Science

Not open to students with credit in upper-division HORT courses. Origin and distribution of grape and tree fruit crops. Botanical and commercial classification of grapes and tree fruits and their culture in California. (Formerly VTF 1, FR SC 1)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

HORT 110. Fruit Species of California

Prerequisite: BIOL 11 or HORT 1 or OH 1. Fruit and nut species common to California, their adaptation and uses. (Formerly VTF 110, FR SC 110)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

HORT 112. Principles of Pomology II

Prerequisite: BIOL 11 or HORT 1. Pruning, fruit and vegetative development, pollination, rootstocks, propagation, and nutrition. Crop fundamentals of spring cultural practices. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) (Formerly VTF 112, FRSC 112)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

HORT 113. Citrus and Subtropical Fruits

Prerequisite: BIOL 10 or BIOL 11 or HORT 1. Geographic distribution, climatic and soil adaptation of subtropical fruit crops. Fruit and vegetative development and cultural practices for globally important fruit crops. Emphasis on citrus and olive (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) (Formerly VTF 113, FRSC 113)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

MEAG 1. Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics

Selection, care, and use of common farm tools, projects of wood and metal; mechanical skills in the field of agriculture. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) (Course fee, $35)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

MEAG 3. Agricultural Tractors

Study of functions physical capabilities, applications, economics and improvement of tractors. Testing and analysis of tractors in laboratory and field conditions to maximize efficiencies. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; 5 hours field operation)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

MEAG 5. Power Equipment Safety

Safety training for operation of power equipment. Meets requirements of Senate Bill 198 and University Agricultural Laboratory (UAL) for classroom safety instruction on using tractors and similar power equipment. Satisfactory completion meets safety training portion requirement of the UAL Tractor License. (16 hours, meets four consecutive times) CR/NC grading only. (FOrmerly PLANT 170T)

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

MEAG 20. Agricultural Machinery and Equipment

The study of functions and applications of machinery and equipment. Setup, and calibration, analysis and adjustment of agricultural machinery common to the San Joaquin Valley under field conditions will be emphasized. Equipment will be evaluated for efficiency and effective performance. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

MEAG 50. Metallurgical Processes

(MEAG 50 same as IT 71.) Fundamentals of metallurgy; properties and characteristics of metals; survey of metal welding processes, equipment, and procedures; theory-discussion and laboratory experience in oxygen-fuel welding, cutting, brazing, and shielded metallic arc welding. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) (Course fee, $50)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

MEAG 53. Electricity and Electronics

(IT 52 same as MEAG 53.) Introduction to electricity including fundamentals of electrostatics, alternating and direct current electrical circuits, electrical calculations, magnetics, circuit applications, electrical measuring, and test equipment. Schematics and wiring diagrams, standards, and codes. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Course fee, $5)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

MEAG 103. Electro-Hydraulics

Prerequisites: MEAG 3. Theory and practice in the operation, service, adjustment, and function of the component parts of fluid power systems. Design application of systems to agricultural equipment. Major emphasis is on computerized electronic controls of hydraulic systems. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

MEAG 112. Power Systems Technology

Prerequisite: MEAG 3. Principles of the internal combustion engine; overhauling, repairing, and adjusting of gasoline, diesel, and LPG farm engines. Practices in repair technology and engine replacement as well as cost analysis decisions. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

MEAG 113. Power Transmissions

Prerequisite: MEAG 3. Theory and operation of electro-hydraulic assist transmissions, synchronized transmissions; gear transmissions; clutches; brakes; final drives, selecting devices, mechanical front wheel drives, four wheel drive, and rubber/steel track drives. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

MEAG 114. Small Gasoline and Compact Diesel Engines

Prerequisite: MEAG 1. Theory of operation, maintenance, and repair of small gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines. Emphasis on use of small engines in agricultural education. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

