Undergraduate Courses

EPP 201 - Impact of Insects and Plant Diseases on Human Societies
3 Credit Hours
Insects and plant diseases have had a significant influence on human history, culture, and lifestyles. The science of entomology and plant pathology help humankind understand the impact of insects and plant pathogens on these dimensions of human existence. The development of strategies to capitalize on the beneficial aspects of these organisms will also be explored.
Instructor(s): All (Coordinator: P. Lambdin)
This course is not eligible for graduate credit.
 
EPP 313 - Plant Pathology
3 Credit Hours
Introduction to the microorganisms and environmental conditions causing disease in plants.
Biology of pathogens, host-pathogen interactions, disease development and principles of control.
Instructor: M. Windham
(RE) Prerequisites: 6 hrs of Biological Sciences Contact
Hour Distribution: 2 hrs lecture and 1 hr lab This course is not eligible for graduate credit.
 
EPP 321 - Economic Entomology
3 Credit Hours
Structure, life history, habits and principles of control of important insect pests of farm, garden, orchard, and household.
Instructor: P. Lambdin
(RE) Prerequisites: 6 hrs of Biological Sciences Contact
Hour Distribution: 2 hrs lecture and 1 hr lab This course is not eligible for graduate credit.
 
EPP 325 - Veterinary Entomology
3 Credit Hours
Identification, biology, and control of arthropods that attack major livestock species.
Introduction to entomology, methods of insect control, major pest species groups, and problems associated with specific host production operations.
Instructor: R. Trout Fryxell
(RE) Prerequisites: Biology 122 or equivalent Contact
Hour Distribution: 2 hrs lecture and 1 hr lab This course is not eligible for graduate credit.
 
EPP 410 - Diseases and Insects of Ornamental Plants
3 Credit Hours
Symptoms, identification, and management of diseases and insect pests that affect plants in greenhouse, nursery, and landscape environments.
Instructors: M. Windham and J. Grant
(DE) Prerequisite: EPP 313, EPP 321, or consent of instructor Eligible for  graduate credit
 
EPP 411 - Forest Insects and Diseases
3 Credit Hours
Insects and pathogens associated with trees and shrubs will be identified and their impacts on host plants evaluated.
Instructors: P. Lambdin and M. Windham Eligible for graduate credit
 
EPP 493 - Independent Study in Entomology and Plant Pathology
1-4 Credit Hours
Laboratory, field, or library research in entomology, plant pathology, or integrated pest management under the guidance of a faculty member.
Repeatability: May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 hours

 

Graduate Courses

EPP 410 - Diseases and Insects of Ornamental Plants
3 Credit Hours. Symptoms, identification, and management of diseases and insect pests that affect plants in greenhouse, nursery, and landscape environments.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours lecture and 1 lab.
 
EPP 411 - Forest Insects and Diseases
3 Credit Hours. Insects and pathogens associated with trees and shrubs will be identified and their impacts on host plants evaluated.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours lecture and 1 lab.
 
EPP 500 - Thesis
1-15 Credit Hours. Grading Restriction: P/NP only.
Repeatability: May be repeated.
Credit Level Restriction: Graduate credit only.
Registration Restriction(s): Master of Science - entomology and plant pathology major. Minimum student level – graduate.
 
EPP 502 - Registration for Use of Facilities
1-15 Credit Hours. Required for students not otherwise registered during any semester when student uses university facilities and/or faculty time before degree is completed.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
Repeatability: May be repeated.
Credit Restriction: May not be used toward degree requirements.
Credit Level Restriction: Graduate credit only.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.
 
EPP 505 - Mycology
3 Credit Hours. Survey of the fungal kingdom and traditional allies in the context of phyla and classes. Systematics, biology, reproduction, structure-function, physiology, and ecology illustrated with fresh and preserved material and cultural techniques in laboratories.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 lectures and 1 lab
 
EPP 508 - Plant Health Diagnostics
3 Credit Hours. Practical experience diagnosing plant health problems caused by insects, nematodes, microbial pathogens, and abiotic stresses. Students will use modern plant health diagnostics tools and techniques both in the laboratory and field in diverse ecosystems including field, vegetable, and orchard crops, forests, and urban landscapes.
Contact Hour Distribution: One week summer workshop at the Soil, Plant and Pest Center in Nashville, TN.
 
