Student Learning Outcome #1 – Students will have knowledge of the biotic and abiotic factors that affect plant growth and development.
a. Outcome #1
Describe California’s water resource base and water cycle. Recognize variations in consumptive use patterns in specific plant species (eg. landscape turfgrass, irrigated crops, rangeland, etc.).
b. Outcome #2
Identify basic concepts of plant physiology in relation to climatic variables (eg. temperature, day length, air quality, etc.).
c. Outcome #3
Describe basic soil physical concepts (eg. morphology, texture, structure), chemical concepts (eg. salinity, Ph, nutrient availability) and measures of soil productivity (eg. organic matter, tilth, permeability).
d. Outcome #4
Recognize and identify negative components (eg. weeds, diseases, insects, pests) and positive components (eg. biological N fixation, composting, soil microbes) in plant and soil systems.
e. Outcome #5
Recognize the natural genetic variability within and between species of plants. Describe basic concepts of genomics, plant biotechnology and plant improvement.
Student Learning Outcome #2 – Students will learn management techniques of modify and control factors that affect plant growth and development.
a. Student Learning Outcome #1
Synthesize and implement irrigation strategies that optimize plant growth and conserve water in multiple diverse situations.
b. Student Learning Outcome #2
Develop and utilize management strategies and calendars of operations to grow plants under given climatic parameters of an area.
c. Student Learning Outcome #3
Analyze and create a recommendation for control of a pest situation (eg. weeds, insects, pathogens) within their given area of emphasis.
d. Student Learning Outcome #4
Analyze soil nutrient tests and determine an appropriate strategy to remedy deficiencies.
e. Student Learning Outcome #5
Synthesize, implement and demonstrate management, cultural and breeding techniques to produce agronomic and ornamental crops.