Agronomy

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Agronomy - AGRO

General education courses are marked with stars ().

1001 Introduction to Managed Plant Systems in the Modern World (3) F 2 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Survey of plant kingdom; anatomy, growth, and development of plants; ecosystem structure, sustainable agriculture and animal/plant systems; plant nutrition, food additives, and food safety; plant breeding for improved food and fiber; biotechnology and its role in modern agriculture.

1051 Soils and the Environment (3) F,S Also offered as ENVS 1051. Complexity and diversity of the earth's land surface; soils and soil management, reclamation of mismanaged soils, and use of recyclable waste materials as soil amendments.

2051 Soil Science (4) Prereq.: CHEM 1002 or 1212 or equivalent. 3 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Principles of soil science; properties of soils related to plant growth and the environment.

3000 Principles of Crop Production (3) F Prereq.: BIOL 1402 or equivalent. Crop production practices relative to major crops grown in Louisiana and the U.S.; seed bed preparation, planting, weed and pest control; harvest and processing practices related to each major crop group.

3010 Research Problems (3) F,S,Su Prereq.: consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit. Independent research under a faculty member, culminating in an oral and written report.

3011 Fall Crop Production Laboratory (1) F Prereq.: credit or registration in AGRO 3000. Field and laboratory research designed to provide an understanding of the growth and practices involved in production of soybeans, cotton, and sugarcane.

3012 Spring Crop Production Laboratory (1) S Prereq.: AGRO 3000. Field laboratory research designed to provide an understanding of the growth and practices involved in the production of winter small grains.

3013 Summer Crop Production Laboratory (1) Su Prereq.: AGRO 3000. Field and laboratory research designed to provide an understanding of the growth and practices involved in the production of rice, corn, and sorghum.

3040 Soil Conservation (2) F Prereq.: AGRO 2051. Causes and effects of soil erosion and sedimentation; their effects on the quality of the environment; methods of reducing erosion and soil environmental pollution.

3090 Agronomic Internship (3) F,S,Su Prereq.: overall gpa of 2.50 and written consent of instructor. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit. Work experience in crop, soil, or environmental quality related areas culminating in acceptable written reports and a seminar presentation.

4005 Forage Ecology and Agropastoral Systems Management (4) S 3 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Forage crop physiology, adaptation, production, utilization, and management in agropastoral systems; impact on people, animals, and the environment.

4052 Soil Fertility and Soil Management (4) S Prereq.: AGRO 2051. 3 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Factors affecting plant growth and utilization of essential elements; mechanisms of nutrient uptake; diagnosis of deficiencies; use of lime and fertilizers; potential nutrient losses.

4055 Chemical Properties of Soil (4) F Prereq.: AGRO 2051 and CHEM 2002. 3 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Chemical and mineralogical properties of soils; their effect on nonpoint source pollution from agriculture; effects of nonhazardous amendments on soil properties.

4056 Microbial Ecology and Nutrient Cycling in Soils (4) S Prereq.: AGRO 2051 and BIOL 2051. 3 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab. Also offered as BIOL 4256. Microorganisms in terrestrial environments and biogenic processes influencing C, N, S, and P cycling; role of microorganisms in biological nitrogen fixation, plant nutrient availability, formation of soil humus, and decomposition of organic and inorganic materials; impact of microbial processes on environmental quality.

4058 Soil Morphology and Classification (4) F 2 hrs. lecture; 4 hrs. lab (field and mapping). Genesis, profile morphology, processes related to classification and soil taxonomy; relationships of soil process and classification to environmental quality.

4064 Principles of Plant Breeding (4) F Prereq.: AGRI 2072 or equivalent. 3 hrs. lecture; 2 hrs. lab. Also offered as HORT 4064. Methods of plant genetic improvement: hybridization, genetic manipulation, and variety development; selection for insect, disease, and environmental stress resistance; genetic engineering and biotechnology.

 

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