MEAG 120. Advanced Farm Machinery

Prerequisite: MEAG 3. Theory, operation, and management economics of planters, tillage tools, harvesting and spraying equipment. Managerial responsibilities under State and Federal mandates will be emphasized. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

OH 1. Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture

Not open to students with credit in upper-division OH courses. Planting and maintenance of the home landscape; selection, planting, fertilization, and pruning of plants; lawn planting and care. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

OH 4. Floral Design

Principles and rules of design and color using plants as a media; European and Japanese influences; emphasis on American line-mass and contemporary designs. An assortment of arrangements are made in lab. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) (Course fee, $50)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

OH 104. Greenhouse & Nursery Crop Production

Prerequisites: BIOL 11 or OH 1. Fundamentals of greenhouse and nursery crop production. Emphasis on sustainable and economically viable production and management systems for significant flower, foliage and nursery crops. (3 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips).

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Fall

OH 108. Woody Plant Materials

Prerequisites: BIOL 11 or OH 1. Survey of woody plant materials including identification, growth habits and cultural requirements. Emphasis on plants used in the California landscape. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

OH 109. Herbaceous Plant Materials

Prerequisites: BIOL 11 or OH 1. Survey of herbaceous plants materials including identification, growth habits and cultural requirements. Emphasis on plants used in California landscapes, botanical gardens and arboreta. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; 2 Saturday field trips)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

OH 110. Turfgrass Production and Management

Prerequisites: BIOL 11 or OH 1. Production and maintenance of grass for lawns, public parks, public institutions, playgrounds, playing fields, golf courses, bowling greens; identification of turfgrasses and turfgrass seed. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trip)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

PLANT 99. Introduction to Biometrics

Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of an intermediate algebra course or ELM. Introduction to experimental methods and statistical procedures with particular emphasis on applied biological systems. Design of experiments; statistical analysis and interpretation.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

PLANT 100. Aspects of Crop Productivity

Prerequisite: BIOL 11. Study of the growth, development, and basic physiological processes of cultivated crops. Environmental influences on crop growth and development processes and management techniques to minimize stresses and maximize crop yield and quality.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PLANT 105. Food, Society, and Environment

Prerequisites: General Education Areas B1, B2, and D completed (or concurrent enrollment). Linkages among food production systems, human social behavior, and environmental quality. Basic principles of environmental and agricultural sciences as applied to interrelationships among social value systems, agricultural activities adn environmental resources. G. E. Intergration IB.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: IB

PLANT 107. Plant Propagation

Prerequisite: BIOL 11, CHEM 3A. Principles and practices of propagating plants, sexual and asexual. Seeds, cuttings, layering, grafting, buddling, and tissue culture. Propagation media and rooting aids. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours; field trips)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

PLANT 108. Micropropagation

Prerequisites: BIOL 11, and BIOL 161 or CHEM 150 or permission of instructor. Principles of plant propagation by aseptic cell and organ culture as a means of rapid cloning, elimination of systemic plant diseases, production of somatic hybrids, ploidy change, and other genetic variants for use in plant breeding. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) (Formerly PLANR 102)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

PLANT 110W. Dimensions in Agriculture

Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of the ENGL 5B or ENGL 10 graduation requirement. Current agricultural problems and developments; nature of agricultural industries in a changing world. Interrelationships among agriculture, government, labor, adn the public. Meets the upper-division writing skills requirement for graduation.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PLANT 134. Micrometeorology

(GEOG 114 same as PLANT 134.) Prerequisites: MATH 75 (or equivalent) and GEOG 5 (or equivalent), or permission of instructor. Micrometeorological influences on local climates including natural ecosystems and varying agricultural canopies. Local climate influences on wildlife, domestic animals, and humans. Manipulation of local climate including frost protection, irrigation and wind sheltering. Microclimates of non-uniform terrain and urban environment.

