CPSC 226: Introduction to Weed Science

Introduction to Weed Science (CPSC 226) emphasizes the basic principles that are relevant to both crop and noncrop ecosystems. Specific management for these different ecosystems is introduced.

“This is both a basic and applied course,” says Professor Patrick Tranel, instructor for CPSC 226. “Students gain a fundamental understanding and appreciation of weeds along with a working knowledge of how to manage them.”

The lab portion of the course provides students with a hands-on learning experience. One lab that is a student favorite is the weed scavenger hunt; students compete in teams on the South Farms to find and correctly identify the most weed species.

At the conclusion of the course students should have an appreciation of weeds from a plant science perspective; know how to identify plant families and weed species; understand basic weed control strategies; be well versed in the chemistry, physiology, and use of herbicides; and be familiar with different weed management strategies utilized in diverse crop and noncrop systems.

Professor Tranel’s favorite part of teaching CPSC 226 is showing students how “cool” weeds are.

“On the first day of class, Professor Tranel said ‘Weeds are cool!’ As the semester progressed he repeated the statement whenever we discussed an intriguing topic,” says Seth Strom, a former student in CPSC 226. “The longer I took the course, the more it stuck, and the more I realized how much I loved weed science.”

A Healthy Planet Professor Patrick Tranel