Description

A degree in Plant and Landscape Systems aims to educate and develop professionals prepared to design and manage complex plant production, landscape, and soil management systems. Graduates will leverage an appreciation of nature; scientific knowledge and data; and teamwork, communication, and problemsolving skills to become leaders and change makers in agronomic, horticultural, landscape, and turfgrass systems in Nebraska and beyond.

Options

The Plant and Landscape Systems major will include a core to be completed by all students and four options to allow students to specialize in professional areas of interest. The four primary options are:

  1. Agronomy
  2. Horticulture
  3. Landscape Design and Management
  4. Turfgrass Science and Management

The core curriculum provides the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for success in any career pathway in Plant and Landscape Systems, including courses in plant and soil science, pest biology, systems thinking, technical communication, and career development. Students build on this foundation to pursue focused expertise through a required option. Additionally, students will complement their program of study with two additional areas of professional specialization provided through emphases and/or minors. There are no additional admission requirements beyond the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s core course and performance requirements. Students are assigned a faculty advisor after New Student  Enrollment.

The Agronomy Option provides specialization in managing field crop systems and includes foundational learning experiences in crop and soil management, plant genetics, and physiology. Graduates with an agronomy option will be wellprepared to pursue careers as agronomists, crop consultants and advisers, farm managers, soil conservationists, crop input suppliers/sales representatives, crop research technicians, and farming systems innovators and entrepreneurs.

The Horticulture Option will prepare students to manage specialty crops in field, landscape, greenhouse, and controlled environment systems. This option includes foundational knowledge in plant propagation and physiology, genetics, plant identification and selection, and specialty crop management. Graduates with a horticulture option will be ready for careers as hydroponic and urban agricultural growers; greenhouse or nursery crop managers; farm managers or consultants for vegetable, fruit, nut, herb, floral, or medicinal plants; research associates in field or greenhouse environments; suppliers and sales associates for specialty crop seeds and inputs; and plantbased innovators and entrepreneurs.

The Landscape Design and Management Option will prepare students to design landscapes and manage landscape plants that provide cultural, ecological, and production functions. Students will learn to identify plants and their functional benefits in the landscape, use those plants to design and communicate plans for transforming the landscape, and the technical knowledge to install and manage landscape plants using systems thinking. Students pursuing an option in landscape design and management may be interested in careers as a landscape designer or contractor; habitat restoration specialist; public gardens manager; landscaping business owner; and horticultural therapist.

The Turfgrass Science and Management Option will prepare students to manage turfgrass landscapes and businesses in the golf course, sports turf, sod, and lawn care industries. Students will apply knowledge of soils, turfgrass physiology and management, and pest management from this option to pursue careers as golf course superintendents, sports turf managers, lawn care specialists, and business owners. 
 

College Requirements

College Admission

Requirements for admission into the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) are consistent with general University admission requirements (one unit equals one high school year): 4 units of English, 4 units of mathematics, 3 units of natural sciences, 3 units of social sciences, and 2 units of world language. Students must also meet performance requirements: a 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average OR an ACT composite of 20 or higher, writing portion not required OR a score of 1040 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading and Math sections OR rank in the top one-half of graduating class; transfer students must have a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average and 2.0 on the most recent term of attendance.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students who are admitted to CASNR with core course deficiencies must remove these deficiencies within the first 30 credit hours at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, or within the first calendar year at Nebraska, whichever takes longer, excluding foreign languages. Students have up to 60 credit hours to remove world language deficiencies. College-level coursework taken to remove deficiencies may be used to meet degree requirements in CASNR.

Deficiencies in the required entrance subjects can be removed by the completion of specified courses in the University or by correspondence.

The Office of Admissions, Alexander Building (south entrance), City Campus, provides information to new students on how deficiencies can be removed.

College Degree Requirements

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum requirements of the College consist of three areas: ACE (Achievement-Centered Education), College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Core, and Degree Program requirements and electives. All three areas of the College Curriculum Requirements are incorporated within the description of the Major/Degree Program sections of the catalog. The individual major/degree program listings of classes ensures that a student will meet the minimum curriculum requirements of the College.

World Languages/Language Requirement

Two units of a world language are required. This requirement is usually met with two years of high school language.

Experiential Learning

All undergraduates in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources must take an Experiential Learning (EL) designated course.  This may include 0-credit courses designed to document co-curricular activities recognized as Experiential Learning.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

The College grants the bachelors degree in programs associated with agricultural sciences, natural resources, and related programs. Students working toward a degree must earn at least 120 semester hours of credit. A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation. Some degree programs have a higher cumulative grade point average required for graduation. Please check the degree program on its graduation cumulative grade point average.

Grade Rules

Removal of C-, D, and F Grades

Only the most recent letter grade received in a given course will be used in computing a student’s cumulative grade point average if the student has completed the course more than once and previously received a grade or grades below C in that course.

The previous grade (or grades) will not be used in the computation of the cumulative grade point average, but it will remain a part of the academic record and will appear on any transcript.

A student can remove from his/her cumulative average a course grade of C-, D+, D, D-, or F if the student repeats the same course at the University of Nebraska and receives a grade other than P (pass), I (incomplete), N (no pass), W (withdrew), or NR (no report). If a course is no longer being offered, it is not eligible for the revised grade point average computation process.

For complete procedures and regulations, see the Office of the University Registrar website at http://www.unl.edu/regrec/course-repeats.

Pass/No Pass

Students in CASNR may take any course offered on a Pass/No Pass basis within the 24-hour limitation established by the Faculty Senate. However, a department may specify that the Pass/No Pass status of its courses be limited to non-majors or may choose to offer some courses for letter grades only.

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation. Some degree programs have a higher cumulative grade point average required for graduation. Please check the degree program on its graduation cumulative grade point average.

Transfer Credit Rules

To be considered for admission, a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must submit either ACT or SAT scores.

Ordinarily, credits earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them. Sixty (60) is the maximum number of hours the University will accept on transfer from a two-year college. Ninety (90) is the maximum number of hours the University will accept from a four-year college. Transfer credit in the degree program must be approved by the degree program advisor on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major. At least 9 hours in the major field, including the capstone course, must be completed at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The College will accept no more than 10 semester hours of C-, D+, D, and D- grades from other schools. The C-, D+, D, and D- grades can only be applied to free electives. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Joint Academic Transfer Programs

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has agreements with many institutions to support joint academic programs. The transfer programs include dual degree programs and cooperative degree programs. Dual degree programs offer students the opportunity to receive a degree from a participating institution and also to complete requirements for a bachelor of science degree in CASNR. Cooperative programs result in a single degree from either the University of Nebraska–Lincoln or the cooperating institution.

Dual Degree Programs

A to B Programs

The A to B Program, a joint academic program offered by the CASNR and participating community colleges, allows students to complete the first two years of a degree program at the participating community college and continue their education and study in a degree program leading toward a bachelor of science degree.

The A to B Program provides a basic knowledge plus specialized coursework. Students transfer into CASNR with junior standing.

Depending on the community college, students enrolled in the A to B Program may complete the requirements for an associate of science at the community college, transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and work toward a bachelor of science degree.
 

Participating community colleges include:

  • Central Community College
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Mid-Plains Community College
  • Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
  • Nebraska Indian Community College
  • Northeast Community College
  • Southeast Community College
  • Western Nebraska Community College

3+2 Programs

Two specialized degree programs in animal science and veterinary science are offered jointly with an accredited college or school of veterinary medicine. These two programs permit CASNR animal science or veterinary science students to receive a bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a degree in animal science or veterinary science after successfully completing two years of the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine at an accredited veterinary school. Students who successfully complete the 3+2 Program, must provide transcripts and complete the Application for Degree form via MyRED. Students without MyRED access may apply for graduation in person at Husker Hub in the Canfield Administration Building, or by mail. Students should discuss these degree programs with their academic advisor.

Cooperative Degree Programs

Academic credit from the University and a cooperating institution are applied towards a four-year degree from either the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (University degree-granting program) or the cooperating institution (non University degree-granting program). All have approved programs of study.

UNL Degree-Granting Programs

A University of Nebraska–Lincoln degree-granting program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a two-year program of study at one of the four-year institutions listed below, transfer to CASNR, and complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree.
 

Chadron State College. Chadron State College offers a 2+2 program leading to a grassland ecology and management degree program and a transfer program leading to a bachelor of science in agricultural education in the teaching option.

Wayne State College. Wayne State College offers a 3+1 program leading to a bachelor of science in plant biology in the ecology and management option and a 3+1 program leading to a bachelor of science in Applied Science.

University of Nebraska at Kearney. Transfer programs are available for students pursuing degree programs leading to a bachelor of science degree.

University of Nebraska at Omaha. Transfer programs are available for students pursuing degree programs leading to a bachelor of science degree.

Non University of Nebraska–Lincoln Degree-Granting Programs

CASNR cooperates with other institutions to provide coursework that is applied towards a degree at the cooperating institution. Pre-professional programs offered by CASNR allow students to complete the first two or three years of a degree program at the University prior to transferring and completing a degree at the cooperating institution.
 

Chadron State College–Range Science. The 3+1 Program in range science allows Chadron State College students to pursue a range science degree through Chadron State College. Students complete three years of coursework at Chadron State College and one year of specialized range science coursework (32 credit hours) at CASNR.

Dordt College (Iowa)–Agricultural Education: Teaching Option. This program allows students to pursue an Agricultural Education Teaching Option degree leading toward a bachelor of science in agricultural education. Students at Dordt College will complete 90 credit hours in the Agricultural Education: Teaching Option Transfer Program.

Residency

Students must complete at least 30 of the total hours for their degree using University of Nebraska–Lincoln credits. At least 18 of the 30 credit hours must be in courses offered through CASNR1 (>299) including the appropriate ACE 10 degree requirement or an approved ACE 10 substitution offered through another Nebraska college and excluding independent study regardless of the number of hours transferred. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. University of Nebraska–Lincoln open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.

Online and Distance Education

There are many opportunities to earn college credit online through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Some of these credits may be applicable not only as elective credits but also toward the fulfillment of the College’s education requirements. Credits earned online may count toward residency. However, certain offerings may not be counted toward scholarship requirements or academic recognition criteria.

For further information, contact:

Office of Online and Distance Education
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
305 Brace Labs
Lincoln, NE 68588-0109
402-472-4681
http://online.unl.edu/

Independent Study Rules

Students wishing to take part in independent studies must obtain permission; complete and sign a contract form; and furnish copies of the contract to the instructor, advisor, departmental office, and the Dean’s Office. The contract should be completed before registration. Forms are available in 103 Agricultural Hall or online at the CASNR website.

Independent study projects include research, literature review or extension of coursework under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.

Students may only count 12 hours of independent study toward their degrees and no more than 6 hours can be counted during their last 36 hours earned, excluding senior thesis, internships, and courses taught under an independent study number.

Other College Degree Requirements

Capstone Course Requirement

A capstone course is required for each CASNR degree program. A capstone course is defined as a course in which students are required to integrate diverse bodies of knowledge to solve a problem or formulate a policy of societal importance.

ACE Requirements

All students must fulfill the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at ace.unl.edu.

The minimum requirements of CASNR reflect the common core of courses that apply to students pursuing degrees in the college. Students should work with an advisor to satisfy ACE outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 10 with the college requirements.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln or when they were first admitted to a Joint Academic Transfer Program. Students transferring from a community college, but without admission to a Joint Academic Transfer Program, may be eligible to fulfill the requirements as stated in the catalog for an academic year in which they were enrolled at the community college prior to attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This decision should be made in consultation with academic advisors, provided the student a) was enrolled in a community college during the catalog year they are utilizing, b) maintained continuous enrollment at the previous institution for 1 academic year or more, and c) continued enrollment at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln within 1 calendar year from their last term at the previous institution. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of plant and landscape systems will be able to:

  1. Recognize, describe, and assess the value of nature.
  2. Manage complex plant and soil systems which provide services for people and the planet.
  3. Apply science and technology knowledge to problem solving.
  4. Use diverse methods to generate, visualize, and communicate data that reveals truths and
    guides decision making.
  5. Demonstrate effective communication to engage a target audience based on available
    information.
  6. Lead and contribute to teams to amplify success in problem solving

Major Requirements

The following basic courses are required for a bachelor of science degree in plant and landscape systems. In addition, students must select and meet the requirements of one of the options, depending upon their particular interests and vocational goals. Courses with an '*' indicates that at least one additional course not found in the core or option requirements is required as a prerequisite.

College Integrative Course and ACE 8
SCIL 101Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Plant and Landscape Systems Integrative Course
PLAS 100Plants, Landscapes, & the Environment3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Communications
Written Communication (ACE 1)
Select one of the following:3
Writing and Inquiry
Writing and Argument
Writing and Communities
Basic Business Communication
Technical Communication I
Technical Communication II
Oral Communication (ACE 2)
Select one of the following:3
Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
Communication in the 21st Century
Public Speaking
Communicating in Small Groups
Visual Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Technical Communication II
Sales Communication
Visual Communication with Animation
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Mathematics
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Trigonometry
Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Introduction to Statistics
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Economics, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Select one of the following: 13
Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture
Economic Essentials and Issues
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Technical Data Communication
PLAS 230Technical Reporting in Plant and Landscape Systems3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Natural Sciences
PLAS 131Plant Science3
PLAS 153Soil Resources4
PLAS 278Botany4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 11
Career Experience 2
PLAS 102Internship and Career Preparation0
PLAS 295Internship1-3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 1
Pest Biology
ENTO 105Natural History of Arthropods Associated with Plants2
PLPT 210Plant Pathogens and Disease2
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
ACE Requirement
Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, and 99
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Total Credit Hours49

Agronomy Option

Agronomy Requirements
PLAS 132Agronomic Plant Science Laboratory1
CHEM 105A
CHEM 105L
Chemistry in Context I
and Chemistry in Context I Laboratory
4
or CHEM 109A
CHEM 109L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
PLAS 204Resource-Efficient Crop Management3
PLAS 215Genetics4
PLAS 325Introductory Plant Physiology4
PLAS 366Soil Nutrient Relationships4
PLAS 395AInternship in Agronomy1-3
Crop and Soil Management
Select 9 hours from the following:9
Forage Crop and Pasture Management
Principles of Soil Management
Invasive Plants
Site-specific Crop Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 30
Capstone Course (ACE 10)
Select one of the following:3
Scientific Writing and Communication
Crop Management Strategies
Livestock Management on Range and Pasture
Water Quality Strategy
Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Emphases and Minors
Complete two emphases, one emphasis and one minor, or two minors (minimally one must be in CASNR) for a minimum of 24 credit hours. Completion of a second major will account for 12 credits of this requirement. Courses used in agronomy option cannot be used in an emphasis area. Students majoring in Plant and Landscape Systems cannot complete minors in agronomy, horticulture, landscape design and management, or turfgrass science and management. Students interested in these areas of study (outside of their option) should pursue relevant emphases.24
Free Electives14
Credit Hours Subtotal: 38
Total Credit Hours71

Horticulture Option

Horticulture Requirements
CHEM 105A
CHEM 105L
Chemistry in Context I
and Chemistry in Context I Laboratory
4
or CHEM 109A
CHEM 109L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
PLAS 133Horticultural Plant Science Laboratory1
PLAS 215Genetics4
PLAS 221Plant Propagation3
PLAS 352Production and Physiology of Horticultural Crops2
PLAS 395BInternship in Horticulture1-3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Identification and Production
Select at least 11 hours from the Identification and Production courses.11
Identification
Select at least 6 hours from the following:
Dendrology: Study and Identification of Trees and Shrubs
Woody Plants for Landscapes: Identification, Management, and Use
Cultivars and Varieties of Woody Plants for Landscapes
Herbaceous Landscape Plants
Production
Select at least 2 hours from the following:
Greenhouse Practices and Management
Hydroponics for Growing Populations
Vegetable Crop Production Laboratory
Fruit Production Laboratory
Perennial, Pot and Bedding Plant Production Laboratory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 11
Science or Ecology
Select 4 hours from the following courses:4
Introductory Plant Physiology
Plant Anatomy
Chemistry in Context II
and Chemistry in Context II Laboratory
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Principles of Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory
Capstone Course (ACE 10)3
Scientific Writing and Communication
Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
Critical Thinking in Landscape Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7
Emphases and Minors
Complete two emphases, one emphasis and one minor, or two minors (minimally one must be in CASNR) for a minimum of 24 credit hours. Completion of a second major will account for 12 credits of this requirement. Courses used in agronomy option cannot be used in an emphasis area. Students majoring in Plant and Landscape Systems cannot complete minors in agronomy, horticulture, landscape design and management, or turfgrass science and management. Students interested in these areas of study (outside of their option) should pursue relevant emphases.24
Free Electives14
Credit Hours Subtotal: 38
Total Credit Hours71

 
Landscape Design & Management Option

Landscape Design & Management Requirements
CHEM 105A
CHEM 105L
Chemistry in Context I
and Chemistry in Context I Laboratory
4
or CHEM 109A
CHEM 109L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
or MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences
PLAS 133Horticultural Plant Science Laboratory1
PLAS 212Woody Plants for Landscapes: Identification, Management, and Use3
or NRES 201 Dendrology: Study and Identification of Trees and Shrubs
PLAS 213Cultivars and Varieties of Woody Plants for Landscapes3
PLAS 214Herbaceous Landscape Plants3
PLAS 228Introduction to Landscape Management3
PLAS 265Visual Communication for Landscape Design3
PLAS 267Introduction to Landscape Design Studio3
PLAS 395LInternship in Landscape Design and Management1-3
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Landscape Construction
Landscape Solutions
Planting Design
Capstone Course (ACE 10)3-4
Ecological Landscape Design
Critical Thinking in Landscape Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 30
Emphases and Minors
Complete two emphases, one emphasis and one minor, or two minors (minimally one must be in CASNR) for a minimum of 24 credit hours. Completion of a second major will account for 12 credits of this requirement. Courses used in agronomy option cannot be used in an emphasis area. Students majoring in Plant and Landscape Systems cannot complete minors in agronomy, horticulture, landscape design and management, or turfgrass science and management. Students interested in these areas of study (outside of their option) should pursue relevant emphases.24
Free Electives15-17
Credit Hours Subtotal: 41
Total Credit Hours71

Turfgrass Science & Management Option

Turfgrass Science & Management Requirements
PLAS 132Agronomic Plant Science Laboratory1
or PLAS 133 Horticultural Plant Science Laboratory
PLAS 325Introductory Plant Physiology4
CHEM 105A
CHEM 105L
Chemistry in Context I
and Chemistry in Context I Laboratory
4
or CHEM 109A
CHEM 109L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
PLAS 227Introductory Turfgrass Management3
PLAS 229Introductory Turfgrass Management Laboratory1
PLAS 327Turfgrass Science and Management3
PLAS 395TInternship in Turfgrass Science and Management1-3
Select at least 7 hours from the following:7
Study Tours in US Agriculture (turf focused)
Crop and Weed Genetics (*)
Club Management (*)
Introduction to Geospatial Technologies
Special Topics in Turfgrass Science and Management
Internship in Turfgrass Science and Management
Soil Management
Select one of the following:3-4
Principles of Soil Management
Soil Nutrient Relationships
Urban Soil Properties and Management
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy (*)
Applied Soil Physics
Credit Hours Subtotal: 27
Capstone Course (ACE 10)
PLAS 427Turfgrass Systems Management3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Emphases and Minors
Complete two emphases, one emphasis and one minor, or two minors (minimally one must be in CASNR) for a minimum of 24 credit hours. Completion of a second major will account for 12 credits of this requirement. Courses used in agronomy option cannot be used in an emphasis area. Students majoring in Plant and Landscape Systems cannot complete minors in agronomy, horticulture, landscape design and management, or turfgrass science and management. Students interested in these areas of study (outside of their option) should pursue relevant emphases.24
Free Electives16-17
Credit Hours Subtotal: 41
Total Credit Hours71

Emphasis Areas

Urban Food Systems

The Urban Food Systems emphasis offers a multidisciplinary exploration of urban agriculture and local food systems. Courses in specialty crop production, urban soils, food science and nutrition, and entrepreneurship will prepare students to manage or consult with urban farms and food system stakeholders.

*SOIL 455 requires CHEM 110A& CHEM 110L and CHEM 221A & CHEM 221L or CHEM 251.

Urban Food Systems Emphasis Requirements
Production
Choose at least 3 credits from the following:3
Greenhouse Practices and Management
Hydroponics for Growing Populations
Vegetable Crop Production Laboratory
Fruit Production Laboratory
Soils
Choose 3 credits from the following:3
Urban Soil Properties and Management
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy (*)
Food
Choose 2-3 credits from the following:2-3
Introductory Food Science
The Science of Food
Human Nutrition and Metabolism
Food Safety and Sanitation
Marketing, Business, or Entrepreneurship
Choose at least 3 credits from the following:3
Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing
Business Systems in Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
Total Credit Hours12

Natural Resources Conservation

The Natural Resources Conservation emphasis prepares students for careers in soil, water, and landscape conservation. These professionals could be experts in providing technical and conservation planning assistance related to agricultural operations and environmental conservation. Emphasis completion meets the minimum requirements for the current federal occupational requirements in positions in soil and/or natural resources conservation or management. To meet the occupational requirements, the SOIL subject codes on cross-listed courses is required.

