Courses of Instruction
BOTANY (BOT-Arts and Science)
MPF, MPT 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity (4)
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 Biology (4)
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
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 115 or 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 115 or 191.
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.
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 technology introduced.
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)
Overview of 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) Systematic classification with emphasis on flowering plants. Special attention to local flora. (2 Lec. 1 Lab.)
Prerequisite: BOT 204 or permission of instructor.
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: BOT 203 and 204 or permission of instructor.
331 Economic Botany (3)
Significance of plants in human affairs, useful plants and plant products, and essential aspects of their production and use. Offered infrequently.
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 2.5 g.p.a. See chair or chief departmental adviser.
MPT 342 Genetics (3)
Introduction to basic principles of heredity and some of their biological applications. Prerequisite: One year of chemistry and B/M/Z 115/116. Cross-listed with ZOO 342.
351 Environmental Education (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. Prerequisite: BOT 115 or 191, BOT 204, or ZOO 206.two advanced courses in biological science or permission of instructor. Laboratory option available as BOT 434, 437.
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 even year fall semesters.
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.
415/515 Techniques in Plant Biotechnology (3)
A laboratory-discussion course that involves students in the techniques involved in plant biotechnology, such as plant tissue culture, in vitro propagation, protoplast technology, DNA isolation, 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.
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.
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: BOT 203 and organic chemistry ( CHM 231) or equivalent.
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 115, 191, or higher, GEO 121 or higher, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with GEO 431. 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 115, 191, or higher; GEO 121 or higher; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with GEO 432. CAS-D.
434/534 Plant Ecology Methods - Community Analysis (1)
Sprint course to introduce methods of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting ecological data on plant communities.
437/537 Field Methods in Population Ecology (1)
A seven and one-half week sprint 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.
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.
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 481/581 and permission of instructor.
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 481/581 and permission of instructor. Cross-listed with ZOO 483/583.
MPC 490A Current Advances and Issues in Botany Capstone (3 total: 490.A (1) with corequisite 477 (2) Directed Study with faculty member in 490A)
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: 490B (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 490B, 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) Departmental 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 requirement.
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 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. Cross-listed with GEO 496/596. CAS-D.
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.
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.
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 115 or 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.
660 Graduate Colloquium (1; maximum 4)
Professional development for graduate students.
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)
Principles and 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.
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. Prerequisite: graduate standing in biological science.
720B The Plant Cytoskeleton (1-2)
720C Plant Molecular Systematics (2)
720D Seminar in Systematic Biology (1)
720E Contemporary Issues in Ethobotany (2)
720F Breeding System/Flowering Plants (2)
720G Gravitropism (1)
720I Topics in Island Biology (1-2)
720X Graduate Seminar (1-2)
750 Advanced Topics in Botany (1-5; maximum 20)
Study of specialized topics from current research in the following areas:
750L Plant 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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