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Environmental & Plant Biology Undergraduate Courses

PBIO 1000 - Plants and the Global Environment

Students examine the importance of plants in providing global resources for humans and the impact of human activity on the sustainability of these resources. We evaluate the value of laws and policies in protecting plant resources and mitigating climate change. Non-science majors course.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PBIO 1000L - Plants and the Global Environment Laboratory

Same lecture as 1000 with additional laboratory to provide practical experience with plants and topics discussed in lecture.

Credits: 1

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PBIO 1020 - Plant Biology

Directed to nonscience majors. Surveys the important taxonomic groups of plants, including algae, bryophytes, ferns, conifers, and flowering plants with reference to modern and fossil species. Life histories, reproduction, and relationships between groups are considered. Fungi are also discussed. Focuses on the structure of seed plants as related to their function in the environment.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 3.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PBIO 1030 - Plants and People

Non-science majors explore the diversity of plant products and services that people around the world need and enjoy. We examine how plants grow and reproduce, the variety of ways people have used and altered plants throughout history, and modern issues involving plant resources, conservation and climate change.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PBIO 1090 - Americans and their Forests: Ecology, Conservation and History

Provides an understanding of modern forests encompassing both recent and long-term effects arising from natural and human causes. The pattern and character of forest utilization will be interpreted in terms of varied cultural experiences in different regions and times.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PBIO 1140 - Foundations of Plant Biology

Introduces the concepts of plant physiology and cellular and molecular biology that are the foundation of all biological processes. Topics include DNA structure and function leading to genetics and evolution, theories of the origins of life leading to cell structure and function, and bioenergetics. The lab provides supplemental information and hands on activities to reinforce the lecture topics.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PBIO 1150 - Plant Structure and Development

For plant biology and other science majors, preprofessional students and science modular students. Introduction to structure, growth, development, and reproductive biology of plants with emphasis on flowering plants.

Credits: 4

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PBIO 2010 - Plant Biology for Gardeners

Intro non-majors course introducing fundamental aspects of plant biology, from a gardener's perspective. Topics cover plant structures and functions, reproduction and propagation methods, breeding and domestication, interactions between the plant and its above-ground and below-ground environments, nutrition and health, weeds and pests, and horticultural and agronomic features important to humans.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PBIO 2010L - Plant Biology for Gardeners Lab

Laboratory with activities related to principles and content of PBIO 2010 lectures.

Credits: 1

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PBIO 2050 - Biotechnology: From the Lab to Daily Life

What is biotechnology? This course includes information about research findings and their applications to the field, the marketplace and daily life. The course will cover the basic biological principles behind biotechnology from brewing to genetically modified organisms (GMO). Learn about what happens in the research lab and how that translates to daily life. This course will introduce students not only to the science but also to the public debate surrounding these issues.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PBIO 2060 - Sustainable Agriculture

Investigation of global and local agriculture with an emphasis on small scale, highly diversified agriculture and local food systems.as a synthesis of human activities. Agriculture will be considered to include the production from plants of food, fiber, fuel, building materials, and medicines. Students will gain direct experience with agriculture by growing an organic garden, preparing compost and testing soils, harvesting crops, seed saving and visiting local farms.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PBIO 2090 - Plant Ecology

Basic concepts, theory, and applied aspects of plant ecology. Focus on the interactions of plants with their environment (biotic and abiotic) over a range of spatial and temporal scales.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PBIO 2140 - Exploring Bioinformatics

A seminar/discussion course focuses on the emerging discipline of bioinformatics, the use of computers to analyze biological and medical data. The course introduces the topic of bioinformatics and explores the educational and job opportunities in the field.

Credits: 1

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PBIO 2170 - Women in Science

Students explore the lives, discoveries and challenges of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) throughout history into the modern era, across a variety of disciplines. We evaluate policies, laws and other strategies that advance equity in opportunities and recognition for women in science worldwide. No majors credit; Does not satisfy Arts and Science: Natural Science distribution requirement.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

PBIO 2180 - Introduction to Biological Research and Writing

Provides an introduction to biological research including how to design an experiment, collect and analyze data, and write up and present the results. Students select from several possible research areas, produce a proposal for a research project, conduct the research, and produce a lab report/manuscript, a scientific poster and an abstract from the results.

Credits: 3

Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory

Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I