*NRES 451 requires SOIL 361. SOIL 361 requires a second semester of chemistry, either CHEM 106A & CHEM 106L or CHEM 110A & CHEM 110L. SOIL 354 requires physics, MSYM 109 , PHYS 141 or PHYS 151. SOIL 455 requires CHEM 110A & CHEM 110L and CHEM 221A & CHEM 221L or CHEM 251.

Natural Resources Conservation Emphasis Requirements 1,2
SOIL 279Soil Evaluation2
PLAS 245Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management3
or PLAS 425 Cover Crops in Agroecosystems
WATS 281Introduction to Water Science3
Choose 4 credits from the following:4
North American Wildland Plants
Great Plains Ecosystem
Wildland Plants
Soils, Water, and Environmental Chemistry (*)
Principles of Soil Management
Soil Conservation and Watershed Management (*)
Soils, Environment and Water Quality (*)
Soil Nutrient Relationships
Advanced Soil Evaluation
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy (*)
Soil Microbial Ecology
Applied Soil Physics
Great Plains Field Pedology
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12

Flowers

The Flowers emphasis will prepare students for careers in the floral industry including growing and managing floral crops and designing and marketing floral arrangements and ornamental plants.

Flowers Emphasis Requirements
PLAS 261Floral Design I (ACE 7, can count in PLAS Core and in the emphasis.)3
Identification, Production, and Design
Choose 9 credits from the following:9
Herbaceous Landscape Plants
Floral Design II
Greenhouse Practices and Management
Perennial, Pot and Bedding Plant Production Laboratory
Business Systems in Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12

Water for Food

The Water for Food emphasis provides an opportunity for specialization in water quality and management leading to careers working in landscapes with high ground water vulnerability and in irrigated plant production systems.

*SOIL 361 requires a second semester of chemistry, either CHEM 106A & CHEM 106L or CHEM 110A & CHEM 110L. PLAS 452 and SOIL 354 require physics, MSYM 109, PHYS 141, or PHYS 151.

Water for Food Emphasis Requirements
Choose 12 hours from the following:12
Water in Society (ACE 8)
Introduction to Water Science
Soils, Environment and Water Quality
Irrigation Systems Management
Soil Conservation and Watershed Management (*)
Water Quality Strategy
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12


Agronomic Crop Production

For students completing the Agronomy option, the Agronomic Plant Production emphasis provides advanced coursework in crop and soil management and prepares students for careers as agronomists, seed and input sales representatives, crop advisors, and farm managers. Students completing this emphasis from outside of the Agronomy option will benefit from foundational knowledge in agronomic crop and soil fertility management.

PLAS 452 requires physics (MSYM 109, PHYS 141 or PHYS 151). 

*indicates that at least one additional course is required as a prerequisite. 

**taught only in the summer

Agronomic Crop Production Emphasis Requirements
PLAS 204Resource-Efficient Crop Management3
SOIL 269Principles of Soil Management3-4
or PLAS 366 Soil Nutrient Relationships
PLAS 405Crop Management Strategies3
Choose 3-12 credits from3-12
Forage Crop and Pasture Management
Principles of Soil Management
Soil Nutrient Relationships
Crop Management Strategies
Cover Crops in Agroecosystems
Invasive Plants
Site-specific Crop Management
Agroecology
Agroecosystems Analysis (**)
Organic Farming and Food Systems
Irrigation Systems Management (*)
Independent Study (Crops Judging)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12-13
Total Credit Hours12-13


Specialty Crop Production

For students completing the Horticulture option, the Specialty Crop Production emphasis provides advanced coursework with a focus on pest and fertility management in field and controlled environment specialty crop systems. This emphasis leads to careers in farm management, greenhouse and hydroponic production, seed and input sales, and crop consulting. Students completing this emphasis from outside of the Horticulture option will benefit from foundational knowledge in specialty crop propagation and production.

Specialty Crop Production Emphasis Requirements
PLAS 221Plant Propagation3
PLAS 352Production and Physiology of Horticultural Crops2
Choose 7-12 credits from:7-12
Greenhouse Practices and Management
Hydroponics for Growing Populations (ACE 9, can count in PLAS Core and in the emphasis.)
Edible Landscapes (ACE 9, can count in PLAS Core and in the emphasis.)
Vegetable Crop Production Laboratory
Fruit Production Laboratory
Perennial, Pot and Bedding Plant Production Laboratory
Soil Nutrient Relationships
Cover Crops in Agroecosystems
Invasive Plants
Cannabis Growth, Production and Breeding Basics
Vines, Wines and You
Management of Horticultural Crop Insects
Introductory Plant Pathology
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12

Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology

The Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology emphasis prepares students for careers in the seed industry. These professionals could be experts in generating and evaluating new varieties in the field or conducting DNA-based analysis in the lab.

*BIOS 425 requiresBIOS 206. BIOS 206 can be subbed for PLAS 215. BIOS 206 requiresLIFE 120 & LIFE 120L and LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L. BIOS 471 requiresLIFE 121 & LIFE 121L. Contact your advisor as soon as you know you have an interest in this emphasis.

Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology Emphasis Requirements
PLAS 215Genetics (Required, but does not count toward 12 credits if completed in an option.)4
or BIOS 206 General Genetics
Choose 8-12 credits from:8-12
Internship in Agronomy
Internship in Horticulture
Internship in Landscape Design and Management
Internship in Turfgrass Science and Management
Case studies in plant breeding: Breeding for Disease Resistance
Case Studies in plant breeding: Transgenic strategies for disease resistance
Crop Genetic Engineering
Crop and Weed Genetics
Bioinformatics Applications in Agriculture
Plant Biotechnology (*)
Plant Biotechnology Applications
Plant Systematics (*)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12


Soil Science

The Soil Science emphasis prepares students for careers as a soil scientist, agronomist, or crop advisor. These professionals may enjoy careers as a soil conservationist, in a soil testing laboratory, or consulting with farmers about soil management.

*PLAS 455 requires CHEM 110A & CHEM 110L and CHEM 221A & CHEM 221L or CHEM 251. NRES 451 requires SOIL 361. SOIL 361 requires a second semester of chemistry, eitherCHEM 106A & CHEM 106L or CHEM 110A & CHEM 110L and NRES 281.

Soil Science Emphasis Requirements
Choose 12 credits from the following:12
Principles of Soil Management
Soil Evaluation
Soil Nutrient Relationships
Advanced Soil Evaluation (Soil Judging Team; can be taken multiple semesters.)
Urban Soil Properties and Management
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy (*)
Soil Microbial Ecology
Applied Soil Physics
Great Plains Field Pedology
Independent Study
Independent Study (Soil Microbiology Lab)
Soils, Water, and Environmental Chemistry (*)
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12


Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship emphasis focuses on opportunities to create a unique path that fulfills your career purpose. This emphasis will allow you to explore the mindset and process of becoming an entrepreneur. These skills are critical to compete in the 21st century workplace as well as preparing for business ownership.

Entrepreneurship Emphasis Requirements
Entrepreneurship
Choose 5-6 credits from the following:5-6
Introductory Seminar on Opportunities in Entrepreneurship
Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Finance
Family Business
Business Systems in Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
Accounting
ACCT 200Accounting for Business Decisions3
or ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I
Marketing, Finance, and Supply Chain Management
Choose 3-6 credits from the following:3-6
Personal Finance
Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing
Sales Communication (ACE 2, can count in PLAS Core and in the emphasis.)
Human Resource Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12


Turfgrass Science and Management

The Turfgrass Science and Management emphasis is targeted toward students who desire additional turfgrass science knowledge to support their professional goals. These goals could be to expand seed, chemical and fertilizer sales and management services to turfgrass systems. Students in the Turfgrass Science and Management option cannot pursue this emphasis.

Turfgrass Science and Management Emphasis Requirements
PLAS 227Introductory Turfgrass Management3
PLAS 327Turfgrass Science and Management3
PLAS 427Turfgrass Systems Management3
Choose 3 credits from the following:3
Study Tours in US Agriculture (turf tour)
Introductory Turfgrass Management Laboratory
Special Topics in Turfgrass Science and Management
Internship in Turfgrass Science and Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12

Plant Science Research

The Plant Science Research emphasis is designed for students interested in pursuing M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in agronomy, horticulture, or turfgrass science. Coursework in physics, math, and chemistry provides broad expertise in the life sciences, and fulfills graduate admission requirements at most research universities – including the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Plant Science Research Emphasis Requirements
Research experience for at least one internship
MATH 104 or MATH 106 from Core
PHYS 141Elementary General Physics I4-5
or PHYS 151 Elements of Physics
or MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences
CHEM 110A
CHEM 110L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
Choose 4 credits from the following:4
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Calculus II
Elementary General Physics II
Introductory Plant Physiology
Plant Anatomy
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12

 Plant Protection

The Plant Protection emphasis prepares students for careers in the plant protection industry with advanced coursework in weed science, entomology, plant pathology, and wildlife management. These professionals may enjoy careers as crop scouts and advisors, agronomists and horticulturists, chemical sales representatives, custom applicators, and farm and greenhouse managers.

Plant Protection Emphasis Requirements
PLAS 426Invasive Plants (Cannot be used in both the agronomy option and this emphasis; select another course in the agronomy ‘select from’ option list or a second course from the lists below.)3
PLPT 369Introductory Plant Pathology3
Choose 3 credits from the following:3
Insect Biology
Management of Field Crop Insects
Management of Horticultural Crop Insects
Choose 3 credits from the following:3
Insect Identification
Introductory Plant Pathology Lab
Biological Invaders
Corn Diseases
Wildlife Damage Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12

 Sustainable Landscape Management

Students completing the Sustainable Landscape Management emphasis will benefit from foundational knowledge in landscape management. For students in the Landscape Design and Management option who select the design capstone (PLAS 469), you will need to select four of five classes from PLAS 227, PLAS 300, PLAS 319, PLAS 326 and PLAS 470. This emphasis may lead to careers in management of public parks, arboreta and gardens, zoos, city and state properties, corporate landscapes, and private residences.

