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Environmental & Plant Biology Undergraduate Courses

  • PBIO 1000 - Plants and the Global Environment

    For nonscience majors. Examines the importance of plants in providing global resources for humans and the impact of human activity on the sustainability of these resources. The course places a particular focus on the importance of climate and energy policy as they relate to our uses of plants and the impact that changing climate would be expected to have on plants.

    Requisites: Non-science majors

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2NS

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    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.

    Requisites: PBIO 1000 concurrent

    Credits: 1

    General Education Code: 2NS

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 laboratory

    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

    General Education Code: 2NS

    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

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

  • PBIO 1030 - Plants and People

    Interrelationships of plants and humans from both historical and modern points of view, origins of agriculture and civilization, tropical and temperate food plants, medicinal plants, drug plants, destruction of environment, and its ultimate effect on food plants.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2AS

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    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

    General Education Code: 2NS

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    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.

    Requisites: WARNING: not BIOS 1700

    Credits: 4

    General Education Code: 2NS

    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

    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

    General Education Code: 2NS

    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

    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

    General Education Code: 2AS

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    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.

    Requisites: PBIO 2010 or concurrent

    Credits: 1

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 laboratory

    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

    General Education Code: 2AS

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    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

    General Education Code: 2AS

    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

    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

    General Education Code: 2NS

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 2140 - Exploring Bioinformatics

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

    Credits: 1

    General Education Code: 2AS

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 2170 - Women in Science

    The lives and discoveries of women scientists worldwide from 1800 to present are examined through biographies, films, speakers, personal interviews, lectures, writing, and discussion. Historical and current trends, including traditional and feminist methodologies, are considered for the sciences, science education, and society. No majors credit; Does not satisfy Arts and Science: Natural Science distibution requirement.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2CP

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    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.

    Requisites: BIOS 1700 or PBIO 1140

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2AS

    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

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

  • PBIO 2200 - Woody Plants

    Identification of the woody plants (trees, shrubs, and vines), both native and non-native, found in the Midwest. Commercial, wildlife, and landscaping uses of each species will be reviewed.

    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

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

  • PBIO 2250 - Flowers

    Not intended for plant biology majors. Identification of local flowers and discussion of the role of flowers in their natural environments.

    Requisites: WARNING: No credit if PBIO 3190 or 4090

    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

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

  • PBIO 2470 - Biomes of the World

    Detailed survey of biomes around the world. Broad characterization of each ecosystem globally is coupled with details on representative protected areas for each biome in North America. Emphasis is placed on geologic and ecological processes determining vegetation zones and the plant and animal species characteristic of each biome. Conservation issues, human impacts, and products for human use, are discussed throughout the course.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2NS

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 2480 - Dendrology: A Study of Trees, Shrubs, and Lianas

    This is a field course to teach students how to identify local woody species throughout the forests of Ohio, any time of the year. Students will gain hands-on experience to successfully recognize the key features of woody plants to be proficient in identifying plants during any season. This course will go beyond description because students will also learn about reproductive and establishment requirements to help aid identification and understand how these species can be used as a bioindicator of site quality, disturbance regimes, and land-use history. Due to the field based nature of this course, student need to be willing to walk several miles in rough terrain and poor weather. Students will compile their knowledge by making a field guide of the species covered in class for outreach.

    Requisites: PBIO 1150 or BIOS 1710 or GEOG 1100

    Credits: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 6.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 2840 - Introduction to Global Studies in Plant Biology seminar

    Mandatory seminar, with associated travel workshops for freshmen and sophomores enrolling in a subsequent Global Studies in Plant Biology field course. Students conduct relevant readings and develop and present a seminar on diverse topics related to biological diversity and environmental issues of the field course destination and region.

    Credits: 2

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 seminar

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

  • PBIO 2900 - Special Topics in Plant Biology

    Current and/or special topics in plant biology.

    Credits: 1 - 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

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

  • PBIO 2970T - Plant Biology Tutorial

    Seminar contents varies.

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 15.0 tutorial

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

  • PBIO 2971T - Plant Biology Tutorial

    [Seminar contents varies.]

