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Available Courses

Introduction to Permaculture

Permaculture means "permanent culture," (or "permanent agriculture") and ..."is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of a natural ecosystem." (Bill Mollison) This course will explore, through lectures, online discussions, and required projects, a design/thinking methodology that seeks to provide for our physical needs, food, water, shelter, energy, etc., while doing so in an environmentally friendly, sustainable manner.

Environmental Soil Science

Environmental issues are of paramount importance to contemporary society. Indeed, consideration of environmental consequences is an important component of decision making processes for citizens, companies, and governments at nearly any level. This course will focus on the science of the environment and the role of soil science in the environmental arena. Important chemical, biological, and physical processes that influence the fate of environmentally important compounds will be presented. Relevant case studies will be included.

Horticulture in Horticultural Therapy

Application of horticulture principles and practices in therapeutic settings; considerations for greenhouse systems operations and management in therapeutic settings; landscape maintenance, fruit and vegetable gardening, and production horticulture as part of a therapeutic program; and plant propagation for production and therapy.

Human Issues in Horticultural Therapy

New developments and applications of gardening or horticultural activities for special populations will be emphasized. Procedures for management of horticultural therapy programs, designing therapeutic or rehabilitation activities, and evaluation methods will be discussed. Reading of selected research publications relating to horticultural therapy will be assigned.

Plant Breeding Methods

Overview of plant breeding methods for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students. Covers principles and concepts of inheritance, germplasm resources, pollen control, measurement of genetic variances, and heterosis. Special topics include heritability, genotype-environment interaction, disease resistance, and polyploidy. In-depth coverage on methods for breeding cross-pollinated and self-pollinated crops. Prepares students for advanced plant breeding courses.

Resilience in Food Safety

This course will cover the three broad areas of global horticulture, sustainable international development, and human health and Nutrition. This multi-disciplinary course is designed to encourage use of contextual knowledge. Related international field experience is available.

Vineyard Management

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to apply advanced knowledge of viticultural principles to the management of commercial vineyards. Students will recognize management options and describe their advantages and disadvantages. Students will gain knowledge of methods for analysis and interpretation of research results.
University Contact
These campus coordinators can help you navigate Great Plains IDEA. Click on the university name to learn more about how Great Plains IDEA works at that campus. Rachel Ohmes
Julie Holder
Leslie McClure Myatt
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Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

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