Sustainable Landscape Management Emphasis Requirements
Choose 3 credits from the following if not already completed in an option:3
Woody Plants for Landscapes: Identification, Management, and Use
Cultivars and Varieties of Woody Plants for Landscapes
Herbaceous Landscape Plants
Dendrology: Study and Identification of Trees and Shrubs
Choose 9 credits from the following:9
Introductory Turfgrass Management
Introduction to Landscape Management
Introduction to Landscape Construction
Edible Landscapes (ACE 9, can count in PLAS Core and in the emphasis.)
Landscape Solutions
Critical Thinking in Landscape Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12

 Ecological Landscape Design

Students completing the Ecological Landscape Design emphasis will benefit from foundational knowledge in plant and landscape design. For students in the Landscape Design and Management option who selected the landscape management capstone (PLAS 470), the Ecological Landscape Design emphasis provides advanced knowledge in landscape design. You will need to take PLAS 319, PLAS 469, and two courses from PLAS 300, PLAS 467, and PLAS 326 that are not taken in the option.

Ecological Landscape Design Emphasis Requirements
Choose 3 credits from the following if not already completed in an option:3
Woody Plants for Landscapes: Identification, Management, and Use
Cultivars and Varieties of Woody Plants for Landscapes
Herbaceous Landscape Plants
Dendrology: Study and Identification of Trees and Shrubs
Choose 9 credits from the following:9
Visual Communication for Landscape Design
Introduction to Landscape Design Studio
Introduction to Landscape Construction
Edible Landscapes (ACE 9, can count in PLAS Core and in the emphasis.)
Planting Design
Ecological Landscape Design
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours12

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

Agronomy Minor

Students in the Plant and Landscape Systems major are not eligible for this minor. Instead those students should pursue the agronomy option or the agronomic crop production emphasis within the major. All other students are eligible to pursue this minor.

A minor in agronomy consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours, including at least 6 hours at the 300 level or above. A total of no more than 3 hours of credit in PLAS 395A Internship in Agronomy, PLAS 496 Independent Study, or PLAS 498 Senior Project may be applied to the minor.
 

Core Courses
PLAS 131Plant Science3
PLAS 132Agronomic Plant Science Laboratory 11
or PLAS 278 Botany
PLAS 153Soil Resources4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Additional Courses
Select 3-4 hours from the following: 23-4
Resource-Efficient Crop Management
Botany
Forage Crop and Pasture Management
Principles of Soil Management
Select 6-7 credits, 6 credits of which must be at the 300-level or above. It is recommended, but not required, to select courses within one focus area. 6-7
Agronomic Crop Production
Range Management and Improvement
Soil Nutrient Relationships
Crop Management Strategies
Cover Crops in Agroecosystems
Invasive Plants
Site-specific Crop Management
Agroecosystems Analysis
Organic Farming and Food Systems
Livestock Management on Range and Pasture
Plant Breeding and Genetics
Case studies in plant breeding: Breeding for Disease Resistance
Case Studies in plant breeding: Transgenic strategies for disease resistance
Crop Genetic Engineering
Crop and Weed Genetics
Bioinformatics Applications in Agriculture
Agroecology
Cover Crops in Agroecosystems
Agroecology
Agroecosystems Analysis
Organic Farming and Food Systems
Great Plains Ecosystem
Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment
Urbanization of Rural Landscapes
Soil Science
Soil Nutrient Relationships
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy
Soil Microbial Ecology
Applied Soil Physics
Soils, Environment and Water Quality
Great Plains Field Pedology
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Total Credit Hours18

Horticulture Minor

Students in the Plant and Landscape Systems major are not eligible for this minor. Instead those students should pursue the horticulture option or one of the horticulture emphasis areas within the major. All other students are eligible to pursue this minor. A minor in horticulture consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours, including at least 6 hours at the 300 level or above. A total of no more than 3 hours of credit in PLAS 395B Internship in Horticulture, PLAS 391B Special Topics in Horticulture, or PLAS 399 Independent Study may be applied to the minor.
 

Core Courses
PLAS 131Plant Science3
PLAS 133Horticultural Plant Science Laboratory 11
PLAS 212Woody Plants for Landscapes: Identification, Management, and Use3
PLAS 221Plant Propagation3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Additional Courses
Select 8 hours, 6 of which must be at the 300-level or above. It is recommended, but not required, to select courses within one focus area. 8
Horticulture Knowledge
Plants, Landscapes, & the Environment
Soil Resources 2
Introductory Plant Physiology
Landscape and Environmental Appreciation
Controlled Growing Environments
Greenhouse Practices and Management
Hydroponics for Growing Populations
Production and Physiology of Horticultural Crops
Perennial, Pot and Bedding Plant Production Laboratory
Nursery Crop Production
Floral Design and Management
Floral Design I
Floral Design II
Greenhouse Practices and Management
Perennial, Pot and Bedding Plant Production Laboratory
Nursery Crop Production
Urban Food Systems
Greenhouse Practices and Management
Hydroponics for Growing Populations
Edible Landscapes
Vegetable Crop Production Laboratory
Fruit Production Laboratory
Organic Farming and Food Systems
Vines, Wines and You
Plant Identification and Systematics
North American Wildland Plants
Dendrology: Study and Identification of Trees and Shrubs
Woody Plants for Landscapes: Identification, Management, and Use
Cultivars and Varieties of Woody Plants for Landscapes
Herbaceous Landscape Plants
Edible Landscapes
Invasive Plants
Wildland Plants
Plant Systematics
Crop Production
Hydroponics for Growing Populations
Production and Physiology of Horticultural Crops
Vegetable Crop Production Laboratory
Fruit Production Laboratory
Perennial, Pot and Bedding Plant Production Laboratory
Nursery Crop Production
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
Total Credit Hours18

Turfgrass Science and Management Minor

Students in the Plant and Landscape Systems major are not eligible for this minor.  Instead those students should pursue the turfgrass science and management option or the turfgrass science and management emphasis area within the major. All other students are eligible to pursue this minor. A minor in turfgrass science management consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours, including at least 6 hours at the 300 level or above. A total of no more than 3 hours of credit in PLAS 395T or PLAS 391T may be applied to the minor.

Core Courses
PLAS 131Plant Science3
PLAS 227Introductory Turfgrass Management3
PLAS 229Introductory Turfgrass Management Laboratory1
PLAS 327Turfgrass Science and Management3
PLAS 395TInternship in Turfgrass Science and Management1-3
or PLAS 391T Special Topics in Turfgrass Science and Management
Additional Courses
Select 7 hours from the following:7
Soil Resources
Study Tours in US Agriculture
Internship in Turfgrass Science and Management
Special Topics in Turfgrass Science and Management
Turfgrass Systems Management
Urban Soil Properties and Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18
Total Credit Hours18

Landscape Design and Management Minor

Students in the Plant and Landscape Systems major are not eligible for this minor. Instead those students should pursue the landscape design and management option or emphasis area within the major. All other students are eligible to pursue this minor.  A minor in landscape design and management consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours. A total of no more than 3 hours of credit in PLAS 395T Internship in Turfgrass Science and Management may be applied to the minor.

Core Courses
PLAS 100Plants, Landscapes, & the Environment3
or PLAS 131 Plant Science
PLAS 265Visual Communication for Landscape Design3
PLAS 228Introduction to Landscape Management3
Additional Courses
Select 9 hours from the following:9
Landscape and Environmental Appreciation
Woody Plants for Landscapes: Identification, Management, and Use
Cultivars and Varieties of Woody Plants for Landscapes
Herbaceous Landscape Plants
Introductory Turfgrass Management
Introduction to Landscape Design Studio
Introduction to Landscape Construction
Edible Landscapes
Landscape Solutions
Internship in Landscape Design and Management
Urban Soil Properties and Management
Planting Design
Ecological Landscape Design
Critical Thinking in Landscape Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18
Total Credit Hours18
PLAS100
Plants, Landscapes, & the Environment

Description: Introduction to a diverse range of plant and landscape systems and management strategies for balancing economic and environmental sustainability. Foundational principles of plant biology, landscape ecology, and environmental science explored within the context of these systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

PLAS102
Internship and Career Preparation

Description: Group and individual activities to help formulate career goals, improve academic success skills, identify beneficial co-curricular activities, and select appropriate internships.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS107
Invasive Plant Species: Impacts on EcosystemsCrosslisted with NRES 107

Online only

Description: The flora of the earth is constantly being re-distributed by natural and human forces. As plant species change locations, they affect ecosystems, but how? In this course, students will learn how invasive plants establish and spread in ecosystems and develop an understanding of their impacts on ecosystems from local to global scales.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:FALL/SPR
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

PLAS127
Survey of Turfgrass and Landscape Management

Description: Introduction to careers, internships and co-curricular activities in turfgrass and landscape management.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS131
Plant Science

Description: The biology of plants grown for food, feed, fuel, fiber and fun! Starting with natural and managed ecosystems and their interactions, the course then introduces how plants obtain and manage water and nutrients before giving a big picture view of carbon assimilation, metabolism and storage in terms of plant productivity and growth in variable environments. The way plants respond to endogenous and applied growth regulators as well as genetic signals is described, before considering the role of genetics in plant pest interactions and management.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR
Course and Laboratory Fee:$5
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 4 Science

PLAS132
Agronomic Plant Science Laboratory

Prerequisites: PLAS 131 or parallel

Description: Growth, development, morphology and staging of annual and perennial monocot and dicot plants produced for grain, forage and grazing. Evaluation of seed, grain and forage quality for plants of agronomic importance.

This course is a prerequisite for: ENTO 308; PLAS 306; PLAS 307

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Course and Laboratory Fee:$10

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS133
Horticultural Plant Science Laboratory

Prerequisites: PLAS 131 or parallel

Description: Horticulture plant morphology, physiology, cell anatomy and plant growth are explored through application of practices used in industry. Emphasis on intensive production systems appropriate to specialty and greenhouse grown horticultural plants

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 306; PLAS 307

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS134
Plant Sciences Laboratory

Prerequisites: Prior or concurrent enrollment in PLAS 131 required.

Open to all majors and minors, except Agronomy or Horticulture.

Description: An exploration of plant morphology, physiology, and maturation with an emphasis on environmental, biotic, and human interactions within production and landscape systems. Not open to Agronomy or Horticulture majors or minors.