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 15.0 tutorial

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

  • PBIO 2980T - Plant Biology Tutorial

    [Seminar contents varies.]

    Requisites: PBIO 2970T

    Credits: 1 - 15

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 15.0 tutorial

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

  • PBIO 2981T - Plant Biology Tutorial

    [Seminar contents varies.]

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 15.0 tutorial

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

  • PBIO 3010 - Lab in Cell and Molecular Plant Physiology

    Lab CaMPP is an intensive (1 week) laboratory experience in plant cell and molecular biology and physiology research techniques. Topics cover DNA manipulation, protein biochemistry, and cell fractionation.

    Credits: 2

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 30.0 laboratory, 15.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 3020 - Soil Microbial Analysis Lab

    This one-week long course is an intensive laboratory experience in soil science, biogeochemistry, and microbial ecology. Students will become familiar with techniques and instrumentation to estimate soil quality and the composition and function of soil microorganisms from a field experiment.

    Requisites: CHEM 1520 is required and (PBIO 4380 is recommended)

    Credits: 2

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 laboratory

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

  • PBIO 3030 - Medicinal Plants of Ohio

    Summer workshop. Identification, history, and uses of medicinal plants; characteristics of herb families; preparation of simple herbal remedies. Field trips to conifer woods, flood plain, cove forest, wetland, and commercial herb-growing establishment.

    Credits: 2

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 3050 - Plant Propagation

    Principles and practices in sexual and asexual propagation of selected plants; timing, manner, and material utilized for cuttage, budding, grafting, layerage and tissue culture; methods of seed handling as affected by time, temperature, and media selection; study of types, construction, and management of various propagation and growing structures and equipment used; identification of selected plants of horticultural and/or agricultural importance using proper scientific nomenclature. Includes one Saturday field trip.

    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

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

  • PBIO 3060X - Freshwater Algae

    Students will learn about freshwater algae and their role in the environment through interactive lectures. Students will conduct independent learning through making their photo collections working in small groups on a project. Topics to be explored in the course include taxonomy, ecology and used of freshwater algae, with emphasis on identification of common or representative genera, the role of algae in freshwater systems and the practical uses of algae to assess environmental problems and to use as biofuels and sources for novel products.

    Requisites: PBIO 1150

    Credits: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: lecture

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

  • PBIO 3070X - Introduction to Bryophytes

    Students will learn about moss biology and its role in the environment through interactive lectures in both indoor and outdoor settings. Students will conduct independent learning through making their own collections and observations of mosses. Topics to be explored in the course include morphology, anatomy, ecology, biogeography and systematics of bryophytes,, with emphasis on identification of common and representative genera, the significance of bryophyte distribution patterns, and the role that bryophytes play in terrestrial and aquatic systems, and the impact of environmental factors on bryophytes.

    Requisites: PBIO 1150

    Credits: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: lecture

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

  • PBIO 3080 - Structural Botany

    Diversity of vascular plants as reflected by structural and reproductive features of major groups; emphasis on evolution of diversity through systematically significant adaptations as reflected by the paleontological record. 2 lec, 4 lab.

    Requisites: PBIO 1150

    Credits: 4

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

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

  • PBIO 3100 - Biology of Fungi

    Morphology and life history studies of selected fungi of major groups; collection, isolation, and growth of selected fungi; fungal activities. 2 lec, 2 lab.

    Requisites: PBIO 1140 and 1150

    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

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

  • PBIO 3140 - Exploring Bioinformatics Seminar

    A seminar course focused on the emerging discipline of bioinformatics, the use of computers to analyze biological and medical data. The course will allow students to do in-depth literature review of sub-disciplines within the field and share those findings with the class.

