Courses of Instruction
BOTANY (BOT-Arts and Science)
MPF, MPT 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity
Integrated study of microbes, plants, and animals, emphasizing biological
diversity and interdependence of life and environment. Cross-listed with MBI 115
and ZOO 115. 3 Lec. 1 Lab. IVA, LAB. CASD/ LAB.
MPF, MPT 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular
Biological principles common to microbes, plants, and animals, including
interactions between organism and environment. Cross-listed with MBI 116 and ZOO 116. 3 Lec. 1 Lab. IVA, LAB. CAS-D/LAB.
MPF, MPT 131 Plants, Humanity, and Environment (3)
Introduction to fundamental
concepts in plant biology, ecology, and scientific perspective as they relate
to issues of social concern. IVA.
MPF 155 Field Botany (3)
Field/laboratory-oriented, interpretive introduction
to botany in the regional out-of-doors. Emphasis given to identification, uses,
habit, habitat and communities of plants, and fungi in the context of local terrestrial
and aquatic environments. 1 Lec. 2 Lab. IVA, LAB. CAS-D/LAB.
MPF, MPT 171 Ecology of North America (3)
Basic principles of ecology, major
biomes of North America, and pertinent environmental issues. Biomes range from
tundra to tropical rain forest. Environmental issues include biodiversity, deforestation,
desertification, and other land management problems, each analyzed from a scientific
perspective but involving social, economic, and humanistic factors as well. IVA.
175 Environmental Science Seminar (1)
Introduces the multidisciplinary nature
of environmental science and the solution of environmental problems. Cross-listed
with CHM/ENV/GEO/GLG/MBI/MTH/STA/ ZOO 175.
MPF, MPT 191 General Botany (4)
Consideration of how plant structure, chemical
composition, and genetic makeup interact with growth, development, evolution,
and metabolic processes of living plants. IVA.
Note: Four semester hours of biological science or permission of instructor
is minimum prerequisite for all advanced courses.
MPT 203 Introduction to Plant Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
Along with BOT 204 provides a foundation for botany majors and upper-level course offerings in
the department. Students learn structure and function of plant cells from cell
biological and molecular perspectives. Prerequisite: BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115/116 or BOT 191.
MPT 204 Evolution of Plant Biodiversity: Genes to Biosphere (4)
Along with BOT 203, provides a foundation for botany majors and upper-level course offerings
in the department. Covers genetic basis of evolution, heredity and genetic continuity,
processes of evolution, and systematic and ecological end-products of evolution
with an emphasis on plants, algae, and fungi. Prerequisite: BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115 or
205 Dendrology (4)
Identification and distribution of native and introduced
trees, characteristics and use of their woods, and an introduction to forestry
practice. 2 Lec. 2 Lab. CAS-D/LAB.
221 Plant Propagation (4)
Provides students with knowledge of the scientific
and applied aspects of plant propagation in a closed system including basic plant
production, watering, fertilization, crop management, insect and disease control,
and problem solving. Prerequisite(s): BOT 131, BOT 171, BOT 191, BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115
or BOT/MBI/ ZOO 116.
241 Botanical Principles in Landscape Gardening (3)
Plant materials in relation
to home, garden, and landscape uses.
244 Viticulture and Enology (3)
Botanical description of the grape (Vitis) and
the principles of viticulture (grape growing) and enology (wine making). Various
horticultural techniques used throughout the world in these disciplines. Tastings
and lab fee. Prerequisite: BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115, 116 or BOT 191 or permission of instructor.
255 Introduction to Biotechnology (3)
Examination of modern biotechnology and
issues emerging from this technology. Emphasis on plant biotechnology and practical
application of plants or their components in industry, agriculture, medicine,
and the environment. Basic principles of molecular biology and recombinant DNA
275 Principles of Environmental Science (3)
Introduction to the principles and
methodologies of environmental science. Topics include contamination of earth
systems and pollution mitigation; use, abuse and conservation of natural resources;
land use, conservation and preservation, planning and management and the value
of biodiversity and wilderness. This course does not meet any CAS requirements.
Cross-listed with CHM/ENV/GEO/GLG/MBI/MTH/STA/ ZOO 275.
290 Introduction to Botanical Investigation and Scholarship (1)
botanical research areas, career alternatives, and the process of scientific investigation
designed to serve as a base for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate life.
302 Plant Taxonomy (4)
Identification of flowering plants in field and laboratory,
including local flora and majors critical plant families. Additional topics include
nomenclature, history of taxonomy, methods of systematics, phylogeny of plants.
306 Basic Horticulture (3)
Principal factors involved in the production of vegetables
and fruits. Senior standing recommended.
