Courses in Viticulture

Introduction to Viticulture and Vineyard

VITI 1111     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to introduce students to current practices for establishing a commercial vineyard and maintaining its health and productivity once established. Topics covered include varietal selection, site preparation, equipment, site selection, first season establishment, vine growth development and training, trellis systems, vine propagation, weed control and vine disease control. Field practicum sessions consisting of 32 hours of hands-on experience will be scheduled in area vineyards. (Prerequisites: None)

Botanical Viticulture

VITI 1112     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the plant kingdom and to examine grapevine form and function from a botanical perspective. Topics to be covered include the specific characteristics of plants that distinguish them from other forms of life, divisions within the plant kingdom with representative members of each, and plant classification. Plant cells, tissues, life cycles, structures and functions, especially as applied to grapevines will also be discussed, along with various aspects of plant and grapevine physiology, such as photosynthesis, respiration, nutrition, cold acclimation and hardiness, and dormancy. (Prerequisite: None)

Winter Viticulture Technology

VITI 1113     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide students initiated in the field of viticulture practical experience in winter vineyard operations. Students are required to partner with an approved vineyard to participate in the required field experience portion of the course which will serve as work experience for those seeking employment in commercial viticulture. (Prerequisites: VITI 1111-- or instructor permission)

Spring Viticulture Technology

VITI 1114     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide students initiated in the field of viticulture practical experience in spring vineyard operations. Students are required to partner with an approved vineyard to participate in the required field experience portion of the course which will serve as work experience for those seeking employment in commercial viticulture. (Prerequisites: VITI 1111 or instructor permission).

Summer/Fall Viticulture Technology

VITI 1115     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
Coursework will focus on fundamental viticulture issues related to the grape maturation process. Students will be introduced to the knowledge and practical skills required to control and monitor grape berry growth and development as it relates to successful commercial production of both table and wine grapes adapted to the continental climate of the Mid-Western United States.Students are required to partner with an approved vineyard to participate in a field practicum portion of the course, which will provide hands-on work experience for those seeking employment in the field of commercial viticulture. (Prerequisite: VITI 1111 or instructor permission).

Viticulture Safety

VITI 1190     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is an introduction to the hazards and safety issues in grape-growing.This course will include an overview of general agricultural safety and health,ergonomics, personal protective equipment, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations, and other issues unique to viticulture. (Prerequisites: None)

Integrated Pest Management

VITI 1211     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
Effective grape production depends on the grower developing a system of grape management that is appropriate for each vineyard. Decisions need to be made for how to manage all of the normal cultural practices such as planting, fertility, harvesting, and pruning as well as managing the insect, disease, and weed problems that occur either regularly or sporadically. The information in this course will address management issues related to common, expected pest problems as well as the occasional appearance of minor pest problems. (Prerequisites: None)

Regional Vineyard Management

VITI 1213     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is a general survey of vineyard management in the general wine growing regions in the Continental United States. The course covers management of the mature vineyard from region to region and builds on the topics covered prerequisite courses. (Prerequisites: VITI 1111 and one of the following VITI 1113, VITI 1114, VITI 1115)

Soils for Viticulture

VITI 1293     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
The course will explore soil properties and behavior and their influence on vine growth and wine grape characteristics. The course focuses not only on growth and production, but on the long-term effects of viticulture on soil quality and the wider environment. Upon completion of the course students will be able to select sites for a new vineyard, and help manage soils in existing vineyards. (Prerequisites: None)