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Option Horticultural Research Undergraduate Option  

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This option is offered within the following major(s):
Horticulture - College of Agricultural Sciences



The Horticultural Research option is designed for students interested in graduate school and a career in academic or industrial research. It provides an excellent foundation in the natural sciences and horticulture and accommodates the specific interests of each student. Graduates of this program will be critical thinkers, and experienced technical communicators. They will be skilled in finding and using information, as well as synthesizing information from many sources to analyze novel situations and solve problems.

The relationship between the student and the research mentor is a key feature of this program. The mentor will assist the student in choosing upper-division classes that match the student's interests. Each student also completes a research project under the guidance of his or her mentor and writes an undergraduate thesis. Students can work with horticulture researchers on the OSU campus or at research institutions of their choosing. Our undergraduates have been welcomed at other universities and at local research institutions including the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service laboratories, the National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, the Corvallis Plant Materials Center of the National Resources Conservation Service, and the North Willamette Research and Extension Center.



In addition to the required Horticulture major Core courses, students in this proposed option will complete the following courses:

Option Requirements


Plant Materials

Select 1 of the following courses:
BOT 313. Plant Structure (4)
BOT 321. Plant Systematics (4)
BOT 425. Flora of the Pacific Northwest (3)
CROP 200. Crop Ecology and Morphology (3)
FES 241. Dendrology (3)
HORT 226. Landscape Plant Materials I: Deciduous Hardwoods and Conifers (4)
HORT 228. Landscape Plant Materials II: Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs (4)
HORT 251. Temperate Tree Fruit, Berries, Grapes, and Nuts (2)
HORT 255. Herbaceous Ornamental Plant Materials (3)
HORT 433. Systematics and Adaptations of Vegetable Crops (4)
   or CROP 433. Systematics and Adaptations of Vegetable Crops (4)

Ecology

Select 1 of the following courses:
BI 370. Ecology (3)
BOT 341. Plant Ecology (4)
HORT 318. ^Applied Ecology of Managed Ecosystems (3)

Technology

Select 1 of the following courses:
HORT 414. Precision Agriculture (4)
   or CROP 414. Precision Agriculture (4)
PBG 441. Plant Tissue Culture (4)

Horticultural Communication

HORT 406. Projects: Data Presentations (1)
   or BRR 406. Projects: Data Presentations (1)
HORT 407. Seminar (1)
HORT 411. Horticulture Book Club (1)

Select 1 of the following Writing Intensive Courses:
BOT 323. ^Flowering Plants of the World (3)
CROP 325. ^Ag and Environmental Predicaments: A Case Study Approach (3)
   or SOIL 325. ^Ag and Environmental Predicaments: A Case Study Approach (3)
HORT 318. ^Applied Ecology of Managed Ecosystems (3)

Capstone

Select 1 of the following courses:
HORT 452. Berry and Grape Physiology and Culture (4)
HORT 453. Grapevine Growth and Physiology (3)
HORT 454. Principles and Practices of Vineyard Production (3)
HORT 463. Seed Biology (3)
   or CROP 463. Seed Biology (3)
HORT 481. Horticulture Production Case Studies (4)
PBG 450. Plant Breeding (4)

Advanced Horticultural Science

PBG 430. Plant Genetics (3)

Math and Science Foundation

MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)

Select 3 of the following courses:
BB 350. Elementary Biochemistry (4)
CH 331. Organic Chemistry (4)
CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4)
PH 201. *General Physics (5)
PH 202. *General Physics (5)

Select 12 credits of upper-division Horticulture and Life Science courses (with approval of research mentor and advisor).

Ecology and Sustainability Ecosystems Courses

Meets Synthesis requirements. Each course must be from a different department.

