PLSC - Plant Science

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PLSC 100 Survey/Plant & Soil Sciences

PlSc 100 Survey of Plant and Soil Sciences (1-3 cr, max 3)

This course is designed to introduce students to a scientific examination of the soil and plant relationships that affect the production and propagation of field crops and landscape plants. Topics include soils, irrigation, crop and weed identification, diseases, insects and plant growth regulators. (Spring only)

PLSC 102 The Science of Plants in Agriculture

PlSc 102 The Science of Plants in Agriculture (3 cr)

Principles of structure, biology, and management of agronomic and horticultural crops; interaction of crop plants and cropping systems with environment; current issues related to plant science. Two lec and one 2-hr lab a wk.

PLSC 201 Principles of Horticulture

PlSc 201 Principles of Horticulture (3 cr)

An introduction to the production and management of edible and ornamental horticultural crops and the maintenance of plants and turf in urban landscapes. Two lec and two hours of lab a wk; two field trips. (Spring, alt/yrs)

Prereq: PlSc 102

PLSC 204 Special Topics

PLSC 205 General Botany

PlSc 205 General Botany (4 cr)

Growth, development and ecology of plants, fungi, and protists in relation to their environments. Recommended Preparation: Chem 101 and PlSc 102. (Spring only)

Prereq: Biol 114 or 115

PLSC 207 Introduction to Biotechnology

PlSc 207 Introduction to Biotechnology (3 cr)

Same as Gene 207. Offers an overview of modern biotechnology, focusing on basic concepts and applications of biotechnology with regards to plants, animals, environment and microorganisms, and medicine. Recommended preparation: Chem 101 or Chem 111. (Fall, alt even/yrs)

PLSC 212 Master Gardener

PlSc 212 Master Gardener (1-3 cr, max 3)

Basic horticultural skills required for home gardeners and landscapers, including soil, water, and fertility management, composting, pest and disease identification and management, vegetable and fruit culture, ornamentals, plant propagation, and lawn care. Graded P/F. Field trips.

PLSC 300 Plant Propagation

PlSc 300 Plant Propagation (3 cr)

Sexual and asexual propagation techniques of herbaceous and woody ornamental plants; propagation methods covered including seed, cuttings, layering, grafting, and cloning/tissue culture. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Alt/yrs)

Prereq: PlSc 102, 201, or Biol 115

PLSC 338 Weed Control

PlSc 338 Weed Control (4 cr)

Nature and scope of weed problems, identification and biology of weeds, principles, theory, and practice of mechanical, chemical, and biological control of weeds; legal considerations; integration of methods into functional management systems. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. Recommended Preparation: PlSc 102 or equivalent.

PLSC 340 Nursery Management

PlSc 340 Nursery Management (3 cr)

Management of commercial nurseries from plant propagation through sale of the plants. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Alt/yrs)

PLSC 341 Nursery Management Laboratory

PlSc 341 Nursery Management Laboratory (1 cr)

Lab study relevant to PlSc 340. Experiments on and demonstrations of different practices used in nurseries. One 2-hr lab a wk; one 1-day field trip. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Coreq: PlSc 340

PLSC 398 Internship

PlSc 398 Internship (1-6 cr, max 6)

Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission of department

PLSC 400 Seminar

PlSc 400 (s) Seminar (1 cr)

PLSC 401 Plant Physiology

PlSc 401 Plant Physiology (3 cr)

Application of physiological principles to the management of plants in agronomic, horticultural and forest systems. (Spring, alt even/yrs)

Prereq: PlSc 205

PLSC 402 Undergraduate Research in Plant Science

PlSc 402 Undergraduate Research in Plant Science (1-6 cr, max 6)

This course offers credits to students interested in gaining first-hand experience in today’s plant research. Each student will acquire research skills by conducting laboratory or field research on a well-defined topic agreed to by the student and by a faculty supervisor. Students must receive permission from that supervisor prior to enrolling. This course is open to all undergraduates, and may be taken multiple times.

