The goal of this course is to introduce undergraduate Biology students to some of the many fascinating aspects of Plant Biology. For instance, did you know that plants are moving (on a large scale) all the time? It’s the truth, but in a very different time scale than we animals use. How do plants do that without the benefit of muscles and skeleton? Have you ever thought about how, in the absence of a pumping heart, plants’ circulatory systems work? After all, the water at the top of a tree got there from roots in the ground, but no pump was involved. Have you ever wondered about how biotechnology is used in agriculture? We have all heard news stories about GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). What are these and what makes them useful or dangerous? These are the types of topics we will be covering in this course. The course is open to any student who has successfully (with a C or better) completed the Introductory Biology series Biol 151, 152 & 153.
Offered Fall Semesters Only