Plant Science Courses
Jeffrey C. Stark, Division Chair, Horticultural Sciences (242 Iddings Wing, Ag. Sc. Bldg 83844-2339; phone 208/529-8376; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Robert Zemetra, Division Chair, Crop and Weed Sciences (242 Iddings Wing, Ag. Sc. Bldg 83844-2339: phone 208/885-7810; email@example.com).
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 (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 (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 205 General Botany (4 cr)
Prereq: Biol 115
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 Pass/Fail. Field trips.
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)
PlSc WS301 Turfgrass Management (3 cr) WSU CropS 301
Principles of establishment and management of turf for lawns, parks, and golf courses. Field trip required. Recommended preparation: Majoring in Horticultural Sciences or Crop Sciences, or Professional Golf Management
Prereq: Junior standing and 1 semester of Biology or Horticulture; or instructor permission.
PlSc 302 Golf and Sports Turf Management (3 cr)
Turfgrass science, cultivation and management for a wide variety of commercial applications. Recommended Preparation: Majoring in Horticultural Sciences or Crop Sciences, or Professional Golf Management.
Prereq: Junior standing
PlSc WS310 Pomology (3 cr) WSU Hort 310
History, botany, cultivation, and uses of temperate-zone tree fruits.
PlSc WS332 Interior Plantscaping (3 cr) WSU Hort 332
Design, selection, installation, management, and maintenance of plantings within buildings; effects of interior plants on people and the environment.
PlSc 338 Weed Control (3 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 2-hr lab a wk. Recommended Preparation: PlSc 102 or equivalent.
PlSc ID340 Nursery Management (3 cr) WSU Hort 340
Management of commercial nurseries from plant propagation through sale of the plants. (Alt/yrs)
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.
Coreq: PlSc 340
PlSc WS357 Greenhouse Management and Crop Production (3 cr) WSU Hort 357
PlSc WS358 Greenhouse Management and Crop Production - Lab (1 cr) WSU Hort 358
PlSc WS360 World Agricultural Systems (3 cr) WSU CropS and SoilS 360
Study of agro-environmental characteristics of world agriculture; historical and contemporary features of world food production.
Prereq: 2 semesters physical or biological sciences
PlSc 398 Internship (1-6 cr, max 6)
Prereq: Permission of department
PlSc 399 (s) Directed Study (1-2 cr, max 2)
PlSc 400 (s) Seminar (1 cr)
PlSc 401 Plant Growth and Development (3 cr)
Application of physiological principles to the management of plants in agronomic, horticultural and forest systems. (Spring only)
Prereq: PlSc 205
PlSc 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
PlSc 407 Field Crop Production (3 cr)
Management and use of crops in Idaho and the Northwest.
PlSc 408 Cereal Science (3 cr)
Crop history and biology of major cereal crops, emphasizing cool season cereals. Recommended Preparation: Biol 115.
PlSc J410/ID-J510 Biology of Weeds (3 cr) WSU CropS 513
Biology, ecology, and physiology of weeds with emphasis on crop and weed interactions. Requirements for graduate credit include comprehensive term paper and class presentation on weed-crop interaction. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Alt/yrs)
PlSc WS-J412/WS-J512 Advanced Cropping Systems (3 cr) WSU CropS and Pl P 403/503
Understanding the management of constraints to crop production and quality; biological, physical, and chemical approaches to crop health management. Field trips required.
PlSc WS-J413/WS-J519 Advanced Viticulture (3 cr) WSU Hort 413/513
Wine and juice grape production in eastern Washington. Wine and fruit physiology, climate and soils, and fruit quality. Recommended prep: Stat 251 or Stat 412.
