University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Graduate Courses in Plant Biology (PBIO)

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: PBIO 108 (BCOR 101 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: 0.00 to 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 to 3.00
PBIO 229 - Water Relations of Plants
Cross-listed with: FOR 299.
Credits: 3.00
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 234 - Ecology of Freshwater Algae
Community, population and physiological ecology of algae. Topics include taxonomy; diversity; distribution and seasonal succession; productivity and grazing; growth kinetics; and competitive and synergistic reactions. Prerequisite: NR 103 or BCOR 102. Alternate years.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
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 251 - Principles of Light Microscopy
Introduction to the optics, construction, and care of the light microscope. Theory of phase and interference contrast, fluorescence, and video methods. Prerequisites: One year of Physics or Instructor permission.
Credits: 1.00
PBIO 256 - Advanced Plant Genetics
Review of major topics in higher plant genetics and cytogenetics. Designed to be applied to the systematics, breeding, and gene engineering of higher plants. Prerequisite: BCOR 101.
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: PBIO 104, PBIO 108, introductory Physics or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
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 plant biology 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: 1.00 to 18.00
PBIO 301 - Cell & Molecular Biology
Advanced survey of cell organelles, their composition, origin, and the relationship between their structure and function. Emphasis on recent literature and current controversies. Prerequisites: CHEM 142, Graduate standing in Biology or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: BIOL 301, CLBI 301.
Credits: 3.00
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: 0.50 to 1.00
PBIO 334 - 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. Prerequisite: None, but preference is given to FN and EP graduate students; other students may enroll with Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: NR 334.
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: 1.00 to 4.00
PBIO 382 - 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: 1.00 to 4.00
PBIO 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credit as arranged.
Credits: 1.00 to 10.00
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