American Univesity of Beirut

Plant Science

​​The program in plant science offers training and skills for advanced plant research and plant production preparing graduates for successful careers in crop and vegetable production and management, research, etc. The coursework covers various subjects including plant physiology, advanced horticulture, agronomy, and tissue culture.

Program Learning Outcomes:

1- Apply Research to Practice: demonstrate ability to use relevant statistical methods and fact based recommendations to identify and evaluate contextual variables affecting crop performance and quality of produce, and accordingly formulate an integrated sustainable production strategy.

2- Advanced Core Knowledge in the Discipline: successfully complete courses in advanced crop production, tissue culture and integrated crop management. Demonstrate efficiency in resolving case studies in the aforementioned areas and planning field and laboratory research. 

3- Scholarly Communication Skills: able to efficiently present research subjects relating to crop and vegetable production, micro propagation, in-vitro plant breeding and the state of research in these areas, as well as their relevance to own thesis or research topic.

4- Professionalism and Ethical Conduct: apply ethical considerations in the application of integrated crop and vegetable production approaches, and show proof of WEFRAH ​centered rational, as pertaining to sustainability of resources, and effect of recycling on human health.

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 Agricultural Sciences 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.

Directed Study.

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: AGSC221, AGSC 232, and AGSC 284.​

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