Montana State University

AGSC
Agricultural Science


AGSC 101  INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES

AGSC 242  CROP IDENTIFICATION

AGSC 291  SPECIAL TOPICS

AGSC 292  INDEPENDENT STUDY

AGSC 341  FIELD CROP PRODUCTION

AGSC 342  FORAGES

AGSC 401  INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

AGSC 428  SUSTAINABLE CROPPING SYSTEMS

AGSC 441  CROP BREEDING

AGSC 450  PLANT DISEASE CONTROL

AGSC 454  AGROSTOLOGY

AGSC 465R HEALTH, AGRICULTURE, POVERTY

AGSC 492  INDEPENDENT STUDY

AGSC 101 - INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES
        Department of Agriculture
      •  1 credit lecture
      •  Fall semesters
      •  Prerequisite: Freshman or New Transfer Students
   -- This course is optional but all freshmen in the College of Agriculture are strongly encouraged to enroll. Students taking this course will be introduced to all areas of the very broad field of agriculture, including all department programs and areas of specialty, career opportunities, professionalism, history, and ethics.

AGSC 242 - CROP IDENTIFICATION
    Department of Plant Sciences/Plant Pathology
      •  1 credit lab
      •  Fall semesters
   -- Meets first third of semester. Recognition and identification of seed, vegetative parts, and floral structure of the major species of cereals, forage legumes, and grasses.

AGSC 291 - SPECIAL TOPICS
    Department of Agriculture
      •  Maximum 12 cr.
      •  On Demand
      •  Prerequisite: None required but some may be determined necessary by each offering department.
   -- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

AGSC 292 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Department of Agriculture
      •  1-3 credit Independent Study
      •  On demand
      •  Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and approval of department head.

AGSC 341 - FIELD CROP PRODUCTION
    Department of Plant Sciences/Plant Pathology
      •  3 credit lecture
      •  Spring semesters, even years only
      •  Prerequisite: BIOB 110.
   -- Production of field crops using practical and applied crop management principles. Emphasis includes understanding of crop management principles and application of problem solving capabilities to field crop management situations.

AGSC 342 - FORAGES
    Department of Plant Sciences/Plant Pathology
      •  3 credit lecture
      •  Fall semesters
      •  Prerequisite: BIOB 110.
   -- Principles of applied forage crop management including establishment, irrigation, fertilization, pests, harvesting, and forage integration of many legume and grass species.

AGSC 401 - INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
    Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
      •  3 credit lecture
      •  Fall semesters
      •  Prerequisite: BIOO 262; and one of the following: BIOB 100 or BIOB 170.

   -- Management of insects and other pests via an integration of control strategies. Emphasis on chemical, cultural, and biological control; host plant resistance; sampling; use of economic principles; and new biotechnological developments in pest management. ID and biology of key insect pests.

AGSC 428 - SUSTAINABLE CROPPING SYSTEMS
    Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
      •  3 credit lecture
      •  Spring semesters, odd years only
      •  Prerequisite: ENSC 245 and either AGSC 341 or AGSC 342.
   -- Senior capstone course. Conventional cropping systems in the Northern Plains are analyzed, integrating land management and crop production knowledge. Sustainable agriculture issues are raised and alternative management strategies are explored, emphasizing no-till and organic systems. Students will gain a solid understanding of crop diversity, including effects on nutrient and water cycling, and crop pest management. The agronomic challenges of implementing alternative cropping systems will be featured in instructional methods. Students will gain "hand-on" research experience by completing an agronomy experiment during the semester.

AGSC 441 - PLANT BREEDING AND GENETICS
    Department of Plant Sciences/Plant Pathology
      •  3 credit lecture
      •  Spring semesters, odd years only
      •  Prerequisite: BIOB 375 or BIOB 377.
   -- The genetic principles and practices involved in plant breeding. Selection of plant breeding methods based on an understanding of a plant species genetics and reproductive mechanisms. The class includes hands on experience in plant breeding through a series of lab and greenhouse exercises.

AGSC 450 - PLANT DISEASE CONTROL
    Department of Plant Sciences/Plant Pathology
      •  3 credit lecture
      •  Spring semesters, odd years only
      •  Prerequisite: BIOM 421 or consent of instructor.
   -- This course will provide comprehensive coverage of the concepts of integrated management of plant diseases. Concepts covered include regulatory, cultural, chemical, host plant resistance, and biological controls. Students will be introduced to epidemiology and weather-based predictive computer models for use in disease management programs.

AGSC 454 - AGROSTOLOGY
    Department of Plant Sciences/Plant Pathology
      •  3 credit lecture & lab
      •  Fall semesters, odd years only
      •  Prerequisite: BIOO 230.
   -- Determination, classification, evolution, and nomenclature of grasses and grass-like plants; morphological and ecological features; preparation of reference specimens.

AGSC 465R - HEALTH, AGRICULTURE, POVERTY
    Department of Plant Sciences/Plant Pathology
      •  3 credit lecture, independent study & recitation
      •  Spring semesters
      •  Prerequisite: Junior standing in student's major.
   -- Students will explore causes and solutions to rural, economic poverty holistically by discovering the interconnections of health, agriculture, and governance. Students will gain skills appropriate to their own academic major to provide leadership in alleviating poverty worldwide.

AGSC 492 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Department of Agriculture
      •  1-3 credit independent study; max 6 credits
      •  On demand
      •  Prerequisite: Junior standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
   -- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

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