This course is a prerequisite for: ENTO 308; PLAS 306; PLAS 307

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded
Course and Laboratory Fee:$20

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS153
Soil ResourcesCrosslisted with SOIL 153

Description: Investigation into the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils, in relation to their appropriate uses, protection, and vital roles or functions in broader plant-soil systems. Apply exercises such as discussion, evidence-based writing, assessment, planning, problem-solving, and presentations in relation to principles and practices involving all aspects of soils.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR
Course and Laboratory Fee:$5

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

PLAS170
Residential Landscape Design

Description: Introductory course in home landscaping focusing on basic design elements and processes. Students prepare a program, analyze a dwelling and site, determine a phased budget, conceptualize a layout, and select detailed elements and techniques to implement a design for an actual residence.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

PLAS200
Landscape and Environmental AppreciationCrosslisted with GEOG 200, LARC 200

Description: Values and processes in human landscapes and natural environments. Concepts and tools to understand the context of local and global environments and significant historical landscapes. Landscape as an indicator of aesthetic quality, design principles and processes as integrators of humans and nature, and the garden as a model for creating sustainable landscapes.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 7 Arts ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 7 Arts ACE 9 Global/Diversity

PLAS201
Dendrology: Study and Identification of Trees and ShrubsCrosslisted with NRES 201, LARC 201

Description: An introduction to the naming, identification, and natural history of woody trees and shrubs in North American with emphasis on trees common to Nebraska. Covers morphology, natural site conditions, wildlife and human uses of woody trees and shrubs.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS204
Resource-Efficient Crop Management

Prerequisites: PLAS 131 and PLAS/SOIL 153

Description: The integration of crop and soil science, plant breeding, climatology and integrated pest management disciplines to develop and evaluate crop management strategies that make the most efficient use of natural resources such as solar radiation, water, and soil, as well as other external inputs utilized for field crop management.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 431, PLAS 431, MSYM 431; PLAS 395A; PLAS 405

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS212
Woody Plants for Landscapes: Identification, Management, and UseCrosslisted with NRES 212, LARC 212

Description: Identification, basic management and design uses of trees and shrubs for sustainable landscapes, with an emphasis on native plants and plants adapted to the Plains states. Emphasis is on live specimens in outdoor environments, supported by online resources.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS213
Cultivars and Varieties of Woody Plants for LandscapesCrosslisted with NRES 213, LARC 213

Description: Characteristics of commercially available trees and shrubs used in urban landscapes. Compares differences among cultivars, design uses, and management issues using a combination of live specimens in outdoor environments and online resources.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS214
Herbaceous Landscape PlantsCrosslisted with NRES 214

Description: Identification of herbaceous plants with ornamental value in the landscape including native and introduced annuals, perennials, grasses and cultivars. Typical ecological associations, environmental tolerances and/or intolerance, cultural requirements, and design characteristics.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS215
Genetics

Prerequisites: 3 hrs biological sciences.

Description: Discovery of the biology of genes and the application of genetics principles to understand the control and inheritance of traits in families and populations. Focus is on animals and plants that are important in medicine, agriculture and nature. Learning emphasis is problem solving via online, instant feedback assessments, group discussion, experimental data analysis and context-based exams.

This course is a prerequisite for: ASCI 330; ASCI 486; PLPT 418, PLPT 818, MBIO 418

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Course and Laboratory Fee:$20

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

PLAS216
Plant Breeding Principles and Practice

Prerequisites: High school biology and chemistry. BIOS 101 and 101L or 102 or equivalent recommended.

Description: Plant breeding theory and technique. Application of genetic principles to plant improvement. Experience with breeding agronomic and horticultural plant species to illustrate plant mating systems and breeding principles.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

PLAS221
Plant Propagation

Prerequisites: PLAS 131

Recommend PLAS 278 taken previously or concurrently

Description: Practice different methods of plant propagation and explore the effects of environmental management on propagation success using the scientific method.

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 395B

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING
Course and Laboratory Fee:$35

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS227
Introductory Turfgrass Management

Prerequisites: PLAS 131 or PLAS 278 or either concurrently.

Description: Introduction to turfgrasses, their management and use, and to the turfgrass industry.

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 327; PLAS 395T

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS228
Introduction to Landscape Management

Prerequisites: PLAS 131 or PLAS 278 or either concurrently.

Description: An overview of landscape systems for human intent. Includes seasonal and materials-specific BMPs for assessment, soil work, irrigation, plants and hardscapes, pests and diseases, using a combination of site visits, collaborations, and applied case studies.

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 395L; PLAS 470

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS229
Introductory Turfgrass Management Laboratory

Description: Laboratory covering turfgrass identification and management.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL
Course and Laboratory Fee:$40

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS230
Technical Reporting in Plant and Landscape Systems

This course is intended for first or second year students.

Description: Learn introductory data science skills necessary to collect, manage, and analyze data. Gain the necessary skills to interpret and effectively communicate information derived from data.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS240
Forage Crop and Pasture ManagementCrosslisted with RNGE 240, GRAS 240

Prerequisites: PLAS 131 or BIOS 101 or LIFE 120

Description: Principles basic to the establishment, management, and utilization of forage crops and pastures. Plant identification and selection, seeding, fertilization, irrigation, forage quality and utilization, hay and silage preservation, and grazing management. The role of forages and ranges in developing a sustainable agriculture.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS242
North American Wildland PlantsCrosslisted with RNGE 242, GRAS 242

Prerequisites: Permission.

PLAS/RNGE 240 recommended.

Description: Identification and description of two-hundred important wildland plants of North America. Characteristics of these plants evaluated in terms of management implications.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS245
Introduction to Grassland Ecology and ManagementCrosslisted with NRES 245

Prerequisites: PLAS 153

Description: Grassland ecology and management is relevant to students with education and career goals in managing natural resources in Nebraska and the Great Plains. About 50% of the land area in Nebraska is classified as grassland (or rangeland) and is the land type with the most opportunity for enhancing biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Applying ecological principles and social values to managing rangeland resources, students will develop a knowledge and appreciation for the various grassland management uses and techniques available to resource managers.

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 340, RNGE 340, GRAS 340

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS261
Floral Design I

Description: Principles, interpretation, and emotional responses of floral design. Explored and practical experience in all aspects of flower arranging. Includes floral product identification, care, handling, marketing and critiquing of floral designs.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR
ACE Outcomes: ACE 7 Arts

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 7 Arts

PLAS262
Floral Design II

Prerequisites: PLAS 261

Description: Advanced styles of floral design, foliage plant care and retail shop layout, as well as practical business knowledge in managing a small business. Topics include personnel, advertising, sales and floral marketing.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING
Course and Laboratory Fee:$100

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS265
Visual Communication for Landscape Design

Description: Graphic and oral presentation techniques for landscape design. Introduction to use of various media and technologies, including hand graphics and computer programs.

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 267

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL
Course and Laboratory Fee:$10

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS267
Introduction to Landscape Design Studio

Prerequisites: PLAS 265

Individual and team projects, in-class exercises and presentations. Includes site visits to urban landscapes.

Description: Process and elements used to design sustainable residential and small urban landscapes.

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 300; PLAS 301; PLAS 395L

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING
Groups:Techniques
Course and Laboratory Fee:$15

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS269
Principles of Soil ManagementCrosslisted with SOIL 269

Prerequisites: PLAS 153

Description: Current state-of-knowledge of soil and water management; impacts of water and wind erosion on soil productivity, and nutrient dynamics; soil management in response to the increased climate variability; improved management practices such as conservation tillage (i.e., no-till), cropping systems, cover crops, crop residue management, perennial systems, water management and irrigation; nutrient cycling; and soil quality and health.

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 395A; PLAS 405

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS270
Biological InvadersCrosslisted with NRES 270, PLPT 270

Prerequisites: 3 hrs biological sciences.

Description: Impact of exotic species and invasive organisms: agricultural and medical emerging disease; predicting biological invasions; biological control; regulatory, monitoring, and control efforts; ecological impact.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS275
Agribusiness Entrepreneurial FinanceCrosslisted with AECN 275, EAEP 275, ENTR 275

Description: Overview of financial issues for agribusiness start-ups. Business funding specific to new enterprises. Case studies on financial practices for start-up firms.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS278
Botany

Prerequisites: BIOS 101 or LIFE 120 or PLAS 131

Description: Introduction to the plant kingdom and to plants as biological organisms; structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs with emphasis on seed plants; the important processes and concepts of life cycles, evolution, and physiology.

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 227; PLAS 228

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING
Course and Laboratory Fee:$40

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

PLAS279
Soil EvaluationCrosslisted with NRES 279, SOIL 279

PLAS/SOIL 153 - Soil Resources recommended, but not required. This course includes an inter-collegiate Soil Judging contest that takes place in the North Central region of the United States during the course of the class, or a course-based undergraduate research experience.

Description: Apply fundamental knowledge to the description of soils in the field. Application of techniques employed in writing descriptions of soil morphology and in classifying and interpreting soils.

This course is a prerequisite for: NRES 379, PLAS 379, SOIL 379

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL
Course and Laboratory Fee:$40

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

PLAS291
Special Topics in Plant and Landscape Systems

Prerequisites: Permission.

Requires advanced permission before registering for the course.

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:12
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PLAS295
InternshipCrosslisted with RNGE 295, SOIL 295

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and completion of an internship contract. The internship contract is subject to approval by the department. Internships completed without a signed contract may not qualify for credit.

Pass/No Pass only; requires advanced permission before registering for the course.

Description: Professional experience in a plant, landscape or soil interest area. Experience may be with a business, government agency, organization, or a university research, extension, or teaching program.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Pass No Pass
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PLAS300
Introduction to Landscape Construction

Prerequisites: PLAS 267 or concurrent

Description: Materials, systems, and methods for constructing sustainable residential and small urban landscapes. Includes site grading, hardscapes, irrigation, lighting, ponds and water features, using a combination of guest speakers, site visits and online resources.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING
Course and Laboratory Fee:$15

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS301
Introduction to Landscape Contracting

Prerequisites: PLAS 267 and PLAS 388 or concurrent

Offered Spring of even years and alternate with PLAS 300.

