Plant Cell & Developmental Courses

A sampling of cell & developmental plant courses follows:

ANTHRARC 480. Practica in Archaeological Research Techniques
Juniors and above or permission of instructor. (1 – 3). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This course provides students with theoretical background and hands-on experience in the documentation and analysis of a range of archaeological remains. The course is subdivided into units or sections, focusing on some combination of the following: the analysis of ceramics, lithics, fauna, botanical remains, soils, archaeological photography, mapping, and drafting.

BIOLOGY 230. Introduction to Plant Biology
BIOLOGY 171, (172 or 174), & 173; or BIOLOGY 195 & 173. (4; 5 in the half-term). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in BIOLOGY 212. F; Sp/Su at the Biological Station. Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement.

This course presents a broad, integrated overview of plant biology including economic and environmental aspects. The main themes are plant diversity, structure, function, development, and ecology.

FA 2017 | FA 2016 | FA 2015

BIOLOGY 255 / ENVIRON 255. Plant Diversity
(4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement.

This course examines plant diversity by groups, ranging from algae and nonvascular plants through primitive vascular plants and culminating in flowering plants. Using an evolutionary perspective, it treats plants as organisms and emphasizes the innovations and structural adaptations of the various plant groups as well as life history strategies. Weekly field trips allow exploration of local natural areas.

SP 2016

CLARCH 350-001. Topics in Classical Archaeology (Environmental Archeology)
CLARCH 221, 222, or 323. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

How and in which ways past environments have changed throughout human history? How have these changes affected past civilizations? How great an impact have humans really made on the environment, from prehistory right up until today? This course will investigate the dynamic relationships between human societies, culture and the ‘natural world’ in the past and it will explore the complexities of human-environment interactions using a diachronic and comparative perspective only possible through an archaeological lens. After a brief survey of the methods and techniques applied in environmental archaeology and through the discussion of case studies, students will consider how we can use what we have learned from the archaeological record to live in a globalized, sustainability-focused world. Given the interdisciplinary nature of environmental archaeology this course will engage a diverse range of disciplines, approaches and research techniques including: ecological theory, paleoclimatology, paleoecology, human paleontology, dating methods, sedimentology, pedology, geomorphology, zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, geochemistry, history and sociocultural development.

WN 2017

MCDB 321. Introductory Plant Physiology Lectures
BIOLOGY 162 or 163 or [171 and (172 or 174)] or 195. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) College Physics recommended. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

The course introduces the basic concepts and mechanisms that underlie plant functions: 1) plant cell psysiology; 2) cellular and internal transport; and 3) plant growth and development.

WN 2017 | WN 2016

MCDB 430. Molecular Biology of Plants
BIOLOGY 305; and MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351. Or Graduate standing. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. W.

Basic aspects of molecular genetic/biochemistry as they pertain to plants: genome and gene structure and expression; processes of protein synthesis and localization; and the interaction of these macromolecules within and between cells.

FA 2017 | FA 2015

MCDB 433. Plant Metabolic Biochemistry
BIOLOGY 305 and (MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

The course examines the major biochemical pathways that occur in plants, with emphasis on the chemical reactions and pathways that are unique to plants.