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Plant Physiology (P Phy)

Graduate Courses |

(Interdepartmental Graduate Major)

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Supervisory Committee: K. Wang, Chair; D. Hannapel, Interim Associate Chair; M. Bhattacharyya, M. James, R. Thornburg (ex-officio), S. Whitham

Work is offered for the degrees master of science (thesis option only) and doctor of philosophy with a major in plant physiology in the following participating departments: Agronomy; Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology; Chemical and Biological Engineering; Genetics, Development and Cell Biology; Horticulture; and Plant Pathology. In the Interdepartmental Plant Physiology Major at Iowa State University, students use modern, interdisciplinary approaches to understand plant processes at the molecular, cellular and whole-plant levels. Graduates have a broad understanding of basic, functional plant biology with emphases on fundamental biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. They are able to address complex research and policy problems in agriculture, biotechnology, and basic plant biology.

All M.S. students must meet the following minimum requirements: (1) make two seminar presentations and enroll each term in the interdepartmental plant physiology seminar (P Phy 696P or its cross-listed equivalent). The last presentation should be an exit seminar summarizing the research project being completed for the M.S. degree; (2) complete the following courses: BBMB 404 and 405 (or BBMB 501 and 502), Stat 401 and (3) complete two courses chosen from the following: Agron 516, GDCB 512, and 513. A higher level course in biochemistry is recommended.

All Ph.D. students must complete the following requirements: (1) make four seminar presentations and enroll each term in the interdepartmental plant physiology seminar (P Phy 696P or its cross-listed equivalent). The first seminar must be during the student's first year and is a 20 minute seminar, the last presentation must be an exit seminar; (2) complete BBMB 404 (or BBMB 501), Stat 401, GDCB 513; (3) complete one course chosen from the following: BBMB 405, 502, GDCB 511, 545; (4) complete one course chosen from the following: GDCB 512, 529; (5) complete three courses chosen from the following (at least one course must be a plant course): Agron 516, 527, Agron/Hort/NREM 529, Agron 625, BBMB 405, 451, 502, 607, 645, 660, 675, 676, BCB 551, 594, 596, GDCB 511, 512, 528, 529, 545, 640 and Hort/Agron/EEOB 537.

In consultation with his or her major professor and the POS committee, a student may select additional courses from an approved list available from the chair of the supervisory committee of the interdepartmental major.

Courses for graduate students

P Phy 512. Plant Growth and Development. (Cross-listed
with GDCB, MCDB). (2-0) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: Biol
330 or a course in developmental biology; GDCB 545
or BBMB 404, 405 or GDCB 520. Plant growth and
development and its molecular genetic regulation.
Hormone biosynthesis, metabolism, and action.
Signal transduction in plants.

P Phy 513. Plant Metabolism. (Cross-listed with
GDCB). (2-0) Cr. 2. F. Prereq : Biol 330, Phys 111,
Chem 331; one semester of biochemistry recommended.
Photosynthesis, respiration, and other
aspects of plant metabolism.

P Phy 545. Plant Molecular Biology. (Cross-listed
with GDCB, MCDB). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq : Biol 314,
330. Organization and function of plant nuclear and organelle
DNA; regulation of gene expression. Methods
of generating novel genetic variation. Impact of plant
biotechnology on agriculture.

P Phy 696P. Research Seminar. (Cross-listed with Agron, BBMB, GDCB, Hort, For). Cr. 1. Repeatable. Research seminars by faculty and graduate students. Satisfactory-fail only.[TOPICS!!! Parsing instruction element was not found] P. Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology.