Plant Biosciences Specialization

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.

Advanced Cropping Systems

Students will examine issues related to economic and environmental sustainability, legal and ethical responsibility, and production efficiency to help students transition to being professionals. Students will apply their knowledge regarding row and forage crop management to address production issues. Students will practice communication through enhanced analytical thinking experiences. Prereq: 3100, or Grad standing.

Introduction to Horticulture

An introduction to the principles and practices of production and landscape horticultural science and the horticulture industry in Ohio and the USA. Emphasis on the diversity of crops, production systems, diversity of the horticulture industry and an introduction for students to possible careers in horticulture in Ohio and the USA.

Introduction to Agronomy

An introductory course of row crop and forage agricultural production (agronomy). This course introduces students to row and forage crop species common in Ohio and surrounding states, and provides fundamental information on how these crops are managed in the region. Management aspects include site preparation, seasonality of management activities, and fundamentals of nutrient and pest management.


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