Prereq: PlSc 205

PLSC 404 Special Topics

PlSc 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

PLSC 405 Professional Development

PLSC 407 Field Crop Production

PlSc 407 Field Crop Production (3 cr)

Management and use of crops in Idaho and the Northwest.

PLSC 408 Cereal Science

PlSc 408 Cereal Science (3 cr)

Crop history and biology of major cereal crops, emphasizing cool season cereals. Recommended Preparation: Biol 115.

PLSC 410 Invasive Plant Biology

PlSc J410/J510 Invasive Plant Biology (3 cr)

Biology, ecology, and physiology of weeds with emphasis on crop and weed interactions. Requirements for grad cr include comprehensive term paper and class presentation on weed-crop interaction. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. PlSc 410 is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students. (Alt/yrs)

PLSC 415 Plant Pathology

PlSc 415 Plant Pathology (3 cr)

Biology of diseases and disorders of crop, forest, and ornamental plants, with emphasis on plant-microbe interactions and on disease cause, development, diagnosis, and control. Three 1-hr lectures. (Fall only)

Prereq: Biol 154 and Biol 155; or Biol 250; and PlSc 102; or Permission

PLSC 419 Plant Community Restoration Methods

PLSC 419 Plant Community Restoration Methods (2 cr)

Students will participate in classroom discussions surrounding topics that are important to modification and implementation of a restoration plan. Students will also participate in practical, hands-on activities during laboratory periods. Those activities include operation of equipment for cultivation and seeding, calibration of herbicide sprayers, calibration of drills, transplanting techniques, monitoring and evaluation of restoration projects and visits to restoration projects.

Prereq: REM 221, equivalent or permission

PLSC 433 Plant Tissue Culture Techniques

PlSc J433/J533 Plant Tissue Culture Techniques (3 cr)

Laboratory-oriented course involving tissue culture techniques with an emphasis on regenerating herbaceous and woody plant species from organs or tissues. Requirements for grad cr include completion of a special project and report. One lec and 5 hrs of lab a wk. Recommended Preparation: PlSc 202. PlSc 533 is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students. (Alt/yrs)

PLSC 438 Pesticides in the Environment

PlSc 438 Pesticides in the Environment (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience Same as Ent and Soil 438. Principles of pesticide fate in soil, water, and air; pesticide metabolism in plants, pesticide toxicology, and pesticide mode-mechanism of action; pest resistance to pesticides; biotechnology in pest control; regulations and liability; equipment application technology; pesticide transport, storage, and disposal; and social and ethical considerations. Recommended Preparation: Chem 275.

PLSC 440 Advanced Laboratory Techniques

PlSc 440 Advanced Laboratory Techniques (4 cr)

Same as Gene 440. Intensive hypothesis-driven laboratory course that will prepare the student for research in molecular biology; emphasis on areas of microbial physiology, microbial genetics, immunology, and pathogenic microbiology. (Spring only)

Prereq: Biol 250

PLSC 446 Plant Breeding

PlSc J446/J546 Plant Breeding (3 cr)

Application of genetic principles to improvement of crop plants. Grad students reqd to complete additional term paper. PlSc 546 is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students. (Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Gene 314 or Equivalent

PLSC 451 Vegetable Crops

PlSc J451/J551 Vegetable Crops (3 cr)

Production, physiology, storage, and marketing of major and minor vegetable, herb, and spice crops from a worldwide perspective. Recommended preparation: PlSc 201, PlSc 205, PlSc 300 or equivalents. This is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: PlSc 102 or equivalent

PLSC 464 Landscape Maintenance

PlSc 464 Landscape Maintenance (3 cr)

Use and culture of landscape plants to enhance the environment. Two lec and one 2-hr lab a wk; one 1-day field trip. Recommended Preparation: Soil 205 and LArc 288. (Alt/yrs)

Prereq: PlSc 102 or Biol 213 or Permission

PLSC 476 Cell Biology

PlSc J476/J576 Cell Biology (3 cr)

Introduction to the organization and function of the major components of the eukaryotic cell; emphasis on the composition of cells, the structures and assembly processes of molecules that make up cells, diversity of cell types found in multicellular organisms, and how common interacting processes are coordinately controlled. Extra oral and/or written assignments reqd for graduate credit. (Spring, Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Biol 115 and either Biol 300 or Biol 380

PLSC 480 Field Trip

PlSc 480 Field Trip (1 cr, max 3)

Three-day field trip to production areas.

