College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

Courses

The following INAG courses are offered at the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA). Read the descriptions carefully and please note that some courses have prerequisites.

INAG 099

Cooperative Education (no academic credit)

N/A

Cooperative education, the culminating 22-week field experience in your program, is a collaborative partnership between the IAA and the employer to provide quality academic and practical training for students. Each student's co-op will vary according to the unique career direction the student wishes to pursue and is intended to accompany seminars and activities previously acquired in the IAA program. Upon completion of the course, students will have established contacts in the industry and substantial documentation to develop a personal portfolio. Co-op is only open to Sustainable Agriculture students who have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours.

INAG 100

Introduction to Plant Science

4 credits

A general introduction to plant science designed to provide the students with a working knowledge of the fundamental structures and processes of plants. Content includes plant anatomy, physiology, genetics, and environmental relationships.

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)

INAG 101

Computer Applications

3 credits

An up-to-date introduction to the use of computers on campus and in the agricultural industry. Exposure will be given to operating systems, storage media, networking, multimedia, and current hardware. Hands-on applications with computers will cover Windows Operating system, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and networking.

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)

INAG 102

Agricultural Entrepreneurship

3 credits

Introduces fundamental concepts related to launching a profitable agricultural business. Topics include idea generation, opportunity recognition, conducting feasibility studies, assembling the entrepreneurial team, and financing the new venture, among others. Students will learn knowledge and skills relevant for starting a new agricultural business.

INAG 103

Agricultural Marketing

3 credits

Principles of market demand are used to develop a consumer oriented market strategy for the agricultural business. Topics include market structures, target marketing, market segmentation, niche marketing and direct marketing. Market concepts unique to agricultural products are also covered.

INAG 104

Agricultural Mathematics

3 credits

The development of problem-solving skills often used in the everyday world of work. Problems involving soils, fertilizers, seeding rates, feed mixtures and business finance. Development of mathematical skills in solving basic equations, the use of percents and ratios and calculating various linear and cubic measurements.

INAG 105

Soils and Fertilizers

3 credits

Soils and Fertilizers is an introductory course for students entering careers related to applied agricultural production. The course is divided into the three subject areas of soil properties, soil fertility and environmental concerns of using soils for agricultural production. Emphasis is placed upon the characteristics of Maryland soils which are similar to the soils in the mid Atlantic region. The importance of nutrient management and non point source pollution of the Chesapeake Bay are covered in the course.

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)

INAG 106

Pesticide Use and Safety

2 credits

An overview of pesticide use and safety is covered. Topics include environmental protection, labeling, personal safety, first aid, formulation and chemistry, equipment, disposal, storage, record-keeping and liability. This course will also prepare a student to take the Maryland test for a private applicator's license.

INAG 107 / PLSC 205

Introduction to Turf Science and Management

4 credits

Identification, characteristics, adaptability and establishment of grass species for turf use. Introduction to management practices involving fertilization, irrigation and mowing will be covered. The major weed pests of turfgrasses in Maryland will be reviewed.

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)

INAG 110

Oral Communication

3 credits

The course provides skill training in public speaking, group dynamics, problem solving, leadership, listening and conflict resolution. Perception, persuasion, and interpersonal communication are also discussed.

INAG 111

Written Communication

3 credits

The fundamentals of written business communication are analyzed and applied. The course reviews basic English mechanics and requires students to write business letters, memos, press releases and reports. Students are expected to know word processing or to learn it outside of class.

INAG 123

Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture

3 credits

This course provides students with an overview of the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture. Students learn about the economic, social and environmental impacts of agriculture, and they should be able to relate principles of sustainability to production practices.

INAG 132

Agricultural Leadership and Teamwork

3 credits

Introduces fundamental concepts related to leadership and teamwork in agricultural organizations. Topics include leadership practices and skills; relationships between leadership, authority, power, and ethics; team decision-making and management; and organizational culture and change. Students will develop effective leadership skills necessary for leading agricultural organizations.

