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Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)


AGSC
Agricultural Science


AGSC 101  INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES

AGSC 242  CROP IDENTIFICATION

AGSC 290R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH 

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  PLANT BREEDING & GENETICS

AGSC 450  PLANT DISEASE CONTROL

AGSC 454  AGROSTOLOGY

AGSC 455  MOLECULAR PLANT-MICROBE & INSECT INTERACTIONS

AGSC 465R HEALTH, AGRICULTURE, POVERTY

AGSC 481  AGRICULTURE AMBASSADOR SEMINAR 

AGSC 492  INDEPENDENT STUDY


Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

AGSC 101 - INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES
F 1 cr. LEC 1
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
F 1 cr. LAB 1
-- 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 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S 1-6 cr. IND. May be repeated.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

AGSC 291 - SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand, Maximum 12 cr.
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
On Demand, 1-3 credit Independent Study
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and approval of department head.

AGSC 341 - FIELD CROP PRODUCTION
S, even years only, 3 cr. LEC 3
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
F 3 cr. LEC 3
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
F 3 cr. LEC 3
Prerequisite: BIOO 262; and one of the following: BIOB 100 or BIOB 170 or consent of instructor.
-- This course focuses on conceptual approaches to integrated pest management. The overall framework will be the effective production of foodstuffs to meet increasing demands for safe and healthy commodities for consumers. By integrating multiple tactics, the production of food can be optimized given the current limitations to traditional “silver bullet” pest management. Material covered will include the definitions of IPM terminology as applied to weed, arthropod, and microbial pests; management tactics including biological, cultural, and chemical controls; host plant resistance and genetic modification; sample case studies; applicability to specialized production systems.

AGSC 428 - SUSTAINABLE CROPPING SYSTEMS
S 3 cr. LEC 3
Prerequisite: ENSC 245 and either AGSC 341 or AGSC 342, or consent of instructor.
-- The course goal is to elevate agricultural students' awareness of peer-reviewed literature that demonstrates application of principles to address issues of sustainability in agriculture. The course will use a student-lead discussion format to highlight issues and principles in review of a series of papers that the class will read. The course will focus on the interaction among agronomy, ecology, economics, and sociology to create an awareness of the interdisciplinary issues associated with sustainability in agriculture. Topical issues associated with climate change impacts, system resilience and thresholds and ways to understand complex interactions will be considered for discussion.

AGSC 441 - PLANT BREEDING & GENETICS
S, odd years only, 3 cr. LEC 3
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
S, odd years only, 3 cr. LEC 3
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
F, odd years only, 3 cr. LEC 3
Prerequisite: BIOO 230.
-- Determination, classification, evolution, and nomenclature of grasses and grass-like plants; morphological and ecological features; preparation of reference specimens.

AGSC 455 - MOLECULAR PLANT-MICROBE & INSECT INTERACTIONS
S, even years only, 3 cr. LEC 3
Prerequisite: BIOB 160.
-- This course is to teach students the molecular mechanisms by which plants and pathogens/insects interact during the progress of pathogenesis or resistance, the understandings of how plants recognize relatively conserved microbial patterns to active defense.

AGSC 465R - HEALTH, AGRICULTURE, POVERTY
S 4 credit independent study 1 & lab 1 & recitation 2
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.

AGSC 481 - AGRICULTURE AMBASSADOR SEMINAR
F,S 1 cr. SEM 1
-- Class meetings, a retreat, a variety of recruiting opportunities, and College of Agriculture and MSU events will make up the largest portion of this course. Students will have to participate in a selection process in order to become an Agriculture Ambassador and participate in this course.

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

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