PlSc 415 Plant Pathology (3 cr)
Same as For 414. 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)
PlSc 416 Plant Pathology Laboratory (1 cr)
Development of skill and techniques used for the diagnosis, isolation, identification, and characterization of plant pathogenic microorganisms. Recommended Preparation: Familiarity with plant physiology, biological structure of plants and animals, and general agriculture. (Fall, alt/yrs)
Prereq or Coreq: PlSc 415 or Permission of instructor
PlSc WS-J418/WS-J518 Post-Harvest Biology and Technology (3 cr) WSU Hort 418/518
Physical and physiological basis for handling and storage practices; perishable organ ontogeny and physiological disorders; post-harvest environment requirements. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Prereq: PlSc 401; or instructor permission.
PlSc J433/ID-J533 Plant Tissue Culture Techniques (3 cr) WSU hort 533
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 300. (Alt/yrs)
PlSc 438 Pesticides in the Environment (3 cr)
See Soil 438.
PlSc J446/J546 Plant Breeding (3 cr)
Application of genetic principles to improvement of crop plants. Grad students reqd to complete additional term paper. (Alt/yrs)
Prereq: Gene 314 or Equivalent
PlSc ID-J451/ID-J551 Vegetable Crops (3 cr) WSU 451/551
Prereq: PlSc 102 or equivalent
PlSc 464 Landscape Maintenance (3 cr)
PlSc 480 Field Trip (1 cr, max 3)
Three-day field trip to production areas.
PlSc ID-J490/ID-J590 Potato Science (3 cr) WSU Hort 490/590
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 grad cr include comprehensive term paper and class presentation on selected topic.
PlSc 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
PlSc 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)
PlSc 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
PlSc 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
PlSc 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
PlSc WS506 Epidemiology and Management of Plant Diseases (3 cr) WSU Pl P 551
PlSc ID510 Biology of Weeds (3 cr)
See PlSc J410/J510.
PlSc WS511 Viruses and Virus Diseases of Plants (4 cr) WSU Pl P 511
PlSc WS512 Advanced Cropping Systems (3 cr)
See PlSc J412/J512.
PlSc WS513 Plant Nematology (4 cr) WSU PIP 513
Anatomy and morphology of plant-parasitic nematodes, molecular plant-nematode interactions, genomics, symptoms, identification, techniques and control. (Spring, alt/odd yrs)
Prereq: PlSc 415 or equivalent
PlSc WS514 Phytobacteriolgy (4 cr) WSU PLP 514
Isolation and characterization of bacteria having a saprophytic, symbiotic or pathogenic association with plants, molecular structure, function and genetics. (Alt/yrs)
PlSc WS515 Advanced Classical and Molecular Breeding (3 cr) WSU CropS 505
PlSc WS518 Post-Harvest Biology and Technology (3 cr) WSU Hort 518
See PlSc WS-J418/WS-J518.
PlSc WS519 Advanced Viticulture (3 cr) WSU Hort 513
See PlSc J413/J519.
PlSc ID520 Plant Cytogenetic Techniques (3 cr) WSU CropS 520
Techniques to study plant genes and chromosomes. Two lec and 4 hrs of lab a wk. (Alt/yrs)
Prereq: Gene 314 or Equivalent
PlSc WS521 General Mycology (4 cr) WSU Pl P 521
PlSc ID533 Plant Tissue Culture Techniques (3 cr)
See PlSc J433/J533.
PlSc WS535 Molecular Genetics of Plant and Pathogen Interactions (3 cr) WSU Pl P 535
PlSc ID&WS539 Herbicide Fate and Mode of Action (4 cr) WSU CropS 539
Fate of herbicides in plants, soil, and water; physiological and biochemical mode of herbicide action; mechanisms of herbicide resistance. (Alt/yrs)
PlSc 546 Plant Breeding (3 cr)
See PlSc J446/J546.
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. (Alt/yrs)
PlSc ID551 Vegetable Crops (3 cr) WSU 551
See PlSc J451/J551.
PlSc ID590 Potato Science (3 cr) WSU Hort 590
See PlSc J490/J590.
PlSc 597 (s) Practicum (cr arr)
PlSc 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)
PlSc 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)
Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.
PlSc 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)