Plant Biosciences Specialization

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.

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.

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.

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