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Courses from the Department of Plant Sciences/Plant Pathology


AGSC 242   Crop Identification
AGSC 341 Field Crop Prod
AGSC 342 Forages
AGSC 441 Crop Breeding
AGSC 450 Plant Disease Control
AGSC 454 Agrostology
AGSC 465R Health, Agriculture, Poverty
BIOB 110CS Introduction to Plant Biology
BIOB 160 Principles of Living Systems
BIOB 205 Methods in Biotechnology
BIOB 318 Biometry
BIOB 375 General Genetics
BIOB 377 Practical Genetics
BIOB 420 Evolution
BIOB 430 Plant Biotechnology
BIOB 484 Population Genetics
BIOB 490R Undergraduate Research
BIOB 492 Independent Study
BIOB 498 Internship/Cooperative Edu
BIOB 499 Senior Thesis/Capstone
BIOE 424 Ecology of Fungi
BIOL 501 Evolutionary Genetics
BIOM 421 Concepts of Plant Pathology
BIOM 423 Mycology
BIOO 162CS Insects and Human Society
BIOO 220 General Botany
BIOO 221 Botany Lab
BIOO 433 Plant Physiology
BIOO 435 Plant Systematics
BIOO 437 Plant Development
BIOO 458 Plant Cell Physiology
BIOO 460 Plant Metabolism
BIOO 465 Insect Identification
HORT 105 Miracle Growing
HORT 131 Landscape Dsgn/Hist/Theory
HORT 146 Intro Sust Food/Bioenergy Syst
HORT 225 Landscape Graphics I
HORT 226 Landscape Graphics II
HORT 231 Woody Ornamentals
HORT 232 Herbaceous Ornamentals
HORT 245 Plant Propagation
HORT 298 Internship
HORT 310 Turfgrass Management
HORT 331 Planting Design
HORT 335 Site Development
HORT 336 Landscape Construction
HORT 337 Vegetable Production
HORT 338 Fruit Production
HORT 343 Comm Plant Production
HORT 345 Organic Market Gardening
HORT 431 Tough Plants in Tough Places
HORT 432 Adv Landscape Design
HORT 447 Advanced Plant Propagation
HORT 485 Horticulture Capstone I
HORT 486R Horticulture Capstone II
HORT 490R Undergraduate Research
HORT 491 Special Topics
HORT 492 Independent Study
HORT 498 Internship
PSPP 516 Research Design and Analysis
PSPP 518 Plant Virus Diseases
PSPP 519 Plant Virus Diseases Lab
PSPP 524 Adv Plant Pathology
PSPP 526 Plnt Bact Disease
PSPP 527 Plnt Bact Disease Lab
PSPP 541 Advanced Plant Genetics
PSPP 542 Genetics of Plant Improvement
PSPP 546 Herbicide Physiology
PSPP 548 Flower Plnts of North Rock Mtn
PSPP 552 Adv Soil & Envr Microbiology
PSPP 553 Plant Fungal Disease
PSPP 554 Plant Fungal Disease Lab
PSPP 575 Professional Paper
PSPP 589 Graduate Consultation
PSPP 590 Master's Thesis
PSPP 591 Special Topics
PSPP 592 Independent Study
PSPP 594 Seminar
PSPP 598 Internship
PSPP 690 Doctoral Thesis

AGSC 242 Crop Identification
Offered 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 341 Field Crop Prod
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered even years.
-- 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
Offered 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 441 Crop Breeding
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered odd years.
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
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered odd years.
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
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: BIOO 230.
-- Determination, classification, evolution, and nomenclature of grasses and grass-like plants; morphological and ecological features; preparation of reference specimens. Cross-listed with BIOL 434

AGSC 465R Health, Agriculture, Poverty
Offered 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. Students will conduct service-learning, community-based research with guided mentoring using the holistic process.

BIOB 110CS Introduction to Plant Biology
Offered Spring Semesters
-- Provides an understanding of basic plant science principles and the related environmental components that impact society. Current questions in plant biology, agriculture, and ecology are used to develop problem-solving skills and integrative thinking.

BIOB 160 Principles of Living Systems
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: CHMY 121 or CHMY 141.
-- Introduction to cellular organization and function. Topics covered include synthesis and function of macromolecules, cell organelles and structure, energy transformations in living systems, respiration, photosynthesis, the cell cycle, classical genetics, molecular genetics, and biotechnology.

