Catalog 2019-20

Plant Science

This CRC program offers courses designed for students in the Agriculture, Agriculture Business, and Horticulture programs.

Plant Science (PLTS) Courses

PLTS 300 Introduction to Plant Science

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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. Fields trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

PLTS 310 Soils, Soil Management, and Plant Nutrition

Units: 3

Same As: HORT 302

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: HORT 300 and PLTS 300

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID AG - PS 128L

This course provides a basic knowledge of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils. The course includes factors of: fundamental soil properties, soil and plant relationships, principles of soil formation, fertilizers and soil management, salinity, pH, erosion
management, and non-agricultural uses. Field trips may be required. This course is the same as Hort 302, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

PLTS 332 Integrated Pest Management

Units: 3

Same As: HORT 303

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: HORT 300 and PLTS 300

Transferable: CSU

This course is a study of local plant pests including weeds, diseases, invertebrates, and vertebrates. It includes recognition of symptoms and causes, life cycle of the pests, host and habitat relationships, and the integrated pest management strategies and best management
practices to achieve control. Field trips may be required. This course is the same as HORT 303, and only one may be taken for credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate independent learning and effective communication skills.

PLTS 495 Independent Studies in Plant Science

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

PLTS 498 Work Experience in Plant Science

Units: 1 - 4

Hours: 60 - 300 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Plant Science.

Transferable: CSU

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)

Full-time Faculty

Dave Andrews
Office: NTB 109
Phone: (916) 691-7551
E-mail: AndrewD@CRC.losrios.edu
Howard Lewis
Office: Winn 215J
Phone: (916) 691-7614
E-mail: LewisJH@crc.losrios.edu