Courses

Fall 2014 Course Offerings

2014-2015 Curriculum

HORT 110. Professional and Educational Development in Horticulture.

(1-0) Cr. 1. F. Intended for first-year students and others new to the horticulture curriculum. Introduction to professional and educational development within horticulture. Focus is on university and career acclimation.

HORT 112. Orientation to Learning and Productive Team Membership.

(Cross-listed with AER E, CON E, FS HN, NREM). (2-0) Cr. 2. F. Introduction to developing intentional learners and worthy team members. Learning as the foundation of human enterprise; intellectual curiosity; ethics as a personal responsibility; everyday leadership; effective team and community interactions including team learning and the effects on individuals; and growth through understanding self, demonstrating ownership of own learning, and internalizing commitment to helping others. Intentional mental processing as a means of enhancing learning. Interconnectedness of the individual, the community, and the world.

HORT 121. Home Horticulture.

(2-0) Cr. 2. F.S. Growing plants in and around the home including requirements for growing house plants; plant propagation; designing and maintaining flower, fruit, and vegetable gardens; lawn, tree, and shrub maintenance.

HORT 122. Hands-On Home Horticulture.

(1-0) Cr. 1. F.S. Demonstration and activities that illustrate principles of growing plants for the home garden. Topics include plant identification, propagation, selection, and management for indoor and outdoor gardens.

HORT 221. Principles of Horticulture Science.

(2-2) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Biol 211 or concurrent enrollment.Biological principles of growing horticultural crops including anatomy, reproduction, light, temperature, water, nutrition, and growth and development. Laboratory exercises emphasize environmental factors and permit detailed observation of plant growth.

HORT 240. Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines for Landscaping.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F. Identification of trees, shrubs, and woody vines. Factors influencing the horticultural use of woody plants. Field trips outside of regular class time may be required.

HORT 281. Landscape Graphics.

(0-4) Cr. 2. F. Introduction to computer and hand rendering techniques of landscape graphics. Students will gain proficiency in plan view and elevation graphics. Intensive studio and computer based instruction.

HORT 321. Horticulture Physiology.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: HORT 221 or BIOL 211. Principles of plant physiology relating to growth and development of horticultural plants including plant water relations, membrane transport, photosynthesis, photomorphogenesis, respiration, and phytohormones. Emphasis on plant’s responses to environmental factors (temperature, water, and light) including cellular and whole-plant physiology under stressful environments.

HORT 330. Herbaceous Ornamental Plants.

(2-2) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: HORT 221 or by permission of instructor. Identification, botanical characteristics, origins, propagation, uses and general culture of herbaceous annual and perennial plants for Midwestern gardens and landscapes.

HORT 331X. Hydroponic Food Crop Production.

(2-2) Cr. 3. F., Alternate, offered even-numbered years. Prereq: HORT 221 or AGRON 114 or 3 cr. in biological sciences. Principles and practices of hydroponic systems, crop production and culture, aquaponic systems, and new food crops for hydroponic systems will be discussed. Laboratories will focus on demonstration and participation in practices and procedures used in hydroponic food crop production.

HORT 338. Seed Science and Technology.

(Cross-listed with AGRON). (2-3) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: AGRON 114 or HORT 221, BIOL 211. Seed production, maturation, dormancy, vigor, deterioration, and related aspects of enhancement, conditioning, storage, and quality evaluation. Aspects of the seed industry and regulation of seed marketing.

HORT 342. Landscape Plant Installation, Establishment, and Maintenance.

(2-3) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Hort 240 or L A 221 or L A 222. Principles and practices involved with establishment and maintenance of managed landscapes. Laboratory work involves site evaluation, installation techniques, postplant care, and maintenance of established landscape plants.

HORT 351. Turfgrass Establishment and Management.

(Cross-listed with AGRON). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: HORT 221 or AGRON 114 or BIOL 211. Principles and practices of turfgrass propagation, establishment, and management. Specialized practices relative to professional lawn care, golf courses, athletic fields, highway roadsides, and seed and sod production. The biology and control of turfgrass pests.

HORT 351L. Turfgrass Establishment and Management Laboratory.

(Cross-listed with AGRON). (0-3) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in HORT 351. Those enrolled in the horticulture curriculum are required to take 351L in conjunction with 351 except by permission of the instructor.

HORT 354. Soils and Plant Growth.

