School of Agriculture, University of the Virgin Islands
RR1 Box 10,000, Kingshill
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, 00850-9781
General Horticulture (AG 2379)*: General Horticulture is intended to increase students’ comprehension and understanding of key horticulture concepts, including basics of horticultural science, management practices, outdoor and indoor plants. This course will familiarize students with careers in the green industry (horticulture) and introduce the scientific background of horticulture concepts, such as plant anatomy, and plant growth & development.
Organic Gardening (AG 3308): This course introduces the principles and practices of basic gardening using organic methods. Topics include an overview of soil preparation, warm and cool season crops, propagation of plants, and weed, insect, and disease identification and management.
Fruit & Vegetable Production (AG 4302): Factors influencing small-fruit and tree-fruit and vegetable crop production in the field including root stocks, varieties, soil, planting, transplanting, irrigating, fertilizing, pruning, insects, diseases, nematodes, weeds, chemicals, harvesting, storing, and marketing; greenhouse production of certain vegetables.
Agronomic Crops (AG 2313): Agronomic Crops course is intended to increase students’ comprehension and understanding of key agricultural concepts, including basics of agronomy, soil & climate, crop plants, and management practices. This course will familiarize students with background of agronomic concepts, such as soil, water & fertility management; integrated management of weeds, pests, & diseases; consideration for production, harvest, postharvest handling & marketing; and agronomic crops including field crops (food, oil, fiber, fuel) and forage crops.
Entomology (AG 3329): A study of the most common insects of field crops, fruits, and vegetables; life history, methods of attack, damage, and means of preventing and controlling. Collection and mounts of insects will be made.
Careers in Agriculture (AG 1100): This course is an introduction to careers available in the broad field of agriculture including an overview of personal and career qualifications needed for workplace success.
Computer Applications in Agriculture (AG 2390): Introduction to computers and computer technology; operation and application of the computer in production agriculture and agricultural business, services and industries. Includes characteristics of computer hardware and software, accessing and using the computer in agriculture.
Sustainable Forestry (BIOL 5099)**: An introduction to the principles and practices of sustainable forest management. Topic include, basic concepts of forestry, and forest management; forest ecology & biodiversity; sustainable practices in forest plantations; forest soils; forest pest & disease management; social, cultural, & economic aspects of forestry.
Environmental Biology (BIOL 1230): A survey of environmental issues from a biological perspective. The course will provide an introduction to environmental science, population growth, communities and ecosystems, evolution and biodiversity, and the fundamental interactions of humans with their environment (land, water, energy, food, and climate).
Biology of Plants (BIOL 3535): An introduction to the biology of plants. Topics include the evolution and diversity of plants, as well as the unique morphology, physiology, reproduction and ecology of higher plants in particular.
Undergraduate Seminar (BIOL 4620): Group study of selected biological topics held in conjunction with the normal seminar schedule of the Department of Biology. Topics will vary each semester and will be led by biology faculty.
Plants and Civilization (BIOL 1335): An introduction to major groups of economic plants and their role in the origin and maintenance of civilization. The course also deals with plant biodiversity and the potential impact of biological losses.
Agroecology & Integrated Ag (AG 5324): This course focuses on integrative and ecological principles of agricultural production. Emphasis will be on sustainable agriculture, complex systems, production diversity, integrated animal-crop systems, resilience, and small producers.
Aquaponic Systems (AG 5320): This course focuses on ecological principles and management of aquaponic systems. Topics include, introduction to aquaponics; plants, fishes, & microorganisms in aquaponic systems; unit design, water quality, & management in aquaponics; pest & disease control; common vegetable production; and some special topics.
Agroecology (AG 5346): Agroecology provides the theoretical and conceptual framework for sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on underlying environmental factors, crop plants and animals. Topics include biotic and abiotic factors influencing biodiversity, interaction and stability of agroecosystems, organic farming, agroforestry, energy-use in agriculture and ways to transition towards sustainability.
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