MPT 312 Plant and Fungal Diversity (4)
Overview of plant and fungal diversity
considering all major groups of non-animal eukaryotes. Although primarily a survey
of structural and biochemical characteristics that define each group, the course
also examines evolutionary themes among these organisms with particular emphasis
on land plant evolution and the polyphyletic nature of the algae and fungi. Prerequisite(s):
A course in biological science.
331 Economic Botany (3)
Significance of plants in human affairs, useful plants
and plant products, and essential aspects of their production and use. Offered
340 Internship (1-16)
Internship program to supplement basic requirements for
a botany major or minor by providing credit for practical work experience. Only
four hours may count toward botany degree. Minimum prerequisite: 30 credit hours
with 7 in botany and 2.50 g.p.a. See chair or chief departmental adviser.
Introduction to basic principles of heredity and some of their biological
applications. Prerequisite: One year of chemistry and BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115/116. Cross-listed
with ZOO 342.
351 Environmental Education: Focus on Natural History (4)
Introduction to the
field of environmental education emphasizing the natural history and interpretation
of natural habitats of southwestern Ohio. Cross-listed with ZOO 351. Prerequisite:
BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115. 2 Lec. 2 Lab.
400 Independent Research (1-5; maximum 10)
MPT 401/501 Plant Ecology (3)
Studies of plant communities, populations, and
individuals in relation to their environment. Laboratory option available as BOT 434, 437. Prerequisite(s): One of the following: BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115, BOT 131, BOT 171 or ZOO 204, or by permission of instructor.
MPT 402/502 Plant Anatomy (3)
Study of structural characteristics of plant cells
organized into functional tissue groups within organs comprising plant bodies.
Emphasis placed on identification of plant cell types using histochemistry and
light microscopy, how various combinations of cell types form functional vegetative
tissues, and how these functional tissues are organized within leaves, stems,
and roots to form integrated plant bodies that are able to survive in diverse
environments. (2 Lec. 1 Lab) Prerequisite: BOT 203 or permission of instructor.
Offered odd year spring semesters.
403/503 Plant Development (3)
Study of growth and development of plants. Emphasis
placed on methods of study and analytic models and genetic analysis of the growth
and development of plant embryos, roots, stems, leaves and reproductive organs.
Prerequisite: BOT 402 and 425, or permission of instructor. Offered odd year fall
409/509 Morphology of Vascular Plants (4)
Structure, reproduction, life histories,
and possible evolutionary relationships of vascular plants with special attention
given to Angiosperms. Prerequisite: BOT 312 or permission of instructor. 3 Lec.
1 Lab. Offered infrequently on basis of demand.
415/515 Techniques in Plant Biotechnology (3)
A laboratory-discussion course
that involves students in the methods involved in plant biotechnology, such as
plant tissue culture, protoplast technology, DNA isolation, PCR gene cloning,
sequencing DNA, and hybridizations. Discussions relate to significance of methods,
implementation of technology in the marketplace, political issues relating to
genetically modified organisms (GMOs), genomics, and current events in the field
of biotechnology. Prerequisite: a course in genetics, cell biology, biotechnology,
or equivalent. Offered even year spring semesters.
421/521 Advanced Mycology (3)
Analysis of contemporary issues in mycological
research. Class centers on laboratory project or field research. Prerequisite:
BOT 203, 312, or permission of instructor. 2 Lec. 1 Lab. Offered infrequently
on basis of demand.
424/524 Biological Instrumentation (4)
Theory and application of modern biological
instrumentation and techniques such as spectrophotometers, pH meters, thermocyclers,
and DNA sequencers. Basic and advanced skills including the use, maintenance and
calibration of biological instruments. Prerequisites: BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115/116 or BOT 191 or MBI 201 or MBI 202 or ZOO 113/115 or ZOO 114/116 or equivalent, CHM 141/142
or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with MBI 424/524 and
ZOO 424/524. Offered fall semester of even years.
MPT 425/525 Plant Physiology (4)
Covers a broad range of topics from molecular
to whole plant level, focusing on the relationship between structure and function
in plants. Includes detailed coverage of modern theoretical aspects and modern
experimental methods in lectures and weekly laboratory sessions where writing
is an important component. Topics covered are presented in the light of fundamental
physical, chemical, and thermodynamic principles. Prerequisite(s): A course in
MPT 431/531 Global Plant Diversity (3)
Research-focused seminar on floristic,
ecological, and cultural influences on global patterns of plant diversity, especially
in tropical regions. Comparative topics include the role of disturbances and global
environmental change. Prerequisite: BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115, BOT 191, or higher, GEO 121
or higher, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with GEO 431/531. CAS-D.
MPT 432/532 Ecoregions of North America (3)
Ecological study of vegetation that
applies an understanding of climate, soils, and physiography across the continent
toward interpreting major vegetation types and local patterns of diversity. Discussions
and field work focus on current research and conservation issues. Required field
trip. Prerequisite: BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115, BOT 191, or higher; GEO 121 or higher; or
permission of instructor. Cross-listed with GEO 432/532. CAS-D.
434/534 Plant Ecology Methods - Community Analysis (1)
Introduces methods of
collecting, analyzing, and interpreting ecological data on plant communities.
Offered odd year spring semesters.
437/537 Field Methods in Population Ecology (1)
A course designed to introduce
field and lab methods used to sample plant and animal populations and quantify
interspecific competition. Prerequisite: a course in ecology. Cross-listed with
ZOO 437/537. Offered odd year Fall semesters.
466/566 Bioinformatics Computing Skills (3)
Programming in Perl and MatLab.
Use of BLAST, BioPerl, BioPHP, and MatLab Bioinformatics Toolbox. Emphasis placed
on biological database design, implementation, management, and analysis. Prerequisite(s):
Programming course and BOT 116, or BOT 342, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed
with CSA/MBI/ ZOO 466/566.
MPC 467/567 Conservation Biology (3)
Principles of ecology and organismal biology
applicable to conservation of uncommon plant and animal populations or ecosystems
in relation to anthropogenic threats and relevant legislation. Prerequisites:
an introductory course in biology and ZOO 204 or BOT 401 or equivalent. Cross-listed
with ZOO 467/567.
470/570 Advanced Botany Field Trip (1-8; maximum 8)
Field trips for advanced
botany students. Prerequisite and credit vary each time course offered. Continuing
prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered infrequently.
480 Departmental Honors (1-6; maximum 6)
Departmental honors may be taken for
minimum of 4 credit hours and maximum of 6 credit hours, in one or more semesters
of student's senior year.
481/581 Theory of Electron Microscopy (2)
Principles and theory of scanning
and transmission electron microscopy and advanced microscopies. Cross-listed with
ZOO 481/581. Offered every Fall semester.
482/582 Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory (2)
Practical course providing
training in scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Sample preparation, SEM operation,
darkroom work, manuscript preparation, and an individual research project. Cross-listed
with ZOO 482/582. Prerequisite or corequisite: BOT/ ZOO 481/581 and permission
of instructor. Offered every fall semester.
483/583 Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory (2)
Practical course in
transmission electron microscopy: specimen preparation microscope usage, data
collection, and photographic plate preparation. Prerequisite or corequisite: BOT/ ZOO 481/581 and permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ZOO 483/583. Offered every
485/585 Bioinformatic Principles (3)
Introduces the fundamental concepts and
basic computational techniques for several mainstream bioinformatics problems.
Emphasis placed on applications of bioinformatics tools as well as how to transform
a biological problem into a computable one. Highlights computer usage, so demonstration
of computer expertise is required, but programming experience is not. Prerequisite(s):
Any one of these courses: BOT/MBI/ ZOO 116, MBI 201, BOT/ ZOO 342, CHM 332, CHM 433; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed MBI/ ZOO 485/585.
MPC 490A Current Advances and Issues in Botany Capstone
(3 total: 490.A (1)
with corequisite 477 (2) Directed Study with faculty member in 490.A) Advances
in botanical research and how botany impacts issues of importance to society.
Building on Miami Plan and major course work, students evaluate selected issues
and scientific advances. Written and oral exercises to enhance critical thinking
and communication skills and explore the breadth of career options in botany.
MPC 490B Research, Internship in Botany Capstone
(3 total: 490.B (1) with corequisite
400 (2) Independent Research) Students interested in graduate or professional
school typically enroll for directed study/research credit to complete research
projects with faculty mentors. Students interested in botany-related career choices
immediately upon graduation may elect internship experience. BOT 490.B, a seminar
course that meets weekly, along with enrollment in appropriate corequisite for
two semester hours complete the three-hour Capstone requirement.
MPC 490C Departmental
Honors in Botany Capstone (3 total: 490C (1) with corequisite 480 (2)
Honors) Gifted students can pursue a departmental honors project with a faculty
mentor. BOT 490C, a seminar course that meets weekly, along with enrollment in
departmental honors course for two semester hours complete the three-hour Capstone
MPC 490D Undergraduate Botany Teaching Capstone
(490D (1) with corequisite 477
(2) Directed Study with faculty member in 490C) Many botany undergraduates ultimately
teach. Combines a weekly seminar class with a practicum in which students serve
as teaching assistants in regularly scheduled Foundation course laboratories with
the supervision of a graduate teaching assistant and faculty member. The goal
is to combine training in pedagogy with practical experience, improving the student's
knowledge, critical thinking, and teaching skills in the botanical laboratory
classroom. One formal class meeting per week plus three contact hours per week
of practicum and additional course preparation meetings.
MPC 494 Sustainability Perspectives in Resources and Business (3)
the need for interdisciplinary understanding of the pattern of declining quantities
of critical resources and growing public awareness of environmental degradation,
an understanding of relevant ecosystems, social and economic institutions and
policy, and the prospects for the business community to facilitate resolution
of these concerns. Three alternative prerequisites: (A) senior standing as a business
major and one of BOT 131 or GLG 121 or ZOO 121; or (B) senior standing as a science
major and ECO 201 and 202; or (C) senior standing and completion of Thematic Sequence
ECO 5 Sustainable Systems. Cross-listed with BUS, GEO, GLG, and ZOO 494.
MPC 496/596 Biodiversity of Kenya (5)
Intensive field workshop on: 1) the ecology
of tropical ecosystems in Kenya; 2) indigenous human relationships with Kenyan
environments; and 3) conservation issues from interdisciplinary perspectives.
Includes pre-trip seminars that introduce basic concepts in Kenya's ecology,
a two-week intensive field experience in Kenya, and follow-up discussions and
project presentations. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. CAS-D. Cross-listed
with GEO 496/596.
600 Directed Study and Research (1-5; maximum 10)
Open to senior majors.
605 Advanced Molecular Biology (3)
In-depth study of genome organization, rearrangement,
replication, and expression in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and their viruses,
with an emphasis on regulatory mechanisms. Prerequisite: graduate status, a course
in molecular genetics, biochemistry, or cell biology, and permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with MBI 605 and ZOO 605. Offered even year Fall semesters.
606 Advanced Cell Biology (3)
Advanced level study of molecular basis of prokaryotic
and eukaryotic cell structure/function relationships. Prerequisite: graduate status,
course in molecular genetics, cell biology, or biochemistry, and permission of
instructor. Cross-listed with MBI 606 and ZOO 606. Offered even year Spring semesters.
621 Advanced Plant Taxonomy (3)
Principles of classification with emphasis on
modern approaches to study of evolution and relationships of flowering plants.
Laboratory study considers major families of flowering plants and their phylogenetic
position. Prerequisite: three advanced courses in biological science including
course in taxonomy or permission of instructor. 2 Lec. 1 Lab. Offered spring semester
of even years.
630 Topics in Botany for Teachers (4)
Under this number several topics of special
interest to teachers may be presented. Examples include dendrology, plant structure
and function, survey of plants, plant tissue culture, plant biology, plant ecology,
and others. Available only to students in MAT biological sciences program. Prerequisite:
BOT/MBI/ ZOO 115 and 116 or BOT 191 or equivalent.
650 Seminar in Molecular Biology (1)
Discussion of current literature in molecular
biology. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Cross-listed with CHM 650, MBI 650,
and ZOO 650. Offered every semester.
660 Graduate Colloquium (1; maximum 4)
Professional development for graduate
665 Plant Biosystematics (3)
Examination of species concepts and factors affecting
formation of species including isolating mechanisms, hybridization, polyploidy,
and apomixis. Traditional and molecular lines of evidence and phylogenic analyses
emphasized. Prerequisite: three advanced courses in Biological Science including
BOT 302 or equivalent.
671 Population and Community Ecology (4)
applications of population and community ecology: population dynamics, direct
and indirect species interactions, food webs, species diversity. Prerequisites:
at least one course in general ecology; calculus recommended. Cross-listed with
MBI 671 and ZOO 671.
672 Ecosystem and Global Ecology (4)
Structure, dynamics and management of ecosystems
and the biosphere, including food web interactions, nutrient cycling, ecosystem
functioning, and biogeochemical cycles at local, regional and global scales. Prerequisites:
at least one course in general ecology and general chemistry. Cross-listed with
MBI 672 and ZOO 672. Offered every spring semester.
700 Research for Master's Thesis (1-12; minimum 6, maximum 12)
720 Graduate Seminar (1-2; maximum 8)
Topics for advanced study in selected
fields of plant science: A. Cellular/Structural, B. Molecular/Physiological, C.
Systematic/Ecological, D. Applied Skills. Prerequisite: graduate standing in biological
720A Cellular/Structural (1-2)
720B Molecular/Physiological (1-2)
720C Systematic/Ecological (1-2)
720D Applied Skills (1-2)
750 Advanced Topics in Botany (1-5; maximum 20)
Study of specialized topics
from current research in the following areas:
750C Biological Science Education
750G Molecular Biology
790 Research in Botany (1-8; maximum 12)
850 Research for Doctoral Dissertation (1-16; minimum 16, maximum 60)
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