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Courses for Graduate Credit: Agriculture (2004-2005)

Interim Department Chairperson: Andrew J. Baker
Department Office: Knoblauch Hall 145
Department Telephone: 309/298-1080
WWW Address: www.wiu.edu/users/miag/

Graduate Faculty

  • Professors
    • John P. Carlson, Ph.D., Iowa State University
    • Thomas P. Drinka, Ph.D., Iowa State University
    • Thomas L. Green, Ph.D., Iowa State Univesity
    • Gordon K. Roskamp, Ph.D., University of Missouri
    • Danny E. Terry, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
    • Gerald T. Vigue, Ph.D., University of Minnesota-St. Paul
  • Associate Professors
    • Andrew J. Baker, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
    • Marietta Loehrlein, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Associate Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professors
    • Kevin Bacon, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
    • Richard James Tillotson, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Assistant Professors
    • Kenneth O. Nimrick, Ph.D., University of Illinois
    • Winthrop Phippen, Ph.D., Purdue University

Course Descriptions

439G Special Methods in Agriculture. (3) Analysis of objectives, selection, development, and organization of teaching units; development of procedural techniques, program implementation, and evaluation. Includes clinical experience. Grade of C required in this class. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

504 Agricultural Science for Teachers. (3, repeatable to 6) A course designed for K-12 teachers who wish to expand their science curriculum to include topics related to agriculture–the world’s food and fiber system. Summer only. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

507 Seminar. (1, repeatable to 4) Student participation and presentation of current topics in the major area. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

508 Special Topics. (1-5, repeatable to 5) Topics which are not assigned or covered in other courses. The title and outline of the course will vary according to the topic, instructor, and needs of the students. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Agricultural Economics

442G Marketing Grain and Livestock Products. (3) Basis hedging for grains, feeds, livestock, and meat. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: AGEC 333.

443G Agricultural Finance. (3) Financing problems and opportunities in agriculture. Sources of finance, financing costs, analysis of investment opportunities, financial management and estate planning. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: AGRI 220.

447G Commodity Markets and Futures Trading. (3) Futures trading institutions, technical analysis, multiple hedging, and speculation. Three hours lecture.

449G Advanced Farm Management. (3) Effective combination of resources in agribusiness planning and management. Emphasis placed on use of available agribusiness management software. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: AGEC 349.

455G Advanced Agricultural Marketing. (3) Options on futures, applied research methods, current events. Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: AGEC 442.

456G Options on Futures. (1) The trading of options on futures contracts for hedging and speculation. Not available to students who have completed AGEC 455. Prerequisite: AGEC 442.

457G Market Profile®. (3) Use of the Chicago Board of Trade Market Profile®; and Liquidity Data Bank®; for hedging and speculation. Not available to students who have completed AGEC 459. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: AGEC 447.

459G Market Logic. (2) Use of the Chicago Board of Trade Market Profile®; and Liquidity Data Bank® for hedging and speculation. Not available to students who have completed AGEC 457. Prerequisite: AGEC 447.

529 Agricultural Policy. (3) An examination of the objectives, alternatives, and consequences of public policy in the agribusiness system. An applied analysis of policy impacts on agribusinesses, producers, and consumers will be provided. Attention will be given to the policy development process including stakeholder input. Prerequisite: ECON 508 or equivalent.

539 U.S. Agricultural Trade. (3) An examination of the role of U.S. agricultural trade from an applied perspective. Trading blocs’ impact on agriculture in aligned and non-aligned countries will be considered. Business practices and cultural norms will be addressed. The “Americas” will be emphasized. Prerequisite: ECON 548 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

549 Agricultural Environmental Policy and Regulations. (3) An examination of agricultural environmental issues, the regulatory process, and public policy alternatives impacting the agribusiness firm. Principles will be applied to analyze topics such as animal waste management, water quality, land use, conservation, and global environmental issues. Prerequisite: ECON 508 or equivalent.

559 Food: Safety, Risk, and Technology. (3) Integration of ethics in public policy and food technology to manage risks in the food supply. A survey of risk factors and management strategies (including HACCP) will be conducted. Identity preservation and consumer acceptance will be addressed. Prerequisite: ECON 508 or equivalent.

