ESS434 Environmental Soil Chemistry (3) Composition and chemical properties of soils and processes that govern fate and behavior of chemicals in the soil environment. Topics include: clay mineralogy; soil organic matter; mineral weathering and stability; aqueous speciation; surface chemistry; ion exchange, adsorption, and molecular retention; oxidation-reduction; and soil acidity, alkalinity, and salinity. (RE) Prerequisite(s): Chemistry 110 or Chemistry 350

ESS442 Soil Genesis and Classification (3) Soil genesis and formation; observing and describing morphology of agricultural and forest soils; chemical and physical properties, classification. Includes 3 weekend field trips. Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 210.

ESS462 Environmental Climatology (3) Study of global energy budget, past climates, climate variability, climate distribution, and climate change. Emphasis on global warming and its potential impacts on ecosystems, societies, and global sustainability. Students are required to use quantitative, computer, and problem-solving skills to analyze and report climate data for environmental planning. Recommended Background: Computer proficiency.

ESS481 Capstone in Env. & Soil Sciences (3) Integrative course in which students work individually and collaboratively to develop solutions for soil and water related environmental problems. Writing and oral communication emphasis course. Note that this course is no longer offered. If your catalog (2005-06 or earlier) calls for this course, please see your advisor. Prereq: Senior Standing.

ESS500 Thesis (1-1) Grading Restriction: P/NP only. Repeatability: May be repeated. Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science environmental and soil sciences major.

ESS502 Registration for Use of Facilities (3-1) Required for the student not otherwise registered during any semester when student uses university facilities and/or faculty time before degree is completed. Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only. Repeatability: May be repeated. Credit Restriction: May not be used toward degree requirements.

ESS503 Seminar (1) Presentations and discussions of current scientific material. (Same as Biosystems Engineering 503; Biosystems Engineering Technology 503.) Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 3 hours.

ESS511 Soil-Plant Nutrient Cycling in Managed Ecosystems (3) Principles of nutrient cycling and soil exchange processes affecting nutrient availability to plants; management of soil nutrients to optimize plant growth; environmental implications of nutrient management; effects of both traditional and non-traditional nutrient amendments; and constraints to measuring plant-available nutrients in the soil Recommended background: soil fertility course

ESS512 Pedology (3) Physical and chemical weathering processes, factors of soil formation, soil forming processes. Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab. Recommended Background: Soil genesis and classification.

ESS513 Advanced Soil Chemistry (3) Chemical properties and processes that operate in soil environment: thermodynamics of soil solutions and surface chemistry of soils, soluble complex formation, mineral solubility, electrochemical equilibria, geochemical modeling, ion exchange equilibria, surface functionality and reactivity, adsorption phenomena, and surface complexation modeling. Recommended Background: Soil chemistry.

ESS514 Methods of Soil Physical Analysis (3) Principles of water, gas, heat, and solute movement in soil/water systems; application of appropriate models for the description of these processes; methods for characterizing hydraulic and chemical transport properties of soil; applications of the science of soil physics to solution of contemporary problems in water conservation, prevention of surface/ground water contamination, and management of plant water status. Recommended Background: Soil physics.

ESS516 Soil Biology and Biochemistry (3) Soil organisms and their activities in soils: soil ecology, biogeochemical cycling of important elements, organic matter dynamics, and applications of agricultural and environmental biology and biochemistry. Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and one 3-hour lab. Recommended Background: General soils.

ESS544 Environmental Soil Physics (3) Basic understanding of soil physical properties and processes; influence of soil physical properties on water and chemical movement in soil; practical experience in the measurement and analysis of soil physical properties, water flow, and chemical movement in soil. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 210 and Physics 221. Credit Restriction: Students cannot receive credit for both 444 and 544

ESS554 Environmental Soil Biology (3) Biology and biochemistry of the soil environment as they apply to environmental and agricultural processes. Topics include the soil habitat, microbial ecology and diversity, biogeochemical cycling of nutrients, biodegradation, and research methodology to investigate soil microorganisms. (RE) Credit Restriction(s): Students cannot receive credit for both 454 and 554 (RE) Prerequisite(s): 210

ESS593 Special Problems in Plant and Soil Sciences (3) Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.

ESS600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (3-1) Grading Restriction: P/NP only. Repeatability: May be repeated. Registration Restriction(s): Doctor of Philosophy plants, soils, and insects major.

ESS601 Special Topics in Soil Science (3) Thermodynamics of soil solutions, clay structure and surface chemistry, soil mineralogy, plant mineral nutrition, soil microbiology, water movement and use by plants, soil structure, soil thermal properties, interaction in the soil-plant environment. Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours.

ESS603 Seminar (1) Presentations and discussion of current scientific material. (Same as Biosystems Engineering 603.) Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 3 hours.

ESS613 Advanced Topics in Soil Chemistry & Fertility (2) Topics of current significance; scientific literature. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 513.

ESS614 Advanced Topics in Soil Biology & Biochemistry (2) Topics of current significance; scientific literature. (RE) Prerequisite(s): 514.

ESS615 Advanced Topics in Soil Physics, Genesis, & Morphology (2) Topics of current significance; scientific literature.