    Requisites: PBIO 2140

    Credits: 1

    General Education Code: 2AS

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 6.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 seminar

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

  • PBIO 3150 - Statistical Methods in Plant Biology

    Lecture: biostatistics and applications in the plant sciences; scientific method, hypothesis testing, and design of experiments; sampling, data analysis, regression and correlation, analysis of variance, and parametric and nonparametric statistics. Lab: microcomputer applications in spreadsheet analysis, statistics, and graphics. 3 lec. 2 lab

    Requisites: 15 Hours in PBIO

    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

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

  • PBIO 3160 - Horticultural Management and Techniques

    Applied techniques course; emphasis on care and maintenance of plant material, greenhouse structures, and display garden areas; involves student with hands-on practical experience of growing and care of selected plants found in horticultural applications; daily upkeep and maintenance of a greenhouse facility; care and maintenance of display garden area, aesthetics of planning, design and planting; pest identification and management strategies; develop a basic understanding of plant nutrition fundamentals

    Credits: 2

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 laboratory

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

  • PBIO 3190 - Ohio Flora

    identification of vascular plants (pteridophytes, gymnosperms and angiosperms) of Ohio, mainly southeastern Ohio, in vegetative and reproductive condition; largely conducted in the field, includes a weekend field trip

    Requisites: PBIO 1150

    Credits: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 6.0 laboratory

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

  • PBIO 3220 - Tropical Plant Ecology

    Tropical forest studies around the world, including basic plant ecology, conservation, and management.

    Requisites: BIOS 3750 or GEOG 3160 or PBIO 2090

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 3240 - Plant Physiology

    Basic chemical and physical aspects of plant processes; photosynthesis, respiration, mineral nutrition, transport, nitrogen metabolism, water relations, and growth.

    Requisites: PBIO 1140 and 1150

    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

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

  • PBIO 3260 - Plant Ecophysiology

    A survey of the complexity of plant physiological and structural adaptations that relate to their ecological performance. The class is structured to combine lectures, discussions and a hands-on lab approach to exploring the physiological and anatomical adaptations of plants to their environments. Labs will introduce students to state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology which are used to 1) assess biotic and abiotic factors affecting plants and 2) use instrumentation to quantify plant physiological responses to their environment. Students work in groups and actively use knowledge and skill taught in lecture and labs to perform student led ecophysiological experiments.

    Requisites: PBIO 2090

    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

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

  • PBIO 3300 - Plant Genetics

    Basic principles of genetics as they relate to plants, including transmission, expression, and evolution of genetic materials.

    Requisites: BIOS 1700 or PBIO 1140

    Credits: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 3301 - Plant Breeding

    Study of diverse plant breeding systems and training in creating crosses and subsequent selection in plant crops. Coverage of simple mass selection breeding methods through advanced molecular breeding techniques. Practical considerations in seed saving and quality measures are also covered.

    Requisites: BIOS 3100 or PBIO 3300

    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

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

  • PBIO 3330 - Restoration Ecology

    Understand the philosophies, challenges, principles, and methods of ecological restoration. Course will discuss several scales of restoration (organism to landscape), but emphasis will be placed on a holistic approach to terrestrial ecosystem restoration.

    Requisites: BIOS 2200 or GEOG 2400 or GEOL 2150 or PBIO 2090

    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

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

  • PBIO 3400 - Development and Evolution of Land Plants

    Integrated view of land plant (embryophyte) lineages, including evolution of morphology, anatomy, development, and gene families, using model systems to explore mutants and gene expression patterns.

    Requisites: PBIO 1140 and 1150

    Credits: 4

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

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

  • PBIO 3530 - Plant Developmental Physiology

    Growth and development in flowering plants. Topics include cell growth and differentiation in developing meristems; tissue and organ development in culture, dormancy and germination; flower induction; seed formation; growth regulators; and senescence.

    Requisites: BIOS 1700 or 1140

    Credits: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 3935H - Thesis Development

    Activities might include development of research tools, literature searches, grantwriting, and research supply or equipment acquisition, as well as proposal writing and revision. Students are expected to complete a formal thesis proposal that must be defended by end of the semester.

    Requisites: PBIO 1480J and Jr standing

    Credits: 1 - 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 3.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 independent study

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

  • PBIO 3970T - Plant Biology Tutorial

    Seminar contents varies.

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 15.0 tutorial

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

  • PBIO 3980T - Plant Biology Tutorial

    Seminar contents varies.

