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2010-11 Online Catalogue

Courses in Plant Biology (PBIO)

PBIO 004 - Intro to Botany
Structure, function, and reproduction of plants. Fundamental aspects of plant science with implications of botanical knowledge needed for applied plant sciences. Credit not given for both PBIO 004 and BIOL 001.
Credits: 4.00
PBIO 006 - The Green World
Evaluation of the impact of plants on the aesthetic, cultural, social, medical, and religious lives of peoples of the world. Botany and Biological Science majors will not receive credit for PBIO 006 as part of program distribution requirements.
Credits: 3.00
PBIO 095 - Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 3.00
PBIO 104 - Plant Physiology
Study of the plant as a whole, growth and development, water and mineral relations, environmental factors, and regulatory processes. Prerequisites: One year of plant or Biological Science, and one year of Chemistry, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 4.00
PBIO 108 - Morph & Evo of Vascular Plants
Evolutionary relationships of vascular plants as inferred from plant structure, ecology, geography, and reproductive biology. Synthesis includes both fossil and extant groups. Prerequisites: PBIO 004 or BIOL 001, BIOL 002. Alternate years.
Credits: 4.00
PBIO 109 - Plant Systematics
Collection and identification of ferns and flowering plants; survey of prominent Vermont plant families; plant nomenclature, classification, and phylogeny; species concepts and speciation; floral function. Pre/co-requisites: PBIO 004 or BIOL 002 or BCOR 012.
Credits: 4.00
PBIO 117 - Plant Pathology
Introduction to the causes of plant disease including the relationship of the plant, pathogen, and environment in disease development and disease management. Pre/co-requisites: PBIO 004, or BIOL 001 and BIOL 002, or BCOR 011 and BCOR 012 or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: PSS 117. Alternate years.
Credits: 4.00
PBIO 151 - Plant Anatomy
Prerequisites: BIOL 001 or 002, or BCOR 011 or 012, or PBIO 004.
Credits: 3.00
PBIO 185 - Survey of Biochemistry
Broad coverage of biochemical topics suitable for students in the applied health sciences. Prerequisites: CHEM 042 or acceptable coursework in organic chemistry. Cross-listed with: BIOC 185.
Credits: 3.00
PBIO 187 - Survey of Biochemistry: Lab
Introduction to techniques and equipment used for the isolation and quantitative analysis of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates and DNA enzymes in biological materials. Pre/co-requisite: BIOC 185. Cross-listed with: BIOC 187.
Credits: 1.00
PBIO 193 - College Honors
For Arts and Sciences Seniors.
Credits: 3.00
PBIO 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 4.00
PBIO 197 - Undergrad Research
Individual projects under direction of a faculty member. Project may involve original research, readings, or apprenticeships. Prerequisites: Junior/Senior standing; Department permission. One to six hours.
Credits: 1.00
PBIO 198 - Undergrad Research
Individual projects under direction of a faculty member. Project may involve original research, readings, or apprenticeships. Prerequisites: Junior/Senior standing; Department permission. One to six hours.
Credits: 1.00
PBIO 205 - Mineral Nutrition of Plants
Role of essential elements for plant growth including classical and modern approaches to the study of ion availability and transport. Prerequisite: PBIO 104.
Credits: 3.00
PBIO 209 - Biology of Ferns
Evolutionary biology; a survey of New England ferns and discussion of their phylogenic relationships; current research emphasizing morphological, biogeographical, genetic, and phytochemical aspects of speciation. Prerequisite: 108; 101 or 132 recommended. Alternate years.
Credits: 3.00
PBIO 213 - Plant Communities
Plant sociology; structure and organization of the plant community; sampling methods and analysis of data; climatic and edaphic factors; field work. Prerequisite: PBIO 109 or Department permission.
Credits: 3.00
PBIO 223 - Fundamentals of Field Science
Pattern and process in natural systems. Weekly discussion of unifying questions in science. Field labs teach sampling and analysis of vegetation, soils, and animals. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or several university courses in earth sciences, life sciences, and chemistry.
Credits: 3.00
PBIO 226 - Environmental Problem Solving
Students negotiate a contract, work as a team, and map and inventory forested natural areas as they apply problem solving skills to Vermont environmental project. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. One to three hours.
Credits: 1.00
PBIO 232 - Botany Field Trip
Trips to selected environments outside Vermont, led by faculty members representing different fields of botany. Overall, integrated approach to ecology, structure, and function.
Credits: 1.00
PBIO 241 - Tropical Plant Systematics
Principles and methods of angiosperm phylogeny. Recent systematic and evolutionary research on flowering plants; survey of tropical flowering plant families. Student presentations on recent research. Prerequisite: PBIO 109. Alternate years.
Credits: 3.00
PBIO 261 - Plant Growth & Development
Concepts in plant structure and development. Biophysics of plant structure and pattern-formation. Introduction to methods of plant microscopy and microtechnique. Prerequisites: 104, 108, Intro. Physics or permission.
Credits: 4.00
PBIO 275 - Global Change Ecology
Survey of global climate change including its causes, mechanisms, and ecological and societal impacts. Prerequisite: BCOR 102 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.00
PBIO 281 - Botany Seminar
Presentations of personal research by faculty, graduate students, and outside guest speakers. Attendance required of botany graduate students and seniors in botanical research programs. Without credit.
Credits: 0.00
PBIO 282 - Botany Seminar
Presentations of personal research by faculty, graduate students, and outside guest speakers. Attendance required of plant biology Graduate students and Seniors in botanical research programs. Without credit.
Credits: 0.00
PBIO 295 - Advanced Special Topics
For advanced students within areas of expertise of faculty. Aspects of ecology, physiology, genetics, cytology, bryology, pteridology, paleobotany, photobiology, membrane physiology, and cell biology. Prerequisite: Department permission.
Credits: 4.00
PBIO 296 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 3.00
PBIO 297 - Advanced Undergrad Research
Individual projects under direction of a faculty member, including original research and readings. Prerequisites: Junior/Senior standing; Department permission.
Credits: 3.00
PBIO 298 - Advanced Undergrad Research
Individual projects under direction of a faculty member, including original research and readings. Prerequisites: Junior/Senior standing; Department permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
PBIO 311 - Field Naturalist Practicum
Landscape analysis; planning and designing field projects; integrated problem solving. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Field Naturalist program. Variable hours up to three.
Credits: 0.00 to 3.00
PBIO 333 - Professional Writing
Writing workshop that explores essay and report writing, as published in both popular and professional journals that examine the natural world and its resources. Prerequisites: None, but preference is given to FN and EP graduate students; other students may enroll with Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: NR 333.
Credits: 1.00
PBIO 369 - Field Botany for NR Profession
Identification of flowering plants and ferns; survey of prominent Vermont plant families; natural communities, ecological determinants of plant distribution, especially soils; preparation of herbarium specimens. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing; Instructor Permission.
Credits: 2.00
PBIO 381 - Adv Topics in Plant Biology
Subject matter varies. Topics will stress current graduate student and faculty research interests in a journal review or presentation-discussion format. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Credits: 4.00
PBIO 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credit as arranged.
Credits: 2.00
PBIO 392 - Master's Project Research
Credit as arranged.
Credits: 0.00 to 3.00
PBIO 491 - Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credit as arranged.
Credits: 1.00 to 15.00