INAG 199

Special Problems

1-3 credits

A detailed study, including a written report, involving a current issue in an agricultural area that relates to the student’s major. The studey is conducted under the direction of a faculty member. A maximum of three credit hours of special problems may be applied toward graduation.

Prerequisite--Approval of instructor. Repeatable to 3 credits

INAG 199C

Special Problems in Agriscience

3 credits

This course provides a means of articulating a sequence of Curriculum for AgriScience Education (CASE) courses offered in high schools for credit at the IAA. Student completers (as designated by the Maryland State Department of Education CIP 01-0050) are eligible to take this course during their first semester of matriculation.

Students will develop a presentation to be given to IAA faculty. This presentation will be a detailed description of the student’s CASE Capstone or CASE Research experience and the courses that led them to this unique experience. The student may use three credits of Special Problems credits as an elective in their program of study as designated in their Curriculum Guide received at orientation.

Prerequisite--Must be a high school CASE program completer.

INAG 199D

Special Problems: Agricultural Tractor Operations and Maintenance

1 credit

This class introduces students to the operation and maintenance of agricultural tractors and farm equipment. Students learn to safely and efficiently operate tractors, connect and use implements, perform regular maintenance, and handle materials. This course will be held at the Upper Marlboro Research and Education Center on two consecutive days. Students will need to provide their own transportation to and from the facility. This course is open to IAA and PLSC students. Other AGNR students will be granted permission to enroll if seats are available.

INAG 201

Agricultural Human Resources Management

3 credits

The course introduces fundamental concepts related to human resources management in agricultural organizations. Topics include workforce planning, recruitment, appraisal, compensation, training, leadership, and motivation, among others. Students will learn knowledge and skills needed for ensuring that the agricultural organization has the human capital needed to accomplish its goals.

INAG 203

Agricultural Finance

3 credits

Introduces fundamental concepts related to the financial management of an agricultural business. Topics include financial statement analysis, financial planning, the relationship between risk and return, the time value of money, costs associated with borrowed funds, sources of capital, financial markets and intermediaries in agriculture, and personal finance, among others. Students will gain financial knowledge and skills necessary for managing a profitable agricultural business.

INAG 204

Agricultural Business Management

3 credits

This course integrates various concepts related to managing a profitable agricultural business. Topics include business management and decision making, preparing a business plan, financial analysis and budgeting, risk and investment management, and small business taxes, among others. Students will gain relevant knowledge and skills as they complete a comprehensive business plan for successfully managing an agricultural business.

INAG 205

Analyzing Alternative Enterprises

3 credits

The course identifies and analyzes alternative crops, livestock and other business enterprises. Students will assess sustainability, geographical adaptability and potential profitability of businesses. Topics vary and may include value added approaches, organic crop production, and recreational agricultural pursuits.

INAG 206

Agricultural Business Law

3 credits

Introduces various legal concepts and their relationships to agricultural business and transactions. Topics include torts, criminal law, contracts, promissory notes, property, partnerships, business entities, employment, and bankruptcy, among others. Students will gain a general understanding of the legal system that will help them to manage and/or operate profitable agricultural businesses.

INAG 207

Power and Machinery

3 credits

The basic principles of management, selection, maintenance, operation, adjustment and troubleshooting of agricultural machinery and power units will be studied. How power is developed, transmitted through systems, both mechanical and hydraulic will be studied. A systematic disassembly, analysis, diagnosis and reassembly of a small engine will be completed by each student. 

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)
Prerequisite--PLSC 204: Fundamentals of Ag Mechanics
Prerequisite or corequisite--INAG 101: Computer Applications

INAG 213

Crop Production Practices

3 credits

The crop production practices course is concerned with the applied methods of producing grain and forage crops in Maryland. The course emphasizes maximum economic yields that are consistent with the principles of sound nutrient management. Integrated pest control strategies, crop rotations and comprehensive cropping systems are components of the course.

