4 credits. Letter grades only (no audit).
This course will explore the scientific principles and processes forming the foundation of plant-based systems that provide food, fiber, beverage, environmental enhancement, medicine and art. Students will learn the language of plants and growing systems including the complex interactions among climate, soil, and human manipulation to meet our needs and desires. This course will challenge the notions of sustainable, organic, GMOs and how plants solve environmental problems. We consider the science behind plant growth, health, performance and their interactions with the environment. Successful completion of this course will prepare students for more advanced courses in the Plant Sciences curriculum.
Explain, evaluate, and effectively interpret factual claims, theories and assumptions in the application of the plant sciences.
Integrate quantitative and qualitative information to reach defensible conclusions on applied plant science topics.
Communicate effectively through writing and speech about issues in the applied plant sciences.
Demonstrate the capability to work both independently and in cooperation with others.