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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 11
FORAGE CROPS (2)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture

Crop Science 11 provides instruction in the production, harvesting, and utilization of the principal California forage crops, with particular emphasis upon San Joaquin Valley production.  Major forage crops covered include corn silage, alfafa, pastures, sorghums, sudans and winter forages.  (AA, CSU)

CRPSCI 13                  
FIELD CROPS
(3)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 3 Laboratory

Crop Science 13 provides instruction in the production, distribution, and utilization of the major field crops in California, including cotton, sugar bees, and safflower.  The college farm laboratory and commercial farms are utilized to expose students to the various production farming and business practices involved in  agricultural production. (AA, CSU)

CRPSCI 16A                
INTRODUCTION TO INSECT
PEST MANAGEMENT (1)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 3 Laboratory (6 weeks)

Crop Science 16A provides instruction in the management of insect crop and livestock pests. Emphasis is on identification, prevention, monitoring and control within an integrated  pest management framework. (AA, CSU)

CRPSCI 16B                
INTRODUCTION TO WEED MANAGEMENT (1)   

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 3 Laboratory (6 weeks)

Crop Science 16B provides instruction in the management of weed crop and livestock pests.  Emphasis is on identification, prevention, monitoring and control of weed pests within an integrated crop production framework. (AA, CSU)

CRPSCI 16C
INTRODUCTION TO PLANT DISEASE MANAGEMENT(1)              

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 3 Laboratory

Crop Science 16C provides instruction in the management of plant disease pests.  Emphasis is on identification, prevention, monitoring and control within an integrated crop production framework.  (AA, CSU)

CRPSCI 18A  
COOL SEASON VEGETABLE CROP PRODUCTION (1.5)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 3 Laboratory (9 weeks)

Crop Science 18A provides instruction in the production, harvesting, and marketing of the major cool season vegetable crops in the San Joaquin Valley.  These include: lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, onions, and garlic. (AA, CSU)

CRPSCI 18B                   
WARM SEASON VEGETABLE CROP
PRODUCTION (1.5)

Class Hours:  2 Lecture, 3 Laboratory (9 weeks)

Crop Science 18B provides instruction in the production, harvesting, and marketing of the major warm season vegetable crops in the San Joaquin Valley.  These include: cantaloupes, watermelon, fresh market tomatoes, squash, snow peas and sweet corn.  A section on vegetable seed production is also included. (AA, CSU)

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 30/60            
CROP SCIENCE EXPERIMENTAL COURSES
(.5-3)

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

All courses numbered 30/60 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 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 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.

CRPSCI 80          
PESTICIDE APPLICATION
(1.5)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture (9 weeks)

Crop Science 80 is designed to train students as pest control applicators and to assist in passing state certification and licensing exams. Emphasis is on the correct and safe method of using pesticides.  May be taken two times for credit. (AA)

CRPSCI 81
SEMINAR IN INTERGRATED
PEST MANAGEMENT (1)

Class Hours:  3 Lecture (6 weeks)

Crop Science 81 is a seminar course designed to aid PCA's and PCO's and others in the pest industry to obtain educational units to maintain their licenses.  Instruction will include but not be limited to: laws and regulations, pesticide application, pest scouting, updates in materials and their usage, and biological tools in pest management.  Current crop science students are encouraged to take this course to remain current on pest management issues.  May be taken three times for credit. (AA)

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