AGRONOMY 1 — COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/CO-OP IN AGRONOMY

1 credit.

Full-time off-campus work experience which combines classroom theory with practical knowledge of operations to provide students with a background upon which to base a professional career. Students receive credit only for the term in which they are actively enrolled and working. The same work experience may not count towards credit in AGRONOMY 399.

AGRONOMY 100 — PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN CROP PRODUCTION

4 credits.

Plant science applied to the growth, production, management, distribution and utilization of field crops.

AGRONOMY/​AGROECOL/​C&E SOC/​ENTOM/​ENVIR ST  103 — AGROECOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ECOLOGY OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

3 credits.

Agroecology has blossomed across the world in recent decades as not only a science, but also a practice, and a movement. This course will challenge students to employ the multiple disciplines and perspectives that Agroecology affords to analyze our agricultural and food systems wihin a broader context of dynamic social and ecological relationships.

AGRONOMY/​ENTOM/​NUTR SCI  203 — INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH

3 credits.

Introduces students to global health concepts through multidisciplinary speakers dedicated to improving health through their unique training. It targets students with an interest in public health and those who wish to learn how their field impacts their global issues.

AGRONOMY 289 — HONORS INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-2 credits.

INTER-AG 288

AGRONOMY 299 — INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 credits.

AGRONOMY 300 — CROPPING SYSTEMS

3 credits.

Agronomic cropping systems of the Midwest: environmental impacts, productivity, and profitability. Cropping system diversification and sustainable agriculture. An agroecological approach, the application of ecological concepts and principles for the improvement of cropping systems is emphasized.

AGRONOMY 302 — FORAGE MANAGEMENT AND UTILIZATION

3 credits.

Establishment, management, harvesting and utilization of forage crops for use as hay, pasture and silage. Emphasis on cool season perennial grasses and legumes.

AGRONOMY/​HORT/​SOIL SCI  326 — PLANT NUTRITION MANAGEMENT

3 credits.

Functions, requirements and uptake of essential plant nutrients; chemical and microbial processes affecting nutrient availability; diagnosis of plant and soil nutrient status; fertilizers and efficient fertilizer use in different tillage systems.

AGRONOMY/​HORT  328 — INTEGRATED WEED MANAGEMENT

4 credits.

Prevalence and persistence of weeds, evaluation of competitive and allelopathic effects, methods and principles of control including proper identification of common weed species.

AGRONOMY/​HORT  338 — PLANT BREEDING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY

3 credits.

Principles of transferring plant genes by sexual, somatic, and molecular methods and the application of gene transfer in plant breeding and genetic engineering to improve crop plants.

AGRONOMY/​BOTANY/​HORT  339 — PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY: PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES I

4 credits.

Theoretical and practical training in plant biotechnology including molecular biology, protein biochemistry and basic bioinformatic techniques used in fundamental and applied research on plants. Valuable hands-on training to those interested in careers in biotechnology.

AGRONOMY/​BOTANY/​HORT  340 — PLANT CELL CULTURE AND GENETIC ENGINEERING

4 credits.

Theoretical and practical training in plant cell and tissue culture, and plant genetic engineering. Includes overview of current techniques, biosafety and regulatory requirements, and experimental design and analysis used in fundamental and applied research on plants. Valuable hands-on training to those interested in careers in biotechnology.

AGRONOMY/​A A E/​INTER-AG/​NUTR SCI  350 — WORLD HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION

3 credits.

Hunger and poverty in developing countries and the United States. Topics include: nutrition and health, population, food production and availability, and income distribution and employment.

AGRONOMY/​ENTOM/​HORT/​PL PATH/​SOIL SCI  354 — DIAGNOSING AND MONITORING PEST AND NUTRIENT STATUS OF FIELD CROPS

1 credit.

This course is designed to provide students with information necessary to diagnosis and monitor corn, soybean, alfalfa and wheat for pests (insects, weeds, diseases) and nutrient deficiency symptoms including perspectives from Agronomy, Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Soil Science. Proper soil and pest sampling information will be provided as will proper crop staging techniques which are essential for pest and nutrient management.

AGRONOMY/​HORT  360 — GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS: SCIENCE, REGULATION & CONTROVERSY

2 credits.

Explores how and why genetically modified (GM) crops are created and their regulation at the federal and state level. Through case studies, students will learn about the impacts of GM crops and critically evaluate arguments both for and against their use. Readings and discussion introduce students to the complex economic, cultural, and political issues surrounding GM crops.

AGRONOMY/​BOTANY/​SOIL SCI  370 — GRASSLAND ECOLOGY

3 credits.

Understand factors driving global, continental, regional, and local distribution of grasslands. Discuss how management affects provision of grassland ecosystem goods and services. Compare and contrast plant community and ecosystem dynamics in native prairie and intensively managed pastures.

AGRONOMY/​AGROECOL/​DY SCI  371 — MANAGED GRAZING FIELD STUDY

1-2 credits.

This is a course for students who are interested in developing a comprehensive understanding of the principles, practices, and conservation potential of managed grazing systems, and how these farming systems may contribute to the sustainability and diverse tapestry of Wisconsin's working landscape. Students will visit managed grazing systems of successful grazing-based farmers (graziers) across southern/central counties in Wisconsin, and/or research sites at UW's Arlington and/or Lancaster Research Stations and/or the Discovery Farms Program. Students will have the opportunity to discuss at length with farm managers and researchers the practices in place at each farm and research site. Readings will be assigned and discussed. Students will be introduced to CALS/UWEX pasture forage/nutrient management planning and budgeting software. A course fee (expected to be approx. $75-$100/student) will be assessed to cover transportation between field sites and farmer-grazier cooperator honoraria.

AGRONOMY 375 — SPECIAL TOPICS

1-4 credits.

AGRONOMY 377 — CROPPING SYSTEMS OF THE TROPICS

3 credits.

Crops and cropping systems of the tropics. The environmental requirements of the major crops, their botany, and how they fit into local farming systems will be emphasized. For students with broad interests in tropical agriculture and food production.

AGRONOMY 399 — COORDINATIVE INTERNSHIP/COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

1-8 credits.

AGRONOMY 400 — STUDY ABROAD IN AGRONOMY

1-6 credits.

Provides an area equivalency for courses taken on Madison Study Abroad Programs that do not equate to existing UW courses. W.-Madison Study Abroad Program

AGRONOMY 500 — SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE

2 credits.

A stepping stone between the classroom and society. Emphasizes discussion and activities for enhancing integration of diverse bodies of knowledge, critical thinking, and effective written and oral communication.

AGRONOMY/​HORT  501 — PRINCIPLES OF PLANT BREEDING

3 credits.

Principles involved in breeding and maintaining economic crops; factors affecting the choice of breeding methods; alternative approaches through hybridization and selection.

AGRONOMY/​HORT  502 — TECHNIQUES OF PLANT BREEDING

1 credit.

Lab and field techniques used in breeding and maintaining economic crops.

AGRONOMY/​ATM OCN/​SOIL SCI  532 — ENVIRONMENTAL BIOPHYSICS

3 credits.

Plant-environment interactions with particular reference to energy exchanges and water relations. Models are used to provide a quantitative synthesis of information from plant physiology, soil physics, and micrometeorology with some consideration of plant-pest interactions.

AGRONOMY/​C&E SOC/​MED HIST/​PHILOS  565 — THE ETHICS OF MODERN BIOTECHNOLOGY

3-4 credits.

Study of ethical issues arising from the application of modern biotechnology to microorganisms, crops, and non-human animals. Readings cover moral theory, technology studies, political philosophy, the science used in biotechnology, and current regulations governing its use.

AGRONOMY/​ENTOM/​F&W ECOL/​M&ENVTOX  632 — ECOTOXICOLOGY: THE CHEMICAL PLAYERS

1 credit.

Introduction to natural and man-made toxins/toxicants, their distribution, transport, and fate in the environment. Includes lectures, current research presentations, and discussions.

AGRONOMY/​ENTOM/​F&W ECOL/​M&ENVTOX  633 — ECOTOXICOLOGY: IMPACTS ON INDIVIDUALS

1 credit.

Addresses absorption, biotransformation, elimination of toxins in a wide variety of taxa (plants, invertebrates, vertebrates), and includes lectures, current research presentations, and discussions.

AGRONOMY/​ENTOM/​F&W ECOL/​M&ENVTOX  634 — ECOTOXICOLOGY: IMPACTS ON POPULATIONS, COMMUNITIES AND ECOSYSTEMS

1 credit.

Focuses on the impact of toxicants on populations, communities, ecosystems, and includes risk evaluation. Includes lectures, current research presentations, and discussions.

AGRONOMY 681 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

2-4 credits.

AGRONOMY 682 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

2-4 credits.

Continuation of 681.

AGRONOMY 699 — SPECIAL PROBLEMS

1-4 credits.

Offered at Madison and the branch experiment stations.

AGRONOMY/​AGROECOL/​ENVIR ST  724 — AGROECOSYSTEMS AND GLOBAL CHANGE

3 credits.

Impacts of global change drivers (climate change, atmospheric chemistry, bioenergy, urbanization, policy) on agroecosystems and their associated goods and services; environmental impacts of agricultural land use and feedbacks to climate; modeling approaches; critical review of current scientific literature.

AGRONOMY 771 — EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS

1 credit.

Review of methods for controlling error in research experiments; review and in-depth development of factorial treatment designs; theory, analysis, and examples of advanced experimental designs for plant and animal research.

AGRONOMY 772 — APPLICATIONS IN ANOVA

1 credit.

Development of models, programs, inferences, and interpretations of analysis of variance in biological research; mixed vs. random effects models and their development; choosing the correct inference range; variance and covariance analyses; repeated measures; dealing with missing data; SAS programming.

AGRONOMY 799 — PRACTICUM IN AGRONOMY TEACHING

1-3 credits.

Instructional orientation to teaching at the higher education level in the agricultural and life sciences, direct teaching experience under faculty supervision, experience in testing and evaluation of students, and the analysis of teaching performance.

AGRONOMY/​HORT  811 — BIOMETRICAL PROCEDURES IN PLANT BREEDING

3 credits.

Use of statistical methods to facilitate improvements in quantitative traits of cultivated plants.

AGRONOMY/​HORT  812 — SELECTION THEORY FOR QUANTITATIVE TRAITS IN PLANTS

2 credits.

Discuss advanced topics in selection theory and the utilization of molecular markers in selection.

AGRONOMY/​HORT  850 — ADVANCED PLANT BREEDING

3 credits.

Concepts in improvement of major crop species. Historically important breeding methods and new approaches. Lectures and discussion.

AGRONOMY 875 — SPECIAL TOPICS

1-4 credits.

AGRONOMY 920 — SEMINAR

1 credit.

AGRONOMY/​ATM OCN/​BOTANY/​ENTOM/​ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL/​GEOG/​ZOOLOGY  953 — INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY RESEARCH AT UW-MADISON

1-2 credits.

This seminar course will introduce new graduate students to the diversity of ecologists across the UW-Madison campus. Course meetings will include discussions of key topics in professional development, research presentations by faculty members, and discussions of assigned papers with senior graduate students.

AGRONOMY/​GENETICS/​HORT  957 — SEMINAR-PLANT BREEDING

1 credit.

AGRONOMY 990 — RESEARCH

1-9 credits.