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Agriculture Course Offerings

Please see the section on “Course Description Symbols and Terms” in The University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

AGRI 009

Coordinating Group    1.0-2.0 Fa/Spr
Agricultural Activities

This course is offered as AGRI 009A or AGRI 009B for 1.0 to 2.0 units respectively. An individualized class designed to develop and refine the student’s ability to organize and coordinate Agriculture field days and other related group activities. Maximum of four semesters and/or 4 units toward BS degree. Credit/no credit grading only. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

AGRI 010

The University Experience    1.0 Fa/Spr

A college success course for agricultural majors new to California State University, Chico. The course will explore the academic and social opportunities and resources available to promote successful completion of the student’s educational goals. Meets the first half of the semester. Credit/no credit grading only.

AGRI 098

Special Topics    1.0-2.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 098A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. SeeThe Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 1.0 hour seminar, 3.0 hours laboratory.

AGRI 100

Introduction to Agricultural Education    3.0 Fall

Objectives, nature, and scope of teaching vocational agriculture. Types of programs and career opportunities in vocational education. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

AGRI 101

Directed Field Experience    2.0 Fall
Agricultural Education

Prerequisites: faculty permission.

An individualized class in gaining teaching experience through observation and critique of high school students and teachers in the classrom, at FFA events, and in supervised occupational experiences.

AGRI 111

Agricultural Ecology    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Completion of lower division core.

An interdisciplinary treatment of physical and biological environments used for agriculture. Historical and ecological nature of agriculture its impact on the landscape and society. Comparison of sustainable and non-sustainable agricultural practices. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

AGRI 129

Techniques in Vocational    2.0 Spring
Agricultural Instruction

Prerequisites: AGRI 100 or faculty permission.

Preparation for student teaching in agriculture. Orientation to classroom situation. Development of plans for teaching, including daily lessons and unit plans, utilization of source information, and resources. Class demonstration in teaching procedures, analysis, and evaluation. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

AGRI 145

Agricultural Genetics and Biotechnology    4.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ANSC 002 or BIOL 008 or PSSC 002; CHEM 037 or CHEM 027.

Mendelian inheritance, gene structure and action, sex-related inheritance, linkage and mapping, aneuploidy, polyploidy, population and quantitative inheritance, inbreeding and heterosis. Activities feature techniques in biotechnology with agricultural applications. 3.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity.

AGRI 190A

Fair Management and Ag Leadership    3.0 Fall

A study of the California fair system, including budgets, interim events, sponsorships, entertainment, exhibits, and purpose. Development of interpersonal skills needed to develop and coordinate agricultural events. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly ANSC 190A.

AGRI 190B

Agricultural Leadership    3.0 Spring
and Fair Management

Prerequisites: AGRI 190A or permission of the instructor.

Development of communication and organizational skills needed to plan and conduct agricultural educational events, particularly those associated with fairs. Students will update their resumes, be interviewed and selected for leadership roles associated with the College of Agriculture’s spring events calendar. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly ANSC 190B.

AGRI 198

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Spring

This course is for special topics offered as 198A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

AGRI 199

Special Problems    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

This course is an independent study of a topic or problem and is offered as 199A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Students must register with a supervising faculty member. Study/research in agriculture under direct supervision of a faculty member. Credit/no credit grading only.

AGRI 209

Program Development    2.0 Spring
in Agriculture Education

Prerequisites: faculty permission.

Up-to-date approaches in integrated program development based on occupational opportunities and community needs. Philosophy, organization, and administration of agricultural education programs. Development of curriculum, supervised occupational experience, Future Farmers of America (FFA), and summer programs. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

AGRI 210

Supervised Teaching: Agriculture    10.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the fifth-year program in agricultural education.

Supervised teaching in public secondary school daily for one semester. Candidate will arrange his/her schedule so that he/she is free from all campus obligations.

AGRI 211

Curriculum and Methods    3.0 Fa/Spr
of Teaching Vocational Agriculture

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the fifth-year program in agricultural education.

Principles of curriculum development in agriculture; methods of teaching and organization of teaching material.

AGRI 230A

Agricultural Experimental Research    4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: AGRI 111.

Students will design and execute applied agriculture research projects that seek to improve the management of agricultural enterprises. Students will learn the most common experimental designs for agricultural research, utilize computer programs to analyze and interpret experimental data and further develop scientific writing skills. 3.0 hours lecture,
3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

AGRI 230B

Agricultural Experimental Research    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: AGRI 230A.

