Fall 2020 Teaching Plans

Detailed information about upcoming FALL 2020 classes, including class summaries and schedules, are as listed:

Teaching Plan for AGRO/HORT 100 (Introductory Plant Sciences)

Instructor: Ivette Guzman

Semester: Fall 2020

AGRO/HORT 100G Lecture and Laboratory (Introductory Plant Sciences): Introduction to the physical, biological, and chemical principles underlying plant growth and development in managed ecosystems. In the laboratory portion of the class, students perform experiments demonstrating the principles covered in lecture. The course uses economic plants and agriculturally relevant ecosystems to demonstrate basic principles.

AGRO/HORT 100G is a four-credit course that meets twice per week for lecture (MW 12:30-1:15 PM). There are 4 lab sections which meet (T 10:30-1:00 PM), (T 1:30-4:00 PM), (W 1:30-4:00 PM), and (F 1:30-4:00 PM). The lectures are scheduled to meet on Zoom, and the labs will meet in Skeen Hall W138 and W139. Exceptions will be made to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Teaching Plan for AGRO/ANSC/BIOL/GENE/HORT 305 (Principles of Genetics)

Instructor: F. Omar Holguin

Semester: Fall 2020

AGRO/ANSC/BIOL/GENE/HORT 305. Principals of Genetics. 3 Credits (3). Covers fundamental principles of reproduction, variation, and heredity in plants and animals.

AGRO/ANSC/BIOL/GENE/HORT 305 is a three-credit course offered in two sections that meets three times per week for lecture (MWF 830-920 am, MWF 930-1020am). The lectures are scheduled to meet on Zoom. Exceptions will be enforced to help prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Teaching Plan for AGRO 449 Special Problems

(1-3 credits)

Instructor: Kulbhushan Grover

Semester: Fall 2020

There is a possibility that this course will be shifted to the following semester in spring 2021. A decision will be made as we approach closer to the semester in late summer.

Most of the activities will be geared towards utilizing online tools i.e. conducting review of literature on chosen topics of interest, as part of the instruction will be delivered through CANVAS/Emails and Zoom meetings. The students will participate in an ongoing research project in an in-lab and in-field setting. The lab part will be held in GT 204, while the in-field research site will be at Fabian Garcia Plant Science Center.

Teaching Plan for AGRO/HORT 462 (Plant Breeding)

Instructor: Chris Cramer

Semester: Fall 2020

AGRO/HORT 462 (Plant Breeding): Principles and practices involved with the genetic improvement of plants.

AGRO/HORT 462 is a 3 credit lecture course that meets twice a week (T/TH 1:30-2:45 PM). Since this will be the first time that I will be teaching this course, I will teach the course online. Content delivery and assessment will occur in Canvas. Class discussions will occur during regularly-scheduled class time via Zoom. The capacity for this course is 20. Currently I have 6 students enrolled in the course.

Teaching Plan for AGRO 483 (Sustainable Production of Agronomic Crops)

Instructor: Kulbhushan Grover

Semester: Fall 2020

AGRO 483. Sustainable Production of Agronomic Crops. 4 Credits (3+2P) Characteristics and objectives of sustainable agricultural systems with application to the production, utilization, and improvement of cereal grain, fiber, forage and oilseed crops. Pre-requisite: Principles of Crop Production (AGRO 365) or consent of the instructor.

AGRO 483 is a four-credit course that meets twice per week for lecture (T/TH 1200-1315), and once per week for lab (TH 1500-1700). The lectures are scheduled to meet on Zoom, and the labs are scheduled to meet on Zoom and in Skeen Hall W130. Exceptions will be enforced to help prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Teaching Plan for AGRO/HORT/SOIL 505 (Graduate Orientation)

Instructor: N. P. Hanan

Semester: Fall 2020

AGRO/HORT/SOIL 505 (Graduate Orientation): Training in writing research proposals, presentation of research results, and interpretation of research results - Introduction to graduate school and graduate-level scientific research through discussion, review and practice of (i) critical reading and evaluation of scientific writing and presentations; (ii) the scientific method (hypothesis generation and reasoning), (iii) the structure of scientific writing; and (iv) preparation of individual research proposals or, for more advanced students, a proposal for future research.

AGRO/HORT/SOIL 505 is a four-credit course that meets twice per week for lecture/discussion/student presentations (T/TH 1030-1145 am) on Zoom with possible one day partial attendance, and once per week for PES Seminar (F 330-420 pm) remotely. The lectures/discussion sessions are currently planned to meet in Skeen Hall N120. The PES seminar is scheduled in Gerald Thomas GT200.

Teaching Plan for AGRO/HORT/SOILS 590 & 694

Instructor: Rachel Gioannini

Semester: Fall 2020

AGRO/HORT/SOILS 590/694 (Graduate Seminar) Current research discussions presented by masters level graduate students.

