2004 - 2005 Catalog

Course Descriptions

CROP SCIENCE

CRPSCI 1 
INTRODUCTION TO PLANT SCIENCE (3)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 3 Laboratory. Strongly Recommended Preparation:  ENG 101B or equivalent.

This course is designed to provide the students with a working knowledge of the fundamental structures and processes of plants. Principles to be applied cover plant structures, physiology, heredity, environmental relationship to growth, adaptation, and management of crops. Techniques of research, exploration of plant growth, and identification of economical crops will be included. (AA, CSU)

CRPSCI 6 
APPLICATION OF GPS TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTRE (4)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory. Strongly Recommended Preparation:  ENG 101B or equivalent.

Crop Science 6 provides an introduction and overview of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and its application in agriculture and a site-specific management system.  Students will use GPS/DGPS receivers to map fields, navigate to way point, and record data when planning or spreading farming inputs on fields. (AA, CSU)

CRPSCI 7 
GPS CROP AND YIELD MONITORING (4)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture, 3 Laboratory. Strongly Recommended Preparations:  Math 101 or equivalent.

Crop Science 7 is concerned with defining geography location and assessing referenced crop and soil  conditions, using data loggers, interpreting  remote sensing data, collecting yield-monitoring results, and developing GOS and GIS maps.

CRPSCI 19                  
WATER MANAGEMENT (2)

Class Hours: 1 Lecture, 3 Laboratory

Crop Science 19 provides instruction in the fundamentals of irrigation application and measurement systems. It includes a study of the basic irrigation system: flood, surge, sprinkler, trickle or drip, sub-irrigation, and their variations.  California's water systems and water quality problems will be reviewed.  Various types of pumps and pumping systems will also be studied. (AA, CSU)

CRPSCI 49/99            
DIRECTED STUDY
(1-2)

Class Hours:  54 laboratory for each semester unit. No more than 2 units per semester per 49/99 series.

Crop Science 49/99 is designed for students who wish to undertake special projects related to a particular field.  Students, under instructor guidance and acknowledgement, may pursue individual exploration after completing or while currently enrolled in at least one course in the department of directed study. (AA, CSU)

CRPSCI 60            
CROP SCIENCE EXPERIMENTAL COURSES
(.5-3)

Class Hours:  18 Lecture hours or 54 Laboratory hours for each semester unit.

All courses numbered 60 are designed to permit department to meet an immediate student or community need, to explore newer methods in teaching a subject, to offer courses which are innovative, and to provide curriculum variety and flexibility.  A required course description identifies each course subject.  These courses may be taken for CR/NC.

CRPSCI 61
INTRODUCTION TO PRECISION AGRICULTURE (1)

Class Hours:  .5 Lecture, 1.5 Laboratory

Crop Science 61 is a short course specifically designed to provide interested persons with an introduction to the field of precision agriculture.  This course will provide the necessary knowledge to operate and apply Global Positioning Systems, as well as mapping, swathing, soil condition evaluation and variable rate application and guidance.

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