Description: Overview of the landscape contracting business and administration of contracts, cost estimation and bidding.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:SPRING
Groups:Techniques

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS302
Tree BiologyCrosslisted with NRES 302

Prerequisites: BIOS 101 or LIFE 120 or PLAS 131

Description: The study of the structure and function of woody plants, with a focus on trees growing in temperate climates. Covers the basics of wood physiology in terms of the biological, physical, and chemical processes utilized by tree to function. The anatomy and morphology of trees with a focus on the impacts of tree maintenance to the structure and function of landscape trees.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS306
Greenhouse Practices and Management

Prerequisites: PLAS 132 or PLAS 133 or PLAS 134 or LIFE 120

Description: Principles and practices involved in the development, operation and use of greenhouses and other protected plant growth environments.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS307
Hydroponics for Growing Populations

Prerequisites: PLAS 132 or PLAS 134 or PLAS 133 or LIFE 120

Description: Globally diverse peoples are explored through culture, diets, food production systems, and environment with emphasis on the application of hydroponic plant production systems to address food needs that are culturally conscious. Hydroponic methodologies are investigated and prototypes are designed, built, and tested for proof of concept.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:FALL/SPR
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

PLAS319
Edible Landscapes

Prerequisites: Junior Standing or permission

Description: Identification, environmental requirements, and sustainable care and management of herbaceous perennial and woody plants with both edible and aesthetic landscape value. Historical and human cultural ties or ethnobotanical traditions associated with the plants will be utilized for appropriate plant selection and use.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

PLAS321
Arboriculture: Maintenance & Selection of Landscape TreesCrosslisted with NRES 321

Prerequisites: Junior standing

Description: Covers practical application of the science of tree growth, development, and management in human dominated landscapes. Tree selection for varying landscapes and objectives, proper planting and pruning, identification and correction of tree defects, and working with tree pest issues.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING
Groups:Laboratory and Field Training

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

PLAS325
Introductory Plant Physiology

Prerequisites: PLAS 131 or LIFE 120

Description: Introduction to physiological and developmental processes in plants. Topics include plant-water relations, photosynthesis, carbon metabolism and source-sink translocation, light responses, hormonal regulation during growth, development and environmental stresses such as drought, heat, salinity, flooding stress among others. Emphasizes the development of a broader knowledge of how crops respond to abiotic factors associated with changing climate through conceptual integration of physiological and molecular processes. Science communication skills and teamwork experience are developed through oral presentations and poster sessions.

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 441, AGRO 841, HORT 841, RNGE 441, GRAS 441

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

PLAS326
Landscape Solutions

Description: Using processes and problem-solving approach to identify and analyze common landscape management situations in commercial, public, and residential landscapes. Integrate design, environment, function, pest and disease, and existing management practices to produce recommendations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS327
Turfgrass Science and Management

Prerequisites: PLAS/SOIL 153; CHEM 105A and 105L or CHEM 109A and 109L; and PLAS 227

Description: Scientific principles of turf species adaptation, turf and/or soil relationships, establishment, fertility, mowing, irrigation, and pest control of turf species.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS330
Pruning Ornamentals

Description: Why, when and how to prune ornamental landscape plants. Demonstrations and field opportunities on how to choose and how to use pruning tools correctly.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS340
Range Management and ImprovementCrosslisted with RNGE 340, GRAS 340

Prerequisites: PLAS 240 or NRES 245

Description: The principles of range management within the ecosystem framework. Range improvement practices and grazing systems; plant control using biological, chemical and mechanical factors; prescribed burning; range seeding; range fertilization; and the integration of range with other forage resources.

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 445, AGRO 845, ASCI 451, ASCI 851, RNGE 445, GRAS 445

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS352
Production and Physiology of Horticultural Crops

Prerequisites: PLAS 131

PLAS 353 or PLAS 354 or PLAS 355 parallel enrollment suggested

Description: The physiological principles underlying the management and production of floricultural, fruit, vegetable and specialty crops.

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 395B

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

PLAS353
Vegetable Crop Production Laboratory

Prerequisites: PLAS 131

PLAS 133, PLAS 221, and PLAS 352 recommended.

Description: Vegetable crop production principles and practices, both locally and from a global perspective. Experience with seeding, transplant production, and growing of vegetables in field and greenhouse.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL
Course and Laboratory Fee:$40

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

PLAS354
Fruit Production Laboratory

Prerequisites: PLAS 131

PLAS 133, PLAS 221, and PLAS 352 recommended.

Description: Fruit crop production principles and practices, both locally and from a global perspective. Experience with planting, pruning and layout of orchard, vineyard and small fruit crops, greenhouse propagation, and production practices.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL
Course and Laboratory Fee:$40

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

PLAS355
Perennial, Pot and Bedding Plant Production Laboratory

Prerequisites: PLAS 131

PLAS 133, PLAS 221, and PLAS 352 recommended.

Description: Growing conditions of specific perennial, annual, pot plants, cut flowers. How to schedule and cost account plant production. Care of post-production plants. Experience propagating and growing perennial, pot and bedding plants and cut flowers in the greenhouse.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL
Course and Laboratory Fee:$30

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

PLAS361
Soils, Environment and Water QualityCrosslisted with GEOL 361, NRES 361, SOIL 361, WATS 361

Prerequisites: PLAS/SOIL 153; MATH 102 or 103; two semesters chemistry (CHEM 105A and 105L, CHEM 106A and 106L, CHEM 109A and 109L, CHEM 110A and 110L) and WATS/GEOG/NRES 281

Description: Chemical and physical processes that influence the fate and transport of contaminants (inorganic, organic, microbial) in soil-water environments. Extent, fate, mitigation and impact of various sources of pollution. Remedial technologies used for environmental restoration of contaminated environments.

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 458, AGRO 858, NRES 458, NRES 858, SOIL 458

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS362
Nursery Crop Production

Prerequisites: PLAS 131

PLAS 133, 221, and PLAS 352 recommended.

Description: Principles underlying the production of nursery crops. Propagation, crop scheduling, transplanting, handling, and transportation of nursery crops. Cultural considerations such as media, fertilizers, irrigation, and pest control.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

PLAS366
Soil Nutrient RelationshipsCrosslisted with SOIL 366

Prerequisites: PLAS 153

Description: Explores nutrient behaviors in soil and factors affecting nutrient management. Students work on developing fertilizer plans for complex plant production systems that follow the right place, right amount, right source, right time philosophy and ensure production of healthy and nutritious plants, improve profits and enterprise sustainability, fulfill legal requirements, and protect soil and water quality.

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 405

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

PLAS375
Innovations for AgricultureCrosslisted with AGRI 375, EAEP 375

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior class standing.

Description: Explore sustainability challenges in plant and animal agricultural systems, assess current solutions, and identify opportunities for innovation. Research, develop, prototype, test, and pitch an innovative product, service, or technology for agriculture.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS379
Advanced Soil EvaluationCrosslisted with NRES 379, SOIL 379

Prerequisites: PLAS/NRES/SOIL 279

This course includes a national- or regional-level inter-collegiate Soil Judging contest that takes place during the course of the class.

Description: Apply fundamental knowledge and improve field techniques to the description and interpretation of soils in the field. Application of techniques employed in writing descriptions of soil morphology and in classifying and interpreting soils.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS388
Business Systems in EntrepreneurshipCrosslisted with ENTR 388, EAEP 388, ABUS 388

Description: Introductory models for a startup business. Ideation, customer segments, value proposition, minimal viable product and market fit.

This course is a prerequisite for: PLAS 301

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS391A
Special Topics in Agronomy

Prerequisites: Permission.

Requires advanced permission before registering for the course.

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:12
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PLAS391B
Special Topics in Horticulture

Prerequisites: Permission.

Requires advanced permission before registering for the course.

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:12
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PLAS391L
Special Topics in Landscape Design and Management

Prerequisites: Permission.

Requires advanced permission before registering for the course

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:12
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PLAS391T
Special Topics in Turfgrass Science and Management

Prerequisites: Permission

Requires advanced permission before registering for the course

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:12
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PLAS395A
Internship in Agronomy

Prerequisites: Junior standing; PLAS 204 or 240 or 269; and completion of an internship contract. Internships completed without a signed contract not may qualify for credit.

Pass/No Pass only; requires advanced permission before registering for the course.

Description: Advanced internship in an agronomic enterprise. Must be a business, government agency, organization or university research, teaching, or extension program in which the student does not have previous internship credit.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Pass No Pass
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PLAS395B
Internship in Horticulture

Prerequisites: Junior Standing; PLAS 221 or PLAS 352 and completion of an internship contract. Internships completed without a signed contract may not qualify for credit

Pass/No Pass only; requires advanced permission before registering for the course.

Description: Advanced internship experience in a horticulture enterprise. Must be a business, government agency, organization or university research, teaching, or extension program in which the student does not have previous internship credit.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Pass No Pass
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PLAS395L
Internship in Landscape Design and Management

Prerequisites: Junior standing; PLAS 228 or PLAS 267; and completion of an internship contract. Internships completed without a signed contract not may qualify for credit.

Pass/No Pass only; requires advanced permission before registering for the course.

Description: Advanced professional experience in a landscape design and/or management enterprise. Experience must be with a business, government agency, organization, or a university research, extension, or teaching program in which the student does not have previous internship credit.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Pass No Pass
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PLAS395T
Internship in Turfgrass Science and Management

Prerequisites: Junior standing; PLAS 227 and completion of an internship contract. Internships completed without a signed contract may not qualify for credit.

Pass/No Pass only; requires advanced permission before registering for the course.

Description: Advanced internship experience in a turfgrass enterprise. Must be a business, government agency, organization, or university research, teaching or extension program in which the student does not have previous internship credit.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Pass No Pass
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PLAS399
Independent Study

Prerequisites: Junior standing; 12 hrs plant science; and permission.

Requires advance approval of plan of work and is to be under the supervision and evaluation of a Horticulture departmental faculty member. Oral and written reports are mandatory at the completion of this Independent Study.

Description: Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:12
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-5

ACE:

PLAS403
Scientific Writing and CommunicationCrosslisted with AGRO 803, HORT 803

Prerequisites: Senior standing or higher, an ACE 1 written communication course, an ACE 2 oral communication course, and permission of instructor.

Description: Reading and critiquing, writing, and presenting scientific information. Use research data to compose a manuscript in standard scientific format, and prepare and present a poster to a general audience. Ethical issues in research and writing.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

PLAS405
Crop Management Strategies

Prerequisites: Senior standing; PLAS 204, PLAS/SOIL 269 or PLAS/SOIL 366; and permission.

JGEN 200 and/or JGEN 300, and AECN 201 recommended; a pre-semester trip is required.

Description: Application, expansion, and integration of principles from agricultural, economic and social sciences into systems-level the development and management of cropping systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL
Course and Laboratory Fee:$60
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

PLAS406
Plant Ecophysiology: Theory and PracticeCrosslisted with AGRO 806, HORT 806, NRES 406, NRES 806

Prerequisites: Junior standing; 4 hrs ecology; and 4 hrs botany or plant physiology.

Description: Principles of plant physiology which underlie the relationship between plants and their physical, chemical and biotic environments. An introduction to the ecological niche, limiting factors and adaptation. An overview of the seed germination and ecology, plant and soil water relations, nutrients, plant energy budgets, photosynthesis, carbon balance and plant-animal interactions. An introduction to various field equipment used in ecophysiological studies.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

PLAS407
Bio-Atmospheric InstrumentationCrosslisted with GEOG 469, METR 469, MSYM 469, NRES 469, AGRO 869, GEOG 869, HORT 807, METR 869, MSYM 869, NRES 869

Prerequisites: Junior standing; MATH 106; 4 hrs physics; physical or biological science major.

