Sustainable Plant and Soil Sciences

SPSS 1110: Fundamentals of Horticulture

Course Description:
Three credits. Salsedo Science and practice of horticultural plant propagation and culture. Basic concepts of plant structure, growth and function. Integrated pest management. Impact of new technology. Horticulture and the environment.

Semester offered: Fall, Spring or Full-Year


SPSS 2520: Floral Art

Course Description:
Two credits. The study of flower arrangement as an art form with emphasis on historical background, artistic principles, color harmony and care of perishable media. Individual expression is encouraged in the creation of floral composition.

Semester offered: Fall, Spring or Full-Year

Student Eligibility Guidelines for SPSS 1110 & 2520:

Successful completion of one year of high school biology recommended.


SPSS 3530: Advanced Floral Design

Course Description:
Two credits. Prerequisite: SPSS 2520. In-depth study of post-harvest requirements for specialized floral crops. Exposure to novel floral materials and abstract, tribute, high-style, and wedding designs. Retail price structuring, wire services, and mass-production concepts.

Semester offered: Fall, Spring or Full-Year

Student Eligibility Guidelines for SPSS 3530:

A student must pass SPSS 2520 with a grade of a "C" or higher to continue on to SPSS 3530.


SPSS 1150: Agricultural Technology and Society

Course Description:
Development of agricultural systems and technologies and their influence on societies. Topics include plant and animal domestication, food and industrial crops and centers of production, environmental issues, and agricultural ethics.

Semester offered: Fall, Spring or Full-Year


SPSS 3230: Biotechnology- Science, Application, Impact, Perception

Course Description:
Three credits. Scientific, legal and ethical aspects of Biotechnology, application in agriculture, health medicine, forensics, and the environment. Designed for students with diverse departmental affiliations.

Semester offered: Fall, Spring or Full-Year

Student Eligibility Guidelines for SPSS 1150 & 3230:

Successful completion of one year of high school biology recommended.


SPSS 3240: Plant Biotechnology

Course Description:
Three credits. Principles of recombinant DNA and plant gene transfer technologies. Applications of plant biotechnology in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, human/animal health care, and pharmaceutical industry. Social and environmental impacts of plant biotechnology.

Semester offered: Fall, Spring or Full-Year

Student Eligibility Guidelines for SPSS 3240:

A student must pass SPSS3230 with a grade of a "C" or higher to continue on to SPSS3240.


SPSS 2120: Environmental Soil Science

Course Description:
Three credits. Introduction to the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils. The relationship between soils and the growth of higher plants. Impact of soils on environmental quality.

Semester offered: Fall, Spring or Full-Year

Student Eligibility Guidelines for SPSS 2120:

Successful completion of one year of high school chemistry recommended.


Instructor Certification Requirements:

The minimum requirements for instructor certification are Bachelor's and Master's degrees in plant science or a related discipline and three years teaching experience. A Master's degree in Education may be acceptable if applicants completed sufficient undergraduate and graduate courses in plant science and related disciplines. Access to a lab, and other resources are required to support applied learning opportunities. Other factors that will be considered include instructor's experience in applied aspects of plant science and participation in professional development activities. Teachers must submit a detailed lecture and lab syllabus with their application for certification.

Instructor Resources: 

SPSS 1110 Sample Syllabus
SPSS 2520 Sample Syllabus
SPSS 3530 Sample Syllabus
SPSS 3230 Sample Syllabus