IPS431 Physiology and Ecology in Agroecosystems (3) Plant physiology and ecology applied to crop production and management. Emphasis on plant physiology and ecology principles as they relate to crop production practices from seeding to harvesting and handling. Interaction of crops with their environment and sustainable agroecosystems. Prereq: 230. 2 hours lecture one 2-hour lab. F

IPS433 Agricultural Pesticides (3) Regulation of pesticide development, manufacture, transportation, marketing and use. Structure, use, mode of action, degradation and environmental impact of pesticides used in agriculture, forestry and related areas. Prereq: 1 year biological sciences and 1 semester chemistry. 2 hours and 1 lab. Sp

IPS434 Fruit and Vegetable Crops (3) Principles of production systems to counter environmental stresses and to increase productivity of warm and cool season vegetable crops, small fruit crops, and deciduous tree fruit crops. Storage of crops after harvest. Prereq: 230. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab. F

IPS435 Field and Forage Crops (3) Agronomic principles of crop production and management. Crop improvement, cropping systems, tillage, fertilization, pest management, harvest and utilization of major field and forage crops. Prereq: 230. 2 hours and 1 lab. Sp

IPS440 Advanced Turfgrass Management (4) Principles and scientific basis of turfgrass culture; adaptation, ecology, physiology, soil fertility, and grass nutrition; climatic influences on grass culture; physiology of clipping and water management; design, construction, and management of golf courses; physiological influences of pest infestation and control measures. Prereq: 340 or consent of Instructor. 3 hours and 1 lab. Sp

IPS453 Principles of Plant Breeding (3) Genetic principles and techniques used in crop improvement. A consideration of breeding methods for the various types of plant reproduction systems and their application. A discussion of heritability estimation, genetic advances through selection and the theory upon which breeding methods are based. Prereq: Plant Sciences and Landscape Systems 471 and Biology 240. 2 hours lecture and one 2-hour lab. S, A

PSLS435 TBD (3)

PSLS471 Statistics for Biological Research (3) Notation, descriptive statistics, probability, distributions, confidence intervals, student's t and chi-square tests, analysis of variance, mean separation procedures, linear regression and correlation. Prereq: Math 125 or equivalent. 3 hours and 1 rec. F

PSS434 (3)

PSS500 Thesis (1-1) P/NP only. E

PSS501 Seminar Preparation (1) Application of speaking, writing, and organizational skills in preparation and presentation of scientific material to both scientific and general audiences. Preparation of abstracts for scientific presentations. Required of all entering graduate students during their first year of graduate study. F

PSS503 Seminar (1) Presentations and discussion of current scientific material. May be repeated. Maximum 3 hrs. F, Sp

PSS507 Professional Development Seminar (1) (Same as Agriculture and Natural Resources 507, Animal Science 507, Biosystems Engineering 507, Biosystems Engineering Technology 507, Food Science and Technology 507, and Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design 507.) S/NC only. F

PSS509 Thesis Proposal Preparation (1) (Same as Agriculture and Natural Resources 509, Animal Science 509, Food Science and Technology 509, and Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design 509.) S/NC or letter grade. Sp

PSS512 Pedology (3) Physical and chemical weathering processes, factors of soil formation, soil forming processes. Prereq: 442 or consent of instructor. 2 hrs and 1 lab. SP, A

PSS513 Advanced Soil Chemistry (3) Chemical properties and processes that operate in soil environment: thermodynamics of soil solutions and surface chemistry of soils, soluble complex formation, mineral solubility, electrochemical equilibria, geochemical modeling, ion exchange equilibria, surface functionality and reactivity, adsorption phenomena, and surface complexation modeling. Prereq: 434 or consent of instructor. SP, A

PSS514 Advanced Soil Physics (3) Theory and mathematical modeling of flow and solute transport in saturated-unsaturated soil: geostatistical analysis of soil heterogeneity, stochastic properties of multi-scale pore processes, anisotropy, hysteresis. Analytical and numerical solution of flow and transport equations for unsaturated flow. Prereq: Calculus III, ESS 444 or concent of instructor. Sp, A

PSS516 Soil Biology and Biochemistry (3) Soil organisms and their activities in soils: soil ecology, bio-geochemical cycling of important elements, organic matter dynamics, and applications of agricultural and environmental biology and biochemistry. Prereq: Soil Science. 2 hrs and 1 3-hr lab. F, A

PSS593 Special Problems in Plant and Soil Science (1-3) May be repeated. Maximum 6 hrs. E

PSS601 Special Topics in Soil Science (1-3) Thermodynamics of soil solutions, clay structure and surface chemistry, soil mineralogy, plant mineral nutrition, soil microbiology, water movement and use by plants, soil structure, soil thermal properties, interaction in the soil-plant environment. May be repeated. Maximum 6 hrs. E

PSS613 Advanced Topics in Soil Chemistry and Fertility (2) Topics of current significance; scientific literature. Prereq: 513 or equivalent. Sp, A

PSS614 Advanced Topics in Soil Biology and Biochemistry (2) Topics of current significance; scientific literature. Prereq: 516 or equivalent. F,A

PSS615 Advanced Topics in Soil Physics, Genesis, and Morphology (2) Topics of current significance; scientific literature. Sp, A


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