(Cross-listed with AGRON). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: AGRON 154 and BIOL 101 or BIOL 211. Effects of chemical, physical, and biological properties of soils on plant growth, with emphasis on nutritive elements, pH, organic matter maintenance, and rooting development.

HORT 354L. Soils and Plant Growth Laboratory.

(Cross-listed with AGRON). (0-3) Cr. 1. F.S. Prereq: Agron or Hort major with credit or enrollment in AGRON 354. Laboratory exercises in soil testing that assess a soil’s ability to support nutritive requirements for plant growth.

HORT 391. Horticultural Management Experience.

Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: HORT 221 or permission of instructor. A structured work experience for the student to gain insight into management operations associated with production and management of horticultural crops. A report of 10 or more pages describing the student’s experience is required. One credit is given for each term the student is enrolled in the course. A maximum of two credits may be used toward the horticultural sciences course requirements, and two additional credits may be used toward the 128 credits required for graduation.

HORT 398. Cooperative Education.

Cr. R. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of department resource and career center coordinator
Students must register for this course before commencing each work period.

HORT 421. Introduction to Plant Breeding.

(Cross-listed with AGRON). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: GEN 320 or BIOL 313. Breeding methods used in the genetic improvement of self-pollinated, cross-pollinated and asexually reproducing agronomic and horticultural crops. Applications of biotechnology techniques in the development of improved cultivars.

HORT 422. Postharvest Technology.

(3-3) Cr. 4. Alt. F., offered even-numbered years. Prereq: HORT 221 and junior or senior classification.
Principles, methods, and techniques related to postharvest maintenance of quality of horticultural commodities. Emphasis on the effects of handling, storage facilities and techniques, and quality evaluation. Field trips outside scheduled class time required.

HORT 444. Landscape Construction Management.

(2-3) Cr. 3. F. Principles and practices of residential landscape construction. Encompasses business and project management, landscape estimating and overview of common landscape materials. Laboratory work involves construction project management and installation.

HORT 445. Horticulture Management and Administration.

(2-0) Cr. 2. F. Prereq: HORT 221 and junior or senior classification. In-depth presentation and discussion of skills and strategies needed to manage a horticultural enterprise. Topics include motivating employees, managing meetings, conducting performance appraisals, dealing with conflict, and managing an increasingly diverse work force.

HORT 453. Sports Turf Management.

(3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered even-numbered years. Prereq: HORT 351. Management techniques for today’s specialized athletic fields. The horticultural and budgetary aspects of football, soccer, baseball, and softball fields will be presented. Field trips and laboratory exercises will develop a practical understanding of actual principles in field development, construction, and management.

HORT 465C. Horticulture Enterprise Management: Marketing.

(Cross-listed with AGEDS). (1-6) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Econ 230, 6 credits of horticulture, and jr classification.
Participation in the management and operation of fruit and vegetable enterprises for local markets. Principles and practices of researching and developing a commercial horticulture enterprise market plan that could be used by a startup business and that will be linked directly to the operations and production associated with the Hort 465 class. Laboratory work includes completing the summer crop harvest, development of a horticulture marketing plan, high tunnel site preparation and planting, development of spring high tunnel crop protocols and all crop maintenance decisions and the record keeping for the fall high tunnel crop.

FOR 475. Urban Forestry.

(Cross-listed with FOR). (2-3) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Junior or senior classification, 3 credits in biology.
Discussion of establishment and management of woody perennials in community-owned urban greenspaces, consideration of urban site and soil characteristics, plant physiology, plant culture, urban forest valuation, inventory methods, species selection, and urban forest maintenance (health care and pest management).

HORT 481. Advanced Garden Composition.

(0-4) Cr. 2. F. Prereq: HORT 240 and HORT 330 and HORT 380 and HORT 381. Limited to Landscape Design Installation and Management option students. Development of residential landscapes using design principles and the design process. Projects encompass site analysis, concept development, preliminary design, final design, and graphic presentation techniques. Techniques will include hand and computer rendering.

HORT 484. Organic Agricultural Theory and Practice.

(Dual-listed with HORT 584). (Cross-listed with AGRON). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered even-numbered years. Prereq: 9 cr. in biological or physical sciences. Understanding of the historical origins and ecological theories underpinning the practices involved in organic agriculture. Interdisciplinary examination of crop and livestock production and socio-economic processes and policies in organic agriculture from researcher and producer perspectives.

HORT 490. Independent Study.

Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Junior or Senior classification in horticulture or permission of instructor
Investigation of topic holding special interest to the student. Comprehensive report required. Election of course and topic must be approved by department head. A maximum of 4 credits of Hort 490 and an additional 2 credits of 490 from outside Horticulture may be used toward the total of 128 credits required for graduation.

A. Greenhouse Crops.
B. Nursery Crops.
C. Turfgrass.
D. Fruit Crops.
E. Vegetable Crops.
F. Cross-Commodity.
G. Landscape Horticulture.
H. Honors.
I. International Study.
J. Entrepreneurship.

HORT 491. Seed Science Internship Experience.

(Cross-listed with AGRON). Cr. 1-2. Repeatable, maximum of 1 times. F.S.SS. Prereq: Agron 338, advanced approval and participation of employer and instructor
A professional work experience and creative project for seed science secondary majors. The project requires the prior approval and participation of the employer and instructor. The student must submit a written report.

HORT 494. Service Learning.

Cr. arr. Repeatable, maximum of 12 credits. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of instructor
Selected projects that result in outcomes benefiting a non-Iowa State University entity while instilling professional ethics and accomplishing student learning goals. Course expenses paid by student. A maximum of 4 credits of 494 may be used toward the Horticulture credits required for graduation.

A. International.
B. Domestic.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduates:

HORT 506. Crop Genetics.

(Cross-listed with AGRON) Cr. 3. F. Introduction to genetics of reproductive systems, recombination, segregation and linkage analysis, inbreeding, quantitative inheritance, fertility regulation, and polyploidy to prepare students for subsequent courses in crop improvement. Enrollment is restricted to off-campus MS in Plant Breeding students.

HORT 530. Research Orientation.

(1-3) Cr. 2. F. Instruction in scientific methods and communication skills.

HORT 542A. Introduction to Molecular Biology Techniques: DNA Techniques.

(Cross-listed with B M S, BBMB, EEOB, FS HN, GDCB, NREM, NUTRS, V MPM, VDPAM). Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Graduate classification. Includes genetic engineering procedures, sequencing, PCR, and genotyping. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

HORT 542C. Introduction to Molecular Biology Techniques: Cell Techniques.

(Cross-listed with B M S, BBMB, EEOB, FS HN, GDCB, NREM, NUTRS, V MPM, VDPAM). Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S. Prereq: Graduate classification. Includes immunophenotyping, ELISA, flow cytometry, microscopic techniques, image analysis, confocal, multiphoton and laser capture microdissection. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

HORT 542E. Introduction to Molecular Biology Techniques: Proteomics.

(Cross-listed with B M S, BBMB, EEOB, FS HN, GDCB, NREM, NUTRS, V MPM, VDPAM). Cr. 1. Repeatable. F. Prereq: Graduate classification. Includes two-dimensional electrophoresis, laser scanning, mass spectrometry, and database searching. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

HORT 542F. Introduction to Molecular Biology Techniques: Metabolomics.

(Cross-listed with B M S, BBMB, EEOB, FS HN, GDCB, NREM, NUTRS, V MPM, VDPAM). Cr. 1. Repeatable. F. Prereq: Graduate classification. Includes metabolomics and the techniques involved in metabolite profiling. For non-chemistry majoring students who are seeking analytical aspects into their biological research projects. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

HORT 584. Organic Agricultural Theory and Practice.

(Dual-listed with HORT 484). (Cross-listed with AGRON, SUSAG). (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered even-numbered years. Prereq: 9 cr. in biological or physical sciences. Delate. Understanding of the historical origins and ecological theories underpinning the practices involved in organic agriculture. Interdisciplinary examination of crop and livestock production and socio-economic processes and policies in organic agriculture from researcher and producer perspectives.

HORT 590. Special Topics.

Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: a major or minor in horticulture

HORT 599. Creative Component.

Cr. arr. Repeatable.

Courses for graduate students:

HORT 610. Graduate Seminar.

Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.
Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

HORT 696. Research Seminar.

(Cross-listed with AGRON, BBMB, FOR, GDCB, PLBIO). Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S. Research seminars by faculty and graduate students. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

HORT 699. Thesis and Dissertation Research.

A. Greenhouse Crops
B. Nursery Crops
C. Turfgrass
D. Fruit Crops
E. Vegetable Crops
F. Cross-Commodity
G. Landscape Horticulture
I. Biotechnology