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 15.0 tutorial

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

  • PBIO 4090 - Plant Systematics and Survey of Vascular Plant Families

    Principles of systematics and taxonomy; use of systematic data in classification; survey of major vascular plant lineages, important families and representative genera. Lab: data generation and analysis, identification of pteridophyte, gymnosperm and angiosperm families and exemplary genera. Field trips (incl. one weekend).

    Requisites: PBIO 1150

    Credits: 4

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

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

  • PBIO 4095 - Field Studies in Plant Diversity

    Intensive field-based investigation of plant communities distributed across an environmental gradient, and the vascular plant diversity (families, genera, species) comprising the communities.

    Requisites: (PBIO 2090 and (3190 or 4090)) or concurrent

    Credits: 3 - 6

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

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

  • PBIO 4120 - Plant Pathology

    Diseases of plants; history, types of pathogens and disease cycles, impact in nature and agriculture, disease control strategies. Isolation and identification of pathogens and pests of plants.

    Requisites: PBIO 1150

    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

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

  • PBIO 4160 - Problem Solving with Bioinformatics Tools

    Students will gain an understanding of the general principles of bioinformatics through the use of bioinformatics tools to analyze data and solve problems designed from current and on-going research in biology.

    Requisites: (BIOS 3100 or PBIO 3300) and (EE 3713 or MATH 2500 or PBIO 3150 or PSY 2110)

    Credits: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 4170 - Biological Research and Science Ethics

    The course will present an overview of the professional standards of science and responsible conduct of scientists that are essential for the pursuit of knowledge. The course includes sections on collection and treatment of data, authorship and giving credit, sharing of data, advising and mentoring and societal values.

    Credits: 1

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 seminar

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

  • PBIO 4180J - Writing for the Science Researcher

    Current research literature will provide students with opportunities to learn the skills needed for successful written communication in graduate school or an academic career in the sciences. No credit toward major.

    Requisites: 15 Hours in BIOS or PBIO and (Jr or Sr)

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 1J

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 4181J - Writing for Biologists

    Current topics in the scientific literature and public controversy around issues in biology provide students with opportunities to learn the skills needed for successful writing as a biologist. No credit toward major.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 1J

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 4200 - Phycology: The Study of Algae

    Taxonomy, ecology and importance of marine and freshwater algae, with emphasis on characteristics that define major clades, identification of common or representative genera and the role of algae in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

    Credits: 4

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

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

  • PBIO 4270 - Molecular Genetics

    Genetic fine structure and function at the molecular level; biochemical aspects of heredity in micro-organisms, plants, and animals; recombinant DNA and genetic engineering.

    Requisites: BIOS 1700 or PBIO 1140

    Credits: 2

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 4280 - Laboratory in Genomics Techniques

    Genomics Techniques is a laboratory course to give hands-on experience in genomics techniques like DNA manipulation, DNA sequencing, fragment analysis, RNA analysis, quantitative PCR, laser microdissection principles and microarray principles.

    Requisites: BIOS 3100 or PBIO 3300

    Credits: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

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

  • PBIO 4310 - Plant Cell Biology

    Structure and function of cells, organelles, and cellular inclusions.

    Requisites: BIOS 1700 or PBIO 1140

    Credits: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 4350 - Plant Population Biology and Community Ecology

    Evaluates basic processes in plant demography leading to the organization and dynamics of plant communities. Emphasis on quantitative methods and modeling. Labs utilize numerical models, greenhouse experiments, and field exercises.

    Requisites: BIOS 3750 or GEOG 4170 or PBIO 2090

    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

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

  • PBIO 4380 - Soil Properties and Ecosystem Processes

    Understand the ecological significance of abiotic properties and biotic processes that mediate the composition, function, and heterogeneity of ecosystems. Topics include: basic soil physical, chemical, and biological properties; mechanisms that drive productivity and decomposition; biogeochemical cycles; comparison of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; trophic dynamics. Synthesis will involve how human activities alter ecosystem dynamics. Laboratories will emphasize analyzing soil and vegetation for metrics of ecosystem productivity and composition. Data from the lab will be used to investigate the influence of soil and plants on ecosystem-level processes.