Units: 3

PLANT 150. Crop Improvement

Prerequisite: BIOL 11. Application of genetic, cytological and environmental principles to improvement of plants; heredity and variation in plants, effects of environmental factors, biotechnology, self- and cross-fertilization, principles and results of selection and hybridization in plant improvement.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

PLANT 170T. Topics in Plant Science

Prerequisite: junior standing. Selected topics in plant science, agronomy, horticulture, and other associated areas. Topics may require lab hours.

Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 6 units

PLANT 170T. Fungi

This course will examine the fungi and organisms traditionally considered fungi (slime molds and water molds). The course will cover the growth, physiology, reproduction, taxonomy, ecology, and economic impacts of the fungi. The roles of the fungi in decomposition of organic matter, as symbionts with other organisms, as plant, human, and animal pathogens, and in food and industrial processes will be examined. Laboratory topics will examine the growth, physiology, reproduction, and identification of the microscopic and macroscopic fungi.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

PLANT 180. Undergraduate Research

Open to juniors and seniors. Exploratory work on a suitable agricultural problem in plant science. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PLANT 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement--Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

PLANT 194. Agricultural Internship

Prerequisite: junior standing; approval of faculty adviser and department chair. Field experience in your career specialty that integrates with classroom instruction. Written reports of knowledge and experience gained are required. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 1-8
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PLANT 196. Crop Projects

Prerequisite: MEAG 3, appropriate production course, UAL Tractor License, and permission of instructor. Knowledge gained from classroom instruction applied to field conditions. Students will participate in growing and marketing a crop using the University Agricultural Laboratory. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 4 units

PLANT 250T. Topics in Plant Science

Prerequisites: upper-division plant science COURSE appropriate to study topic; or permission of instructor. Advanced studies in a selected area of Plant Science which could include new or emerging issues and technologies. Topics may require lab hours.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

PLANT 251. Soil-Plant-Water Relations

Prerequisites: BIOL 161 and SW 100. Water flow and solute transport through the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum (SPAC). Soil-plant-water relationships affecting water use efficiency, agriculture productivity, and environmental quality. Management of salinity, drainage, and trace elements. Irrigation scheduling and water quality. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3

PLANT 252. Plant Nutrition

Prerequisite: BIOL 161, and SW 100, or permission of instructor. Soil factors influencing nutrient availability, mineral requirements of plants, acquisition and translocation of nutrients and their role in plant metabolism. Soil and tissue analysis for fertility management. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3

PLANT 255. Advanced Plant Breeding

Prerequisite: PLANT 150. Principles and techniques of plant improvement, breeding methods, combining ability, sterility systems, quantitative genetic analysis, heritability estimates, experimental designs for plant breeding.

Units: 3

PLANT 257. Physiology of Cultivated Plants

Prerequisite: BIOL 161, or permission of instructor. Plant cell structure and function. Response of cultivated plants to the environment. Physiology and hormonal control of flower induction, fruit set, and development. Review of pertinent current publications.

Units: 3

PLANT 261. Advanced Plant Health Management

Prerequisites: PLTH 108 or permission of instructor. Comprehensive study of arthropod, disease, and weed problems in California cropping systems. Examination of complex relationships among crop plants and other biological organisms in agro-ecosystems design crop health management programs that are economically viable and ecologically sound.

Units: 3

PLANT 270. Seminar in Plant Science

Reviews of published and/or original research in the broad areas of crop science, soil and water relations, and plant health.

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 4 units

PLANT 290. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units

PLANT 299. Thesis

Prerequisite: prior advancement to candidacy. See Criteria for "Thesis and Project." Thesis research work and preparation and submission of an acceptable, written thesis for the master's degree. Oral presentation of thesis research required. Must take 3 units in each of two semesters. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

PLANT 299C. Thesis Continuation

Pre-requisite: Thesis 298. For continuous enrollment while completing the thesis. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Units: 0

PLTH 1. Introduction to Plant Health

Not open to students with previous credit in upper-division PLT H courses. Origin, history, and evaluation of protective measures (chemical, biological, and cultural) for management of insects, diseases, weeds, and rodents in the field and around the home.