Description: Discussion and practical application of principles and practices of measuring meteorological and related variables near the earth's surface including temperature, humidity, precipitation, pressure, radiation and wind. Performance characteristics of sensors and modern data collection methods are discussed and evaluated.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS408
Microclimate: The Biological EnvironmentCrosslisted with GEOG 408, METR 408, NRES 408, WATS 408, AGRO 808, GEOG 808, HORT 808, METR 808, NRES 808

Prerequisites: Junior standing, MATH 106 or equivalent, 5 hrs physics, major in any of the physical or biological sciences or engineering.

Description: Physical factors that create the biological environment. Radiation and energy balances of earth's surfaces, terrestrial and marine. Temperature, humidity, and wind regimes near the surface. Control of the physical environment through irrigation, windbreaks, frost protection, manipulation of light, and radiation. Applications to air pollution research. Instruments for measuring environmental conditions and remote sensing of the environment.

This course is a prerequisite for: BSEN 954, NRES 954

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS409A
Case studies in plant breeding: Breeding for Disease ResistanceCrosslisted with AGRO 809A, HORT 809A

A previous class in genetics is highly recommended.

Description: The application of fundamental genetics principles in inheritance, gene mapping and DNA analysis to decision making by plant breeders with the goal of improving disease resistance in crop cultivars. Learning is structured by the genetics discovery story told in published research articles and the thinking process of plant breeders who will use these discoveries in their work.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS409B
Case Studies in plant breeding: Transgenic strategies for disease resistanceCrosslisted with AGRO 809B, HORT 809B

Description: The application of basic science and technology by plant genetic engineering experts with the goal of teaming with plant breeders to improve disease resistance in crop cultivars. Learning is structured by the genetics discovery story told in published research articles and the thinking process of genetic engineers and plant breeders who will use these discoveries in their work.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS411
Crop Genetic EngineeringCrosslisted with AGRO 811

A previous class in genetics is highly recommended.

Description: Basic steps required to produce genetically engineered crops, genetic engineering procedures used to develop current crops and innovations that will lead to future products, genetic engineering process and predicting how changes in different steps of the process influence the final crop, and application of genetic engineering technology to plan the development of new genetically engineered crops.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

PLAS412
Crop and Weed GeneticsCrosslisted with AGRO 812

A previous class in Genetics is highly recommended.

Description: Application of classical and molecular genetic principles to the explanation of variation observed in plant families and populations. Interpretation of information gathered from whole plant trait observation and from molecular analysis. Relationships between crops and weeds. Examples from genetic studies on both crop and weed species are the basis of course.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

PLAS414
Turfgrass Disease ManagementCrosslisted with AGRO 814, HORT 814, PLPT 414, PLPT 814, TLMT 814

Prerequisites: BIOS/PLPT 369 or one semester of introductory plant pathology.

Description: Pathogens, epidemiology, and control of diseases specific to turfgrass.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS418
Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable AgricultureCrosslisted with HORT 818, NRES 417, NRES 817

Prerequisites: 12 hours biological or agricultural sciences.

Description: The roles of woody plants in sustainable agricultural systems of temperate regions. Emphasis on the ecological and economic benefits of trees and shrubs in the agricultural landscape. Topics include: habitat diversity and biological control; shelterbelts structure, function, benefits and design; intercropping systems; silvopastoral systems; riparian systems; and production of timber and specialty crops. Comparison of temperate agroforestry systems to those of tropical areas.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS419
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural ResourcesCrosslisted with GEOG 419, GEOL 419, NRES 420, AGRO 819, GEOG 819, GEOL 819, NRES 820

GEOG 418/NRES 418 recommended

Description: Introduction to the practical uses of remote electromagnetic sensing in dealing with agricultural and water-resources issues.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Course and Laboratory Fee:$35

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

PLAS420
Bioinformatics Applications in AgricultureCrosslisted with AGRO 820

Prerequisites: PLAS 215 or equivalent. Undergraduate students must be at the senior class level standing.

Description: Introduction to applied computational methods to analyze biological data, efficiently manipulate large data sets, and automate workflows. Learn strategies for assembling and analyzing data generated by modern high throughput sequencing platforms.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS425
Cover Crops in AgroecosystemsCrosslisted with AGRO 825

Prerequisites: PLAS 131 or PLAS 278 ; PLAS/SOIL 153 (or equivalent)

Description: Explore the management, environmental, economic, and social considerations of cover crops across a diversity of agricultural production systems and regions. Grow cover crops, measure benefits and tradeoffs, and apply knowledge to make management and policy recommendations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS426
Invasive PlantsCrosslisted with AGRO 826, HORT 826, NRES 426, NRES 826

Prerequisites: PLAS/SOIL 153; PLAS 131

Description: Identification, biology and ecology of weedy and invasive plants. Principles of invasive plant management by preventative, cultural, biological, mechanical and chemical means using an adaptive management framework. Herbicide terminology and classification, plant-herbicide and soil-herbicide interactions, equipment calibration and dosage calculations.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS427
Turfgrass Systems ManagementCrosslisted with AGRO 827, HORT 827, TLMT 827

Prerequisites: PLAS 227 and PLAS 327

Description: Critical evaluation of turfgrass settings to create economical and environmentally friendly management systems for professionally managed turf areas.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Course and Laboratory Fee:$50
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

PLAS429
Plant Biotechnology ApplicationsCrosslisted with AGRO 829

Prerequisites: Faculty Permission

Description: Application of plant biotechnology to answer biological questions. Development of writing and thinking skills with a working knowledge of plant biology and biotechnology. Learning in a lab focused setting to solidify skills used in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, and computational biology.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS429A
Food Security: A Global PerspectiveCrosslisted with ANTH 429A, ANTH 829A, AGRO 829A, HORT 829A, NRES 429A, NRES 829A, NUTR 429A, NUTR 829A

Prerequisites: Junior standing

Description: Overview of the technical and sociocultural dimensions of global food insecurity.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS431
Site-specific Crop ManagementCrosslisted with AGEN 431, MSYM 431

Prerequisites: Senior standing; PLAS/SOIL 153; PLAS 204.

Description: Principles and concepts of site-specific management. Evaluation of geographic information systems for crop production practices. Practical experience with hardware and software necessary for successful application of information affecting crop management.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS433
Permaculture: Sustainable LivingCrosslisted with HORT 833

This is a Great Plains IDEA course. Restricted to upper level undergraduate, graduate, or matriculated continuing education students.

Description: Permaculture means "permanent culture," and ..."is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of a natural ecosystem." [Bill Mollison] This course will explore a design/thinking methodology that seeks to provide our essential physical needs, food, water, shelter, energy, etc., while doing so in an environmentally friendly, sustainable manner.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS434
Plant BiochemistryCrosslisted with BIOC 434, BIOS 434, CHEM 434, AGRO 834, BIOC 834, BIOS 834, CHEM 834

Prerequisites: BIOC/BIOS/CHEM 431/831.

Description: Biochemical metabolism unique to plants. Relationships of topics previously acquired in general biochemistry to biochemical processes unique to plants. Biochemical mechanisms behind physiological processes discussed in plant or crop physiology.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS435
AgroecologyCrosslisted with AGRO 835, NRES 435, NRES 835

Prerequisites: For PLAS/NRES 435: Senior standing. For AGRO/NRES 835: 12 hrs biological or agricultural sciences.

Description: Integration of principles of ecology, plant and animal sciences, crop protection, and rural landscape planning and management for sustainable agriculture. Includes natural and cultivated ecosystems, population and community ecology, nutrient cycling, pest management, hydrologic cycles, cropping and grazing systems, landscape ecology, biodiversity, and socioeconomic evaluation of systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

PLAS436
Agroecosystems AnalysisCrosslisted with AGRO 836, HORT 836

Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Cost of travel required. Summer travel course with multi-state faculty. Farm visits to Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.

Description: Analysis of production, economics, environmental impacts, and social integration aspects of farms and farming systems

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS437
Animal, Food and Industrial Uses of GrainCrosslisted with AGRO 837

Prerequisites: CHEM 105A and CHEM 105L or CHEM 109A and 109L, and one of the following: PLAS 204 or ASCI 250.

Description: Identification and comparison of grain quality characteristics desired by livestock feeders, human food processors and industrial users, and methods used to measure these characteristics.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

PLAS438
Producing Grain for Animal, Food and Industrial UsesCrosslisted with AGRO 838

Prerequisites: CHEM 109A and 109L and one of the following: PLAS 204 or ASCI 250.

PLAS 215 and PLAS 437/837 recommended.

Description: Genetic development, production practices, and grain handling and storage procedures to deliver quality grain to livestock feeders, human food processors and industrial uses.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS439
Organic Farming and Food SystemsCrosslisted with AGRO 839, HORT 839

Prerequisites: 12 credits of agricultural or biological science, economics, or natural resources

Description: History of organic farming and horticultural systems, organic certification, nutrient and pest management in organic systems, planning organic enterprises including production and marketing, resilience of organic systems in ecological, economic, and social terms; future issues and potentials of organic food systems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS440
Great Plains EcosystemCrosslisted with AGRO 840, NRES 840, RNGE 440, NRES 440, GRAS 440

Prerequisites: Junior standing.

Description: Characteristics of Great Plains ecosystems, interrelationships of ecological factors and processes, and their application in the management of grasslands. Interactions of fire, vegetation, grazing animals and wildlife.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS441
Perennial Plant Function, Growth, and DevelopmentCrosslisted with AGRO 841, HORT 841, RNGE 441, GRAS 441

Prerequisites: PLAS 325 or equivalent.

Description: Principles of crop physiology and developmental morphology in relation to function, growth, development, and survival of perennial forage, range, and turf plants. The relationship of physiology and morphological development on plant use and management.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS442
Wildland PlantsCrosslisted with AGRO 842, NRES 842, RNGE 442, NRES 442, GRAS 442

Prerequisites: Junior standing.

PLAS 131 or LIFE 121 and 121L or equivalent recommended

Description: Wildland plants that are important to grassland and shrubland ecosystem management and production. Distribution, utilization, classification, identification (including identification by vegetative parts), uses by Native Americans, and recognition of grasses, forbs, shrubs, exotic and wetland plants.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS444
Ecosystem Monitoring and AssessmentCrosslisted with AGRO 844, NRES 844, RNGE 444, NRES 444, GRAS 444

Prerequisites: Junior standing.

NRES 220 or equivalent, recommended.