This course is a continuation of AGRI 230A. Students complete a research project and professional research paper and present research findings through public forums. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

AGRI 231

Holistic Resource Management    3.0 EvnFall

Prerequisites: AGRI 111.

A study of the design of sustainable, ecologically sound agricultural production systems. Case studies, problem-solving, and simulation modeling will be used to explore the influence of management decisions on the short-and long-term viability of agroecosystems. Formerly PSSC 231.

AGRI 292

Agricultural Issues    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

A critical examination of major issues confronting agriculture. Students research current issues relevant to the role of agriculture in society. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

AGRI 296

Curriculum and Methods    3.0 Spring
in Teaching Agricultural Mechanics

Curriculum development and methods of teaching and motivating students in agricultural mechanics. 2.0 hours seminar, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

AGRI 298

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 298A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

AGRI 299H

Honors Research in Agriculture    6.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: faculty permission.

An intensive 6-unit, one-year course in agricultural research. See School office for details. Open only to students with at least a 3.0 GPA in the major. The course consists of a faculty-supervised research project, a thesis, and a public presentation.

Agricultural Business Course Offerings

ABUS 080

Introduction to Agricultural    3.0 Fa/Spr
Business and Economics

The role of agricultural business in the economy. Introductory economic and business principles and their application to the solution of agricultural problems.

ABUS 081A

Word Processing Applications in Agriculture    1.0 Fa/Spr

Lecture focuses on use and application of word processing software. Three hours of lecture, five weeks per semester. ABC/no credit grading only.

ABUS 081B

Spreadsheet Applications in Agriculture    1.0 Fa/Spr

Lecture focuses on use and application of spreatsheets. Three hours of lecture, five weeks per semester. ABC/no credit grading only.

ABUS 081C

Presentation Software    1.0 Fa/Spr
Applications Agriculture

Lecture focuses on use and application of presentation software. Three hours of lecture, five weeks per semester. ABC/no credit grading only.

ABUS 083

Farm Accounting    3.0 Fa/Spr

Introduction to the principles of farm accounting, farm business record keeping, agribusiness management, financial analysis, and enterprise budgeting. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity.

ABUS 098

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 098A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

ABUS 130

Agribusiness Systems Quantitative Methods    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ABUS 080, ABUS 083, MATH 005A, and demonstration of microcomputer competency. ABUS 181 highly recommended.

Data drawn from applied agricultural business systems research and technologically based agricultural systems will be analyzed and interpreted. Programming (mathematics) and regression (statistics) will be introduced as the primary tools to perform these analyses. Students will perform their own analyses and evaluate results of analyses done by others. The evaluation will be done in order to suggest methodological changes and revised data requirements. Journal articles will be reviewed. This course is a prerequisite for other upper-division couses in the ABUS major. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity.

ABUS 180

Agricultural Production    3.0 Fa/Spr
Economics and Quantitative Analysis

Prerequisites: ABUS 080 or ECON 003.

Application of microeconomic theory to the agricultural production process, including single and multivariate production and cost functions, price determination in competitive and non-competitive markets and programs.

ABUS 181

Agricultural Management    3.0 Fa/Spr
Information Systems

Survey of microcomputer applications for agribusiness management, emphasizing personal productivity software, including database manager, advanced spreadsheet, and electronic communication software.

ABUS 182

Agricultural Markets and Pricing    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ABUS 180.

Economic principles applied to the marketing of agricultural products. Function, structure, and operation of agricultural markets. Introduction to the futures market. Trends in marketing of California agricultural crops and livestock. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ABUS 183M

Agribusiness Management (ABUS Majors)    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ABUS 080, ABUS 083, faculty permission.

The application of economic and management principles to the planning, control, and organization of agribusiness firms. Linear programming applications, decision trees, inventory control, and equipment replacement.

ABUS 183N

Agribusiness Management (Non-ABUS Majors)    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ABUS 080.

A survey course for non-agricultural business majors. Introduction to production economics and farm business management, financial statements analysis, management principles, animal and crop enterprise budgeting, farm business planning, tax management, and ag finance and investment analysis.

ABUS 184

Natural Resource Economics    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ABUS 080 or faculty permission.

The economics of renewable natural resource use, management, development, and allocation. Conflicts in use, markets for resources, cases of market failure, and economic conservation will be discussed.

ABUS 185

Agricultural Policy    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ABUS 180, ECON 002.

Domestic and international issues in U.S. agricultural food policy. A study of the major problems confronting agriculture, the process by which government formulates agricultural policy, and the socio-economic impact of current government programs. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ABUS 187

Agricultural Finance    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ABUS 080, ABUS 083.

Financing of agricultural enterprises. Principles, methods, and institutions involved in financing farming enterprises and related agricultural industries. Coordinated financial statements. Capital budgeting. 2.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity.

ABUS 188

Farm and Ranch Appraisal    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ABUS 083.

Principles and techniques of farm and ranch appraisal. Valuation of farm and rural resources. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ABUS 189

Internship in Agribusiness    1.0-3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Permission of Internship Coordinator.

This course is an internship offered as 189A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Work experience with selected agribusinesses, including financial institutions, marketing agencies, management firms, farms, ranches, private or public agencies. Experience must be related to business aspects of agriculture. Supervised by faculty and staff of cooperating banks, farms, agencies, and corporations. Credit/no credit grading only.

ABUS 192

World Food and Hunger Issues    3.0 Fa/Spr

A study of agricultural problems and policies of developing nations. Emphasis on cultural values; physical, economic, and political constraints; hunger and international trade. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

This course is the same as INST 192 which may be substituted.

ABUS 198

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Inquire

This course is for special topics offered as 198A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

ABUS 199

Special Problems    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an independent study of special problems and is offered as 199A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units repectively. Credit/no credit grading only.

ABUS 280

Agricultural Business Seminar    1.0-2.0 Inquire

This course is a seminar offered as 280A-B for 1.0 to 2.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Current topics in agribusiness and industry. Application of business management concepts to agriculture; exploring careers in agribusiness and industry.

ABUS 281

Land Economics    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ABUS 080.

Physical, economic, and institutional factors affecting land use, population, and resource requirements; principles of land use. Social control of landed property, land tenure, property and water rights.

ABUS 282

Agricultural Price Analysis    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ABUS 130, ABUS 182 or equivalent.

Analysis of price-determining factors for agricultural products. Business conditions and changes in supply and demand for domestic and international agricultural commodities. Study of structure, conduct, and performance of agricultural markets. Monopolistic practices and relative efficiency of markets.

ABUS 283

Advanced Agribusiness Management    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ABUS 180, ABUS 183M.

Agribusiness organization and management. Budgeting, input-output relationships, and enterprise analysis in decision making. Application of economic and management principles. Human resource management.

ABUS 284

Natural Resource Policy Evaluation    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ABUS 184 or equivalent.

Examination of systematic approaches for the formulation and implementation of natural resources policy. Discussion of externalities, irreversibilities, depletion, benefit-cost analysis, and multi-objective planning.

ABUS 290F

Agricultural Marketing Planning    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ABUS 182 or faculty permission.

To provide an in-depth understanding of operating marketing planning and implementation. Development of a marketing plan including product and market assessment, financial evaluation justification, a plan of action, and an evaluation/control component. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ABUS 290I

Commodity Futures    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ABUS 182.

See description below.

ABUS 290N

Agribusiness Management Seminar    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ABUS 183M.

Advanced seminar on current topics in management decision-making, personnel supervision, budgeting, PERT, and resource control.

ABUS 290P

Farm Labor    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Senior standing; completion of 6 units of upper-division ABUS courses.

An examination of the critical role played by labor in the development and vitality of California’s agricultural industry. Emphasis on policy issues related to functioning of labor markets, employment practices, unionization and collective bargaining, and immigration and mechanization.

ABUS 290U

Agricultural Production Economics Seminar    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ABUS 187, ABUS 283.

Advanced seminar on current topics in production management, inventory control, machinery management, linear programming, and control of strategic assets.

ABUS 290V

Computers in Agriculture Seminar    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ABUS 181 or equivalent.

An advanced study of microcomputer applications for agribusiness management. Students are trained in advanced uses of a data base manager, an electronic spreadsheet, and various applications software for cost accounting, production management, and planning.

ABUS 290W

Agricultural Law    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: BLAW 100, senior standing.

An examination of the rules of contract, tort, property, and other laws of practical concern to agricultural business operations. Emphasis will be on application relevant to the California farm sector and will focus on business organization, finance, estate planning, and the evolution of California law on land and water use, labor relations, and environmental protection.

ABUS 290X

Cooperatives Seminar    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ABUS 083, ABUS 182, senior standing.

Cooperative principles and philosophy. Types and importance of cooperative activity in the U.S. accounting for cooperative activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ABUS 298

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Inquire

This course is for special topics offered as 298A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units repectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

ABUS 299H

Honors Independent Study in Agribusiness    6.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: faculty permission.

An intensive 6-unit, one-year investigation of a research topic in agricultural business. See School office for details. Open to students with at least a 3.0 GPA in the major. Course consists of a faculty-supervised research project, a thesis, and a public presentation.

Agricultural Engineering Technology Course Offerings

AGET 009L

Directed Work AGET    1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: faculty permission.

Weekly conferences for students with projects; directed work on the University Farm and elsewhere. Individual and group problems. Maximum of four semesters and/or 4 units toward BS degree. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

AGET 084

Small Power Units    2.0 Inquire

The study of small power units and equipment, including engine theory, operation, maintenance, service, safety, and repair. Equipment selection and cost analysis will also be considered. 1.0 hour lecture, 2.0 hours activity.

AGET 085

Agricultural Machine Systems    3.0 Fa/Spr

Principles of operation, adjustments, calibration, and safety of wheel and track-type tractors including implements and equipment commonly used in California agriculture. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

AGET 090

General Farm Mechanics    3.0 Fall

Shop skills essential to mechanized agriculture, including welding, metal and wood fabrication tools, tool sharpening, and threading. Proper selection, use, repair, and safety of the tools and machines will be emphasized. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

AGET 091

Agricultural Welding and Fabrication    3.0 Inquire

A study of welding processes used in the agricultural industry, including arc, oxy, TIG, MIG, submerged arc, and intershield. Techniques used in hardfacing, cast iron, aluminum, cutting, fabrication, project design, and weld quality control will be included. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

AGET 152

Irrigation    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: PSSC 002 or PSSC 050.

Field practices of irrigation. Evapotranspiration, soil/moisture relationships, water measurement, pumps, wells, drainage, and sprinkler, drip, and surface systems. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. Formerly PSSC 152.

AGET 175

Energy Alternatives in Agriculture    3.0 Inquire

A study of energy alternatives currently used in agriculture, including solar, biomass, wind, and water. Emphasis on biomass conversions, including anaerobic digestion, fermentation, gasification, and direct combustion. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

AGET 189

Internship in Agricultural    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr
Engineering Technology

Prerequisites: Prior approval of academic goals by the Internship Coordinator.

This course is an internship offered as 189A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Work experience with selected farm machinery shop or corporations is to be completed and supervised by faculty and staff of cooperating ranch or industry. Credit/no credit grading only.

AGET 196

GPS & GIS in Agriculture    3.0 Spring
and Natural Resource Management

Application of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in agriculture and natural resource management. Identification and delineation of locations and areas; collection, analysis, storage, and retrieval of site and time specific data for agriculture and natural resource management and monitoring. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Formerly AGET 096.

AGET 199

Special Problems    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

This course is an independent study of a topic or problem and is offered as 199A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Students must register with a supervising faculty member. Study/research/problem solving under direct supervision of a faculty member. Credit/no credit grading only.

AGET 287

Personnel Safety and    3.0 Spring
Equipment Management

Prerequisites: faculty permission.

Workplace safety, rules and regulations. Equipment selection, maintenance, trends, and economics. Determining equipment requirements and costs. Systems for recording parts, services, and maintenance. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity.

AGET 290

Farm Structures    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: AGET 090 or equivalent.

Methods of construction, use of materials, and animal requirements. Cost estimating. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

AGET 295

Agricultural Control Systems    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: AGET 090.

A study of agricultural equipment (harvesters, irrigation systems, etc.) and the computer, electronic, electrical, and mechanical controls involved. The operation, installation, trouble-shooting, and maintenance of control systems in agricultural applications. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity.

Animal Science Course Offerings

ANSC 002

Introduction to Animal Science    3.0 Fa/Spr

An overview, using a scientific perspective, of farm animals. Highlights anatomy and physiology of farm animals, reproduction, nutrition, animal health, animal products, animal behavior, and pertinent social issues, such as animal rights. Includes human opportunity to influence trait inheritance, population densities, and productivity. 2.0 hours lecture,
3.0 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course.

ANSC 009

Directed Work Experience    1.0-2.0 Fa/Spr
in Animal Sciences

This course is work experience offered as 009A-B for 1.0 to 2.0 units respectively. ANSC 009L is a lab course. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Weekly conferences for students with projects; directed work on the University Farm and elsewhere. Individual and group problems. Maximum of four semesters and/or 4 units toward BS degree. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

ANSC 011

Animal Feeds and Nutrition    3.0 Fa/Spr

An introduction to the nutrition of domestic and wild animals with emphasis on appropriate nutrition for various activities. A survey of the integration of feed production and animal production systems. Computer formulation and analysis of diets to achieve desired performance levels of animals. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity.

ANSC 013

Veterinary Practices    2.0 Fa/Spr

Designed to allow the student to become familiar with various vaccines, equipment, and restraining techniques used in routine treatment of farm animals. Selection of proper materials, veterinary nomenclature, actual handling and treatment of farm animals involved. 1.0 hour lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ANSC 015A

Principles of Livestock — Beef    1.0 Inquire

Principles and practices used in the production of commerical herds of beef cattle. General husbandry, breeding, feeding, selection, housing, marketing, and records keeping. Eight weeks only.

ANSC 015B

Principles of Livestock — Sheep    1.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: faculty permission.

Principles and practices used in the production of commercial flocks of sheep. General husbandry, breeding, feeding, selection, housing, marketing, and records keeping. Eight weeks only.

ANSC 015C

Principles of Livestock — Swine    1.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: faculty permission.

Principles and practices used in the production of commercial herds of swine. General husbandry, breeding, feeding, selection, housing, marketing, and records keeping. Eight weeks only.

ANSC 015D

Principles of Livestock — Dairy    1.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: faculty permission.

Principles and practices used in the production of commerical herds of dairy cows. General husbandry, breeding, feeding, selection, housing, marketing, and records keeping. Eight weeks only.

ANSC 016

Basic Horse Science    3.0 Spring

Principles and practices used in the horse industry. An introduction to feeding, breeding, selection, housing, health, use, handling, training, tack, and basic equitation.

ANSC 017

Live Animal and Carcass Evaluation    3.0 Spring

Evaluation of market livestock as related to growth and development, production efficiency, carcass merit, selection of breeding animals based on performance, production records and visual appraisal. Specific reference to factors determining carcass value. 2.0 hours seminar, 2.0 hours activity.

ANSC 018

Livestock Skills    3.0 Fall

An introduction to selection, nutrition, health, and management of beef, sheep, swine, and dairy for livestock youth programs, including ethical practices associated with livestock exhibition. This class is designed primarily for students pursuing a career in agricultural education. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ANSC 019

Meat and the Consumer    3.0 Fa/Spr

Muscle growth and composition, nutritional and health concerns, meat safety and advances in produce development, preparation and storage. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ANSC 098

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 098A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

ANSC 100

Intermediate Animal Systems    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ANSC 002.

An overview of world and United States animal production systems, emphasizing the scientific principles and management of large and small ruminants (beef, dairy, sheep, goats), monogastrics (swine, equine), and well as meat, poultry, and aquaculture. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ANSC 110

Anatomy and Physiology    4.0 Spring
of Domestic Animals

Prerequisites: ANSC 002 or BIOL 001; CHEM 027. CHEM 028 is recommended.

Comparative study of anatomy and physiology of organ systems, with major emphasis on farm animals. 3.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ANSC 112

Advanced Livestock Selection    3.0 Fall
and Carcass Evaluation

Develop skills in quality grading and yield grading animals both live and on the rail. Improve skills in selecting animals in pasture conditions and develop ability to explain decisions and be able to accurately describe their reasons. Numerous field trips to fairs and ranches will be required. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ANSC 113

Advanced Veterinary Practices    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ANSC 013.

Disease control practices and methods as they apply to food animals and horses. Includes theory and use of various disease control practices, such as sanitation, vaccination, and treatments for the various diseases and parasites. Students will learn common veterinary practices as applied in animal agriculture. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ANSC 116

Advanced Horse Science    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ANSC 011, ANSC 016, faculty permission.

Advanced topics in the study of horses. Advanced studies will include breeding, genetics, nutrition, disease and parasite control, exercise physiology, and management practices of the modern horse enterprise. Formulation of least-cost rations and planning in the horse industry are studied.

ANSC 121

Animal Nutrition    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ANSC 002 or BIOL 010, ANSC 011.

A study of the nutritive requirements of animals for maintenance, growth, lactation, reproduction and other bodily functions. Intermediary metabolism of nutrients, chemical and animal analysis of feedstuffs, design and implementation of nutrition studies and writing of a scientific paper. 2.0 hours seminar, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ANSC 122

Animal Health and Disease    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ANSC 002 or BIOL 010.

A study of disease processes in livestock. Principles of disease organisms and the physiology of infection. Mechanisms in which the body combats infections, i.e., immune response. Herd health considerations for prevention and treatment. 2.0 hours seminar, 2.0 hours activity.

ANSC 123

Reproductive Physiology of Domestic Animals    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ANSC 002 or BIOL 008.

The physiological mechanisms of reproduction in domestic animal species. Principles of reproductive anatomy, gamete formation, endocrinology, cyclicity and parturition. The laboratory experience will emphasize theory learned in lecture and will include uses of reproductive technology to maximize reproductive efficiency and fertility. 2.0 hours seminar, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ANSC 124

Food Sanitation and Quality Control    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ANSC 002; CHEM 037 or CHEM 027.

This course is intended for students involved in producing, selling, and handling food products who are interested in a course on principles of food sanitation and quality control from a management standpoint.

ANSC 189

Internship in Animal Science    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Prior approval of academic goals by the Internship Coordinator.

This course is an internship offered as 189A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Work experience with selected livestock operations is to be completed and supervised by faculty and staff of cooperating livestock ranch. Credit/no credit grading only.

ANSC 198

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 198A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. SeeThe Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

ANSC 199

Special Problems    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

This course is an independent study of a topic or problem and is offered as 199A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Students must register with a supervising faculty member. Study/research in animal science under direct supervision of a faculty member. Credit/no credit grading only.

ANSC 214

Livestock Production Problems    1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Senior standing or faculty permission.

Investigation of current and specific problems in the various areas of animal production. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

ANSC 215

Advanced Beef Science and Management    4.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ANSC 002, ANSC 100.

An overview of world and United States beef production systems. Investigation of the segmentation of the beef industry, including seedstock, commerical cow-calf, stocker, feedlot, packer, retailer and consumer. Integrated beef production systems will be evaluated based on consideration of genetics, nutrition, health, reproduction, and product, forage management and marketing. 3.0 hours seminar, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ANSC 217

Sheep Science    4.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ANSC 002, ANSC 100.

A study of advanced practices in commercial and purebred sheep production with emphasis on the relationship between the biological aspects of the species and production costs, disease, nutrition, genetic selection, production records and the contributions of sheep to environmental sustainability. Wool growth, grading, and processing will be covered. 3.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ANSC 218

Dairy/Swine Science    4.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ANSC 002, ANSC 100.

A comprehensive study of the dairy and swine industries with emphasis on efficient management through application of principles of science while maintaining sensitivity to current issues. 3.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

ANSC 314

Graduate Seminar in Animal Science    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Completion of 6 units of ANSC courses.

Current advances in production techniques, production records, efficiency of production, economic trends, innovations in equipment, health management, and various aspects of meat science. Course specifically for Vocational Agriculture teachers. (45 hours per semester to be arranged.) You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

Plant and Soil Science Course Offerings

PSSC 002

Introduction to Plant Science    3.0 Fa/Spr

Plant structure, growth, reproduction, and responses to the environment. How humans modify plants and environment to grow crops. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 050

Introduction to Soil Science    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 027 or CHEM 037.

Soil biology, fertility, chemistry, physical properties, taxonomy and their applications to agricultural management and environmental enhancement. Relationships of soils to the world food supply and population. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 060

West Coast Crop Production    1.0 Fa/Spr

A study of people, careers, crops, and systems related to crop industries in the area. An opportunity to meet with professionals and learn about the skills required for research, management, and services that support agriculture production. Meets the second half of the semester. Credit/no credit grading only.

PSSC 100

Food Forever: Comparisons of    3.0 Fa/Spr
Sustainable Food Production Systems

How ecological factors, technology, and human values interact to determine available choices of food and its production. Consequences of these choices in terms of community structures, resource allocations, and stability of agro-ecosystems. This course is designed to be a component of the Upper-Division Theme on Cross-Cultural Exploration. Not intended for majors, but open to them. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

This course is the same as INST 105 which may be substituted.

PSSC 109A

Directed Work in Field and Row Crops    2.0 Fall

Directed work and discussion on all fall aspects of field and row crop production practices applicable to Northern California. Students are encouraged to enroll in PSSC 109B after this course. 1.0 hour discussion, 2.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units.

PSSC 109B

Directed Work in Field and Row Crops    2.0 Spring

Prerequisites: PSSC 109A or faculty permission

Directed work and discussion on all spring aspects of field and row crop production practices applicable to Northern California. 1.0 hour discussion, 2.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units.

PSSC 110A

Directed Work in Orchard Crops    2.0 Spring

Prerequisites: PSSC 002.

Weekly discussions of orchard projects. Group problems and individual instruction emphasizing fruit set and growth. 1.0 hour discussion, 2.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units.

PSSC 110B

Directed Work in Orchard Crops    2.0 Fall

Prerequisites: PSSC 002.

Weekly discussions of orchard projects. Group problems and individual instruction emphasizing harvesting and transport, marketing, pruning, and training systems. 1.0 hour discussion, 2.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units.

PSSC 112

Directed Work in Greenhouse Production    2.0 Fa/Spr

Directed work and discussion on all aspects of plant production in the greenhouse environment. Plant species may include ornamentals, crops, and California wildland natives. 1.0 hour discussion, 2.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units.

PSSC 130

Rangeland Resources and Management    3.0 Fall

A survey of North American rangeland resources and the principles of their use and management, including basic plant-animal-soil relationships and multiple use.

PSSC 134

Wetland and Riparian    3.0 OddFall
Resources and Management

Prerequisites: Completion of lower-division core.

History of alteration and loss of wetland and riparian resources. Classification, description, and functions of meadows, marshes, lakes, rivers, and riparian corridors. Principal uses, impacts, and values. Inventory, monitoring, and management of riparian resources. 2.0 hours lecture,
3.0 hours laboratory.

PSSC 140

Economic Entomology    3.0 OddFall

A survey of the structure and function of insects, leading to a fundamental understanding of applied insect ecology and taxonomy. Particular emphasis is placed on arthropod species of economic importance to humans. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 142

Plant Pathology    3.0 EvnFall

Prerequisites: PSSC 002.

Major diseases of agricultural crops; their symptoms, causal agents, and control methods. Consideration of the roles of environment, cultural practices, and genetics on their development. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 143

Introduction to Weed Science    3.0 OddSprg

Prerequisites: AGRI 111

Identification, modes of spread, and population ecology of weeds and other invasive plant species. Biological, cultural, mechanical, and chemical control of weeds and invasive species. Methods of crop/vegetation management to control and reduce weed populations. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

PSSC 144

Seed Production    3.0 EvnFall

Prerequisites: BIOL 009 or PSSC 002 or faculty permission.

Principles and practices of seed-crop production. Federal, state, and county seed laws. Certified seed program. Seed testing and laboratory analysis; seed-borne diseases and seed treatments. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 153

Agrichemicals    3.0 OddFall

Prerequisites: CHEM 027 or CHEM 037; PSSC 050.

Laws and regulations, safety, application, properties, mode of action, toxicology, and environmental impacts of pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals used in agriculture. Fertilizers are also discussed in relation to plant nutrition and production. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

PSSC 154

Soil Physical Properties    3.0 Inquire
and Production Practices

Prerequisites: PSSC 002, PSSC 050.

The physical properties of texture, structure, density, porosity, and consistence will be examined from a production aspect. Measurement of and changes in these properties will be studied, with interest in the modifications made on the soil by tillage. Recommended for agriculture majors. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

PSSC 156

Soil Quality and Health    3.0 EvnSprg

Prerequisites: PSSC 050 or instructor permission.

Course examines the capacity of the soil to function within natural and managed ecosystems to sustain plant/animal productivity, maintain or enhance water and air quality, and support human health and habitation. Soil quality factors include biological, physical, and chemical soil properties. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 160

Ecology of Crop Production    3.0 EvnSprg

Prerequisites: AGRI 111.

Ecological processes governing the structure and behavior of cultivated ecosystems. Emphasis on mechanistic and systems views of the physical and biological environment, photosynthetic productivity, competition, adaptation, nutrient cycling, and energy relations. 2.0 hours discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 161

Production of Annual Crops    3.0 Fall

This course covers the requirements and cultural practice needed for maximizing yields of annual field crops. Principles affecting growth development and management will be covered. For field experience, students are advised to enroll in PSSC 109.

PSSC 163

Forage Crops    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: BIOL 009 or PSSC 002 or PSSC 130.

Grasses and legumes; their production and management for irrigated pastures, hay, silage, and seed. Plant characteristics and adaptation. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

PSSC 174

Greenhouse Management    3.0 OddSprg

Greenhouse construction, environment, and management practices, including heating and cooling, irrigation, fertilization, and pest control. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

PSSC 176

Fruit and Nut Production    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

Managing and optimizing the fruit and nut production system. Selection of planting sites and varieties, tree training and pruning, pollination, thinning, irrigation, mineral nutrition, and pest management are included. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 189

Internship    1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Junior standing, faculty permission.

This course is an internship offered as 189A-F for 1.0 to 6.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Internship with private industry, state, federal, international, or non-profit organization. One unit of credit will be given for every 100 hours of work. Selected topic must be in a Plant and Soil Science Option area. Credit/no credit grading only.

PSSC 192

World Food and Fiber Systems    3.0 Fa/Spr

A study and analysis of various world agriculture systems that provide food and fiber. Environmental, technological, socio-economic, and political factors. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Non-Western Course.

PSSC 195

Introduction to Wines    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: At least junior standing.

Grape-growing, and winemaking in California wine types. Wine and food matching. Sensory evaluation. 2.0 hours lecture, 1.0 hour discussion. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 198

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 198A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. SeeThe Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

PSSC 199

Special Problems    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing.

This course is an independent study of a topic or problem is is offered as 199A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Students must register with a supervising faculty member. Study/research in plant science/soil science/land stewardship under direct supervision of a faculty member. Credit/no credit grading only.

PSSC 233

Wildland Vegetation Ecology    3.0 EvnFall

Prerequisites: PSSC 130 and completion of lower-division core.

Vegetation ecology with special reference to grassland, shrubland, and woodland communities and ecosystems. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 234

Range Plant Identification    1.0 Inquire

Identification of the 200 most important North American rangeland plants (grasses, forbs, shrubs, trees) in all phenological stages. Participation in statewide and international competition.

PSSC 235

Grasses and Grasslands    3.0 OddSprg
of the Western US

Prerequisites: BIOL 009 or PSSC 002. PSSC 130 is recommended.

Physical and biological environments of North American grasslands. Vegetative communities, dynamics, and principal species. Systematic study and identification of native and some introduced species. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 236

Vegetation Dynamics and Management    3.0 OddSprg

Prerequisites: PSSC 130 and completion of lower-division core.

Dynamics of selected vegetation types of the arid western U.S. Role and impact of herbivory and fire. Use of grazing and fire in vegetation management.

PSSC 237

Wildland Classification and Inventory    3.0 EvnSprg

Prerequisites: PSSC 130 and completion of lower-division core.

Quantitative approaches, methods, and field techniques for the classification, description, and inventory of grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, and forestlands. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 238

Landscape Ecology    3.0 OddFall

Prerequisites: PSSC 130 and completion of the lower-division core.

Nature and impact of continuity and patchiness, of plant and animal movement and of material flow on the structure and dynamics of wildland and agrarian landscapes. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 241

Principles of Integrated Pest Management    3.0 EvnSprg

Prerequisites: AGRI 111; PSSC 140 or PSSC 142 or PSSC 143.

An introduction to the principles and mechanisms of integrated management of insect pests, plant pathogens, and weeds, dealing with such areas as the agro-ecosystem, population dynamics, and specific approaches to pest management. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 244

Plant Reproduction Systems    3.0 OddSprg

Prerequisites: PSSC 002 or BIOL 009; AGRI 145, or faculty permission.

Principles and pactices of sexual and asexual reproduction. Physiological, enviornmental, and industry requirements for quality seed production, certification. Asexual propagation through cuttings, grafting, budding, micropropagation, somatic embryogenesis. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 251

Soil Genesis and Classification    3.0 OddFall

Prerequisites: PSSC 050 or faculty permission.

An examination of the factors of soil formation, criteria and systems of soil classification. The laboratory consists of five all-day field trips. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 252

Computer Application in    2.0 Inquire
Irrigation and Soils

Prerequisites: AGET 152 or PSSC 050.

Computer applications in soils and irrigation, emphasizing hands-on use of various application programs, including irrigation scheduling, soil salinity, systems, and land-leveling. 2.0 hours discussion, .0 hour laboratory.

PSSC 253

Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition    3.0 EvnFall

Prerequisites: PSSC 050.

Properties of soils, fertilizers, and plant materials. Soil amendments and soil reaction effects on plants. Fertilizer usage. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 256

Water Quality, Saline Soils    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: AGET 152 or faculty permission.

Irrigation water quality, soil salinity, and drainage as related to yield reduction in agricultural production. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 258

Irrigation Systems    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: AGET 152 or faculty permission.

Design of sprinkler, drip, furrow, and surface irrigation systems. Includes pump, pipeline, and economics. 2.0 hours seminar, 3.0 hours laboratory.

PSSC 265

Plant Breeding and Field Plot Technique    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: AGRI 145, faculty permission.

Principles, methods, and techniques involved in breeding economic plants. Introduction to the designing and conducting of experiments. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 278

Plant Tissue Culture    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: BIOL 215.

Principles of tissue culture and related methods. Use in research, plant breeding, and propagation of ornamental, vegetable, agronomic, and fruit crops. Laboratory organization, media, and current research. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

PSSC 289

Internship    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: PSSC 189, senior/graduate standing, faculty permission.

Eight-week or equivalent internship with private industry, state, federal, international, or non-profit organization. Selected topic must be in a PSSC option area. Credit/no credit grading only.

PSSC 298

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 298A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. SeeThe Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3.0 hours supervision, 6.0 hours laboratory.