    Requisites: (CHEM 1220 or 1520) and (BIOS 3750 or GEOG 1100 or PBIO 2090)

    Credits: 4

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

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

  • PBIO 4420 - Experimental Anatomy of Plant Development

    The concepts of plant development have been integrated with the descriptive assessment of cell, tissue, and organ types that are the mainstay of plant anatomy to provide an exciting opportunity for all plant biologists. The course is grounded in experimentation and includes cutting edge methodologies.

    Requisites: PBIO 1150

    Credits: 4

    General Education Code: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

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

  • PBIO 4500 - Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

    For upper level undergraduate students. Introduction to basic molecular biological concepts and techniques in biotechnology and genetic engineering, including discussion of current experimentation and progress in these fields.

    Requisites: BIOS 1700 or PBIO 1140

    Credits: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 4501 - The Principles of Brewing Science

    Aims to demonstrate fundamental principles and concepts of biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, and plant biology through beer brewing. The practice and study of fermentation first defined the field of biochemistry and combines skills/concepts taken from microbiology (yeast cultivation; inhibition of bacterial growth by hops and ethanol; assay of bacterial contamination), biochemistry (an understanding of aerobic vs non-aerobic respiration and glucose metabolism, lipid oxidation, enzyme kinetics and assay as in starch degradation by amylases and protein degradation by proteases), physiology (the effects of alcohol on the body), and plant biology (barley and hops cultivation, harvesting and malt production; the contribution of plant tannins to beer flavor). This course combines a series of lectures, labs and field trips to the Plant Biology Gardens to demonstrate the concepts invoked in lecture. This course exploits a general public interest in alcohol and its production to demonstrate fundamental scientific concepts using a hands on approach. As many students seem unaware of how alcohol interacts with the body in the long term, this course also informs students about the devastating effects of alcohol abuse on the body and society. As such this course outfits students with a wide range of key scientific concepts coupled with practical skills.

    Requisites: (CHEM 3060 or PBIO 3240) and Sr and WARNING: No credit for both this course and the following (always deduct credit for first course taken): CHEM 4501

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

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

  • PBIO 4750 - Plant Population Genetics and Speciation

    Principles of plant evolution, population level variation, genetic processes of inheritance, and current topics in evolutionary biology.

    Requisites: (PBIO or BIOS major) and (Jr or Sr)

    Credits: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 4850 - Plant Biology Capstone

    Capstone short-term field course for natural science majors, integrating principles across organismal plant biology and related disciplines, in a selected (often international) region.

    Requisites: PBIO 1150 and 2090 and Sr

    Credits: 3 - 6

    General Education Code: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 laboratory

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

  • PBIO 4900 - Special Topics in Environmental & Plant Biology

    Specific course content will vary with offering.

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

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

  • PBIO 4910 - Internship

    Provides students with credit for work experience in various applied fields of botany and environmental biology. Overseen by a faculty member and evaluated by the on-the-job supervisor. Report culminates experience.

    Requisites: (Jr or Sr) and permission required

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 internship

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

  • PBIO 4940 - Undergraduate Research

    Independent research under supervision of faculty member.

    Requisites: 12 Hours in PBIO and (Jr or Sr)

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 20.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 research

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

  • PBIO 4941 - Undergraduate Research/Written Presentation

    An independent research experience that includes a formal written presentation of the work. All work will be done under the supervision of a faculty member.

    Requisites: PBIO 4940 and 30 hours cumulative in BIOS, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, & PBIO and Sr and permission required

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 3

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 8.0 research

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

  • PBIO 4945H - Thesis

    Preparation of an honors thesis based on original research.

    Requisites: PBIO 4940 or 4941

    Credits: 2 - 4

    General Education Code: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 4.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 research

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

  • PBIO 4970T - Plant Biology Tutorial

    Seminar contents varies.

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 15.0 tutorial

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

  • PBIO 4980T - Plant Biology Tutorial

    Seminar contents varies.

    Requisites: PBIO 4970T

    Credits: 1 - 15

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

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 15.0 tutorial

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

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