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The following is a listing of courses taught in the Horticultural Science undergraduate curriculum.
Note: F=Fall, S=Spring, SS=Summer

FRC 1010 - Growing Fruit for Fun and Profit . S
1 credit. Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Darnell
For first and second year students, especially non-majors, desiring a concise mini-course in fruit growing and marketing. Fruit crops include citrus, pecan, blueberry, strawberry, peach, grape, apple, mango and avocado.

FRC 3212 - Introduction to Citrus Culture and Production. S odd years
3 credits. Instructor: Dr. Fred Davies
Citrus botany, scion and rootstock selection, site selection, fruit quality grove design and production practices.

FRC 3213L - Introduction to Citrus Culture and Production Lab. S odd years
1 credit. Instructor: Dr. Fred Davies
Hands-on practical experience in various aspects of citrus culture.

FRC 3252 - Tropical and Subtropical Fruits. F even years
2 credits. Instructor: Dr. Jose Chaparro
Culture and management of important tropical and subtropical fruit, including avocado, banana, mango, papaya, loquat, persimmon, pineapple, coffee and others.

FRC 3274
Tree & Small Fruit Production F. odd years
3 credits. Instructor: Dr. Jeff Williamson
Current principles and cultural practices in deciduous tree, bush and vine crops. Major emphasis will be on practical aspects of production.

HOS 1014 - Vegetable Gardening. F 
1 credit. Instructor: Rachel Itle
A course primarily for non-majors who desire to learn the basic principles of vegetable gardening. A garden will be required of each student.

HOS 3020 - Principles of Horticultural Crop Production. F
3 credits. Instructor: Dr. Fred Davies & Dr. Xin Zhao
The objective of this course is to provide the student with basic understanding of the world fruit and vegetable industry. Emphasis will be placed on world, US & Florida production regions, biology, soils, nutrition, terminology, types of fruits and vegetables, site selection and more.

HOS 3222C 
3 credits. Instructor: Dr. Daniel Cantliffe
The principles and practices of crop production in protected structures. Structure type, media, fertilization and pest control practices emphasized.

HOS 3281C - Organic & Sustainable Crop Production. F 
3 credits. Instructor: Dr. Xin Zhao
Concepts/techniques of organic & sustainable production of horticultural crops, including soil/water management, pest control, harvest, handling & marketing.

HOS 3305 - Introduction to Plant Molecular Biology. F
3 credits. Instructor: Dr. Dave Clark
Prereq: APB 2150, BOT 2010C or BSC 2010
Introduction to plant molecular biology and genetic engineering, emphasizing plant genes and genomes, transformation of plants and basic molecular biology.

HOS 3430C - Nutrition of Horticultural Crops. S of odd years
3 credits. Instructor: Dr. Eric Simonne
Study and discussion of physiological, biochemical and environmental factors influencing nutritional status & productivity of horticultural crops.

HOS 4283C - Advanced Organic & Sustainable Crop Production. S 
3 credits. Instructor: Dr. Xin Zhao
An intensive examination of the methods & techniques necessary for organic and sustainable production of marketing of horticultural products.

HOS 4304 - Horticultural Physiology. F
3 credits. Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Darnell
Basic concepts and processes of physiology as they relate to plant growth and development.

HOS 4313C - Laboratory Methods in Plant Molecular Biology. F
2 credits. Instructor: Dr. Eduardo Vallejos
Prereq: AGR 3303 or HOS 3305 and PCB 3063
This course provides hands-on laboratory experience in plant molecular biology. Utilizing current techniques for isolation, purification and cloning of plant DNA, students will learn many basic techniques in plant biotechnology.

HOS 4341 - Advanced Horticultural Physiology. S
3 credits. Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Darnell
Environmental effects (light, temperature and water) on physiology, growth and development of plants.

HOS 4905 - Independent Study. F, S, SS
1-3 Credits
Selected research topics in production, physiology, molecular biology and/or genetics of horticultural crops.

HOS 4905 - Organic Weed Management. S
3 credits. Instructor: Dr. Carlene Chase
Ecological principles can be applied in agroecosystems to manage weeds in more sustainable manner. Alternative weed management approaches that are less dependent on herbicides and utilize ecological processes detrimental to weed and weed seed survival will be emphasized. Students will learn actively by servicing as moderators, critically analyzing pertinent literature and participating in discussions of supplemental reading.

HOS 4909 - Honors Project. F, S, SS
1-3 Variable credit (up to 6)
An individual special project course restricted to students in the college's Honors Program. Students will complete a project on a selected topic, issue or problem. Projects may relate to research, teaching or extension. The project will be reviewed by at least two faculty members chosen by the honors coordinator.

HOS 4932 - Special Topics in Horticultural Sciences. F, S, SS
(offered Fall 2010)
1-8 Variable credit
Critical review of selected topics in specific areas not covered in other Horticultrual Sciences courses.

