Plant and Wildlife Sciences Courses

A course listed in the Graduate Catalog does not guarantee it will be taught in a specific semester or academic year.
PWS
505
Aquatic and Terrestrial Biogeochemistry.
3
An in-depth treatment of global biogeochemical cycles, focusing on cycles of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Special attention will be given to the microbial mediated transformations and the impact of human disturbances in terrestrial and aquatic environments.
PWS
512
Rangeland Landscape Ecology and Geographic Information Systems.
3
Applying landscape ecology theory to evaluate, describe, and predict spatial patterns and processes within rangeland ecosystems using geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and global positioning systems (GPS).
PWS
513
Environmental Field Instrumentation.
4
Hands-on course and lab teaching students how to use instrumentation in the field and in controlled settings to measure key environmental parameters. Learning the physical principles underlying sensors.
Prerequisites: 
Phscs 105 and PWS 282; or equivalents.
PWS
514
Soil Microbiology.
2
Ecology and role of soil microorganisms in biogeochemical cycles, decomposition of organic matter and waste materials, and bioremediation of contaminated soils and water.
Prerequisites: 
Chem 105 and 106; or equivalents.
PWS
520
Saline and Sodic Soils.
3
Physical and chemical properties of saline and sodic soils and irrigation waters--their diagnosis, reclamation, and management for sustainable crop production.
Prerequisites: 
PWS 305, Chem 105, 106, 107; or equivalents.
PWS
540
Plant Response to the Environment.
3
Advanced plant physiological ecology principles.
Prerequisites: 
PWS 440 or equivalent; PWS 494R or concurrent enrollment.
PWS
547
Ungulate Conservation and Management.
2
Integrating principles of natural history, population ecology, behavior, and conservation biology of North American ungulates. Special emphasis on management and conservation applications.
Prerequisites: 
PWS or Bio 350; and Bio 447; or equivalents.
PWS
551
Quantitative Ecology.
3
Quantitative methods for ecological sampling and data analysis.
Prerequisites: 
Bio 350 or equivalent; Stat 121 or 511 or concurrent enrollment.
PWS
553
Restoration Ecology.
3
Nature of ecosystem disturbance and plant succession; developing science and practice of ecological restoration; case studies of applied restoration.
Prerequisites: 
PWS 282, 416; Bio 350; or equivalents.
PWS
554
Wildlife Behavioral Ecology.
3
Integrating principles of ethology, sociobiology, and behavioral ecology using examples from wildlife resources; behavioral sampling methods.
Prerequisites: 
Bio 100, 350; or equivalents.
PWS
559
Molecular Plant Breeding.
3
Molecular genetics methods applied to improvement of economically important plants. Theory and methods of plant transformations.
Prerequisites: 
PWS 265, 340, 485, 586, PDBio 360; or equivalents; PWS 494R or concurrent enrollment.
PWS
560
Soil and Plant Analysis.
2
Laboratory chemical analysis of soils and plant materials in soil and plant research.
Prerequisites: 
Chem 105, 106, 107; or equivalent.
PWS
575
Plant Pathology.
3
Concepts associated with symptoms, development, control, and classification of plant diseases. Identification and classification of plant fungi, bacteria, and viruses.
Prerequisites: 
PWS 100 or equivalent.
PWS
586
Plant Cell Biology.
3
Molecular aspects of the structural and functional characteristics of plant cells, emphasizing characteristics of plant cells setting them apart from animal cells.
Prerequisites: 
PDBio 360, PWS 340, 440; or equivalents.
PWS
598
R
Advanced Topics in the Plant and Wildlife Sciences.
1-3
PWS
629
Conservation of Mega and Meso Carnivores.
3
Life histories of representative carnivores with political, popular, and managerial problems surrounding their existing and proposed conservation.
PWS
633
Biometry and Experimental Design.
3
The design, analysis, and interpretation of biological research using modern analytical tools and relevant software.
Prerequisites: 
Stat 121 or 510 or equivalent.
PWS
634
Analysis and Management of Plant and Animal Populations.
3
Exposure to common tools for analysis and management of plant and animal populations. Program mark, program distance, movement and home range analysis, point pattern analysis, etc.
PWS
660
Environmental Site Evaluation and Analysis.
2
Sampling, analyzing, and interpretation of plant, water, and soil matrixes in native, agricultural, and urban sites. Emphasis on completing Environmental Site Assessments.
Prerequisites: 
PWS 282; 283; PWS 405 or 406; or equivalents.
PWS
670
Analysis of Complex Genomes.
3
Genetic analysis of quantitative traits in plants and animals.
Prerequisites: 
PWS 340 or equivalent.
PWS
673
R
Plant Cytogenetics.
3
Prerequisites: 
PWS 340, 485; or equivalents.
PWS
673
R
Cytogenetics.
3
Chromosome structure and function; classical and molecular cytological methods of chromosome and genome analysis.
Prerequisites: 
PWS 340, 485; or equivalents.
PWS
694
R
Seminar.
1
PWS
697
R
Research.
1-9
PWS
698
R
Master's Project.
1-6
PWS
699
R
Master's Thesis.
1-9
PWS
799
R
Doctoral Dissertation.
1-9
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