Plant and Soil Sciences

Students in PLSC140 People & Plants: Feast or Famine with Dr. Tom Evans, working on their potato plants in the Fischer Greenhouse and in the fields with lima beans and roses.

Course Information


Below is a list of undergraduate and graduate courses that are offered, as well as the number of credits for each course.

The courses are generally taught at least once every other year, and some are taught much more frequently.

view the UD Course Catalog

Undergraduate courses

Course Number Course Title   Credits Term  
PLSC100 Plants and Human Culture 3 Fall
PLSC101 Botany I 3 Fall
PLSC104 Botany I Laboratory 1 Fall
PLSC128 The Science of Wine 1 Spring
PLSC140 People and Plants: Feast or Famine 3 Fall
PLSC145 Introduction to Sustainable Food Systems 3 Fall
PLSC151 Introduction to Crop Science 3 Spring
PLSC154 Topics in Production and Management of Ornamental Plants 1 to 6  
PLSC170 Soils and Environmental Quality 3 Spring
PLSC201 Botany II 4 Spring
PLSC203 Portfolio Review 1  
PLSC204 Introduction to Soil Science 3 Fall
PLSC205 Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory 1 Fall
PLSC206 Farm to Table 3 Spring
PLSC211 Herbaceous Landscape Plants 3 Fall
PLSC212 Woody Landscape Plants 4 Fall
PLSC214 Indigenous Woody Plants of the Eastern United States 4 Spring
PLSC218 Fermentation Sciences (C/L ANFS218) 3 Spring
PLSC225 Wetlands 3 Fall
PLSC270 Biotechnology: Science and Socioeconomic Issues (C/L ANFS270, APEC270) 3  
PLSC300 Principles of Animal and Plant Genetics (C/L ANFS300) 3 Spring
PLSC302 Vegetable Science 4 Fall
PLSC303 Introductory Plant Pathology 4 Spring
PLSC304 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Lab 1 Spring
PLSC305 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition 3 Spring
PLSC307 Environmental Sustainability of Food Systems 3 Spring
PLSC310 Animal and Plant Genetics Laboratory (C/L ANFS310) 1 Spring
PLSC313 Turf Establishment and Maintenance 4  
PLSC334 Urban Forestry 3 Fall
PLSC354 Plant Ecology 3 Spring
PLSC364 Plant Science and Sustainable Food Systems Internship 1 to 6  
PLSC399 Teaching Experience 1 to 2 Fall, Spring
PLSC401 Agronomic Crop Science 3 Spring of even years
PLSC403 Landscape Management 3 Fall
PLSC404 Plant Taxonomy 3 Spring of odd years
PLSC405 Environmental Forensics and Society 3 Fall
PLSC410 Introduction to Plant Physiology 3 Fall
PLSC411 Molecular Plant Pathology 3 Fall
PLSC412 Ecosystem Ecology 3 Fall
PLSC419 Soil Microbiology 4 Spring
PLSC421 Nonpoint Source Pollution 3 Spring
PLSC430 Urban Ecology 3 Fall of even years
PLSC435 Plant Developmental Biology 3 Fall of even years
PLSC437 Collections Management and Curation 3 Spring
PLSC438 Fate/Transport Soil Contaminants 3 Spring
PLSC439 Plant-Contaminant Interactions 3 Fall of even years
PLSC441 Forage Resource Management (C/L ANFS402)  3 Spring of odd years
PLSC445 Biogeochemical Cycling of Nutrients  3 Fall


Course descriptions for Plant Science (PLSC) courses

Course Number   Course Title   Credits Term
LARC103 Representation 1: Landscape Drawing  3 Fall
LARC150 Representation 2: CAD for Site Design  3 Spring
LARC172 Introduction to the Landscape Architecture Profession  1 Fall
LARC202 History of Landscape Architecture: Pre-History to Early 20th Century  3 Fall
LARC222 Introduction to Surveying (C/L CIEG222) 3 Fall
LARC230 Introduction to Construction Materials and Methods 3  
LARC232 History of Landscape Architecture: mid-19th Century to Present  3 Fall, Spring
LARC233 Studio 1: Foundations  3 Fall
LARC250 Studio 2: Design Process  3 Spring
LARC302 Topics: World Literatures and Cultures 3  
LARC303 Advanced Digital Representation 3  
LARC330 The Built Environment Studio  3 Fall
LARC332 Landscape Architecture Symposium I  1 Spring
LARC333 Landscape Architecture Symposium II 3 Fall
LARC343 Site Engineering 3 Spring
LARC350 Studio 3: Urban Design  3 Fall
LARC351 Studio 4: Regional Design 3 Spring
LARC364 Landscape Architecture Internship 1 to 6 Fall, Spring
LARC431 Urban Hydrology and Drainage Design 3 Spring
LARC433 Studio 5: Advanced Design 3 Fall
LARC440 Professional Practice 2 Spring
LARC442 Stormwater Management for Sustainable Development (C/L CIEG442) 3 Fall
LARC450 Ecological Planting Design 3 Spring
LARC455 Theory & Research Applications in Landscape Architecture 1  
LARC456 Studio 6: Senior Design 3 Spring
LARC466 Independent Study 1 to 6 By arrangement


Course descriptions for Landscape Architecture (LARC) courses

Graduate courses

Plant and Soil Sciences (PLSC)

Course Number Course Title Credits Term
PLSC601 Agronomic Crop Science 3 Spring of even years
PLSC603 Soil Physics (C/L BREG603) 3 Spring
PLSC604 Plant Taxonomy 3 Spring of odd years
PLSC608 Environmental Soil Chemistry (C/L CHEM608) 3 Spring
PLSC611 Molecular Plant Pathology 3 Fall
PLSC612 Ecosystem Ecology 3 Fall
PLSC619 Soil Microbiology 4 Spring
PLSC621 Nonpoint Source Pollution 3 Spring
PLSC630 Urban Ecology 3 Fall of even years
PLSC635 Plant Developmental Biology 3 Fall of even years
PLSC636 Plant Genes and Genomes 3  
PLSC637 Collections Management and Curation 3 Spring
PLSC639 Plant-Contaminant Interactions 3 Fall of even years
PLSC640 Field Methods in Soil-Water-Air 3 Fall of odd years
PLSC641 Forage Resource Management (C/L ANFS602) 3 Spring of odd years
PLSC643 Watershed Hydrochemistry 3 Fall of odd years
PLSC645 Biogeochemical Cycling of Nutrients 3 Fall
PLSC671 Paradigms in Cell Signaling 3  
PLSC800 Current Topics in Plant Science 1 to 3 Fall, Spring
PLSC802 Professional Development 1 Spring
PLSC805 Insect-Plant Chemical Ecology 3  
PLSC864 Seminar Planning and Development 1  
PLSC865 Seminar 1 Fall, Spring
PLSC868 Research 1 to 9  
PLSC869 Master's Thesis 1 to 6  
PLSC874 Topics in Molecular Biology 1  
PLSC964 Pre-Candidacy Study 3 to 12  
PLSC969 Doctoral Dissertation 1 to 12  

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR PLANT SCIENCE (PLSC) COURSES