BIOB 205 Methods in Biotechnology
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 105.
-- This course will challenge students in the biotech major to learn a series of essential molecular techniques focusing on research and faculty interaction. The techniques learned will be highly applicable to the biotech industry, giving students a post-graduation competitive edge.

BIOB 318 Biometry
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: M 145 and computer literacy.
-- Analysis and interpretation of biological data. Topics include: analysis of frequency data, measures of center and spread, probability distributions, statistical inference for single means, and proportions, two sample means and proportions, linear regression, and correlation. Use of computer software is emphasized in solving problems.

BIOB 375 General Genetics
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 160 or BIOB 260 or BIOM 360.
-- Introduction to classical and molecular genetics of eukaryotes, with emphasis on transmission genetics, the structure and regulation of genes, and mechanisms of genetic change.

BIOB 377 Practical Genetics
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 260 or consent of instructor.
-- Examination of the modes of inheritance, gene expression and genetic manipulation of eukaryotic organisms, particularly those of flowering plants and mammals. Population genetics, genetic diversity and quantitative genetics are also discussed.

BIOB 420 Evolution
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 375.
-- For seniors in biology. Evolutionary theory is presented and takes two principle directions, the study of evolutionary history, and the study of natural selection.

BIOB 430 Plant Biotechnology
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BCH 380 or BIOB 375 or BIOB 377.
-- Humans have historically altered plants to meet food and fiber needs. Our ability to transfer genes from organism to organism is accelerating this process. The principles of plant genetic engineering will be discussed along with hands-on laboratory.

BIOB 484 Population Genetics
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 375.
-- Introduction to theory and empirical data on genetics of populations. Topics covered include modeling natural and artificial selection, nonrandom mating, gene flow and effective population size as factors influencing the maintenance of genetic variation in populations. The approach emphasizes the development of simple mathematical models to illustrate fundamental conceptual issues in the field.

BIOB 490R Undergraduate Research
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior or Senior standing and approval of instructor.
-- Undergraduate research which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

BIOB 492 Independent Study
On Demand
Max 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

BIOB 498 Internship/Cooperative Edu
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business, or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

BIOB 499 Senior Thesis/Capstone
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing in the Cell Biology & Neuroscience Department.
-- Senior capstone course. Students are expected both to present and to discuss advanced topics from the current biomedical literature. These topics will expand upon material presented in regular courses in the biomedical science curriculum. Students will write at least one major paper.

BIOE 424 Ecology of Fungi
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170IN, BIOB 256, a comparable course in introductory biology, or consent of instructor.
COREQUISITE: None, but an upper division biology course is recommended.
-- This course emphasizes the important and varied roles of the higher fleshy fungi in natural and managed systems, focusing on forest habitats. Fungi are the ecological backbone of many terrestrial systems, yet their ecological roles as saprophytes, symbionts, and mycorrhizal mutualists are often minimized . Both traditional techniques and more recent molecular methods will be presented at the individual, population, community, landscape, and biome levels, along with topics on fungal conservation and global change. This course consists of twice weekly sessions of two hours each for lecture, discussions, and demonstrations. One or two afternoon or morning field trips to nearby forests are required to initiate a final project.

BIOL 501 Evolutionary Genetics
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 375.
-- The operations of fundamental genetic principles in populations of living things. Emphasis on natural populations with a thorough consideration of factors of evolution, particularly at the species level and below.

BIOM 421 Concepts of Plant Pathology
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170IN.
-- An introductory course in the study of plant diseases. Includes plant pathogens, etiology of disease, and various control strategies.

BIOM 423 Mycology
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170IN.
-- This course surveys the immense diversity of fungi, including all major groups with emphasis on structures, life cycles, identification, and ecology. It provides a basis of knowledge for the rapidly expanding relevance of fungi in research, medicine, agriculture, biotechnology, and industry.

BIOO 162CS Insects and Human Society
Offered Spring Semesters
-- Ways in which research and advances in technology in the areas of insect biology and management have influenced people's lives throughout the world. Focus will be on insects as major factors affecting the areas of the world where humans live, crops and animals humans produce, and general quality of life on the planet. Interactions of insects and human cultures,technologically oriented and indigenous, non-technology based cultures, and concepts of pest management will also be explored. Students generate and test hypothesis and evaluate sources of scientific information on these topics.

BIOO 220 General Botany
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170.
-- This course will provide a thorough overview of the fundamentals of plant and fungal biology from evolutionary, ecological, and physiological perspectives.