AGRO/HORT/SOILS 590 & 694 is a 1 credit course that meets Fridays 3:30-4:20 on Zoom. Students will present their research in a live Zoom presentation with recording being available for those unable to “attend” during the normal time frame. As with years past, guest speakers will be invited and they will participate via the same Zoom set up as students.

Teaching Plan for ES 110G

Instructor: Blair Stringam

Semester: Fall 2020

ES 110G. Introductory Environmental Science. 4 Credits (3+3P). The scientific study of how humans impact the environment and how the environment impacts humans. About half of the course focuses on mechanisms operating at multiple scales, including connections, cycles, and feedback loops of environmental systems.

ES 110G is a four-credit course that meets three times per week for lecture (M, W, F 1:30-2:20 pm), and in one of 3 labs (T,W,R 430-630 pm). Lectures will be presented using a combination of zoom and canvas interactive activities. The labs are scheduled to meet in Skeen in either 122 or 138.

Teaching Plan for ES 457

Instructor: Blair Stringam

Semester: Fall 2020

ES 457 - The fundamentals of measuring water will be covered. Participants will learn about measurement techniques that are used to estimate evapotranspiration as well as commonly used water measurement structures to estimate water use.

ES 457 is a three-credit course that meets three times per week for lecture (M, W, F 9:30-10:20 pm). The class is scheduled to meet remotely using a combination of zoom and canvas interactive activities.

Teaching Plan for ES 460 (Introduction to Air Pollution)

Instructor: David DuBois

Semester: Fall 2020

ES 460 (Introduction to Air Pollution): An introduction to the physics and chemistry of tropospheric air pollution including sources of air pollution, local and long-range transport, instrumentation, regulatory requirements, control technology.

ES 460 is a three-credit course that meets twice per week for lecture (T/TH 1:30-2:45 pm) on Zoom. We typically devote one or two meeting times for demonstrating air quality and meteorological instrumentation outdoors. Students can work individually or in teams perform simple hands-on experiments that take the form as class projects. Exceptions will be help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Teaching Plan for ES 462 (Sampling and Analysis of Environmental Contaminants)

Instructor: F. Omar Holguin

Semester: Fall 2020

ES 462 3 Credits (1+6P) (Sampling and Analysis of Environmental Contaminants): Theory, application, methodology, and instrumentation used in the sampling and analysis of environmental contaminants. Same as ENVE 462.

ES 462 is a three credit course that meets twice per week for lecture (T/TH 1200noon-1:15 pm), and as needed in analytical facilities. The lectures are scheduled to meet on Zoom and the labs are scheduled to meet in Skeen Hall W121. Exceptions will be made to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Teaching Plan for GENE 315 (Molecular Genetics)

Instructor: Ian Ray

Semester: Fall 2020

GENE 315 (Molecular Genetics): Covers fundamental principles of DNA structure and replication, transcription, translation, gene regulation, recombinant DNA technology, and a survey of genomics and bioinformatics.

GENE 315 is a three-credit course that meets twice per week for lecture (T/TH 0900-1015 am) on Zoom. This course does not have a laboratory. Exceptions will be made to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Teaching Plan for HORT 211, Ornamental Plants

Instructor: Rachel Gioannini

Semester: Fall 2020

HORT 211 (Ornamental Plants) Identification, botanical characteristics, culture, and landscape uses of woody plants. Emphasis on flowering trees, cacti, and members of the pea and rose families.

HORT 211 is a four-credit course that meets twice per week for lecture (M/W 12-1:15pm) and once per week for lab (M 1:30-4pm). The lectures are scheduled to meet on Zoom and labs are weekly field trips to see in situ the plants discussed in lecture. Exceptions will be made to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Teaching Plan for HORT 240 (Beginning Floral Evaluation and Design)

Instructor: Sabine Green

Semester: Fall 2020

HORT 240. Beginning Floral Evaluation and Design. Principles, history and practices involved in modern retail floristry, including crop evaluation, floral design principles, floriculture product identification, customer relations and communication, and marketing techniques.

HORT 240 is a two-credit course that meets once a week for lecture (T 4-630 pm), and once per week for floral sales hands-on lab (W 830-1130 am). The lectures are scheduled to meet in Skeen Hall W138 and the labs are scheduled to meet in Gerald Thomas Hall lobby. Exceptions will be enforced to help prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Teaching Plan for HORT 300

Instructor: Rachel Gioannini

Semester: Fall 2020

HORT 300 Special Topics: Hydroponics is a 3 credit course that was scheduled to meet weekly in Skeen Hall W130 and Fabian Garcia Ag Science Center Greenhouse 420 (W 1:30-4pm). The lab will be offered in two sections (1:30-2:30pm and 3-4pm, 50% of class at each section). The intent was to do mostly hands-on activities, building and working with various hydro-, aero- and aquaponics systems with some lecture, reading and videos to inform the hands on activities.

