SCSC - Soil and Crop Sciences (SCSC)

SCSC 105 World Food and Fiber Crops

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

(AGRI 1307, 1407) World Food and Fiber Crops. Plant relationships, structure and development; environmental factors affecting plants; technological aspects of agricultural practices; food production for an increasing population.*

SCSC 201 Great Plains Settlement and Farming

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

American Indian hunting and farming; transformation by Manifest destiny, Homestead Act, railroads, Indian Wars, U.S. Army, crops and farm families; effects of World Wars, Great Depression, Dust Bowl, irrigation, fertilization, pest controls, precision farming.

SCSC 205 Problem Solving in Plant and Soil Systems

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Problems in management of soils, crops, and natural resources; problem solving skills including collecting, interpreting, using and communicating scientific and nonscientific data.

SCSC 289 Special Topics In...

Credits 0 to 4. 0 to 4 Other Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of soil and crop sciences. May be repeated for credit.

SCSC 291 Research

Credits 1 to 3. 1 to 3 Lecture Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in agronomy. May be repeated 2 times for credit.
Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

SCSC 301 Soil Science

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Evaluation of the nature and properties of soils; explanation of the various soils, their components and roles in the environment using the scientific methods and technology.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor.*

SCSC 302 Recreational Turf

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Principles underlying construction and maintenance practices for turf facilities including athletic fields, golf courses, parks and home lawns; aesthetic, safety and economic aspects of turf varieties, soil conditions, plant protectants and maintenance equipment.
Prerequisite: Biology or approval of instructor.

SCSC 304 Plant Breeding and Genetics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hours.

Genetic improvement of crops by hybridization and selection; special breeding methods and techniques applicable to naturally self-pollinated, cross-pollinated and asexually reproduced plants.
Prerequisite: SCSC 105.*

SCSC 305 Professional Development in Agronomy

Credit 1. 2 Lab Hours.

Enhancement of human relation skills related to a career in soil and crop sciences; field trip to Mississippi to interact with leadership from a global agricultural company; on-campus experiences to improve effective learning practices, job seeking and retention and setting and achieving near-term and long-term professional goals.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

SCSC 307 Crop Biology and Physiology

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Emphasis on seed biology, germination, development of cells and tissues, anatomy, and growth and development of crop plants; plant hormones and tropisms, membranes and membrane transport, water absorption and transport through plants, photosynthesis, respiration and carbohydrate metabolism, and flowering; environmental effects on crop adaptation, growth, development, and productivity.
Prerequisites: SCSC 205, junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor.

SCSC 309 Water in Soils and Plants

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Fundamentals of plant water use, and water movement and storage in soils; evapotranspiration, plant water requirements and irrigation scheduling; issues impacting irrigation and water quality; techniques for measuring soil and plant water relations.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor.

SCSC 310 Soil Morphology and Interpretations

Credits 2. 1 Lecture Hour. 3 Lab Hours.

Field study of morphological features of soil profiles and the morphological characterization of important soils of Texas in relation to soil use and management.
Prerequisite: SCSC 301 or registration therein.*

SCSC 311 Principles of Crop Production

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Review of plant physiology and crop adaptation to mesoclimates; crop management factors of planting, pest control, plant nutrition, irrigation, GIS, and harvesting techniques; special units on organic farming, conservation agriculture, farming in low-rainfall climates, and bioenergy crops; influence of markets, government policies, and the global economy on cropping strategies.
Prerequisites: SCSC 307, junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor.

SCSC 312 Professional Development in Turfgrass

Credit 1. 1 Lab Hour.

Includes but not limited to fertilizer, pesticide, irrigation calculations; turfgrass, insect and weed identification and management, soils and rootzone construction; irrigation system operation and auditing; sprayer and spreader operation and calibration; builds upon and allows application of information obtained in SCSC 302; designed to better prepare those intending to compete in the GCSAA and STMA Collegiate Turf Bowl competitions.
Prerequisite: SCSC 302 or registration therein.

SCSC 330 Social and Ethical Aspects of International Cropping Systems

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hours.

Philosophical basis of ethical decisions; includes slavery, war, population growth, migration, farm workers, chemical inputs, genetically modified organisms, soil and water conservation and protection of wild species.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

SCSC 401/FIVS 401 Forensic Soil Science

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Examination of soils biology, chemistry and physical attributes to solve crimes; soil and geologic characteristics associated with crime scene examination; physical, biological and chemical characteristics and use of trace evidence.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
Cross Listing: FIVS 401/SCSC 401.

SCSC 402 Crop Stress Management

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Identification, measurement, biology, physiology and management of crop stress; limitations of specific environments to crop productivity; morphological and physiological crop stress response mechanisms.
Prerequisites: SCSC 307, junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor.

SCSC 405 Soil and Water Microbiology

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Roles of soil and water microorganisms in the sustainability and productivity of various ecosystems with specific emphasis on plant-microbial interactions, nutrient cycling, degradation of pesticides and other xenobiotics, generation of trace gases, and soil and water quality; hands-on laboratory experience with current techniques in soil and water microbiology.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor.

SCSC 410 International Agricultural Systems

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Contrast modern agriculture systems with those in developing countries; emphasis on natural resources and technologies interacting with economic and social development on a global scale.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor.

