Horticulture and Crop Science

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research in Horticulture and Crop Science may take place in a laboratory, greenhouse, and/or field setting at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Wooster, and/or outlying branch farms. HCS 4998 should not be taken for Research with Distinction. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hours or 4 completions. This course is graded S/U.

Introduction to Hydroponics

This hands-on intensive course will introduce students to soilless hydroponic crop production. The course will provide basic information on key components of hydroponics, different systems adopted for different crop species, as well as ideas of implementing them in commercial settings, home gardening as well as school science teaching programs.

Hydroponic Crop Production Lab

Greenhouse laboratory course associated with the concurrent lecture course on Hydroponic Crop Production (HCS 4300 In-person or Online) will provide hands-on practices on greenhouse hydroponic crop production - leafy crops, micro-greens, tomato, and more using crop production facilities similar to commercial production settings. Concur: 4300.

Hydroponic Crop Production

This course will offer students the foundational understanding of the greenhouse food crop production technologies and practices and introduction to the science behind them. Lectures will overview the history and basic principles of greenhouse crop production using soilless (hydroponics) approach. Students will learn conventional/advanced production technologies and more. Prereq: 2202 or 2202E, and 2260 or equiv.

Phytochemicals in Human Health: Crops to the Clinic

Covers the function and control of phytochemicals in plants, the function of phytochemicals in human health, delivery of phytochemicals through foods in the diet, strategies when designing studies examining foods for health, and policy and sustainability considerations. Prereq: Biochem 4511 (511) or 5613 (613), or equiv; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for FdScTe 7810. Cross-listed in FdScTe, HumnNtr, BSGP, and PubHEpi.

Metabolomics, Principles and Practice

Introduces students to the principles and practice of metabolomics. Metabolomics is the study of the totality of small molecules existing within a system. We will focus here on the application of metabolomics to plant, food, nutrition and health-related research, although concepts are applicable to other disciplines. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Cross-listed in BMI, FdScTe, and HumnNtr.

Agroecology Field Studies

This course is a 2-week field study of New Mexico to demonstrate the factors that shape agriculture in the semi-arid southwestern United States and be exposed to Navajo and Pueblo agriculture. Students will learn about the biophysical, climatic, economic, and cultural drivers of agriculture by reading and discussing literature and by visiting farms, research centers, processing plants, and more. Prereq: 2201 or 2201E, and permission of instructor.

Advanced Horticultural Principles and Practices

This course will prepare students for transition from student to professional by advancing their mastery of edible and ornamental horticultural crop principles and practices as they are driven by the interaction of cultivar genetics, plant physiology, and environmental influences; and by exploring issues of economic and environmental sustainability and production efficiencies on a global scale. Prereq: 3200, or Grad standing.


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