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Principles of biology, with an emphasis on plants and the importance of Science in daily life. Topics include energy metabolism, cell biology, plant physiology, genetics, evolution, ecology, agriculture, and the environment. Students will use what they learn to predict human impacts on the…

Provides the opportunity to perform experiments designed to convey the basic principles of plant biology with an emphasis on cell biology, plant structure and function, energy metabolism, genetics, evolution, and ecology.
 

Plant biology course focused on organisms, including evolution and diversity of plants, fungi, algae, and bacteria; the relation of these organisms to human affairs; plant classification; plant structure and function; plant breeding and genetic engineering; ecology and biomes.

The lab is…

Investigative laboratory experience concerning the diversity of plants, fungi, algae, and prokaryotes; observational study of the major groups of land plants; human uses of plants and plant products.
 

Introduces students to the department of Plant Biology and provides an overview of plant-based solutions to societal and environmental challenges. It is intended for students considering plant-oriented careers in biotechnology, genomics, and ecological and environmental sciences.
 

Course for non-majors that uses vegetation differences among Georgia’s physiographic provinces as a framework for understanding how living systems function and the interaction of science and society. There is an emphasis on conservation issues, including invasive species and climate change.…

Impact of fungi on human affairs. Historical and current uses of fungi by humans as well as the roles of fungi in various ecosystems.
 

Biological concepts that are pertinent to the ecology and evolution of plants, focusing on the most attractive reproductive structure of plants-flowers! Topics will include the morphology, structures, functions, and diversity of flowering plants. Class format is highly interactive. Students will…

Survey of economically important plants, their origins, economic development, and their historical and contemporary effects on the development of modern society.
 

Historical and contemporary significance of herbs, spices, and medicinal plants in human culture and commerce; chemical and biological characteristics; commercial production techniques; application in modern and traditional medical systems.
 

Historical and contemporary significance of herbs, spices, and medicinal plants in human culture and commerce; chemical and biological characteristics; commercial production techniques; application in modern and traditional medical systems.

This course will be taught 95% or more online.…

Structure and function of plant cells, their membranes, cell walls, organelles and tissues; energy transduction and signalling mechanisms; regulation of gene expression in response to the environment, tissue interactions, hormones and during development; developmental programs and their controls…

Examination of distribution and abundances of plant species at the individual, population, community, and ecosystem scales, including global patterns, and the role of interactions of plants with their environment and other organisms.
 

Examination of distribution and abundances of plant species at the individual, population, community, and ecosystem scales, including global patterns, and the role of interactions of plants with their environment and other organisms.
 

An intensive, inquiry-based laboratory course emphasizing experimental design and the acquisition of technical skills commonly used in biology laboratories. Students will work as a group on a self-contained research project focusing on either the molecular genetics or on the evolution, ecology,…

Advanced study relating to a central theme of special interest in the field of plant biology. Intended for majors in the Division of Biology. Topics and instructors vary from semester to semester.
 

Individual or small group directed readings from scientific journals in a selected area of Plant Biology.

Independent research.
 

Individual or small group directed readings from scientific journals in a selected area of Plant Biology.

Independent research.
 

Laboratory instruction in the methods for manipulation of plants, microbes, and animals for biotechnological purposes.
 

The essential elements of biology necessary for a scientist with a background in the quantitative sciences to begin working in the biological sciences. Core biological concepts will be presented with the goal of getting computer scientists, physicists, and mathematicians started in understanding…

Exploration of the diversity, adaptations, and interacting functional roles of estuarine plants, animals, and microorganisms.

This course includes both a lecture and a laboratory component. Lectures are primarily concentrated during the first week of the class, after which students spend…

Exploration of the diversity, adaptations, and interacting functional roles of estuarine plants, animals, and microorganisms.

This course includes both a lecture and a laboratory component. Lectures are primarily concentrated during the first week of the class, after which students spend…

The biology, ecology, genetics, morphology, and taxonomy of fungi. Groups of organisms traditionally classified with the fungi will also be discussed. Students will learn how to collect, isolate, culture, and identify fungi.
 

The biology, ecology, genetics, morphology, and taxonomy of fungi. Groups of organisms traditionally classified with the fungi will also be discussed. Students will learn how to collect, isolate, culture, and identify fungi.
 

Patterns of plant distribution in contemporary landscapes and underlying processes, including vegetation dynamics, disturbance ecology, biogeomorphology, dendrochronology, and environmental history.
 

Biogeography and ecology of the world's main terrestrial biomes. Includes world bioclimatic zonation, plant-geographic processes, other physical environmental factors, plant functional roles and types, vegetation dynamics, response to disturbance, and potential natural vegetation. Emphasis on…

Theories, policies, and operational procedures in the management of natural history collections, including higher category classification, identification, field collecting, accessioning, preparation, curation, and data management.

Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.…

Theories, policies, and operational procedures in the management of natural history collections, including higher category classification, identification, field collecting, accessioning, preparation, curation, and data management.

Offered spring semester every even-numbered year.…

Supervised work experience with a natural history collection. Students will learn techniques and other procedures for curating materials in a collection of their choice under the direction of collection personnel.

Students will maintain regular, weekly work schedules totaling 7 hours per…

Ethnobotanical research, with focus on knowledge and utilization of the plant world in traditional societies. Comparisons of societies in tropical forest ecosystems and evaluation of issues relating to intellectual property rights and traditional peoples' knowledge of plant species with…

Ethnobotanical research, with focus on knowledge and utilization of the plant world in traditional societies. Comparisons of societies in tropical forest ecosystems and evaluation of issues relating to intellectual property rights and traditional peoples' knowledge of plant species with…

Methods and applications of molecular biology and gene technology. These will include PCR, gene isolation strategies and various host-plasmid systems, cDNA and genomic cloning, bioinformatics and searching DNA database, genome projects, recombinant protein and stem cell therapeutics, animal…

Survey of the wealth of information arising from genomic research conducted on diverse species across the tree of life. Students will explore the evolutionary diversification of genomes in phylogenetically remote organisms and refine critical thinking and technical writing skills through…

Examination of the diversity of plant-animal interactions from an ecological (population, community), evolutionary (phylogeny, adaptation), and mechanistic (structure-function, interaction dynamics, development) perspective.
 

Designed for students to learn how modern problems in medicine, agriculture, and biology are solved using big data “omics.” Topics include comparative gene and genome sequence analyses, transcriptomics, metabolomics, phylogenomics, and application of these approaches in medical, agricultural,…

Organismal biology of protists (algae, protozoa, and zoosporic fungi) with an emphasis on cellular and developmental biology, evolution, phylogenetic relationships, life histories, physiology, and ecology.
 

Examination and identification of protists in samples from nature, methods of isolating and culturing protists, and experimental investigations of protists.
 

This course, an introduction to botanical illustration, includes instruction in plant morphology and associated terminology. Students sharpen their observation skills by examining plants, macroscopically and microscopically, via hands-on drawing exercises with live material. By creating their…

This course, an introduction to botanical illustration, includes instruction in plant morphology and associated terminology. Students sharpen their observation skills by examining plants, macroscopically and microscopically, via hands-on drawing exercises with live material. By creating their…

History of taxonomy, nomenclature, characters, identification principles, classification, taxonomic relationships, taxonomic literature, species biology, collecting and herbarium, floristic studies.
 

History of taxonomy, nomenclature, characters, identification principles, classification, taxonomic relationships, taxonomic literature, species biology, collecting and herbarium, floristic studies.
 

Introduces computational techniques to students who are new to programming or do not regularly program using examples from plant science. In doing so, the course introduces basic simulation techniques and imaging techniques that can be specialized and further developed in higher level graduate…

Patterns and processes in the origin, maintenance, and loss of the high biological diversity in the tropics, emphasizing particular communities and ecosystems, including tropical rainforest, tropical savannas, tropical islands, and coral reefs.
 

Designed to teach students how to communicate their science to the public. Being able to effectively describe one's own research and other important new research findings to a broad audience is a key skill for scientists. Students will practice difference techniques to communicate the relevance…

Supervised work experience with public agencies, private industry, or non-profit organizations in the area of the biological sciences. Examples of work experience include traineeships in scientific investigation, environmental impact assessment, floristic surveys, plant growth management, and…

Independent research and research participation in a selected area of Plant Biology.

Independent research.
 

Faculty-supervised independent or collaborative inquiry into fundamental and applied problems within a discipline that requires students to gather, analyze, and synthesize and interpret data and to present results in writing and other relevant communication formats.

This course belongs to…

Independent research and research participation for students in a selected area of Plant Biology.

Students will meet with faculty members on a regular basis.
 

Faculty-supervised independent or collaborative inquiry into fundamental and applied problems within a discipline that requires students to gather, analyze, and synthesize and interpret data and to present results in writing and other relevant communication formats.

These courses belong…

Independent research and research participation for students in a selected area of Plant Biology.

Students will meet with faculty members on a regular basis.
 

Faculty-supervised independent or collaborative inquiry into fundamental and applied problems within a discipline that requires students to gather, analyze, and synthesize and interpret data and to present results in writing and other relevant communication formats.

These courses belong…

Independent research and research participation for students in a selected area of Plant Biology.

Students will meet with faculty members on a regular basis.
 

Faculty-supervised independent or collaborative inquiry into fundamental and applied problems within a discipline that requires students to gather, analyze, and synthesize and interpret data. Students will write or produce a thesis or other professional capstone product, such as a report or…

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