HOS 4933 - Professional Development in Horticulture. S
1 credit. Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Darnell
This course will focus on professional skills development, such as resume writing, interview skills and salary negotiations. In addition, guest speakers from many facets of the horticultural industry will give students and opportunity to learn more about their career options in horticulture.

HOS 4941 - Practical Work Experience. F, S, SS
1-3 Credits
Practical work that must be a new experience and related to the field of study.

HOS 5085 - Principles of Postharvest Horticulture

3 credits. 
Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Brecht
Prereq:BOT 3503 and BCH 3023 or equivalent
Offered even-numbered years in fall.
Biological principles involved in harvesting, grading, packaging, transportation, and marketing horticultural crops, and their effects on quality maintenance.

HOS 5242 - Genetics & Breeding of Vegetable Crops 
3 credits. 
Instructor: TBA 
Offered fall semester, even years
Overview of traditional and molecular breeding methods for vegetable crops. How scientific research, genetic diversity, government policies, and consumer preferences influence vegetable crop improvement.

HOS 5306 - Molecular Biology of Plant Hormones
3 credits. 
Prereq:BCH 6415 and HOS 4304 or equivalent. 
Instructor: Dr. Harry Klee 
Offered even-numbered years in the fall
Biochemistry, molecular biology, and physiology of plant hormones that control plant growth and development.

HOS 5325C - Citrus Fresh Fruit Technology 
3 credits. 
Prereq: BOT 3503 or equivalent. 
Offered even-numbered years in spring at Lake Alfred CREC.
Fresh citrus fruit physiology, pathology, handling, engineering principles, quarantine measures and regulations.

HOS 5330 - Postharvest Technologies for Horticultural Crops
2 credits. 
Instructor: Dr. Steve Sargent
Offered every spring 
Lectures and 4-day field trip during Spring Break
Intensive study of current technological procedures used in the harvesting, handling, and distribution of vegetables, fruits, and ornamentals in Florida.

HOS 5555 - Tropical Fruit Production and Research
3 credits. 
Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Crane.
Offered even-numbered years in summer, will be held in Homestead at TREC
A comprehensive study at the Tropical Research and Education Center at Homestead and field locations in South Florida.

HOS 5565 - Advances in Vegetable Production Techniques
3 credits.
Instructor: Dr. Dan Cantliffe
Offered odd-numbered years in spring
Survey of scientific knowledge related to production of vegetable crops.

HOS 5711 - Phytochemicals in Food & Health.
3 credits
Preq: BCH 4024 or equivalent or instructor consent
Instructor: Bala Rathinasabapathi
Offered even-numbered years in summer
This course examines phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables including their distribution, roles in human heath promotion, biosynthesis and degradation, enzymes, genes, and case studies crop breeding and engineering.

HOS 6201 - Breeding Perennial Cultivars 
3 credits. 
Prereq: AGR 3303 (genetics) 
Instructor: Dr. Jose Chaparro
Offered odd-numbered years in fall
Methods of breeding perennial fruit and ornamental cultivars using mutations, cell and tissue culture, polyploidy, wide hybridization, and recurrent selection. The conservation and domestication of wild plants.

HOS 6311 - Seed Physiology 
3 credits. Prereq: BOT 3503 
Instructor: Dr. Dan Cantliffe 
Offered even-numbered years in spring
Study of the dormancy, germination, growth and development of seeds and the life processes involved; methods of handling and processing.

HOS 6331 - Postharvest Physiology
3 credits. 
Prereq: BOT 3503 and 5505C or equivalent. 
Instructor: Dr. Don Huber
Offered odd-numbered years in spring
Physiological and biochemical principles involved in quality maintenance and postharvest handling of fruit, vegetable and ornamental crops. Emphasis on phases of development known as maturation, ripening and senescence. Current theories and research reviewed with emphasis on understanding and control of cellular processes important to storage and quality maintenance of horticultural commodities.

HOS 6345 - Environmental Physiology of Plants
4 credits. 
Prereq: BOT 3503 or consent of instructor. 
Instructor: Dr. Karen Koch
Offered even-numbered years in fall
Physiology from molecular to whole-plant level. The basis for responses to environmental factors such as light, temperature, water, atmosphere and stress extremes.

HOS 6412 - Nutrition of Horticultural Crops 
3 credits.
Prereq: BOT 3503 and HOS 4304 or equivalent.
Instructor: Dr. Eric Simonne.
Offered odd-numbered years in spring
Physiological, biochemical and environmental factors influencing nutritional status of horticultural plants and the resulting effects on growth, yield, and quality.

HOS 6373C Methods and Applications of Plant Cell and Tissue Culture
3 credits. 
Instructor: Dr. Gloria Moore 
Offered odd-numbered years in spring.