SCSC 420 Brazilian Agriculture and Food Production Systems

Credits 3 to 6. 3 to 6 Lecture Hours.

Comparison and study of Brazilian and U.S. agriculture and culture related to soil, water, and forest conservation and management in Brazil; tour and learn about Amazon River, rain forest, Brasilia, farm, ranch, and floral production systems, agricultural cooperatives and research, sugar and alcohol production, phosphate mining and production; visit points of interest.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

SCSC 421 International Agricultural Research Centers - Mexico

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

International agricultural research; CIMMYT interaction; modern and underdeveloped tropical agricultural systems; introduction to Mexican culture; critical evaluation of complex and international agricultural issues and research programs.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

SCSC 422 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrient Management

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Chemical and biological reactions in soils that influence nutrient availability to plants; environmental aspects associated with nutrient availability and fertilization, especially for nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P).
Prerequisites: SCSC 301, junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor.

SCSC 423 Natural Resources and Agricultural Sustainability in UK

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Environmental impacts and sustainability of United Kingdom and U.S. agriculture compared; soil, water, crop, and environmental management; conservation of watersheds; production of hydropower; sustainable use of water resources; cultural immersion.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.

SCSC 427 Sports Field Construction

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Development of knowledge, skills, and experiences for the design and construction of a turfgrass-based sports field; case studies and visits to model fields, guest lectures from sports field owners, designers, and construction company managers; hands-on construction of a small-scale sand-based sports field.
Prerequisites: SCSC 309, junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor.

SCSC 428 Advanced Turf Ecology and Physiology

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Examination of how environmental stresses, genetics, and cultural management practices influence the growth, development, and physiology of turfgrasses; exploration of how turf communities function within urban landscapes; introduction to environmental, social, and political issues encountered when managing these areas.

SCSC 429 Turf Management Systems

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Development of turf management plans for large turfgrass sites including parks, golf courses and sports facilities; use of case studies to critically analyze turf management programs.
Prerequisite: SCSC 428.

SCSC 430 Turfgrass Maintenance

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Activities in a day-to-day turfgrass maintenance operation; decision-making in culture, equipment, irrigation systems, budgets, records and labor management. Laboratory includes principles and actual mechanical procedures involved in maintaining turfgrass.
Prerequisite: SCSC 428 or approval of instructor.*

SCSC 432 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrient Management Laboratory

Credit 1. 3 Lab Hours.

Methods used in soil testing, fertilizer recommendations, chemical and physical properties of soils, and determination of specific characteristics of a collected and analyzed soil sample.
Prerequisites: SCSC 301; SCSC 422 or registration therein, junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor.*

SCSC 441 Crop Production Systems

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Integration of crop production and management concepts through a systems approach; application of concepts using case studies and team projects.
Prerequisite: Senior classification or approval of instructor.

SCSC 444 Forage Ecology and Management

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Investigation of multidisciplinary approaches toward the development of integrated forage, livestock, and wildlife production systems that are economically feasible and environmentally sustainable.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

SCSC 446 Weed Management and Ecology

Credits 4. 3 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Practical information related to weed management and ecology for various vegetative systems to include turf and agronomic crops; calibration of applicators, herbicide labels, mode of action of herbicides, herbicide-resistant weed management.
Prerequisites: CHEM 222, SCSC 307, junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor.

SCSC 452 Chemical Weed Control Laboratory

Credit 1. 0 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Important weed problems in Texas; herbicides and equipment used for herbicidal application.
Prerequisite: SCSC 450 or registration therein.*

SCSC 455 Environmental Soil and Water Science

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Discussion of physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil and water and the impact on productivity and sustainability of various ecosystems; application of the knowledge of properties and soil processes to develop and evaluate strategies for protecting and/or improving soil and water quality.
Prerequisite: SCSC 301 or approval of instructor.

SCSC 458 Watershed and Water Quality Management

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Land use impact on surface and ground water chemistry; legislation impacting water quality; surface and groundwater impairment and restoration.
Prerequisite: CHEM 101 or equivalent or approval of instructor; junior or senior classification.

SCSC 481 Senior Seminar

Credits 2. 2 Lecture Hours.

Capstone course bringing together student experiences, exams, and exercises necessary for completing and assessing curriculum program learning outcomes.
Prerequisite: Senior classification.

SCSC 484 Internship

Credits 1 to 3. 1 to 3 Lecture Hours.

Practical on-the-job experience in the student's area of specialization.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification; approval of instructor; 2.0 or better GPR in major and overall.

SCSC 485 Directed Studies

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours.

For advanced undergraduates to permit field or laboratory investigation or study of subject matter not included in established courses.
Prerequisite: 10 hours of junior and senior agronomy or approval of instructor.

SCSC 489 Special Topics in...

Credits 1 to 4. 1 to 4 Lecture Hours. 0 to 4 Lab Hours.

Selected topics in an identified area of agronomy. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Approval of department head.*

SCSC 491 Research

Credits 1 to 3. 1 to 3 Lecture Hours.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in agronomy. May be repeated 2 times for credit. Registration in multiple sections of this course are possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.