Prereq: Permission

PLSC 486 Plant Biochemistry

PlSc J486/J586 Plant Biochemistry (3 cr)

An in-depth introduction to metabolic processes carried out by plants, some fungi, and some alga with emphasis on cell wall synthesis, hormone synthesis, and photosynthesis. Extra oral and/or written assignments reqd for grad cr. (Spring, alt/years)

Prereq: Biol 300 or Biol 380

PLSC 488 Genetic Engineering

PlSc J488/J588 Genetic Engineering (3 cr)

Same as Gene J488/J588. Techniques and theory underlying practical genetic modifications of plants, microbes, and animals. Extra oral and/or written assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: Biol 380. (Fall only)

Prereq: Gene 314 or Biol 310

PLSC 490 Potato Science

PlSc J490/J590 Potato Science (3 cr)

History, botanical characteristics, seed physiology and production, plant population, physiology of growth, and pest management; factors influencing maturation, harvest, yield, grade, bruise control, storage, and quality maintenance; economics of production and research on a global basis. Requirements for graduate credit include comprehensive term paper and class presentation on selected topic. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

PLSC 498 Internship

PLSC 499 Directed Study

PlSc 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

PLSC 500 Master's Research and Thesis

PlSc 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

PLSC 501 Seminar

PlSc 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

PLSC 502 Directed Study

PlSc 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

PLSC 503 Workshop

PLSC 504 Special Topics

PlSc 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

PLSC 505 Professional Development

PLSC 510 Invasive Plant Biology

PlSc 510 Invasive Plant Biology (3 cr)

See PlSc J410/J510.

PLSC 533 Plant Tissue Culture Techniques

PlSc 533 Plant Tissue Culture Techniques (3 cr)

See PlSc J433/J533.

PLSC 542 Biochemistry

PlSc 542 Biochemistry (3 cr)

Max 7 cr in any combination of Biol 380, PlSc 542, and Biol 554. Intermediate biochemistry; intro to metabolism and the chemical and physical properties of biomolecules. (Fall only)

Prereq: Chem 372; Biol 380 or Coreq: Chem 302 or 306; or Permission

PLSC 546 Plant Breeding

PlSc 546 Plant Breeding (3 cr)

See PlSc J446/J546.

PLSC 547 Biometrics for Plant Scientists

PlSc 547 Biometrics for Plant Scientists (3 cr)

Use of biometrical techniques in research with particular emphasis on designing, analyzing, and interpreting agricultural and biological experiments; application of statistical methods to biological experiments and problems that may be encountered when applying these techniques to biological systems. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Alt/yrs)

Prereq: PlSc 102 and Stat 431 or Equivalent

PLSC 551 Vegetable Crops

PlSc 551 Vegetable Crops (3 cr)

See PlSc J451/J551.

PLSC 576 Cell Biology

PlSc 576 Cell Biology (3 cr)

See PlSc J475/J575.

PLSC 586 Plant Biochemistry

PlSc 586 Plant Biochemistry (3 cr)

See PlSc J486/J586.

PLSC 588 Genetic Engineering

PlSc 588 Genetic Engineering (3 cr)

See PlSc J488/J588.

PLSC 590 Potato Science

PlSc 590 Potato Science (3 cr)

See PlSc J490/J590.

PLSC 597 Practicum

PlSc 597 (s) Practicum (cr arr)

PLSC 598 Internship

PlSc 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)

PLSC 599 Research

PlSc 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)

Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.

Prereq: Permission

PLSC 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

PlSc 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)