Courses

HORT 1103. Plants in the Home Environment (Fa). 3 Hours.

A course describing the aesthetic, nutritional and health value, and other importance of plants to humans. The course will highlight the use and importance of plants and gardening through the ages, study significant gardens to humankind, and introduce students to using plants to their benefit. The use of color, texture, aroma and flavor in the home and landscape will be presented. Basic home gardening, plant care and use will be discussed and practiced.

HORT 1303. Introduction to Floral Design (Sp). 3 Hours.

Students in this introductory class in Floral Design will learn basic design elements such as line, form, mass, balance, texture and color as used in floral art. Students will gain an appreciation of the various types and species of flowers and foliage used in various floral arrangements such as bouquets and centerpieces. In addition, students will learn common post-harvest handling techniques of fresh cut floral plant material to prolong vase-life from the purchasing stage to the final design.

HORT 2003. Principles of Horticulture (Sp). 3 Hours.

A course introducing students to the biological and technologies underlying the propagation, production, handling and use of horticultural crops, turf and landscape plants. Students will be introduced to the various disciplines and commodities of horticulture. The use of plants for the benefit of humankind because of their aesthetic and nutritional value will be explored. Previous instruction in Plant Science, Plant Biology, or general Botany is strongly encouraged. Corequisite: Lab component.

HORT 2303. Introduction to Turfgrass Management (Fa). 3 Hours.

An introductory course in turfgrass management emphasizing turfgrass growth, adaptation, and management. Methods for establishment, fertilization, mowing, cultivation, irrigation, and pest management are presented, and their impact on culture of lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, and other managed turf areas discussed.

HORT 3103. Woody Landscape Plants (Fa). 3 Hours.

Identification, climatic adaptation and landscape design values of woody ornamental trees, shrubs and vines. Lecture 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component.

HORT 3113. Herbaceous and Indoor Plant Materials (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Identification, culture, and use of annuals, perennials in landscapes and foliage plants in interiors. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component.

HORT 3123. International Horticulture (Sp). 3 Hours.

Considerable globalization of agriculture has occurred over the past several decades, especially in the area of horticultural crops. This course provides a base of knowledge of the international horticulture industry focusing on principles and practices of development and trade of horticultural crops.

HORT 3203. Sustainable Landscape Practices (Fa). 3 Hours.

New methods of landscape management are required to restore or protect the ecological services provided by developed landscapes. This course is focused on methods for sustainable land management. Included as part of the curriculum is a survey of sustainable management as it applies to site resources, including water, nutrients, energy and biodiversity. Retrofitting existing development, organic lawn, tree, and shrub care, successional landscapes, permaculture, sustainable material selection, and best available equipment will be covered in depth. Prerequisite: HORT 2003.

HORT 3303. Vegetable Crops (Irregular). 3 Hours.

General course in vegetable crops with attention to the principles underlying methods of production and handling related to yields and quality of the products. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Prerequisite: HORT 2003 and CSES 2203.

HORT 3403. Turfgrass Management (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Cultural and management practices of commercial and residential lawns. Principles and practices of mowing, fertilizing, irrigating, and control of weed, disease, and insects. Identification of turfgrass; equipment selection. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: HORT 2303.

HORT 3503. Sustainable and Organic Horticulture (Even years, Fa). 3 Hours.

This course will provide a base of knowledge of the principles and practices of sustainable, organic, and alternative horticulture management systems. The class will review and evaluate topics including soil biological processes (compost, humus and fertility), pest management, alternative farming systems, and organic agriculture. After this foundation information is studied, the class will study applications of sustainable agriculture principles to production systems such as greenhouse vegetable production, ornamental production, fruit production, and landscape and turf management.

HORT 3901. Horticultural Career Development (Sp). 1 Hour.

A course which presents concepts necessary for developing a career and becoming a professional in horticulture industries or businesses. Concepts of goal setting, effective communication and interpersonal skills, behaviors and performance, portfolio and resume, development and job hunting skills will be presented.

HORT 400V. Special Problems (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Original investigations on assigned problems in horticulture. Prerequisite: Junior standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

HORT 401V. Special Topics in Horticulture, Turf or Landscape (Irregular). 1-6 Hour.

Topics related to horticulture, turfgrass or landscape science or management not covered in other courses or a more intensive study of a specific topic. May be repeated for degree credit.

HORT 402V. Horticulture Judging and Competition Activity (Irregular). 1-6 Hour.

Training for and participation on horticultural identification, judging and competitive teams. Prerequisite: HORT 2003. May be repeated for up to 4 hours of degree credit.

HORT 4033. Professional Landscape Installation and Construction (Even years, Fa). 3 Hours.

Principles and practices involved in landscape installation and construction. Topics covered include sequencing construction activities, protecting existing trees, landscape soils, selecting plants, planting and transplanting plant materials, wood construction, cement and masonry construction, and low-voltage lighting. Lecture 3 hours per week. Preparatory training in agribusiness or business is suggested. Prerequisite: HORT 2003.

HORT 4043. Professional Landscape Management (Odd years, Fa). 3 Hours.

Principles and practices of landscape management and maintenance. Topics include low maintenance and seasonal color design, pruning and hazard tree management, water and fertilizer management, pesticide use, and other maintenance activities. Basic elements of marketing, specifications and contracts, estimating, personnel management, and equipment selection and acquisition relevant for landscape services will be introduced. Preparatory training in agribusiness or business is suggested. Prerequisite: HORT 2003 and HORT 3103.

HORT 4103. Fruit Production Science and Technology (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

The management technologies and cultural practices of fruit crops including (but not limited to) blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, peaches, and apples will be presented. The underlying scientific principles of crop genetics, nutrition, and physiology will be presented as a basis for making management decisions in fruit crop productions. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: HORT 2003.

HORT 4403. Plant Propagation (Sp). 3 Hours.

Principles of plant propagation using seeds, cuttings, grafting, budding, layering, and tissue culture. The physiological basis of propagation is described. Knowledge of plant growth and physiology is needed. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: BIOL 1613 and BIOL 1611L.

HORT 4413. Horticulture Physiology (Sp). 3 Hours.

This course provides students with a background into the physiological processes of plants with an emphasis on horticultural crops and how the processes relate to horticultural crop production practices. Among the topics covered are photosynthesis, respiration, water relations and morphogenesis. Prerequisite: HORT 2003 and CHEM 1073.

HORT 4503. Sustainable Nursery Production (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

This course addresses issues and practices involved in production of quality woody nursery crops (e.g. trees and shrubs produced in open filed and containerized systems).

HORT 4603. Practical Landscape Planning (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Ornamental planting design and landscape planning concepts. Preparing planting plans, materials sheets, and cost estimates for residential properties. Prerequisite: HORT 3103.

HORT 462V. Horticulture, Landscape, Turf Sciences Internship (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

A supervised practical work experience in a horticulture, landscape design, or turf business or research program to gain professional competence and insight into employment opportunities. Prerequisite: COMM 1313. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

HORT 4701L. Greenhouse Management and Controlled Environment Horticulture Laboratory (Odd years, Fa). 1 Hour.

Laboratory involving hands-on experiments designed to demonstrate principles discussed in the lecture section. Includes field trips. Corequisite: HORT 4703.

HORT 4703. Greenhouse Management and Controlled Environment Horticulture (Fa). 3 Hours.

Operation and management of greenhouses and other controlled environments used in horticultural production. Emphasis on system design and construction, control of light intensity and photoperiod, heating and cooling systems, substrates, mineral nutrition, water quality and irrigation systems. Prerequisite: HORT 2003 and CHEM 1073.

HORT 4801L. Greenhouse Crops Production Laboratory (Even years, Sp). 1 Hour.

Laboratory involving hands-on experiments designed to demonstrate principles discussed in the lecture section. Includes field trips. Corequisite: HORT 4803.

HORT 4803. Greenhouse Crops Production (Even years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Principles and practices of production and marketing of crops commonly grown in controlled environments including flowering containerized herbaceous species, geophytes, annual and perennial bedding plants, hydroponic vegetables and herbs. Prerequisite: HORT 4703.

HORT 4903. Golf and Sports Turf Management (Odd years, Fa). 3 Hours.

Turf management techniques for golf courses, and athletic fields including species selection, root-zone construction and modification, fertilization, mowing, irrigation and pest control. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: CSES 2203 and CSES 2201L and (HORT 2303 or HORT 3403).

HORT 4913. Rootzone Management for Golf and Sports Turf (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

An overview of the fundamental concepts of the physical and chemical properties of rootzones as related to construction and turfgrass management. Prerequisite: HORT 2303.

HORT 4921. Golf Course Operations (Even years, Fa). 1 Hour.

This course is designed to cover specific aspects of golf course operations that would not be included in traditional turfgrass management courses. Topics will include budgeting, personnel management, tournament setup and operation, dealing with golf club committees, communication, and other relevant topics related to managing a golf course maintenance operation. Prerequisite: HORT 4903.

HORT 4932. Turf Best Management Practices (Odd years, Sp). 2 Hours.

The course covers the impacts of turfgrass management practices on turf quality and the environment. In addition, the identification, biology, and control practices for the major insects, diseases, and weeds that infest turf will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on management strategies that include both chemical and non- chemical approaches to the prevention and control of common turfgrass pests. Prerequisite: HORT 2303 and 6 hours selected from CSES 2003, PLPA 3004, and ENTO 3013.

HORT 5001. Seminar (Sp, Fa). 1 Hour.

Review of scientific literature and oral reports on current research in horticulture. May be repeated for up to 4 hours of degree credit.

HORT 503V. Special Problems Research (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Original investigations on assigned problems in horticulture. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

HORT 5043. Advanced Plant Breeding (Odd years, Sp). 3 Hours.

Application of genetic principles to the improvement of crop plants. Presentation of conventional plant breeding methods and special techniques such as polyploidy, interspecific hybridization and induced mutation. Lecture 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 2323 and BIOL 2321L (or ANSC 3123 and CSES 4103).

HORT 5103. Plant Growth and Development (Fa). 3 Hours.

This course will focus on environmental and developmental processes of plant growth and development. A student completing this course should have an understanding of the developmental processes of plant growth and how environmental factors interact to affect and control plant growth and development.

HORT 5203. Temperature Stress Physiology (Sp). 3 Hours.

This course will teach students how to apply biological, chemical and physical principles to models of how plants are damaged by temperature extremes and how they change to increase resistance. Student will apply these principles to better understand plant responses to other environmental challenges, including both biotic and abiotic stresses.

HORT 600V. Master's Thesis (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

HORT 602V. Special Topics in Horticulture (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

Discussion and advanced studies on selected topics in genetics, plant breeding, physiology and culture of horticultural crops. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. May be repeated for degree credit.

HORT 6033. Genetic Techniques in Plant Breeding (Irregular). 3 Hours.

In-depth study of genetic improvement and techniques. Covers both current and classical literature. Topics to be discussed: haploidy, genetic control of pairing, somatic instability, tissue culture and protoplast fusion, and male sterility. Lecture discussion 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 2323 and BIOL 2321L (or ANSC 3123 and CSES 4103 or equivalent).