Graduate Courses

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AGR 5215C: Integrated Field Crop Science (3) Intensive introduction to practical field crop production and management of common, as well as under-exploited, field crops. Offered summer A term.
AGR 5230C: Florida Grassland Agroecosystems (4) Comprehensive overview of planted and native grassland ecosystems in Florida emphasizing their growth, species diversity, management, and use by ruminant animals. Offered spring term.
AGR 5266C: Field Plot Techniques (3) Prereq: STA 3023. Techniques and procedures used in design and analysis of field plot, greenhouse, and laboratory research experiments. Application of research methodology, the analysis and interpretation of research results. Offered fall term.
AGR 5277C: Tropical Crop Production (3) Prereq: consent of instructor. Ecology and production practices of selected crops grown in the tropics. Offered spring term.
IPM 5305: Principles of Pesticides (3) Basic knowledge of pesticides and their use. Practical working knowledge of pesticides used in agricultural and horticultural settings. Offered spring term.
AGR 5307: Molecular Genetics for Crop Improvement (3) Prereq: AGR 3303. Lectures and laboratory demonstrations for a thorough understanding of concepts and applied aspects of plant molecular and cellular biology. Discussion of current research in plant biotechnology and functional genomics. Offered spring term.
AGR 5321C: Genetic Improvement of Plants (3) Prereq: AGR 3303. Genetic basis for crop improvement including methods for improving crop yield, pest resistance, and adaptability. Emphasis on manipulating genetic variability in self- and cross-pollinate, annual and perennial crop plants. Offered fall term.
AGR 5444: Ecophysiology of Crop Production (3) Prereq: AGR 3005 or equivalent. Physiological, ecological, and environmental responses that impact growth, development, and yield formation of cultivated crops. Offered spring term. (click here for the resident graduate syllabus, AGR 5444)
AGR 5511: Crop Ecology (3) Prereq: AGR 4210, BOT 3503, PCB 3043C, or equivalent. Relationships of ecological factors and climatic classifications to agroecosystems, and crop modeling of the major crops. Offered fall term.
AGR 5515: Medicinal Plant Research (3) Research on selected medicinal plants of eastern USA, including plant nutrition, ecology, and medicinal properties. Field trips to identify and collect specimens supplement laboratory exercises. Offered summer A term.
AGR 5515C: Medicinal Plant Research Lab(3) Research on selected medicinal plants of the eastern U.S., including plant nutrition, ecology, and medicinal properties. Field trips to identify and collect specimens supplement the laboratory exercises.
PLS 5632C: Integrated Weed Management (3) Overview of weed science principles and practices, emphasizing strategies for southeastern cropping systems. Situations unique to the State of Florida. Offered fall term.
PLS 5652: Advanced Weed Science (3) Prereq: PLS 4601. Classification, mode of action, principles of selectivity, and plant responses to herbicides. Weed, crop, environmental, and pest management associations in developing herbicide programs. Focus on practical principles. Offered fall term in odd-numbered years.
AGR 6233: Tropical Grassland Agroecosystems (3) Prereq: AGR 4231C and ANS 5446 or consent of instructor. Potential of natural grasslands of tropical and subtropical regions. Development of improved pastures and forages and their use in livestock production. Offered fall term in odd-numbered years.
AGR 6237C: Research Techniques in Forage Evaluation (3) Prereq: STA 6166. Coreq: STA 6166. Experimental techniques for field evaluation of forage plants. Design of grazing trials and procedures for estimating yield and botanical composition in the grazed and ungrazed pasture. Offered summer C term in odd-numbered years.
AGR 6311: Population Genetics (2) Prereq: AGR 3303, STA 6166. Application of statistical principles to biological populations in relation to gene frequency, zygotic frequency, mating systems, and the effects of selection, mutation, and migration on equilibrium populations. Offered spring term in even-numbered years.
AGR 6322: Advanced Plant Breeding (3) Prereq: AGR 3303, 4231, 6311, and STA 6167. Theory and use of biometrical genetic models for analytical evaluation of qualitative and quantitative characteristics, with procedures applicable to various types of plant species. Offered spring term in even-numbered years.
AGR 6325L: Plant Breeding Techniques (1; max: 2) Prereq: AGR 3303 or equivalent; coreq: AGR 6322. Examination of various breeding techniques used by agronomic and horticultural crop breeders in Florida. Field and lab visits to active plant breeding programs, with discussion led by a specific breeder each week. Hands-on experience in breeding programs. Offered spring term in odd-numbered years.
AGR 6353: Cytogenetics (3) Prereq: AGR 3303. Genetic variability with emphasis on interrelationships of cytologic and genetic concepts. Chromosome structure and number, chromosomal aberrations, apomixes, and application of cytogenetic principles. Offered fall term in odd-numbered years.
AGR 6422C: Environmental Crop Nutrition (3) Prereq: BOT 3503. Design of cost-effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient management strategies. Diagnostic nutrient analysis, nutrient uptake, BMPs, and sustainable agriculture. Offered fall term.
AGR 6442C: Physiology of Agronomic Plants (4) Prereq: BOT 3503. Yield potentials of crops as influenced by photosynthetic efficiencies, respiration, translocation, drought, and canopy architecture. Plant response to environmental factors. Offered spring term.
PLS 6623: Invasion Ecology (3) Prereq: PCB 3043C, PLS 4601, or equivalent. Mechanisms and hypotheses to explain biological invasions. Impacts of invasions on communities and ecosystems, management approaches, design and analysis of experiments. Offered spring term in even-numbered years.
PLS 6626: Invasive Plant Ecology (3) Mechanisms and hypotheses to explain non-native plant invasions. Impacts of invasions on communities and ecosystems, including natural and agricultural areas, management approaches, and design and analysis of experiments. Offered spring term in even-numbered years.
PLS 6655: Plant/Herbicide Interaction (3) Prereq: PLS 4601 and BOT 3503. Herbicide activity on plants: edaphic and environmental influences, absorption and translocation, response of specific physiological and biochemical processes as related to herbicide mode of action. Offered spring term in odd-numbered years.
AGR 6905: Agronomic Problems (1-5; max: 8 ) Special topics for classroom, library, laboratory, or field studies of agronomic plants.
AGR 6910: Supervised Research (1-5; max: 5) S/U.
AGR 6932: Global Agroecosystems (3) Prereq: SWS 3022, SWS5050, AGR 4214C and ALS 3153. This course focuses on the principles of agroecology and presentation of topics that integrate ecological with agricultural principles to optimize resource conservation, productivity, societal benefit, and profitability.
AGR 6933: Graduate Agronomy Seminar (1; max: 3) Current literature and agronomic developments.
AGR 6940: Supervised Teaching (1-5; max: 5) S/U.
AGR 6971: Research for Master’s Thesis (1-15) S/U.
AGR 7979: Advanced Research (1-12) Research for doctoral students before admission to candidacy. Designed for students with a master’s degree in the field of study or for students who have been accepted for a doctoral program. Not appropriate for students who have been admitted to candidacy. S/U.
AGR 7980: Research for Doctoral Dissertation (1-15) S/U.

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