Plant and Soil Science Courses

PLS 230 - Ornamental Plant Identification
Hours: 3
Ornamental trees, shrubs, vines, and garden annuals and perennials. Their identification, nomenclature, classification, cultural requirements and landscape uses.

PLS 253 - Economic Entomology
Hours: 3
(AGRI 2313) This course introduces students to the major orders of insects and other arthropods of economic importance with specific emphasis on those beneficial and harmful to agricultural and horticultural crops, livestock, pets, and food products. Control techniques using Integrated Pest Management will be included.

PLS 297 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-4

PLS 303 - Introduction to Floral Design
Hours: 3
Introduction to the history and uses of floral art in society. Principles and elements of design will be discussed and demonstrated using floral materials.

PLS 305 - Landscape Design
Hours: 3
Design of residential and commercial landscapes. The student will learn basic design concepts and themes, be able to create landscape plans, and will be able to provide a cost estimate for the design. Prerequisites: PLS 230 or instructor approval.

PLS 306 - Plant Propagation
Hours: 3
This course provides an introduction to sexual and asexual plant propagation. The student will learn the skills and techniques to successfully propagate plants from seeds and other vegetative structures. Prerequisites: PLS 1315 or PLS 1307.

PLS 309 - Soil Science
Hours: 3
Origin, formation, fertility and management of soils. Prerequisites: PlS 115 or 1415, and Chem 1405 or 1411.

PLS 320 - Soil Fert-Plant Nutrition
Hours: 3
Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition. Three semester hours. Elements required for plant nutrition and their effects on plant growth. Principles of uptake, transport and assimilation. Prerequisite: PLS 309.

PLS 321 - Soil Morphology Class/Map
Hours: 4
Soil Morphology Classification and Mapping. Four semester hours (3 lecture, 2 lab). A comprehensive study of the morphological features of the soil profile in relation to soil utilization and management. Emphasis will be given toward soil development, classification, and mapping.

PLS 323 - Field Crops
Hours: 3
Field Crops. Three semester hours (2 lecture, 2 lab). Principles of agronomic crop production practices. Major field crops and management techniques will be studied. Prerequisite: PlS 115

PLS 326 - Forage and Pasture Crops
Hours: 3
The production, harvesting, storage, and uses of forage crops, hay and pasture crops, improvements, care and management of pastures given special emphasis. Practice work includes identification of seeds and plants, judging of hay, and field and pasture observation. Prerequisites: PLS 115, PLS 309.

PLS 328 - Introduction to Range Management
Hours: 3
Principles of range management include plant identification, plant growth and nutrient cycling, range inventory (evaluation, condition, and improvement) and the effects of grazing.

PLS 329 - Soil Science Laboratory
Hours: 1
Atudents will explore laboratory techniques to determine soil physical and chemical properties that are related to plant growth. Prerequisites: PlS 115 or 1415, and Chem 1405 or 1411.

PLS 355 - Interior Plantscaping
Hours: 3
This course provides an introduction into interior plantscapes. The course will include identification, selection, installation, maintenance, and management of plants used in interior landscapes.

PLS 381 - Crop Physiology
Hours: 3
Physiological processes underlying crop management practices and their alternatives. Prerequisites: Chem 1407, PlS 115 or PLS 1415.

PLS 397 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-4

PLS 417 - Geospatial Mapping
Hours: 3
The course will provide basic knowledge of the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including GIS theory and applications. The course will take a hands-on and problem solving approach to learning GIS and will cover basic GIS including map characteristics and projections, spatial data models, relational databases, and spatial analysis with a focus on natural resource research and management and environmental science. Prerequisites: BSC 1407 or 1413.

PLS 420 - Crop Production Practicum
Hours: 3
Crop Production Practicum. Three semester hours (1 lecture, 4 lab). Study of crop production practices in this area by actually planting, growing, harvesting, and marketing a crop: (a) Wheat or Oats; (b) Corn; (c) Grain Sorghum; (d) Cotton. A report, including costs and returns, will be due upon completion of the project. Course may be repeated when subject varies, up to a maximum of 9 hours. Prerequisite: PlS 115.

PLS 430 - Greenhouse Management
Hours: 3
This course covers greenhouse structures and equipment needed for successful plant production in a greenhouse. The student will learn about greenhouse construction, production, and management as a business venture. Prerequisites: PLS 1315 or 1307.

PLS 434 - Weed Control
Hours: 3
An introduction to the principles of weeds, weed control, and herbicides.

PLS 450 - Landscape Management
Hours: 3
This course covers information related to the management of landscapes on residential and commercial properties. Topics will include items related to effective installation and maintenance of landscape properties, including financial and personnel aspects of managing a landscape business. Prerequisites: PLS 1315 or instructor approval.

PLS 455 - Turfgrass Management
Hours: 3
Establishment and maintenance of turfgrasses in lawns, sports fields, and golf courses. Course will include selection, planting, fertilization, maintenance, and pest and disease control.

PLS 460 - Plant Taxonomy
Hours: 3
A systematic overview of the plant kingdom focusing on classification and identification of unknown specimens.

PLS 485 - Plant Breeding
Hours: 3
Plant Breeding. Three semester hours. (2 lecture, 2 lab) An applied study of genetics, plant breeding techniques and varietal improvement of both agronomic and horticultural crops. Prerequisites: PlS 115 and 381.

PLS 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

PLS 490 - Independent Study
Hours: 3

PLS 491 - H Ind Honors Readings
Hours: 3

PLS 497 - Special Topics
Hours: 0-4
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

PLS 1107 - Introduction to Plant Science Lab
Hours: 1
(AGRI 1107) Course will provide students with hands-on exercises in the lab, greenhouse, and field. Students will grow agronomic and vegetable crops, separate plants into their morphological components, prepare and view cross sections of leaves and stems, alter light sources, test different soil fertility treatments, administer water stress and measure plant water relations, emasculate blooms, alter environmental conditions to promote flowering, quantify yield components, and examine genetic variability.

PLS 1115 - Introduction to Horticulture Laboratory
Hours: 1
(AGRI 1115) Introduction to the techniques and science for the growth and propagation of horticultural plants, including identification, propagation, fertilization, and pruning.

PLS 1307 - Introduction to Plant Science
Hours: 3
(AGRI 1307) An introduction to the principles of plant growth, general crop production, and ornamental and production horticulture.

PLS 1315 - Introduction to Horticulture
Hours: 3
(AGRI 1315) Introduction to the science and art of modern horticultural plant production and growth, including propagation, fertilization, pest control, and pruning; major groups of garden crops including vegetables, fruits and nuts, ornamentals, houseplants, and florist crops. crops; lab includes propagation and culture of garden plants in field and greenhouse.