HOS 6535 - Woody Plant Physiology
2 credits. 
Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Darnell
Offered even-numbered years in fall
Selected topics in fruit crop physiology, including dormancy/chilling;source-sink relations; light relations in plant canopy; water relations

HOS 6545 - Citriculture I 
3 credits. 
Prereq: FRC 3212 and 4223, HOS 5544C or equivalent. 
Instructor: Dr. Gene Albrigo. 
Offered odd-numbered years in fall at Lake Alfred CREC.
Regulation of citrus vegetative growth including climactic, physiological, and cultural factors.

HOS 6546 - Citriculture Il
3 credits. 
Prereq: FRC3212 and4223, HOS 5544C or equivalent. 
Instructor: Dr. Gene Albrigo 
Offered even-numbered years in the spring at Lake Alfred CREC
Factors regulating flowering, fruit development and alternate bearing of citrus.

HOS 6767 - Advanced Plant Metabolism
3 credits. 
Prereq: BOT 6516
Offered odd-numbered years in spring
Regulation of intermediary metabolism, nitrate/sulfate assimilation, biosynthesis of ureides, polyamines, chlorophyll, secondary metabolites, and protein turnover mechanisms.

HOS 6905 - Problems in Horticultural Science
(Credits 1-4; max: 8.)

HOS 6910 - Supervised Research
(Credits 1-5; max: 5) S/U.

HOS 6931 - Horticultural Science Seminar Series 
1 credit. 
Instructor: Dr. Carlene Chase 
Offered every spring
Oral presentation of material in one of the following areas: literature review related to student's research, research results, or published paper of relevance to horticulture. Subject matter to be determined by instructor. S/U

HOS 6932 - Horticultural Physiology
3 credits. 
Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Darnell
Offered fall semester, even years
Basic concepts and processes of physiology as they relate to plant growth and development.

HOS 6934- Professional Seminar Preparation 
1 credit. 
Instructors: Dr. Williamson and Dr. Huber. offered every fall
Instruction in the preparation and oral presentation of proposal and research seminars emphasizing presentation design and mechanics.

HOS 6932 - Molecular Markers in Plant Breeding
3 credits. 
Instructor: Dr. Jim Olmstead
Offered fall semester, even years
Utilizing molecular marker techniques in plant breeding. Genetic diversity / relatedness, linkage, mapping, and tagging traits of interest performed. Applying marker - assisted breeding strategies to improve breeding efficiency.

HOS 6932 - Greenhouse and Protected Agriculture. S even years
3 credits. 
Instructor: Dr. Daniel Cantliffe
The principles and practices of crop production in protected structures. Structure type, media, fertilization and pest control practices emphasized.

HOS 6932-Topics
(Credits 1-4 credits, max 8.)

HOS 6940 - Supervised Teaching
(Credits 1-5; max: 5) S/U.

HOS 6941 - Practicum in Horticultural Science
(Credits 2-4; max: 8.)
Admission limited to graduate students majoring in horticultural science. Supervised and individual work in professional areas of horticulture.

HOS 6971 - Research for Master's Thesis
(Credits 1-15.) S/U.

HOS 7979 - Advanced Research 
(Credits 1-12.)
Research for doctoral students before admission to candidacy. Designed for students with a master's degree in the field of study or for students who have been accepted for a doctoral program. Not open to students who have been admitted to candidacy. S/U.

HOS 7980 - Research for Doctoral Dissertation (1-15) S/U.

PCB 5065 - Advanced Genetics
4 credits. 
Instructors: Drs. C. Chase, C. Hannah, G. Moore 
Offered every fall 
Lectures, classroom discussion, readings from classical and current literature; problem-oriented, take-home exams. Topics: definition, regulation, and mutation of genes; linkage, recombination, and mapping; non-Mendel ian population, quantitative and developmental genetics.

PCB 6528 - Plant Molecular Biology 
3 credits. 
Instructors: Drs. K. Cline, C. Chase, D. McCarty, et al. 
Offered every spring
Structure, function and analysis of plant genomes, genes, and gene products. Lecture format with frequent discussion of recent papers. Genome structure, transformation, gene tagging, transcription, signal transduction, organelles, protein trafficking.

VEC 2100 - World Herbs and Vegetables. F, SS (B)
3 credits. Instructor: Dr. Saba Rathinasabapathi
Introduces students to a variety of vegetables and culinary herbs. Emphasis placed on genetic, phytochemical and botanical diversity and importance of food phytochemicals and role of vegetables in nutrition.

VEC 3221C - Commercial Vegetable Production. F
4 credits. Instructor: Dr. Saba Rathinasabapathi
Principles and practices of successful commercial vegetable production will be presented including, crop requirements, growth patterns, and production techniques along with consumption/marketing patterns and US/FL production areas. The lab involves field trips and guest speakers from the industry.

Courses in Landscape and Nursery Horticulture are offered by the Environmental Horticulture Department.