600 Independent Research. (1–3, repeatable to 3) Independent research and study of selected topics in agricultural economics. Prerequisites: Completion of 6 s.h. of graduate course work in agricultural economics and permission of the Department Chair.

620 Internship in Agribusiness. (1–6) This course will integrate agribusiness theories with applications to actual business practice. Students will be exposed to a variety of positions within the business firm during the semester. A faculty coordinator and an executive of the hosting firm will supervise all internships. Analytic reports of work accomplished by each student will be presented to the coordinator. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: ECON 508 or equivalent, completion of six hours of 500-level agricultural economics courses, and written approval of Department Chairperson.

Agriculture Occupations Education

530 Topics Relating to Physical Science in Agriculture. (3, repeatable to 6) Topics addressed in this course will be in the area of physical sciences related to the agriculture field, such as Hydraulics, Electricity, GPS/GIS, Grain Handling, Small Gas Engine Repair, Agricultural Power, Welding, and Power Equipment and Safety. A lab fee will be required for consumable resources utilized in the course. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

531 Topics Relating to Biological Science in Agriculture. (3, repeatable to 6) Topics addressed in this course will be in the area of biological sciences related to the agriculture field, such as Animal Science, Meat Science, Horticulture, Soil Science, Plant Genetics, Agronomy, Biotechnology, and Forestry. A lab fee will be required for consumable resources utilized in the course. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

541 Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating the Agricultural Program. (3) Consideration of useful teaching plans and materials, curriculum, and procedures in agriculture, analysis of problems of teachers in the instructional area of agricultural occupations. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Agricultural Technology Management

458G Agricultural Construction and Confined Animal Environments. (4) Addresses principles, design, and construction of wood, metal, and concrete structures in agriculture. Study of livestock manure and water systems, and environmental control of confined livestock facilities. Prerequisite: AGTM 250 or consent of instructor.

461G Surveying and Soil and Water Conservation Engineering. (4) Development of surveying skills using a self level, transit, total station, GPS receiver and related software. Study of principles of water and wind erosion. Design of grass waterways, terraces, and other erosion control structures. Prerequisite: AGTM 250 or consent of instructor.

464G Agricultural Processing, Grain Drying and Materials Handling. (3) Application of engineering principles pertaining to drying, storing, and handling of agricultural products. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: AGTM 250.

Agronomy

474G Advanced Crop Science. (3) Advanced concepts regarding the growth and culture of crop plants; the application of these principles to cultural practices. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: AGRN 176.

479G Weed Control. (3) Identification of weeds, principles of cultural, biological, and chemical control with emphasis on characteristics of herbicides. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: AGRN 176 and AGRN 373.

Animal Science

415G Beef Production and Management. (4) Consideration of commercial cow-calf, purebred, stocker, and finishing beef production systems. Integration of genetics, nutrition, and reproduction. Record keeping and business aspects. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisites: ANSC 222 and 314.

416G Swine Science. (3) A study of selection principles, nutrition, breeding, reproduction, disease prevention, and management practices applied to swine production. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisites: ANSC 222 and 314.

422G Applied Ruminant and Non-Ruminant Nutrition. (3) Basic chemical and physiological principles as they apply to the nutrition of ruminants and non-ruminants. Consideration of common nutrition problems, feed additives, and growth stimulants. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: ANSC 222.

424G Physiology of Reproduction and Lactation. (3) Principles of physiology
and functioning of the endocrine system in relationship to reproduction, infertility, and lactation in farm animals. Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: ANSC 112, BIOL 102 or BIOL 103.

Conservation

405G Soil and Water Conservation. (4) The study of the maintenance of a quality environment through the conservation of soil and water resources. Four hours lecture.

Forestry

407G Urban Forest Management. (3) Management principles for urban vegetation with emphasis on plant selection and usage, tree inventories, tree ordinances, specifications manuals, Arbor Day tree programs, and tree laws. Two hours lecture; two hours lab. Prerequisite: FOR 200 or 208.

Horticulture

485G Turf Management. (3) Establishment and maintenance of turf grass for lawns, golf courses, and recreational areas including athletic fields. Two hours lecture; two hours lab. Prerequisite: AGRN 176 or HORT 180.

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