INAG 214

Agronomic Principles of Golf Turf Management

3 credits

An in-depth study of golf course management practices, including fertilization and pest control programs, mowing, irrigation and other cultural practices pertinent to golf course operations.

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)
Prerequisite--INAG 107: Turfgrass Management

INAG 215

Business Management for Golf Turf Management

3 credits

An advanced course in turfgrass management with emphasis on maintenance programs of fertilization, pest control, and renovation practice for golf courses. Maintenance budgets for course operations are discussed. The current status of the industry is reviewed in addition to current course design philosophy and construction techniques.

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)
Prerequisite--INAG 107: Introduction to Turfgrass Management

INAG 222/ PLSC 255

Landscape Design and Implementation

4 credits

The fundamental principles of landscape architecture as applied to residential and commercial landscaping including study of principles of both formal and informal designs and plan graphics. Students will produce landscape drawings using principles taught.

(2 hours of lecture and 4 hours of laboratory per week)
Prerequisite--INAG 113: Woody Ornamentals I, Woody Ornamentals II or equivalent

INAG 224

Greenhouse and Plant Production Management

3 credits

The course covers the principles of managing greenhouses: structures, coverings, lighting, irrigation, heating and cooling systems, and discusses the effects on plant production. Plant propagation methods and environments will be analyzed and practiced.

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)

INAG 226

Diseases of Ornamentals

3 credits

Basic introduction to plant pathology and the common disorders of ornamentals and turf. Course stresses diagnosis and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) control methods.

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)

INAG 231

Introduction to Insects of Ornamentals and Turf

3 credits

An overview of the major insect pests of turfgrasses and ornamentals present in Maryland. Life history and current control strategies of approximately 150 insects will be covered. Also, beneficial insects, important for controlling insect pests, will be reviewed.

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)

INAG 235/ PLSC 235

Irrigation and Drainage Practices of Turf

3 credits

This course covers water and drainage use doctrines, irrigation hydraulics, irrigation layout, scheduling and valve operation. An irrigation design problem for a residential property and a sports field will be required. Students will conduct an irrigation audit, troubleshoot an irrigation system, evaluate irrigation uniformity and cover water conservation practices for turfgrass properties

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)

INAG 235

Irrigation & Drainage Practices for Turf

3 credits

This course covers water and drainage use doctrines, irrigation hydraulics, irrigation layout, scheduling and valve operation. An irrigation design problem for a residential property and a sports field will be required. Students will conduct an irrigation audit, troubleshoot an irrigation system, evaluate irrigation uniformity and cover water conservation practices for turfgrass properties

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)

INAG 236

Spanish Communication

3 credits

Students will learn conversational and work-related Spanish. The course focuses on giving instructions and using workplace terminology as it relates to materials and equipment. Speaking and listening skills are emphasized.

INAG 237

Surveying and GPS Applications in Agriculture

3 credits

The principles of land measurement using conventional surveying techniques, Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and mapping, utilizing Graphical Information Systems (GIS) will be the focus of this course. Students will use surveying equipment and PGS data collection units to collect land data features. Data will be analyzed and maps created using software including: Trimble GPS Office, ESRI ArcGIS and/or other GIS systems. Students will download and integrate available on-line georeferenced map images to support the development of their own georeferenced collected data. Spatial analysis software will be used to locate problem areas of field agronomic factors.

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)
Prerequisite--INAG 101: Computer Applications, or suitable computer applications course

INAG 240

Professional Development Seminar

1 credit

Required for all graduating students, this course provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their academic experience and develop skills necessary to successfully transition into their careers. Students will explore careers and professional associations, complete their portfolios, and prepare resumes. Each student will develop and present a professional presentation on his/her internship experience.