EPP 512 - Soilborne Plant Pathogens
3 Credit Hours. Causal agents; host-parasite-soil environment interactions; epidemiology; detection and identification of soilborne plant pathogens; biological, cultural, and chemical control.
Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture.
 
EPP 514 - Phytobacteriology
3 Credit Hours. Morphology, taxonomy, ecology, physiology, and genetics of bacterial plant pathogens; infection and disease development, pathogenesis and resistance; diagnosis, detection, effect of environment, and management of bacterial plant diseases; beneficial plant-bacterial interactions.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours lecture and 1 lab.
 
EPP 515 - Physiology of Plant Disease
3 Credit Hours. Biochemical and physiological events involved in host-pathogen interactions. Mechanisms of disease resistance.
Recommended Background: Introductory plant physiology and plant pathology or consent of instructor.
Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture.
 
EPP 520 - Nematology
3 Credit Hours. Survey of the phylum Nematoda, including free-living, insect-parasitic, vertebrate-parasitic, and plant-parasitic groups. Emphases will be on identification, collecting methodologies, economic importance, and applications to pest management and soil health.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours lecture and 1 lab.
Recommended Background: 8 hours of biology.
 
EPP 521 - Plant Virology
3 Credit Hours. Symptomatology, epidemiology, and management of virus infection; structure, morphology, replications, transmission, purification, characterization, and classification of plant viruses; serology; plant pathogenic viroids, mycoplasmas and spiroplasmas.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab.
Recommended Background: EPP 313 or introductory plant pathology.
 
EPP 523 - Field Crop and Vegetable Entomology
3 Credit Hours. Identification, biology, ecology and management of insects affecting field crops, commercial vegetables and home garden crops.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours and 1 lab.
Recommended Background: EPP 321 or basic entomology course.
 
EPP 525 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology
3 Credit Hours. Identification, biology, and control of arthropod parasites of humans and animals. Will focus on arthropods and their biology, life histories, habitats, hosts, and options for management. Review and discussion of sampling/monitoring methods and decision-making guidelines to managing vector-borne diseases also will be addressed. Includes an in-depth research experience requiring a manuscript submission for publication.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours lecture and 1 lab.
Recommended Background: EPP 321 or EPP 425 or consent of instructor.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.
 
EPP 528 - Molecular Techniques in Entomology, Nematology, and Plant Pathology
3 Credit Hours. An overview of tools and applications for conducting advanced molecular and analytical research in entomology, plant pathology and related sciences. Topics will range from DNA/RNA extraction, amplification, sequencing, and analysis to protein separation and analysis. The course will include lectures and hands-on training using a modular approach divided into 1 to 2-week segments. The course is open to upper-level undergraduate (junior or senior), Masters, and PhD.
 
EPP 530 - Integrated Pest Management
3 Credit Hours. Principles and application of biological, cultural, genetic, behavioral, and chemical methods of control to maintain pest populations below economic threshold levels.
Recommended Background: EPP 321 or consent of instructor.
 
EPP 531 - Special Problems in Entomology, Nematology and Plant Pathology
1-3 Credit Hours. Comprehensive individual study of current problems.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 9 hours.
 
EPP 541 - Seminar
1 Credit Hours. Presentation of thesis research proposals and final defense of research by students. Presentations on current topics by outside speakers.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 2 hours.
Comment(s): Master's students only.
 
EPP 548 - Taxonomy of Adult Insects
3 Credit Hours. Classification, phylogeny, and distribution of insects and related arthropods. Lectures on theory and practice of insect systematics and major features of insect evolution. Laboratory practice on methods of collection, preservation, and study of insects, with emphasis on order and family identification of adults. Substantial insect collection, one or more field trips, and a taxonomically oriented project required.
Credit Level Restriction: Graduate credit only.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.
 
EPP 551 - Biological Control
3 Credit Hours. Examines the concepts, ecological principles, fundamentals, history, and applied practices of biological control of arthropod pests, plant pathogens, and weeds; investigate the role of biological control in natural biological processes, as well as in integrated pest management programs directed at pests and pathogens affecting agricultural production, landscapes, turfgrass, natural areas, forests, and human and animal health; examine the biology, role and implementation of microbial antagonists, entomopathogens, predators and parasitoids in suppressing populations of plant pathogens, arthropods, and weeds; discuss examples of successful and unsuccessful biological control programs.
Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture.
 
EPP 552 - Insect Morphology
3 Credit Hours. Identification of insect structures and relevance of structures to insect development, survival, physiology, and classification.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours lecture and 1 lab.
 