Teaching Plan for HORT 488 (Greenhouse Management)

Instructor: G.A. Picchioni

Semester: Fall 2020

HORT 488. Greenhouse Management. 4 Credits (3+3P). Principles and practices involved in greenhouse structures and construction, site considerations, heating and cooling systems, greenhouse crop production techniques, sustainability practices.

HORT 488 is a four-credit course that meets twice per week for lecture (T/TH 1030-1145 am), and once per week for lab (W 430-630 pm). The lectures are scheduled to meet on Zoom, and the labs are scheduled to meet on Zoom and face-to-face in Skeen Hall W139 and other sites to be announced in the syllabus. This course will follow NMSU guidelines for COVID-19 prevention in order to protect students and faculty.

Teaching Plan for SOIL 252 (Soils) and SOIL 252L (Soils lab)

Instructor: C.W. Brungard

Semester: Fall 2020

Soil 252 (Soils): Origin, classification, morphology, and physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Soil 252 is a three-credit course with an optional 1 credit lab that meets three times per week for lecture (MWF 9:30- 10:20). The lectures are scheduled to meet on Zoom, and the labs are scheduled to meet in Skeen Hall W122. The lab section of this course is designed around team-based research learning. It is impossible to move this lab to an online format. If classes are offered only online the lab will not be taught. Exceptions will be made for the implementation of safety practices to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Teaching Plan for SOIL 472 (Soil Morphology and Classification)

Instructor: C.W. Brungard

Semester: Fall 2020

SOIL 472 (Soil morphology and classification): Terminology used to describe soils. Soil classification systems of the world with emphasis on systems used in the United States. Theory of classification and taxonomy as applied to soils.

SOIL 472 is a four-credit course that meets one per week for lecture (T 1:30-2:45 pm), and once per week for lab (TR 1:30-5:00 pm). The lectures are scheduled to meet on Zoom, and the labs are held outside, except for two labs that are held inside. If face-to-face meetings are prohibited, this class will be postponed until spring semester 2021. Exceptions will be made for the implementation of safety practices to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Teaching Plan for SOIL 477/477L (Environmental Soil Physics and Lab)

Instructor: Manoj K Shukla

Semester: Fall 2020

SOIL 477/477L (Environmental Soil Physics and Lab): For 477L, concurrent enrollment with SOIL 477 is recommended. Examination of processes describing the transport of water, chemicals, heat and gases through porous media with application to environmental quality, waste management, and crop production. Hands on experience with techniques for characterizing soil physical properties such as particle size distribution, bulk density, water retention, hydraulic conductivity and solute transport. Demonstrations of field and laboratory techniques for measuring moisture content, soil water potential, gas/air flow and thermal conductivity.

SOIL 477 is a 3-credit course that meets twice per week for lecture (T/TH 12:20-2:00 pm) on Zoom, and 477L is 1 cr and meets once per week for lab (F 230-430 pm) on Zoom. The following exceptions will be made for the implementation of safety practices to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the instructional environment.

Teaching Plan for SOIL 479; SOIL/CHEM/GEOL 424 (Soil Chemistry)

Instructor: April Ulery

Semester: Fall 2020

SOIL 479 (Environmental Soil Chemistry) and SOIL/GEOL/CHEM 424 (Soil Chemistry) is a three credit course that covers the “Basic elements of soil chemistry including discussion of clay mineralogy, cation and anion exchange and the chemistry of problem (acid, saline and flooded) soils. Credit not given for both SOIL 424 and SOIL 479.”

We meet three times a week (MWF 12:30-1:30) in person and lectures will also be provided on Zoom. There is no lab associated with this course and any office hours will be held via Zoom. The course is lecture based with in-class exercises, demonstrations and problem solving. Exceptions will be made to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Teaching Plan for Scientific Writing HORT/SOIL/AGRON/EPPWS 525 HORT/SOIL/AGRON 625

Instructors: R.C. Pratt

Semester: Fall 2020

HORT/SOIL/AGRON/EPPWS 625S 525 and HORT/SOIL/AGRON 625 Scientific Writing (3 Credits) Class will be online, so there will be no contact with students. Mid-term student/instructor face-to-face meetings will be held with appropriate social distancing measures to identify student needs for making continued progress in manuscript writing and to obtain student feedback on course delivery and opportunities for improvement.

  1. Lectures. Lecture activities and lecture exams will be planned for online dissemination using Panopto. Lectures will not be meeting in person. The new online practice will eliminate student presence in the building and its vicinity.

  2. Writing Exercises. Writing exercises will be posted on Canvas and classmates will edit the exercises. Class instructors will monitor and provide constructive feedback. Manuscript sections and full manuscripts will be reviewed and revised using Microsoft Word and exchanged by submission and exchange on Canvas.

  3. Quizzes and Exams. These will be conducted on Canvas.