BIOO 221 Botany Lab
Offered Fall Semesters
COREQUISITE: BIOO 220.
-- This lab will feature plant ecology and also plants that have been used as model organisms in studies of basic biological processes.

BIOO 433 Plant Physiology
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, BIOB 170IN and one of the following: CHMY 211, CHMY 321, or CHMY 123.
-- Physiological processes of higher plants, including photosynthesis, water relations, mineral nutrition, and development.

BIOO 435 Plant Systematics
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170IN and BIOO 230.
-- Introduction to the local vascular plant flora emphasizing characteristics of the common families and genera. Lab concentrates on plant identification of common angiosperm plant families in Montana; preparation of about 120 reference specimens taken from the local flora.

BIOO 437 Plant Development
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 375.
-- Cellular and molecular mechanisms of the development of multi cellular life forms that consist of walled cells, and primarily plants. Some topics include developmental differences between plants and animals, regulation of gene expression, environmental effects on plant development, and computer modeling of development.

BIOO 458 Plant Cell Physiology
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 375, BCH 380.
-- The features of plant cells that differentiate them from animal cells are the chief topics covered. These include cell walls, plastids and vacuoles. Other cellular organelles will also be briefly covered, including intra- and inter-cellular communication mechanisms.

BIOO 460 Plant Metabolism
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: BIOO 230, BCH 380
-- In-depth overview of plant metabolism: photosynthesis including C4 and CAM metabolism; intermediary carbon metabolism; lipids; nitrogen and sulfur assimilation and metabolism; amino acid biosynthesis; secondary metabolism (terpenoids, alkaloids, phenylpropanoids, flavonoids); metabolic changes during plant development.

BIOO 465 Insect Identification
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: ENTO 204N and one of the following: BIOL 100, BIOB 160 or BIOB 170IN.
-- The identification of insects and related terrestrial arthropods. Evolutionary patterns reflected in modern insect diversity will be used to illustrate classification methods. Taxonomic methods will be used as an access to information retrieval.

HORT 105 Miracle Growing
Offered Spring Semesters
-- Science in the context of horticulture. Learn environmental factors affecting horticulture and current measurement technology. Projects explore global and regional issues, careers, and tools necessary to be a successful horticulturist. Culminates in a presentation at the Horticulture Open House.

HORT 131 Landscape Dsgn/Hist/Theory
Offered Spring Semesters
-- Introduction to the history of landscape design from ancient civilizations to the present. The evolution of design theory as it relates to visual arts, material palettes, climate, ecology, cultural, and social issues. Current trends in landscape industry and the work of major designers will be studied.

HORT 146 Intro Sust Food/Bioenergy Syst
Offered Spring Semesters
-- A systems perspective on local, state and national food, agriculture and energy issues. Key topics include Agroecology, Sustainable Crop Production, and Sustainable Food Systems. For majors and non-majors. Cross-listed with HDFN 146 and LRES 146.

HORT 225 Landscape Graphics I
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: EGEN 116 or TE 230 or AutoCAD experience.
-- Landscape graphic communication including review of graphic enhancing techniques, rendering and computer presentation drawing applications of site analysis, site planning, landscape and planting design.

HORT 226 Landscape Graphics II
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: EGEN 116 or TE 230 and HORT 225.
-- Understanding of the opportunities offered by computer-based modeling technologies; exploring software common to the profession of landscape architecture including desktop publishing, image manipulation, modeling and drafting; utilizing computer-aided methods at different phases of a design project.

HORT 231 Woody Ornamentals
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170IN (may be used as a corequisite).
-- Identification, culture and uses of deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs and vines commonly used as ornamentals in Montana, and some species utilized outside of Montana. Lab includes extensive plant walks.

HORT 232 Herbaceous Ornamentals
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170IN.
COREQUISITE: BIOB 170IN.
-- Identification, characteristics, cultural requirements and ornamental uses of indoor tropical foliage and flowering plants, herbaceous landscape annuals and perennials and flowering bulbs. This is a hybrid course requiring student participation in one lab each week, with all other course information and participation via the web.

HORT 245 Plant Propagation
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: CHMY 121IN or CHMY 141 and BIOB 170IN.
-- Traditional sexual and asexual reproduction of plants including seed germination, stem and leaf cuttings, grafting, and layering. Includes discussion of the biology and physiology of propagation methods. Lab includes experimentation with the various propagation methods using native plants as model systems.