EPP 561 - Insect Physiology
3 Credit Hours. Molecular, cellular, and tissue mechanisms involved in relevant physiological processes in insects, and the evolutionary diversity of these processes among insect taxa. Students will be able to identify and understand emerging areas of research in insect physiology and molecular biology.
Recommended Background: Biochemistry, molecular biology, basic cell biology.
Contact Hour Distribution: 3 hours lecture.
 
EPP 600 - Doctoral Research and Dissertation
3-15 Credit Hours. Grading Restriction: P/NP only.
Repeatability: May be repeated.
Registration Restriction(s): Doctor of Philosophy - Plants, Soils, and Insects major or Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology major. Minimum student level – graduate.
 
EPP 602 - Advanced Topics in Entomology
1-3 Credit Hours. Morphology, systematics, physiology, ecology and genetics of arthropods, apiculture, medical and veterinary entomology, insect biodiversity, and insect pathology.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 12 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.
 
EPP 603 - Research Planning
1-15 Credit Hours. Preliminary research and investigation of dissertation research topic.
Grading Restriction: Satisfactory/No Credit grading only.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 15 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.
 
EPP 604 - Advanced Topics in Plant Pathology
1-3 Credit Hours. Biological control, disease diagnosis and management, epidemiology, fungal plant pathogens, integrated pest management, molecular plant-microbe interactions, plant pathogenesis, plant pathogenic bacteria, soil- and seed-borne pathogens, and virology.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 12 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.
 
EPP 606 - Advanced Topics in Nematology
1-3 Credit Hours. Specialized instruction on systematics, physiology, ecology, genetics, genomics, and evolution of nematodes, plant, insect, mollusk, medical and veterinary nematology, nematode biodiversity, entomopathogenic nematodes, nematode-microbe interactions, plant-nematode interactions, and biological control.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 12 hours.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.
 
EPP 620 - Biodiversity Analysis for Ecosystem Sustainability and Resilience
3 Credit Hours. Biodiversity, through its links to ecosystem services production, is crucial for human well-being, economic development and poverty alleviation. Using insect/nematode/microbial communities as model systems, this course examines the structure and function of food webs and the role of biodiversity in ecosystem sustainability and resilience. Students will design and carry out a team research project to reveal subtle human impact on biodiversity and its role in the production of ecosystem services through comparisons between different habitats or urban to rural gradients. Students will analyze the data collected, interpret results by integrating discussion of ecological principles, biodiversity, environmental bioindicators, soil health, ecosystem services, ecosystem sustainability and resilience, and will communicate their findings in a well-written scientific paper.
Contact Hour Distribution: 1 hour lecture and 2 weekly labs.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.
 
EPP 622 - Bioinformatics Applications
3 Credit Hours. Fundamental bioinformatics concepts, principles and techniques with a focus on the application of bioinformatics to problems in agriculture. Laboratory practical will be taught within a LINUX computational environment where students will gain basic skills in bash and python scripting and construction open source-software based workflows to analyze genomic data.
Contact Hour Distribution: 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab.
: Life Sciences 520 or introductory genetics course.
Registration Restriction(s): minimum student level – graduate.
 
EPP 630 - Advanced Integrated Pest and Pathogen Management
3 Credit Hours. Use of principles and concepts of IPM to focus on real-life, practical applications of IPM programs. Builds on EPP 530/PLS 530: Integrated Pest Management [IPM]), where students are introduced to principles and concepts of pest and plant disease management and investigate its importance as an environmentally sound practice based on economic, ecological and sociological consequences. EPP 630 extends these concepts to focus on real-life, practical applications of IPM programs. Will have a seminar-type format with presentations, guest lecturers, and field trips to both regulatory centers and businesses that have implemented IPM programs.
(DE) Prerequisite(s): EPP 530 or Plant Sciences 530.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.
 
EPP 640 - Seminar
1 Credit Hours. Presentation of dissertation research proposals and final defense of research by students. Presentations on current topics by outside speakers.
Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 2 hours.
Comment(s): PhD students only.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.
 
EPP 675 - Scientific Writing and Grantsmanship
3 Credit Hours. Preparation of scientific evidence for the thesis or dissertation in scientific journals, parts of the scientific paper, graphical and tabular presentation of data, sources of funding to support research, writing research grants, the editorial process, elements of style, and ethics.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.