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Instructor teaching students in the field This option focuses on the rapidly advancing research in the plant sciences. Students draw upon the expertise of a highly interactive and multidisciplinary group of plant scientists within the biology department who address a broad range of current issues in areas such as plant development, signal transduction, genetic and biochemical aspects of cell and organ structure, physiology, cell biology, plant reproductive biology, ecology, and phylogenetic systematics.

Requirements for the Graduate Degree in Biology with a Plant Biology Option include:

  1. The student must meet the criteria for the M.S. or Ph.D. in Biology.
  2. The student's research adviser must be a member of the Biology program. Other committee members may be chosen as needed to assure that a well-rounded graduate advisory committee is established.
  3. In addition to the normal Biology program requirements, the student must take:

    1. Required colloquia in the field of specialization.
    2. For either a M.S. or Ph.D. in Biology, a minimum of 6 credits from among the following list of approved courses. These courses, as well as any additional course work, are to be selected in consultation with the student's committee. Note that other courses may be substituted with the approval of the student's committee.

    3. Any other course work or training deemed appropriate by the student's committee.

Plant Biology Courses:

  • BIOL 410 Molecular Basis of Plant Development (3)
  • BIOL 414 Taxonomy of Seed Plants (3)
  • BIOL 422W Advanced Genetics (3)
  • BIOL 427 Evolution (3)
  • BIOL 441 Plant Physiology (3)
  • Plant Physiology Laboratory
  • BIOL 448 Ecology of Plant Reproduction (3)
  • BIOL 513 Plant Cellular Signaling (3)
  • BIOL 514 Topics in Systematics and Evolution (2)
  • BIOL 515 Modern Techniques and Concepts in Plant Cell Biology (2)
  • BIOL 516 Modern Techniques and Concepts in Plant Molecular Biology (2)
  • BIOL 544 Advanced Physiological Ecology (4)
  • BIOL 597 Special Topics (1-9)
  • BIOL 591 Molecular Evolutionary Biology Seminar (1)
  • BMB/Bioch 514 Molecular Biology and Cellular Regulation (3)
  • HORT 444 Plant Water Relations (3)

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