Core Courses for the MS Degree in Plant Science
AGSC 301 Statistical Methods in Agriculture 2.3; 3 cr.
An investigation of the statistical techniques needed to design experiments and analyze and interpret agricultural research data. Prerequisites: STAT 210 or EDUC 227 and CMPS 209. Fall and spring.
AGSC 307 Advanced Crop Production 3.0; 3 cr.
Theories and principles of plant growth, development, and responses to the environment, with an integrated approach to understanding crop productivity. Prerequisites: AGSC 220 and AGSC 231.
AGSC 308 Plant Tissue Culture and Crop Improvement 2.3; 3 cr.
This course introduces students in the Agriculture program a sound understanding of the applied and scientific basis of micro propagation and in-vitro plant breeding.
AGSC 319 Advanced Vegetable Production 3.0; 3 cr.
Physiological and genetic control of growth and management of vegetable plants and their products; effects of nutrition, irrigation, and other variables on crop performance and quality of produce; presentation and interpretation of recent research progress in vegetable production.
AGSC 395 Special Topics in Agricultural Science 1.0; 1 cr.
AGSC 396/396A Comprehensive Exam 0 cr.
AGSC 399 MS Thesis
Elective Courses for the MS Degree in Plant Science
AGSC 300 Graduate Tutorial 1–3 cr.
AGSC 311 Advanced Principles and Methods in Plant Pathology 2.3; 3 cr.
Serological and molecular diagnostic techniques, nucleic acids hybridization, PCR, marker assisted selection, brief review of physiology of host-pathogen relationships, and current methods of research including cloning and transgenic plants. Prerequisite: AGSC 232 or consent of instructor.
AGSC 322 Plant Parasitic Fungi and Bacteria 2.3; 3 cr.
Morphology, taxonomy, and identification of fungi and bacteria parasitic on plants. Prerequisite:
AGSC 232. Alternate years.
AGSC 323 Plant Virology 2.3; 3 cr.
Fundamental and practical aspects of plant virology including isolation, characterization, identification replication, and management of plant pathogenic viruses, including gene silencing and transgenic plants. Prerequisite: AGSC 232. Alternate years.
AGSC 332 Plant-Pest Interactions 3.0; 3 cr.
Principles and factors involved in interactions between pests and their host plants; application of perspectives in chemical ecology to agricultural systems; effect of biotic and abiotic factors on the physiology, adaptation, and survival of pest populations in agroecosystems. Prerequisites: AGSC 221, AGSC 232, and AGSC 284.
AGSC 388 Integrated Pest Management 3.0; 3 cr.
Principles and concepts of integrated pest management (IPM); monitoring and forecasting of pest population, tactics, strategies, and implementations of IPM in the agricultural ecosystems; and environmental, economic, and social implications of IPM. Prerequisites: AGSC 221, AGSC 232, and