The greenhouse complex can offer interested students an extraordinary setting to independently explore a wide range of topics - from pest management to plant propagation, instructional design, fine art photography, structural engineering, retail management, and environmental interpretation, to name just a few.
Depending upon the commitment of time, independent study projects can be designed to allow students to obtain one to three hours of credit per semester under EFB 498 - Independent Greenhouse Research. A minimum of three hours of work each week (including planning, implementation and evaluation) over the course of an 18 week semester is required for every one hour of credit.
For one credit hour, 54 hours of effort over a semester is required. This is equivalent to almost one and one-half work weeks of eight hour days devoted to this project.
For two credit hours, 108 hours of effort over a semester is required for two credit hours. This is equivalent to almost three work weeks of eight hour days devoted to this project.
For three credit hours, 162 hours of effort over a semester is required. This is equivalent to almost four solid work weeks of eight hour days devoted to this project.
Below is a current list of available independent study projects. Click on topics of interest for an outline of the project as currently envisioned.
If you have an idea for a project not on the list, do feel free to make an appointment to discuss your interests with the greenhouse manager.