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Plant Biology

Graduate Courses |500 |600 |

(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

The Interdepartmental Plant Physiology Major (IPPM) coordinates graduate education and research in the areas of plant biology including but not limit to plant biochemistry, plant cellular and molecular biology and plant physiology. Graduate study in IPPM, leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees, is offered through seven participating departments: Agronomy, Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Genetics Development & Cell Biology, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology.

Research conducted by the faculty and students of the major represents basic plant physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology. The experimental approaches represented in the major span the range of complexity from molecular studies, to cellular, organismal and the ecological level (crop monocultures and natural populations). 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. candidates take a core curriculum comprising courses recommended from the following four categories, attend research seminars, research credits (PlBio 699), annual Loomis Lecture and mini-symposium and retreats. Students will take additional courses of interest as directed by their Program of Study (POS) Committee members.

A total of 36 credits including a minimum of 16 course credits are required for a M.S.

(1) Complete the following core courses:

a) Stat 401; b) BBMB 404 or BBMB 501; c) GDCB 513; d) Agron/Gen/Pl P 565; e) Make two seminar presentations and enroll each term in the Interdepartmental Plant Physiology seminar PlBio 696P or its listed equivalent. The first seminar must be during the student's first year and is a 20 minutes seminar. The last presentation must be an exit seminar.

(2) Take one course from the following courses:

a) GDCB 512; b) GDCB 529;

(3) Take additional courses from the following list:

Agron 516; Agron 527; Agron/Hort/NREM 529; Agron 616; Agron 625; BBMB 405; BBMB 451; BBMB 502; BBMB 607; BBMB 645; BBMB 660; BBMB 675; BBMB 676; BCB 551; BCB 596; Biol 454; Biol 474; EEOB 563; EEOB 566; EEOB 595; GDCB 510; GDCB 511; GDCB 512; GDCB 528; GDCB 529; GDCB 545; GDCB 640; GDCB 679; GDCB 680; GDCB 681.

All Ph.D. candidates take a core curriculum comprising courses recommended from the following four categories, attend research seminars, research credits (PlBio 699), annual Loomis Lecture and mini-symposium and retreats. Students will take additional courses of interest as directed by their Program of Study (POS) Committee members.

A total of 72 credits including a minimum of 24 course credits are required for a Ph.D.

(1) Complete the following core courses:

a) Stat 401; b) BBMB 404 or BBMB 501; c) GDCB 513; d) Agron/Gen/Pl P 565; e) Make four seminar presentations and enroll each term in the Interdepartmental Plant Physiology seminar PlBio 696P or its listed equivalent. The first seminar must be during the student's first year and is a 20 minutes seminar. The last presentation must be an exit seminar.

(2) Take one course from the following courses:

a) BBMB 405; b) BBMB 502; c) GDCB 511; d) GDCB 545

(3) Take one course from the following courses:

a) GDCB 512; b) GDCB 529

(4) Take additional courses from the following list:

Agron 516; Agron 527; Agron/Hort/NREM 529; Agron 616; Agron 625; BBMB 405; BBMB 451; BBMB 502; BBMB 607; BBMB 645; BBMB 660; BBMB 675; BBMB 676; BCB 551; BCB 596; Biol 454; Biol 474; EEOB 563; EEOB 566; EEOB 595; GDCB 510; GDCB 511; GDCB 512; GDCB 528; GDCB 529; GDCB 545; GDCB 640; GDCB 679; GDCB 680; GDCB 681.

Requirements for students seeking Plant Physiology as Minor:

(1) Prerequisite courses:

Stat 401; BBMB 404 or BBMB 501.

(2) Take a minimum of nine credits from the following courses:

Agron 516; Agron 527; BBMB 607; Biol 454; GDCB 512; GDCB 513; GDCB 529; GDCB 545.

In addition to the required core courses, a wide selection of courses is available to IPPM graduate students for broadening their scientific education. Decisions about which courses are taken and when they are taken are made by the student, initially in consultation with his or her temporary advisor, and then with his or her major advisor and eventually with POS Committee, which also serves as the Thesis or Dissertation Committee.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students

PlBio 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.

PlBio 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.

PlBio 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.

Courses for graduate students

PlBio 696. Research Seminar. (Cross-listed with Agron, BBMB, GDCB, Hort, For). Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.Research seminars by faculty and graduate students. Satisfactory-fail only.

PlBio 699. Research. Cr. arr. Repeatable.