Seed analysts must know the basic nature of seeds and the terminology associated with them before they can do analytical work effectively. It is the purpose of this course to give insights to the structures of seeds and the flowers from which they come. These structures will be used to identify seeds of the different species.
This course has print-based exams that require a proctor. Exams may be taken at the University Testing Center at Colorado State University, or at an accredited College or University Testing Center in your area. To request to take your exam at an accredited testing site in your area, please submit a Proctor Identification Form at least two weeks prior to the first exam in the course.
BZ 104 (Basic Concepts of Plant Life) or BZ 110 (Principles of Animal Biology) or BZ 120 (Principles of Plant Biology) or HORT 100 (Horticultural Science) or LIFE 102 (Attributes of Living Systems) or SOCR 100 (General Crops).
Students must complete the online version of this course within six months.
Textbook and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Inflorescence Packet
- SOCR 200 Course Syllabus - Section 840 only (2003)
- Photographs of Selected Crop and Weed Seeds
Not available at the CSU Bookstore
- Study Guide to the Seeds of Colorado
Larsen & Menne
Either the Photographs of Selected Crop and Weed Seeds by Larsen or the website of photographs from the Soil & Crop Science Department is required for this course.
Jack Fenwick, Ph.D. is a faculty member in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University. He teaches the introductory course in crop production and management which includes plant and seed identification. He also teaches advanced courses in crop production. Dr. Fenwick has received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Outstanding Advising Award from the College and the University.