HORT 298 Internship
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business, or other organization to provide guided experience within the field.

HORT 310 Turfgrass Management
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170IN, Quantitative Reasoning Core, and HORT 105.
-- Turfgrass propagation, fertilization, establishment, and maintenance. Recognition and adaptabilities of Northern and Southern turfgrasses used for landscape and sports use. Includes irrigation principles and basic hydraulics, establishment and fertilizer calculations, and pest management. Lab includes experimentation with establishment techniques, equipment calibration, soil testing, and turfgrass maintenance.

HORT 331 Planting Design
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: HORT 231 (may be taken as a corequisite).
-- Graphic communication skills; landscape trends and styles; landscape design principles; and planting design for engineering, architectural, climate control, and aesthetic uses. Emphasis on residential landscape planning. Specification writing and cost estimating for landscape installation.

HORT 335 Site Development
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: M 145Q, HORT 331.
-- Site analysis, site survey, structure siting, roadway and parking lot planning, grading and earthwork modifications, site drainage, pedestrian circulation design. Lab includes practical assistance with problem-solving and field measurement for: site analysis, boundary survey, leveling and topographic survey.

HORT 336 Landscape Construction
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: HORT 331, HORT 335(may be taken as a corequisite).
-- Understanding of construction materials used to create the built landscape. Design and production of working drawings for walks, patios, steps, ramps, retaining walls, decks, fences, irrigation systems, and other landscape features. Production of landscape construction portfolio which details a complete site development project including cost estimating and bidding for construction.

HORT 337 Vegetable Production
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 110CS or BIOO 230.
-- Modern production practices for all major temperate-zone vegetable crops, including crop management, development, storage, and post-harvest physiology. The class will include production of transplants and detailed discussion of several major vegetable crop families, including Solanaceae, Curcurbitaceae, Brassicaceae, Liliaceae, and the Fabaceae.

HORT 338 Fruit Production
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 110CS OR BIOO 230.
-- Modern production practices for all major temperate-zone tree and small fruit, including crop management, fruit crop growth and development, storage, and post-harvest physiology. The class will include a discussion of rootstocks, grafting, pruning, trellising, and quality control as they impact today's fruit production system.

HORT 343 Comm Plant Production
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: HORT 245.
-- Focus is on greenhouse and nursery design and operation, including environmental control, growing media, irrigation, and fertilization of field and container grown ornamental crops. Retail and wholesale marketing strategies will be explored. Sustainable practices will be emphasized.

HORT 345 Organic Market Gardening
Offered Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 110CS, ENSC 245IN and Junior standing.
-- Focus is on the production of quality vegetable, herb and flower products for sale through local, regional or non-traditional marketing avenues. Special attention is made to present and analyze sustainable food crop production systems.

HORT 431 Tough Plants in Tough Places
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170, BIOB 110, (HORT 231 and HORT 232) or BIOO 230.
-- Delve into the physiological adaptation for both native and non-native plants to survive in urban and highly disturbed landscapes of the intermountain west. Explore the roles and interactions of turfgrass, trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals in the ecology of the developed landscape. Learn about the interaction of the built landscape with natural systems.

HORT 432 Adv Landscape Design
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: HORT 331, HORT 335, HORT 336.
-- Senior capstone course. Advanced graphic communication skills, environmental land use planning, master plan design, site specific design, and construction detailing. Individual and group problem-solving skills are stressed through graphic, verbal, and written landscape design solutions.

HORT 447 Advanced Plant Propagation
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: HORT 245.
-- Students will learn specialized sexual and asexual propagation techniques, with an emphasis on the physiological and environmental manipulation of plants associated with in vitro, seed and grafting production. Students will receive extensive tissue culture experience.

HORT 485 Horticulture Capstone I
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing, for majors only.
-- First semester of a two-semester project for seniors majoring in Horticulture Science. This capstone course allows students to pursue a contemporary issue or problem in horticulture within a team research project.

HORT 486R Horticulture Capstone II
Offered Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing.
-- Second semester of a two-semester project for seniors majoring in Horticulture Science. This capstone course allows students to pursue a contemporary issue or problem in horticulture within a team research project.

HORT 490R Undergraduate Research
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior or Senior standing and approval of instructor.
-- Undergraduate research which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

HORT 491 Special Topics
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- 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.