Prerequisite or corequisite--INAG 299A: Internship I

INAG 241/ PLSC 402

Agronomic Principles for Sports Turf Management

3 credits

An in-depth course on cultural practices used to improve and maintain sports fields. Additional topics will include field safety, synthetic field, and turfgrass species adapted for sports field use. This course is not open to students who have completed PLSC 402: Sports Turf Management.

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)
Prerequisite--INAG 107: Introduction to Turfgrass Management

INAG 242

Golf Course Design and Construction

3 credits

The course covers the history and current design trends in golf course architecture, permitting requirements of federal and state agencies such as the US Army Corps of Engineers, Soil Conservation Service, and the Maryland Department of Environment. Golf course construction techniques, workplace safety, and engineering principles will be discussed.

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week) 
Prerequisite--INAG 107: Introduction to Turfgrass Management

INAG 244

Herbaceous Plants

3 credits

An introductory course that covers the identification, culture, and landscape uses of herbaceous plants (annuals, perennials, bulbs, groundcovers, and ornamental grasses) used in Mid-Atlantic landscapes. The information taught will provide the student with the needed skills and knowledge to identify, select, and maintain a wide variety of herbaceous plants. Credit will be granted only for PLSC 244 or INAG 244.

INAG 248

Topics in Sustainable Agriculture

1 credit

Through guest speakers and experts, this one-credit course exposes students to current trends, concerns and research in sustainable agriculture. It allows students to explore various interest areas and discuss a variety of topics as they relate to sustainable practices.

INAG 250

Fundamentals of Agricultural Mechanics

3 credits

This course is a study of hand tools and power shop equipment as they relate to mechanized agriculture in arc welding, oxyacetylene welding and cutting, hot and cold metal working, plumbing, electricity, tool fitting, wood working, sketching and drawing, and interpretation of plans for the completion of skill development exercises. Emphasis is upon the development of orderly, safe shop procedures and manual skill development.

INAG 252

Agricultural Public Relations

3 credits

Introduces the fundamental concepts and procedures of public relations in agriculture. Topics include understanding external audiences; key practices in agricultural media relations, social media, executive communication, and crisis communication; and managing the research, planning, and evaluation aspects of the public relations process. Students will gain the public relations knowledge and skills necessary for communicating effectively with an organization's external audiences.

INAG 251

Landscape Construction

3 credits

The basic principles and practices of landscape construction. A study and analysis of wood, concrete, masonry, stone, electrical fixtures, water garden structures, and other materials and supplies utilized in the landscape industry. Emphasis will be placed on safety, development and interpretation of construction drawings, specifications for common structures, material selection, cost estimation, site preparation and construction techniques.

(2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week)

INAG 272/ PLSC 272

Principles of Arboriculture

3 credits

The establishment and maintenance of healthy trees in an urban setting will be studied. Lectures will focus on the environmental constraints to tree development in the city, and the role of physiological processes in regulating tree vigor. Laboratory exercises will cover the unique aspects of urban soils, tree valuation procedures, pruning and training, and supervised climbing.

(2 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week)

INAG 299A

Internship I

1 credit

On-site internship training in the student's major area of study. Students must complete a minimum of 320 working hours at an approved work site. Students should complete the on-site portion of their internship during the summer between their first and second years. After completing Internship I, students must take Internship II in which they complete a report. The two courses should be completed in consecutive semesters or simultaneously. Grading: Satisfactory/Fail.

Prerequisite--Advisor approval

INAG 299B

Internship II

1 credit

Internship II is a follow up report to Internship I, and the two courses should be completed in consecutive semesters. Students must complete and submit a comprehensive report on the activity and management of the work site used in INAG 299A Internship I.
Grading: Regular.

Prerequisite--Advisor approval
Pre/Corequisite--INAG 299A: Internship I

PLSC 101

Introduction to Crop Science

4 credits

Major crop plants including: anatomy, physiology, morphology, history, use, adaptation, culture, improvement and economic importance.

(3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week)

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