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 180
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 181
Coordinating Group Agricultural Activities
1.0–2.0 Fa/Spr

This course is offered for 1.0 to 2.0 units. 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. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

AGRI 198
Special Topics
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. 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 201
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 210
Directed Field Experience Agricultural Education
2.0 Fall

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

AGRI 305
Agricultural Genetics and Biotechnology
4.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ANSC 101 or BIOL 108 or PSSC 101; CHEM 107 or CHEM 111.

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 321
Program Development in Agricultural Education
2.0 Spring

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 331
Agricultural Ecology
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Completion of lower-division core or faculty permission.

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 380A
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.

AGRI 380B
Agricultural Leadership and Fair Management
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: AGRI 380A 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.

AGRI 389
Internship in Agriculture
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

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

This course is an internship offered for 1.0–3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Work experience with selected agricultural enterprises is supervised by faculty and staff of a cooperating enterprise. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

AGRI 398
Special Topics
1.0–3.0 Spring

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. 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 399
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 for 1.0–3.0 units. Students must register with a supervising faculty member. Study/research in agriculture under direct supervision of a faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

AGRI 420
Techniques in Vocational Agricultural Instruction
2.0 Spring

Prerequisites: AGRI 201 or faculty permission.

Preparation for student teaching in agriculture. Orientation to classroom situations. 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 421
Curriculum and Methods in Teaching Agricultural Mechanics
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: AGET 120. Recommended: AGET 150.

Curriculum development and methods of teaching and motivating students in agricultural mechanics. 2.0 hours seminar, 3.0 hours laboratory.

AGRI 432
Holistic Management
3.0 EvnFa

Prerequisites: AGRI 331 or faculty permission.

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.

AGRI 482
Agricultural Issues
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (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 490
Agricultural Experimental Research
4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: AGRI 331.

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 491
Agricultural Experimental Research
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: AGRI 490.

This course is a continuation of AGRI 490. 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 498
Special Topics
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. 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 499H
Honors Research in Agriculture
6.0 Fa/Spr

An intensive 6-unit, one-year course in agricultural research. See College 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.

AGRI 520
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 521
Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Vocational Agriculture
3.0 Fa/Spr

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

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

Agricultural Business Course Offerings

ABUS 101
Introduction to Agricultural Business and Economics
3.0 Fa/Spr

The role of agricultural business in the economy. Introductory economic and business principles and their application to the solution of agricultural problems. This is an approved General Education course.

ABUS 211
Agricultural Selling and Consulting
3.0 Spring

Application of selling and consulting techniques for agribusiness firms.

ABUS 261
Farm Accounting
3.0 Fa/Spr

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

ABUS 262
Management Accounting for Agriculture
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ABUS 261 or ACCT 201.

Cost concepts as a management tool in agriculture are explored. Budgeting techniques for planning and control and for long-term projects are developed. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity.

ABUS 298
Special Topics
1.0–3.0 Inquire

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. 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 300
Agricultural Business Competition
1.0 Fa/Spr

This course prepares interested students for regional and national Quiz Bowl competition of the American Agricultural Economics Association. Areas of preparation include agricultural business and economics, general agriculture, statistics, economics, accounting, finance management and marketing. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

ABUS 301
Agricultural Production Economics and Quantitative Analysis
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ABUS 101 or ECON 103.

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 311
Agricultural Markets and Pricing
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ABUS 101.

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 312
Wholesaling and Retailing Food Products
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ABUS 311.

This course covers principles and practices of distributing food from producer to consumer. The functions of wholesalers and intermediate handlers, including food brokers, are discussed. An in-depth analysis of the food retail industry is included.

ABUS 321
Agribusiness Management
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ABUS 101 or equivalent.

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 327
Agricultural Business Seminar
1.0–2.0 Inquire

This course is offered for 1.0–2.0 units. 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. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units.

ABUS 331
Agricultural Management Information Systems
3.0 Fa/Spr

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

ABUS 341
Natural Resource Economics
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ABUS 101 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 389
Internship in Agribusiness
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Permission of Internship Coordinator.

This course is an internship offered for 1.0–3.0 units. 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. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

ABUS 390
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.

ABUS 398
Special Topics
1.0–3.0 Inquire

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. 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 399
Special Problems
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is an independent study of special problems and is offered for 1.0–3.0 units. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units.

ABUS 411
Agricultural Marketing Planning
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ABUS 311 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 415
Agricultural Price Analysis
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ABUS 301 and MATH 105.

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 421
Advanced Agribusiness Management
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ABUS 301, ABUS 321.

Agribusiness organization and management. Budgeting, input-output relationships, and enterprise analysis in decision making. Application of economic and management principles. Human resource management. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

ABUS 425
Cooperatives Seminar
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ABUS 101, ABUS 311, 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 426
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, immigration, and mechanization.

ABUS 437
Computers in Agriculture Seminar
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: ABUS 331 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 451
Agricultural Policy
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Senior standing, ABUS 301, ECON 102.

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.

ABUS 453
Agricultural Law
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: BLAW 302, 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 applications 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 464
Farm and Ranch Appraisal
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ABUS 101.

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

ABUS 465
Agricultural Finance
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ABUS 101 and ABUS 261.

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 487
Risk Management Strategies: Personnel and Equipment
3.0 Spring

Study of risk management strategies in agriculture, including workplace safety, rules, and regulations. Equipment selection, maintenance, trends, and economics. Determining equipment requirements and costs. Systems for recording parts, services, and maintenance. Formerly AGET 487.

ABUS 498
Special Topics
1.0–3.0 Inquire

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 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 499H
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 College 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 110
Directed Work AGET
1.0–2.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

Weekly conferences for students with projects; directed work on the University Farm and elsewhere. Individual and group problems. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units.

AGET 120
Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics
3.0 Fall

Selection, care, and use of common tools; study of safety, common materials and skills used in electrical, plumbing, woodworking, metal work, and land measurement in the field of agriculture. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

AGET 150
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. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

AGET 340
GPS & GIS in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management
3.0 Fall

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.

AGET 350
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.

AGET 360
Irrigation
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: PSSC 101 or PSSC 250.

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.

AGET 389
Internship in Agricultural Engineering Technology
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

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

This course is an internship offered for 1.0–3.0 units. 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. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

AGET 399
Special Problems
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, faculty permission.

This course is an independent study of a topic or problem and is offered for 1.0–3.0 units. Students must register with a supervising faculty member. Study/research/problem solving under direct supervision of a faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

AGET 440
Agricultural Control Systems
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: AGET 120.

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 101
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 110
Directed Work Experience in Animal Sciences
2.0 Fa/Spr

Directed work experience in the management of beef, dairy, meats, sheep, and swine enterprises at the University Farm, with three weeks at each enterprise. Weekly conferences on student projects and individual and group problems. 1.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units.

ANSC 120
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 160
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 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ANSC 171
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 172
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 173
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 174
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 175
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 198
Special Topics
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

ANSC 230
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 250
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 260
Advanced Veterinary Practices
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ANSC 160.

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 272
Sheep Production and Management
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ANSC 101.

A study of approved practices in commercial and purebred sheep production with emphasis on production costs, disease, nutrition, genetic selection, production records, niche marketing, and contributions of sheep to environmental sustainability. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

ANSC 273
Swine Production and Management
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ANSC 101.

A study of approved practices in commercial and purebred swine production with emphasis on production costs, disease, reproduction, nutrition, genetic selection, production records and niche marketing. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

ANSC 301
Intermediate Animal Systems
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ANSC 101.

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), as well as meat, poultry, and aquaculture. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

ANSC 320
Advanced Livestock Selection and Carcass Evaluation
3.0 Fall

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 330
Animal Nutrition
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ANSC 101, ANSC 230.

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 340
Reproductive Physiology of Domestic Animals
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ANSC 101 or BIOL 108.

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.

ANSC 350
Meat and the Consumer
3.0 Fa/Spr

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

ANSC 360
Animal Health and Disease
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ANSC 101.

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 disease prevention and treatment. 2.0 hours seminar, 2.0 hours activity.

ANSC 375
Advanced Horse Science
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ANSC 175, ANSC 230, 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 feed rations and planning in the horse industry are studied.

ANSC 389
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 for 1.0–3.0 units. 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. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

ANSC 398
Special Topics
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

ANSC 399
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 for 1.0–3.0 units. Students must register with a supervising faculty member. Study/research in animal science under direct supervision of a faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

ANSC 440
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
4.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ANSC 101, CHEM 107. CHEM 108 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 450
Food Sanitation and Quality Control
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ANSC 101; CHEM 107 or CHEM 111.

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 470
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 471
Beef Production and Management
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: ANSC 101.

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. 2.0 hours seminar, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

ANSC 474
Dairy Production and Management
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ANSC 101.

A comprehensive study of large dairy management with emphasis placed on efficient reproduction and nutrition. Additional studies include evaluation of replacement heifer development scenarios, cow comfort, and record keeping systems. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

Plant and Soil Science Course Offerings

PSSC 101
Introduction to Plant Science
3.0 Fa/Spr

Plant structure, growth, reproduction, and responses to the environment. How humans modify plants and the 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 160
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 agricultural production. Meets the second half of the semester. Credit/no credit grading only.

PSSC 250
Introduction to Soil Science
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111.

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 274
Greenhouse Management
3.0 Spring

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

PSSC 305
Introduction to Wines
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: At least 21 years of age.

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

PSSC 309A
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 309B after this course. 1.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units.

PSSC 309B
Directed Work in Field and Row Crops
2.0 Spring

Prerequisites: PSSC 309A or faculty permission.

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

PSSC 310A
Directed Work in Orchard Crops
2.0 Spring

Prerequisites: PSSC 101.

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

PSSC 310B
Directed Work in Orchard Crops
2.0 Fall

Prerequisites: PSSC 101.

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

PSSC 312
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 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units.

PSSC 330
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 331
Grasses and Grasslands of the Western US
3.0 OddSp

Prerequisites: PSSC 101. PSSC 330 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.

PSSC 332
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 334
Wetland and Riparian Resources and Management
3.0 OddFa

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. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule.

PSSC 340
Economic Entomology
3.0 Fall

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 342
Plant Pathology
3.0 EvnFa

Prerequisites: PSSC 101.

Major diseases of agricultural crops; their symptoms, causal agents, and control methods. Consideration of the roles of environment, cultural practices, and genetics on crop development. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

PSSC 343
Introduction to Weed Science
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: AGRI 331.

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 353
Agrichemicals
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111; PSSC 250.

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 354
Soil Physical Properties and Production Practices
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: PSSC 101, PSSC 250.

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 356
Soil Quality and Health
3.0 EvnSp

Prerequisites: PSSC 250 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 360
Ecology of Crop Production
3.0 EvnSp

Prerequisites: AGRI 331.

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.

PSSC 361
Production of Annual Crops
3.0 Fall

This course covers the requirements and cultural practices 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 309A/PSSC 309B.

PSSC 363
Forage Crops
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: PSSC 101 or PSSC 330.

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 364
Seed Production
3.0 EvnFa

Prerequisites: PSSC 101 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.

PSSC 366
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 389
Internship
1.0–6.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Junior standing, faculty permission.

This course is an internship offered for 1.0–6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Internship with private industry, state, federal, international, or non-profit organization. Selected topic must be in a Plant and Soil Science Option area. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

PSSC 390
Food Forever: Comparisons of Sustainable Food Production Systems
3.0 Fa/Spr

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.

PSSC 392
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 398
Special Topics
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered.

PSSC 399
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 for 1.0–3.0 units. Students must register with a supervising faculty member. Study/research in plant science and soil science under direct supervision of a faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

PSSC 433
Wildland Vegetation Ecology
3.0 EvnFa

Prerequisites: PSSC 330 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 436
Vegetation Dynamics and Management
3.0 OddSp

Prerequisites: PSSC 330 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 437
Wildland Classification and Inventory
3.0 EvnSp

Prerequisites: PSSC 330 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 438
Landscape Ecology
3.0 OddFa

Prerequisites: PSSC 330 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 441
Principles of Integrated Pest Management
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: AGRI 331; PSSC 340 or PSSC 342 or PSSC 343.

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.

PSSC 451
Soil Genesis and Classification
3.0 OddFa

Prerequisites: PSSC 250 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 452
Computer Application in Irrigation and Soils
2.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: AGET 360 or PSSC 250.

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

PSSC 453
Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
3.0 EvnFa

Prerequisites: PSSC 250.

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 456
Water Quality, Saline Soils
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: AGET 360 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.

PSSC 458
Irrigation Systems
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: AGET 360 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 464
Plant Reproduction Systems
3.0 OddSp

Prerequisites: PSSC 101; AGRI 305, 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, micro-propagation, somatic embryogenesis. 2.0 hours lecture, 3.0 hours laboratory.

PSSC 478
Plant Tissue Culture
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: BIOL 414.

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.

PSSC 489
Internship
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: PSSC 389, senior/graduate standing, faculty permission.

Internship with private industry, state, federal, international, or non-profit organization. Selected topic must be in a PSSC option area. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only.

PSSC 498
Special Topics
1.0–3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0–3.0 units. 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.