HORT 492 Independent Study
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

HORT 498 Internship
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business, or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

PSPP 516 Research Design and Analysis
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: STAT 401.
-- Data analysis and interpretation of problems unique to agricultural and biological research. Topics include: sample size determination, transformation of data scale, completely random, randomized block and Latin square designs, comparisons among means, factorial experiments with restricted randomization and analysis of covariance.

PSPP 518 Plant Virus Diseases
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered even years.
-- An in-depth study of viruses with emphasis on plant viruses.

PSPP 519 Plant Virus Diseases Lab
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered even years.
COREQUISITE: PSPP 518.
-- Laboratory exercises related to plant virology.

PSPP 524 Adv Plant Pathology
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered odd years.
-- This course is designed to give graduate students in the Department of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology or other departments a broad survey of plant pathology subject matter at the graduate level and to give all graduate students in PSPP a common experience and introduction to PSPP graduate faculty. This course will serve as a companion to 'Genetic Plant Improvement (PS 542) taught in spring even years and alternate years by our plant breeding faculty.

PSPP 526 Plnt Bact Disease
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: BIOM 421.
-- An in-depth study of bacteria and their etiology in causing plant disease.

PSPP 527 Plnt Bact Disease Lab
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered odd years.
PREREQUISITE: BIOM 421.
COREQUISITE: PSPP 526.
-- Laboratory exercises related to the study of plant bacterial diseases.

PSPP 541 Advanced Plant Genetics
Offered Fall Semesters;alternate years, to be offered odd years.
-- Genome and genetic analysis of flowering plants, including structure of the genome, methods of genetic analysis and the genetic basis of plant morphology and development. A familiarity with current and classical literature is stressed.

PSPP 542 Genetics of Plant Improvement
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: PSPP 441, STAT 401.
-- The past, present and future of plant improvement. Emphasis on genetical principles underlying classical plant breeding, and on molecular biological principles underlying plant genetic engineering.

PSPP 546 Herbicide Physiology
Offered Fall Semesters
PREREQUISITE: BCH 380 and BIOO 433 or equivalents.
-- A team-taught, distance delivery course on the biochemistry and physiology of herbicide action in plants. Herbicide discovery, classification, and mechanisms of action and resistance are explored.

PSPP 548 Flower Plnts of North Rock Mtn
Su alternate years, to be offered even years.
-- A field oriented study of the flowering plants of Montana with a emphasis on plant keying skills. Objectives are: 1) to identify the parts of flowering plants and become familiar with botanical terms; 2) to learn morphological characteristics of common plant families; 3) to learn how to use a plant key to successfully identify flowering plants; application of these skills and botanical texts to the classroom. Mon - Tues are class/lecture days; Wed - Fri are day field trips to local trail heads.

PSPP 552 Adv Soil & Envr Micrbiology
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing and instructor's permission.
-- Advanced laboratory course. Micoorganisms are targeted for isolation and characterization, emphasizing those not normally encountered in general microbiology laboratory. Biogeochemical cycling, contaminant biodegradation, extremophiles, and plant-microbe interactions are typical topics investigated. Students employ classic and novel cultivation approaches, identifying microbes based morphology, physiology, and phylogeny. Cross-listed with LRES 552.

PSPP 553 Plant Fungal Disease
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: BIOM 421.
-- An in-depth study of fungi and their etiology in causing plant diseases.

PSPP 554 Plant Fungal Disease Lab
Offered Spring alternate years, to be offered even years.
PREREQUISITE: BIOM 421.
COREQUISITE: PSPP 553.
-- Laboratory exercises related to the study of plant fungal diseases.

PSPP 575 Professional Paper
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing.
-- A research or professional paper or project dealing with a topic in the field. The topic must have been mutually agreed upon by the student and his or her major adviser and graduate committee.

PSPP 589 Graduate Consultation
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- This course may be used only by students who have completed all of their coursework (and thesis, if on a thesis plan), but who needs additional faculty or staff time help.

PSPP 590 Master's Thesis
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
Max credits unlimited.
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing.

PSPP 591 Special Topics
On Demand
Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Upper division courses and others as determined for each offering.
-- 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.

PSPP 592 Independent Study
On Demand
Max 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of Department Head and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

PSPP 594 Seminar
Offered Fall, Spring Semesters
Max 4 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition. Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Students prepare, present, and critique scientific presentations.

PSPP 598 Internship
On Demand
Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and approval of Department Head, and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

PSPP 690 Doctoral Thesis
Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters
Max credits unlimited.
PREREQUISITE: Doctoral standing.


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