Contemporary Global Issues

Select 1 of the following courses:
AEC 351. *Natural Resource Economics and Policy (3)
AEC 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
   or ECON 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
BI 301. *Human Impacts on Ecosystems (3)
CROP 330. *World Food Crops (3)
FES 365. *Issues in Natural Resources Conservation (3)
FW 325. *Global Crises in Resource Ecology (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
GEOG 330. *^Geography of International Development and Globalization (3)
HORT 331. *Pollinators in Peril (3)
   or ENT 331. *Pollinators in Peril (3)
SUS 350. *Sustainable Communities (4)
WSE 470. *Forests, Wood, and Civilization (3)
Z 349. *Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences, and Conservation (3)

Science, Technology and Society

Select 1 of the following courses:
AGRI 411. *Introduction to Food Systems: Local to Global (3)
ANS 315. *Contentious Social Issues in Animal Agriculture (3)
BI 348. *Human Ecology (3)
BOT 324. *Fungi in Society (3)
CH 374. *Technology, Energy, and Risk (3)
ENGR 350. *Sustainable Engineering (3)
ENGR 363. *Energy Matters (3)
ENSC 479. *^Environmental Case Studies (3)
FES 435. *Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
   or TOX 435. *Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
FES 477. *Agroforestry (3)
   or NR 477. *Agroforestry (3)
FES 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
FST 421. *Food Law (3)
FW 470. *Ecology and History: Landscapes of the Columbia Basin (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
HEST 310. *Intro to Community Engagement and Community-Based Design (3)
HORT 330. *Plagues, Pests, and Politics (3)
   or ENT 300. *Plagues, Pests, and Politics (3)
HST 481. *Environmental History of the United States (4)
HSTS 421. *Technology and Change (4)
NUTR 312. *Issues in Nutrition and Health (3)
PH 313. *Energy Alternatives (3) 
PHL 325. *Scientific Reasoning (4)
PS 476. *Science and Politics (4)
SOIL 395. *World Soil Resources (3)
SUS 304. *Sustainability Assessment (4)

Total=54–63


Sample Four-Year Plan: Horticulture Research


Year One


Fall (15)

CH 121. General Chemistry (5)
HORT 112. Introduction to Horticultural Systems, Practices and Careers (2)
MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)
WR 121. *English Composition (4)

Winter (16)

CH 122. General Chemistry (5)
COMM 211. *Communicating Online (3)
SOIL 205. *Soil Science (3)
SOIL 206. *Soil Science Laboratory for SOIL 205 (1)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)

Spring (15)

CH 123. General Chemistry (5)
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)
Writing II course (3)

Year Two


Fall (13–16)

BI 211. Principles of Biology (4)
CH 331. Organic Chemistry (4)
Plant Materials course (2–4)
Perspectives course (3–4)
Electives (0–2)

Winter (15)

BI 212. Principles of Biology (4)
CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4)
HORT 316. Plant Nutrition (4)
HORT 318. Applied Ecology of Managed Ecosystems (3)

Spring (14–16)

BB 350. Elementary Biochemistry (4)
BI 213. Principles of Biology (4)
Perspectives course (3–4)
Electives (3–4)

Year Three


Fall (13–15)

HORT 301. Growth and Development of Horticultural Crops (3)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
Perspectives course (3–4)
Upper-division HORT/Life Sciences elective (3–4)

Winter (15)

BOT 331. Plant Physiology (4)
HORT 311. Plant Propagation (4)
HORT 406. Projects: Data Presentations (1)
HORT 412. Career Exploration: Internships and Research Projects (1)
PBG 430. Plant Genetics (3)
Electives (2)

Spring (13–16)

ENT 311. Introduction to Insect Pest Management (4)
Upper-division HORT/Life Sciences elective (3–4)
Upper-division HORT/Life Sciences elective (3–4)
Perspectives course (3–4)
Electives (0–2)

Year Four


Fall (14–16)

BOT 350. Introductory Plant Pathology (4)
CROP 440. Weed Management (4)
Synthesis course (3–4)
Perspectives course (3–4)

Winter (13–15)

HORT 411. Horticulture Book Club (1)
PBG 441. Plant Tissue Culture (4)
Synthesis course (3–4)
Upper-division HORT/Life Sciences elective (3–4)
Electives (2–4)

Spring (14–15)

HORT 403. Thesis (6)
HORT 407. Seminar (1)
HORT 481. Horticulture Production Case Studies (4)
Capstone (3–4)

Total=180


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)


Option Code: 614




 
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