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Botany (BOT) Courses

Lower Division

BOT 109 (BIOL 109) PLANTS AND SOCIETY (3-2-4)(F). Introduction to plants and human cultures by investigating plant products as used globally. Foods, fibers, medicinal plants, stimulants, hallucinogens, ornamentals, industrial plant products. Hands-on experience with plant products to investigate uses of plants and biological properties that make them useful. May be taken for BIOL or BOT credit, but not both.

Upper Division

BOT 302 PLANT ANATOMY AND MICROTECHNIQUE (3-3-4)(S)(Odd years). A study of the structure and development of vascular plant tissues, regions, and organs. Emphasis will be placed on the Angiosperms. Laboratory work includes preparation of hand and paraffin sections, staining, and observation of plant tissues using various types of light microscopy. PREREQ: BIOL 191-192.

BOT 305 SYSTEMATIC BOTANY (2-6-4)(S). Fundamental problems of taxonomy. Discussion of historical development of classification systems and comparison of recent systems. Instruction on use of keys and manuals. PREREQ: BIOL 191-192 or PERM/INST.

BOT 330 MYCOLOGY (3-3-4)(F). A study of the biology of fungi with emphasis on their classification, morphology and development, identification, ecology, and economic significance. Laboratory work will include projects and field trips. PREREQ: BIOL 304 or BIOL 323 or PERM/INST.

BOT 401 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (3-3-4)(F)(FF). A study of plant biophysical and biochemical processes. Includes coverage of cell, tissue, and organ function, photosynthesis, water relations, mineral nutrition, transport mechanisms, growth and development, secondary metabolites, and plant responses to the environment. PREREQ: BIOL 304 or BIOL 323.

BOT 424 PLANT COMMUNITY ECOLOGY (3-3-4)(F)(Even years). Properties, structure, method of analysis, classification, and dynamic nature of plant communities. Strengths and weaknesses of various sampling techniques, the role of disturbance events and succession on community structure, and the role of biological interaction as factors influencing the assembly of communities. Vegetation sampling methods and habitat type classification of local plant communities. Methods of analyzing and reporting data. BOT 305 highly recommended. PREREQ: BIOL 304 or BIOL 323 or PERM/INST.

BOT 430 MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY OF PLANTS (3-0-3)(S)(Odd years). Discussion of plant development, plant responses to abiotic factors, and interactions between plants and other organisms from a molecular and cellular perspective. Examination of molecular approaches used to improve plant traits that facilitate sustainable agriculture and remediation of environmental problems. Students conduct a long term experiment to gain experience in plant transformation. PREREQ: BIOL 310.

BOT 441 PLANT DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY (3-3-4)(S)(Even years). A description of plant development from a molecular and cellular perspective. Topics discussed include gene expression and cell signaling pathways, and their roles in the control of embryogenesis, plant growth, flowering, and fruit maturation. Examination of techniques and model systems used in the study of plant development. PREREQ: BIOL 310.