Units: 3

PLTH 102. Pesticides

Prerequisite: CHEM 3B or CHEM 8. Typical uses, modes of action, mechanisms of selectivity, environmental interactions, and user safety of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, nematocides, rodenticides, and plant growth regulators. Effective and safe use of agriculture chemicals by reading labels and following laws/regulations.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

PLTH 103. Economic Entomology

Prerequisite: BIOL 11. Biology, ecology, management and taxonomy of economically important arthropods, with special emphasis on agricultural ecosystems in California. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

PLTH 104. Plant Nematology

Prerequisites: BIOL 1A or BIOL 11. Biology, taxonomy, host-parasite relationships, soil ecology, conventional and innovative controls, plant diagnosis and laboratory techniques with emphasis on plant-parasitic species.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

PLTH 105. Weed Science

Prerequisites: BIOL 11; CHEM 3A. Vegetation management in California. Identification of common weeds. Fundamentals of preventive, cultural, biological, physical, and chemical weed control methods. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

PLTH 106. Plant Pathology

Prerequisite: BIOL 1A or BIOL 11. Study of the causal agents, disease cycles, and control of plant diseases. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

PLTH 107. Biological Control

Prerequisite: PLTH 103. Study of the action of parasites, predators, and pathogens on the population dynamics of their host/prey organisms; focus on arthropods, with additional emphasis on microorganisms, weeds, nematodes, and vertebrates.

Units: 3

PLTH 108. Integrated Pest Management

Prerequisite: PLTH 103. Concepts and principles of integrated pest management. Insect and mite pest problems; sampling techniques; biology and ecology of major agricultural crop pests; integration of control measures for management of economic pests. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

PLTH 109. Diagnosis and Control of Plant Diseases

Prerequisite: PLTH 106. Techniques for diagnosis of specific diseases in California and selection criteria for control strategies. Students will practice diagnostic techniques for selecting preventative, cultural, biological, physical, and chemical disease control strategies for major plant diseases.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SW 2. Agricultural Water

Water resources and problems in California; water requirements for agricultural and ornamental crops; irrigation scheduling and application methods. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SW 100. Soils

Prerequisites: CHEM 3A, intermediate algebra. Physical, chemical, and biologic properties of soils as a medium for plant growth and as a natural body, factors that influence soil formation; food and fiber production; fertilizer and soil amendment use and environmental impact; soil's role in the biosphere.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SW 100L. Soils Lab

Prerequisite: SW 100 or concurrently. Physical, chemical, and biological analysis. Interpretation of field and laboratory data. (3 lab hours) (Saturday field trip)

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SW 100N. Soils in the Environment

Prerequisite: CHEM 3A. Physical, chemical, and biolgoical properties of soils as the interconnecting link in the biosphere; factors that influence soil formation; role of soil in food and fiber production. Not open to Plant Science and Viticulture & Enology majors. ( 2 lecture; 3 lab hours). No credit if taken after SW 100.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SW 101. Crop Nutrition

Prerequisite: SW 100. Evaluation of nutrient elements in soils; application of fertilizers and organic waste to meet nutrient requirements; soil and plant tissue analysis and interpretation; fertilizer recommendations for different crops. (3 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Spring

SW 104. Soil and Water Management

Prerequisites: SW 2, SW 100 (may be taken concurrently). Management of irrigated soils with particular emphasis on crop water requirements, irrigation scheduling, salinity, and other physical and chemical soil problems of field crops, permanent crops and landscapes.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

SW 111. Irrigation Systems

Prerequisite: SW 2. Principles of planning, installation and evaluation of irrigation systems for field crops, permanent crops and ornamental horticulture. Pressurized systems (sprinkler and drip irrigation) emphasized. This course may be supplemented with optional labs in agricultural systems (SW 111AG) or landscape systems (SW 111OH)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring