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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.

Agriculture Course Offerings

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
The role of agricultural business in the economy. Introductory economic and business principles and their application to the solution of agricultural problems. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (000014)
Application of selling and consulting techniques for agribusiness firms. 3 hours lecture. (015808)
Survey of microcomputer applications for agribusiness management, emphasizing personnel productivity software, including database manager, advanced spreadsheet, and electronic communication software. 3 hours lecture. (000025)
Introduction to the principles of farm accounting, farm business record keeping, agribusiness management, financial analysis, and enterprise budgeting. 3 hours lecture. (000020)
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 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (015011)
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 semester to semester and be different for different sections. See the class schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours seminar. (000022)
Prerequisite: 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. A maximum of 6 units of special problems may be applied toward a bachelor's degree in agriculture. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020956)
This course prepares interested students for regional and national Quiz Bowl competition of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. Areas of preparation include agricultural business and economics, general agriculture, statistics, economics, accounting, finance management and marketing. 1 hour lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (015866)
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. 3 hours lecture. (000024)
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. 3 hours lecture. (000026)
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. 3 hours lecture. (015010)
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. 3 hours lecture. (000027)
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. 3 hours lecture. (015981)
The goal of this course is to have students develop their analytical, decision-making, and communication skills related to marketing and management of food systems in the world economy. Focusing on the unique aspects of the food and fiber trade-physical attributes, storage practices, phytosanitary criteria, and food safety concerns. 3 hours lecture. (020799)
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. (000032)
A study of agricultural problems and policies of developing nations. Emphasis on cultural values; physical, economic, and political constraints; hunger and international trade. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (015535)
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 semester to semester and be different for different sections. See the class schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours seminar. (000034)
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 in agriculture under direct supervision of a faculty member. A maximum of 6 units may be applied toward a bachelor's degree in agriculture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (000035)
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. 3 hours seminar. (000049)
Prerequisite: ABUS 411.
Prepares students for the Western Collegiate Food Marketing Competition. Areas of preparation include developing a comprehensive marketing plan that incorporates: product/market assessment, defining business objectives, SWOT analysis, financial evaluation, and professional presentation skills. 1 hour seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020994)
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. 3 hours lecture. (000040)
Prerequisites: ABUS 301, ABUS 321, senior standing.
Agribusiness organization and management. Budgeting, input-output relationships, and enterprise analysis in decision making. Application of economic and management principles. Human resource management. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (000041)
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. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000067)
Prerequisites: 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. 3 hours lecture. (000029)
Prerequisites: ABUS 101.
Principles and techniques of farm and ranch appraisal. Valuation of farm and rural resources. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000031)
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 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (000030)
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. 3 hours lecture. (000179)
3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (000043)
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. 3 hours supervision. (000069)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (000071)

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Weekly conferences for students with projects; directed work on the University Farm and elsewhere. Individual and group problems. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (000157)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000166)
Principles of operation, adjustments, calibration, and safety of wheel and track-type tractors including implements and equipment commonly used in California agriculture. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000164)
Prerequisites: Department permission.
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. 3 hours supervision. (000169)
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 semester to semester and be different for different sections. See the class schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours seminar. (020966)
Prerequisite: 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. A maximum of 6 units of special problems may be applied toward a bachelor's degree in agriculture. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020957)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000168)
Prerequisites: PSSC 101 or PSSC 250 or faculty permission.
Design, management, and evaluation of landscape and agricultural irrigation systems for efficient water use. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000170)
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. (000174)
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 semester to semester and be different for different sections. See the class schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours seminar. (000176)
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 in agriculture under direct supervision of a faculty member. A maximum of 6 units may be applied toward a bachelor's degree in agriculture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (000177)
3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (000180)
Prerequisites: Department permission.
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. 3 hours supervision. (000184)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (000186)

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
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. 1 hour discussion. Credit/no credit grading. (000198)
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. (000190)
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. 1 hour seminar. (000202)
Prerequisite: Instructor permission
This course is designed to train, develop, and support students that serve in the Agriculture Ambassador role in the College of Agriculture (COA). In this course students learn about the COA and discover their own leadership and communications styles. Students work in teams to organize events and manage COA outreach. Students learn how to effectively represent the COA to numerous constituents, mostly prospective students. Outside of the class meeting time, they give tours, presentations, and conduct meetings. Students participate in leadership development, team building, information gathering, and service skill development activities. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (021407)
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 semester to semester and be different for different sections. See the class schedule for the specific topic being offered. 9 hours seminar. (020965)
Prerequisite: 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. A maximum of 6 units of special problems may be applied toward a bachelor's degree in agriculture. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020958)
Prerequisites: ANSC 101 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 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (000211)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000206)
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. 3 hours seminar. (000216)
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. 3 hours seminar. (000217)
Prerequisites: Prior approval of academic goals by the Internship Coordinator.
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-12.0 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. (000215)
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 semester to semester and be different for different sections. See the class schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours seminar. (000218)
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 in agriculture under direct supervision of a faculty member. A maximum of 6 units may be applied toward a bachelor's degree in agriculture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (000219)
Prerequisites: AGRI 331 or faculty permission.
A study of sustainable management practices in the context of agricultural land stewardship. The development of practical skills and understanding paramount to leadership and management of personal and professional activities. The focus is on identifying available resources, clarifiying goals, developing action plans, and promoting communication, savvy monitoring, and decision making that expedite progress toward a thriving enterprise and contribute to a sustainable community. Case studies, community activities, and discussion explore the impact of management decisions on progress toward desired goals. 3 hours lecture. (000225)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
An examination of major issues confronting agriculture emphasizing critical thinking, research, and balancing complex, and often opposing views of the role of agriculture in society. The course uses group work and presentations to enhance written and oral communication skills. This is the capstone course for AGRI, ANSC, and ABUS majors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (000229)
3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (000227)
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 hours lecture, 1 hour discussion. (000223)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000224)
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. 3 hours supervision. (000231)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (000232)
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. 18 hours independent study. (000233)
9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000240)

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000419)
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 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (000424)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000446)
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 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000436)
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. 3 hours lecture. (000454)
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 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (000434)
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 hours seminar, 2 hours activity. (000445)
An overview of the United States beef industry including an introduction to the segments of the beef production chain and the scope of the industry. The majority of the course focuses on basic principles including genetics and breeding, nutrition, reproduction, herd health, carcass evaluation and marketing. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (020992)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000462)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (015865)
An overview of the United States dairy industry, emphasizing the life cycle of the dairy cow. Topics include calf raising, heifer development, dry cow management, and lactation management. Within each stage of production, discussion may include health, nutrition, reproduction, and genetics. Additionally, facilities management and cow comfort are introduced. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (021029)
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 semester to semester and be different for different sections. See the class schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours seminar. (020968)
Prerequisite: 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. A maximum of 6 units of special problems may be applied toward a bachelor's degree in agriculture. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020959)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000455)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000457)
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 hours seminar, 3 hours laboratory. (000465)
Prerequisites: ANSC 101.
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 hours seminar, 3 hours laboratory. (000467)
Muscle growth and composition, nutritional and health concerns, meat safety and advances in product development, preparation and storage. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000447)
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. 3 hours lecture. (000466)
Prerequisite: ANSC 101.
This course covers all scientific aspects of organic dairy production including soil fertility, grazing management, pasture and forage quality, nutritional ration balancing on pasture, enhancing dry matter intake on pasture, holistic herd health (including homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicine), organic methods to improve milk quality, organic calf management strategies, and the organic certification process and how to develop your Organic System Plan. The course also covers many new topics of discussion for organic research and development. 3 hours lecture. (021420)
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. (000472)
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 semester to semester and be different for different sections. See the class schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours seminar. (000473)
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. A maximum of 6 units may be applied toward a bachelor's degree in agriculture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (000474)
Prerequisites: ANSC 101, CHEM 107. CHEM 108 is recommended.
Comparative study of anatomy and physiology of organ systems, with major emphasis on farm animals. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000456)
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. 3 hours seminar. (000468)
Prerequisites: ANSC 101, ANSC 271 or faculty permission.
Advanced instruction of world and United States beef production systems. Investigation of the segmentation of the beef industry, including seedstock, commercial cow-calf, stocker, feedlot, packer, retailer and consumer. Integrated beef production systems are evaluated based on consideration of genetics, nutrition, health, reproduction, product, forage management and marketing. 2 hours seminar, 3 hours laboratory. (000459)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (000463)
3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (000480)
Prerequisites: Department permission.
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. 3 hours supervision. (000481)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (000482)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
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. 18 hours independent study. (020208)

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Plant structure, growth, reproduction, and responses to the environment. How humans modify plants and the environment to grow crops. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. This is an approved General Education course. (007765)
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. 1 hour lecture. Credit/no credit grading. (007779)
Prerequisites: Department permission.
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. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. (007787)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (007776)
An evaluation of various decisions made in the management of fruit and nut trees. Management topics include studies of climate zones, soil selection, financing, farm organization, irrigation systems, field layout, varietal selection, nutritional needs, harvesting, labor management, marketing, and budgeting. The student is required to prepare a budget and calendar of orchard operations. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (021078)
Greenhouse construction, environment, and management practices, including heating and cooling, irrigation, fertilization, and pest control. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (007818)
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 semester to semester and be different for different sections. See the class schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours seminar. (020969)
Prerequisite: 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. A maximum of 6 units of special problems may be applied toward a bachelor's degree in agriculture. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020960)
Prerequisites: At least 21 years of age.
Grape-growing, and winemaking in California wine regions. Wine and food matching. Sensory evaluation. 2 hours lecture, 1 hour discussion. (007781)
Prerequisite: AGET 150 or faculty permission.
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 hour discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (007773)
Prerequisite: AGET 150.
Directed work and discussion on all spring aspects of field and row crop production practices applicable to northern California. 1 hour discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (007788)
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 hour discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (007791)
A survey of North American rangeland resources and the principles of their use and management, including basic plant-animal-soil relationships and multiple uses. 3 hours lecture. (007775)
Prerequisites: Completion of lower-division core or faculty permission.
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (007792)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (007797)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (007801)
Prerequisites: CHEM 107 or CHEM 111; PSSC 250.
An examination of materials and application methods used for protecting the health of plants in a manner that is safe for the environment, applicator, and consumer. Comprises the laws and regulations, safety, application, properties, mode of action, toxicology, and environmental impacts of pesticides, fertilizers, and other rmaterials used in agriculture. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (007806)
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 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (007808)
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. 3 hours lecture. (007810)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (007812)
Prerequisite: PSSC 101.
An experiential, field-oriented course covering origin, nutrition, environmental requirements, and management strategies for the sustainable production of vegetables. It provides students with the opportunity to appreciate the vast array of vegetables in the world and develop management skills for commercial production of vegetables in a sustainable manner. 3 hours lecture. (021404)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (007820)
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. (007824)
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. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (004874)
A study and analysis of various world agriculture systems that provide food and fiber. Environmental, technological, socio-economic, and political factors. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000068)
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 semester to semester and be different for different sections. See the class schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours seminar. (007827)
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. A maximum of 6 units may be applied toward a bachelor's degree in agriculture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (007828)
Prerequisites: PSSC 330 and completion of lower-division core.
Vegetation ecology with special reference to grassland, shrubland, and woodland communities and ecosystems. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (007793)
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. 3 hours lecture. (007833)
Prerequisites: AGRI 331; BIOL 446, PSSC 340, 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. 3 hours lecture. (007834)
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 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (007837)
Prerequisites: PSSC 250.
Properties of soils, fertilizers, and plant materials. Soil amendments and soil reaction effects on plants. Fertilizer usage. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (007840)
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. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (007861)
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. 3 hours seminar. (007864)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (007865)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
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. 18 hours independent study. (020213)
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