Description: Measurement and monitoring of the important vegetation and environmental factors used to develop management guidelines in grasslands, savannas, woodlands, and wetlands. Emphasis on using ecosystem monitoring protocols for assessment of wildlife habitat, fuels management for wild-land fire, livestock production, and watershed function. Requires field sampling and travel to local field sites.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS445
Livestock Management on Range and PastureCrosslisted with AGRO 845, ASCI 451, ASCI 851, RNGE 445, GRAS 445

Prerequisites: ASCI 250 and PLAS 240 or PLAS 340; AECN 201 recommended.

AECN 201 recommended. Capstone course. All students required to participate in a one-week field trip in central or western Nebraska prior to beginning of fall semester. Therefore, students must notify instructor at time of early registration (Dates are given in class schedule.)

Description: Analyzing the plant and animal resources and economic aspects of pasturage. Management of pasture and range for continued high production emphasized.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL
Course and Laboratory Fee:$200
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

PLAS450
Climate and SocietyCrosslisted with GEOG 450, METR 450, NRES 452, AGRO 850, GEOG 850, METR 850, NRES 852

Prerequisites: Junior standing or above.

Offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years.

Description: Impact of climate and extreme climatic events on society and societal responses to those events. Global in scope and interdisciplinary.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS452
Irrigation Systems ManagementCrosslisted with MSYM 452, MSYM 852, WATS 452

Prerequisites: MSYM 109 or PHYS 141 or PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

PLAS/SOIL 153 recommended.

Description: Irrigation management and the selection, evaluation, and improvement of irrigation systems. Includes soil-water measurement, crop water use, irrigation scheduling, irrigation efficiency, measurement of water flow, irrigation systems, groundwater and wells, pumping systems, applying chemicals with irrigation systems, and environmental and water resource considerations.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 854, MSYM 854; AGEN 955, AGRO 955, CIVE 955, GEOL 985; MSYM 855

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS453
Urban Soil Properties and ManagementCrosslisted with LARC 453, SOIL 453

Prerequisites: PLAS/SOIL 153

Description: Characteristics of soils in urban settings. Evaluation of soils intended for intensive human uses and strategies for their use. Identification of specific issues related to urban soils. Manipulation or remediation of soils subject to construction and other stresses.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS455
Soil Chemistry and MineralogyCrosslisted with AGRO 855, NRES 455, NRES 855, SOIL 455

Prerequisites: PLAS/SOIL 153 or GEOL 101; CHEM 109A/L and 110A/L; CHEM 221 or CHEM 221A & CHEM 221L or 251.

Description: Chemical and mineralogical properties of soil components. Inorganic colloidal fraction. Structures of soil minerals as a means of understanding properties, such as ion exchange and equilibria; release and supply of nutrient and toxic materials; and soil acidity and alkalinity. Forms and functions of organic matter in soil.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS457
Green Space and Urban Forestry ManagementCrosslisted with NRES 457, NRES 857

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, Graduate student or permission

Description: A focus on the management of trees, parks, and green infrastructure in rural and urban communities. Perspectives from community planning, landscape architecture, urban forestry, natural resources, horticulture, and environmental policy. Development and implementation of green space and forest management plans encompassing societal needs and biological limitations in rural and urban communities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

PLAS458
Soil Physical DeterminationsCrosslisted with AGRO 858, NRES 458, NRES 858, SOIL 458

Prerequisites: SOIL/PLAS/GEOL/WATS 361; PHYS 141 or equivalent; MATH 102 or 103.

Description: Survey of measurement techniques and principles used in characterizing the physical properties of soils. Includes analysis of experimental design and sources of experimental error. Techniques include: particle size analysis, soil water content, pore size analysis, field sampling techniques, soil strength, and saturated hydraulic conductivity.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

PLAS460
Soil Microbial EcologyCrosslisted with BIOS 460, NRES 460, SOIL 460, AGRO 860, BIOS 860, NRES 860

Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Recommend having a strong science background, including courses from the agronomic, environmental, microbiology, engineering or medicine disciplines.

Description: Soil from a microbe's perspective-growth, activity and survival strategies; principles governing methods to study microorganisms and biochemical processes in soil; mechanisms controlling organic matter cycling and stabilization with reference to C, N, S, and P; microbial interactions with plants and animals; and agronomic and environmental applications of soil microorganisms.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS461

Prerequisites: PLAS/SOIL 153; PHYS 141 or equivalent, one semester of calculus.

Description: Principles of soil physics. Movement of water, air, heat, and solutes in soils. Water retention and movement, including infiltration and field water regime. Movement of chemicals in soils.

This course is a prerequisite for: AGEN 955, AGRO 955, CIVE 955, GEOL 985

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS462
Cannabis Growth, Production and Breeding BasicsCrosslisted with AGRO 862, HORT 862

Prerequisites: PLAS 131 or LIFE 121; PLAS 215 or BIOS 206

PLAS 221 recommended

Description: History, breeding and production of cannabis for medicinal marijuana and hemp for fiber use when grown using a growth room, greenhouse, high tunnel and/or field. Clarification between scientific evidence and casual information.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded
Offered:FALL/SPR

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

PLAS467
Planting DesignCrosslisted with ARCH 467, ARCH 567, ARCH 867, LARC 467

Description: Processes, principles, and elements using plant materials as a key component of landscapes designed for human intent. Focus is on a systems approach, combining environmental attributes with functional needs to create aesthetic, functional, and sustainable landscapes for parks, commercial property, and residences using a combination of site visits and online resources.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL
Course and Laboratory Fee:$25

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

PLAS469
Ecological Landscape DesignCrosslisted with ARCH 469

Prerequisites: Permission

Description: Integration of ecological and environmental assessment, design process and management considerations to create detailed landscape plans for public, private, and commercial clients. Includes dream landscape project. Individuals and collaborative teams will develop concepts and details, conduct client meetings and studio critiques, and communicate graphically and verbally through presentations.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING
Course and Laboratory Fee:$25
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:4

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

PLAS470
Critical Thinking in Landscape Management

Prerequisites: PLAS 228

Description: Use processes and strategies to develop complete landscape management plans for public and/or private clients. Use data to evaluate and compare issues; make practical, science-based recommendations; and prepare cost estimates. Develop and present a complete landscape management plan for a public client.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING
Course and Laboratory Fee:$25
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

PLAS471
Vines, Wines and YouCrosslisted with HORT 871, NUTR 471, NUTR 871, HRTM 471, HRTM 871

Prerequisites: 6 hrs science or equivalent experience; 21 years of age or older

Proof of age is required.

Description: Origin, botany, historical and cultural significance of the grapevine and related species. Principles and practices of vineyard establishment, management and processing of grape products, importance and/or scope of grape and wine industry; global and local significance. Culinary applications, health, environmental and safety-related issues, business and industry relations and experience.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Course and Laboratory Fee:$95

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS472
Applied Soil PhysicsCrosslisted with AGRO 872, NRES 472, NRES 872, SOIL 472, WATS 472

Prerequisites: PLAS/SOIL 153; MATH 102 or MATH 104 or MATH 106.

Description: Emphasis on applied soil physics. Discussion of theoretical principles followed by field and laboratory exercises and applications. Fluxes of water, solutes, air, and heat through the soil. Emphasis on water infiltration, water retention, other soil hydraulic properties. Components of soil water balance. Management of soil water.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Capstone course.

Description: Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from nonpoint sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

PLAS477
Great Plains Field PedologyCrosslisted with GEOG 467, NRES 477, SOIL 477, GEOG 867, NRES 877

Prerequisites: PLAS/SOIL 153.

Description: Spatial relationship of soil properties on various parts of landscape typical of the Plains, causal factors, and predictions of such relationships on other landscapes. Grouping these properties into classes, naming the classes, and the taxonomy that results from this grouping. Application of a taxonomy to a real situation through making a field soil survey in a region representative of the Plains border, predicting land use response of various mapped units as it affects the ecosystem, and evaluating the effectiveness of the taxonomic system used in the region surveyed.

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

PLAS478
Plant AnatomyCrosslisted with BIOS 478, BIOS 878, AGRO 878, HORT 878

Prerequisites: 8 hrs biological sciences

BIOS 109 recommended.

Description: Development, structure, and function of tissues and organs of the higher plants. Relationships of structure to physiology and ecology of plants.

This course is a prerequisite for: BIOS 879

Course details
Credit Hours:4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:4

ACE:

PLAS480
Modified Root ZonesCrosslisted with TLMT 880, AGRO 880, HORT 880

Prerequisites: PLAS 153/SOIL 153

Description: Modified root zones and their applications in the turfgrass and landscape management industry. Correct applications and construction techniques.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS484
Water Resources SeminarCrosslisted with GEOG 484, GEOL 484, NRES 484, WATS 484, NRES 884, AGRO 884, GEOG 884, GEOL 884, WATS 884

Prerequisites: Junior or above standing

Description: Seminar on current water resources research and issues in Nebraska and the region.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

PLAS488
Entrepreneurship and Enterprise DevelopmentCrosslisted with HORT 888, EAEP 488, ENTR 488, EAEP 888, AGRO 888, ENTR 888, ABUS 488

Description: The process of starting your own enterprise. Competitive environment, risk management, finance for business startups, funding, and business plan writing.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL/SPR
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

PLAS489
Urbanization of Rural LandscapesCrosslisted with AGRO 889, CRPL 489, HORT 889, CRPL 889

Prerequisites: Senior standing or graduate standing.

Description: Development converts rural landscapes into housing, roads, malls, parks, and commercial uses. This process fragments landscapes and changes ecosystem functions, drives up land prices, and pushes agriculture into more marginal areas.This multi-disciplinary, experiential course guides students in learning about the urbanization process, the impacts on landscapes, people, and the community, and the choices that are available to informed citizens.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLAS495
Grasslands SeminarCrosslisted with ENTO 495, GRAS 495, NRES 495, RNGE 495, SOIL 495

Prerequisites: Junior standing.

Description: Topic varies and deals with different aspects of forage and/or range and/or livestock, turf and/or landscape grasses, natural habitats, and wetlands.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:4
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-2

ACE:

PLAS496
Independent StudyCrosslisted with AGRO 896, RNGE 496, SOIL 496
Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:12
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Course and Laboratory Fee:$50

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PLAS498
Senior ProjectCrosslisted with SOIL 498

Prerequisites: Senior standing.

A two-semester sequence. Students should select one credit hour the first semester and three credits the second semester. The first semester will be used for planning, topic selection, and identifying a project adviser. The second semester will be used to carry out the research project, prepare a written report, and possibly an oral presentation.

Description: Carry out and report on a research project.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

PLAS499H
Honors ThesisCrosslisted with RNGE 499H, SOIL 499H

Prerequisites: Admission to the University Honors Program and permission.

AGRI 299H recommended.

Description: Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Grading Option:Graded

Credit Hours:3-6

ACE: