Plant Science (PLSC)

110 Introductory Plant and Soil Science (3 - Fall, Spring) Economic importance of plants and their relationship to agriculture and society. Plant structure, physiology, and heredity. Factors of the environment in relation to growth, adaptation, and management of plants. Utilization of plant products.

242 Fundamentals of Horticulture (3 - Fall) Horticulture industry and its contribution to the world economy; theoretical and practical aspects of plant growth and development; principles and techniques of plant propagation; pruning and control of growth. Application and use of plant growth regulators in horticulture. Production, storage, processing, and marketing of horticultural plants and products. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab.

250 Crop Evaluation (1 - Fall) Intensive study involving identification and evaluation of agronomically important crops. Includes seed and plant identification along with grain grading. Course culminates in participation in national content. May be repeated. Maximum of four hours. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

260 Landscape Equipment and Technology (3 - Every Other Spring) Course will introduce students to equipment and technologies used in landscape maintenance and construction. Course will emphasize appropriate uses, equipment maintenance scheduling, and safety.

301-302 Special Problems (1, 1 - Fall,Summer and Spring,Summer) Individual projects for students exhibiting special interests and abilities in soils or in breeding, propagation, or production of agronomic or horticultural plants. Maximum of one hour applicable to concentration requirements. Written project outline and report of results required. Taught only by arrangement prior to registration. Prereq: Eight hours of study suitable to the problem.

305 Introduction to Pesticides (3 - Spring) Manufacture, regulation, marketing, and use of pesticides. Structure, mode of action, toxicity, degradation, safety, and environmental impact of pesticides commonly used. Biological, chemical, and non-chemical approaches and their effectiveness in controlling pests. Prereq: Two semesters of biological science.

321 Landscape Management (3 - Spring) Principles and techniques for maintenance of residential, commercial and institutional landscapes. Emphasis on landscape maintenance involving turf, flowers, ground covers, shrubs, and trees. Discussion of maintenance of playgrounds, natural areas, trails, golf courses, pools, and other public facilities. (Same as PRAD 321.)

322 Introductory Plant Pathology (3 - Spring) Introduction to basic principles of plant pathology. Diagnosis, cause, and control methods of major plant diseases. Major emphasis on agronomic crops. Students are required to write reports and give oral presentations. Two one-hour Iectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: Two semesters biological science.

324 Landscape Construction Techniques (3 - Fall) An introduction to the landscape construction and contracting industry; a survey of landscape construction materials and methods with emphasis on grading, drainage, wooden structures, cost-estimation, and construction document preparation. Practical experience will be provided through implementation of small-scale landscape development projects. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab.

333 (533) Weed Science (3 - Fall) Economic importance of weeds. Weed identification, weed interference, and integrated management. Herbicide selectivity, persistence and mode of action. Government regulation of herbicides. Specific recommendations for crop and non-crop usage. Two one-hour Iectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: Two semesters biological science, CHEM 310, SOIL 210. A term paper and research project will be required of students receiving graduate credit.

334 Lawn and Turf Management (3 - Fall) Principles and practices of identifying, establishing and maintaining lawns and turfs in the landscape for public and private agencies. Two one-hour Iectures and one two-hour lab.

341 Dendrology and Forest Ecology (3 - Not Offered) The production, identification, management, and utilization of important forest trees of the United States, emphasizing native hardwood species common to Tennessee. Two hours lecture and one three-hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 120.

342 Fruit and Vegetable Production (3 - Not Offered) Distribution, economic importance, and characteristics of important fruit and vegetable crops. Adaptation, culture, and management requirements. Disease and insect problems and controls. Harvesting and marketing systems. Commercial utilization. Students are required to write reports and give oral presentations.

345 Fruit and Vegetable Products (3 - Not Offered) Basic principles and practices utilized in handling, processing and storage of fruit and vegetable products. Emphasis placed on current technical and applied information. Field trip required. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab.

363 Plant Identification and Propagation (3 - Spring) Principles and techniques for identifying and propagating native and exotic ornamental plants utilized for functional and aesthetic purposes in residential, recreational and public grounds improvement.

365 Greenhouse Crops and Management (3 - Spring) Identification, propagation production and post-harvest physiology of floral, indoor and ornamental plants. Operation of greenhouses emphasizing state-of-art technologies and management.

401-402 (601-602) Research Participation (3, 3 - Fall, Summer and Spring, Summer) Application of the scientific method and techniques of research to solution of problems for students exhibiting special interest and abilities in investigative work in soil or plant sciences. Maximum of three hours applicable to concentration requirements. Presentation of written project outline and written and oral reports required. Taught only by arrangement prior to registration. Prereq: Senior standing, minimum GPA of 2.75.

422 (642) Forage Crops (3 - Spring) Characteristics, distribution, and economic importance of forages. Culture, management, and utilization of grasses and legumes in forage-livestock systems. Students are required to write reports and give oral presentations. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: SOIL 210.

431 (631) Principles of Plant Breeding (3 - Fall) Principles of reproduction and inheritance of plants and their application to development of improved genotypes for particular uses. Variety evaluation and distribution procedures. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: BIOL 336.

433 (633) Field Crop Production (3 - Fall) World distribution, economic importance, and growth characteristics. Cultural and management requirements, pest problems, and control. Harvesting marketing and utilization of major field crops. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: SOIL 210.

445 Plants, Environment and Design (3 - Spring) Principles of plant composition and theory of plants in design with emphasis on historical and contemporary approaches to planting design. Understanding the functional abilities of plants in altering the environment with emphasis on architectural, engineering, aesthetics, and climatological uses of plants. Plant characteristics, requirements, and selection for use in natural and man-made environments with reference to soils, topography, climate, as well as, maintenance issues. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab. Prereq: PLSC 242 and 462.

462 Environmental Landscape Design (3 - Fall) Theory and principles of landscape design with special emphasis on consideration of environmental factors affecting and affected by the landscape design. Form, structure, and function along with visual appeal will also serve as the basis for designing landscapes. Economics of design and long-term project maintenance will also be addressed.

471 Golf Course Management (3 - Irregular) Establishment and management of special purpose grasses for golf courses, greens, fairways, and the rough areas. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab.