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Courses in Plant Biology (PLB)

Lower Division

90X. Plant Science Seminar (1-4)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Examination of a special topic in a small group setting. Not open for credit to students who have completed course Plant Sciences 90X. (Former course Plant Sciences 90X.)

92. Internship (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Technical and/or professional experience on or off campus. Supervised by a member of the Plant Biology faculty. (P/NP grading only.)

98. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Primarily for lower division students. (P/NP grading only.)

99. Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.)

 Upper Division

For questions about courses numbered 102 through 126, see the Plant Biology Department office in 1002 Life Sciences. For questions concerning courses numbered 1, 12, 140 through 188 and 196, see the Plant Science Advising Center in 1220 Plant and Environmental Sciences.

102. California Floristics (5)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—8 hours. Prerequisite: Plant Sciences 2, Biological Sciences 1C, 2C, or equivalent course in Plant Sciences. Survey of the flora of California, emphasizing recognition of important vascular plant families and genera and use of taxonomic keys for species identification. Current understanding of relationships among families. Principles of plant taxonomy and phylogenetic systematics. One Saturday field trip. (Same course as Plant Sciences 102.) GE credit: SciEng | SE, VL.—III. (III.) Potter

105. Developmental Plant Anatomy (5)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 2C or other similar preparation in plant biology. Restricted to 50 students; split equally into two lab groups. Structural anatomy of vascular plants. Training in basic tissue sectioning, staining, and use of the compound microscope. GE credit: SciEng |SE.—I. (I.) O'Neill

108. Systematics and Evolution of Angiosperms (5)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C, or 2A, 2B, 2C. Diversity and classification of angiosperms (flowering plants) on a world scale, and current understanding of the origin of angiosperms and evolutionary relationships and trends within them based on morphological and molecular evidence. (Same course as Evolution and Ecology 108.) GE credit: SciEng.—III. (III.) Doyle

111. Plant Physiology (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1C, or 2A, 2B, and 2C; Chemistry 8B and Physics 7C (either may be taken concurrently); Plant Biology 105 recommended. The plant cell as a functional unit. The processes of absorption, movement, and utilization of water and minerals. Water loss, translocation, photosynthesis, respiration.—I. (I.) Dehesh, Lucas

111D. Problems in Plant Physiology (1)

Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 111 concurrently. Discussion of problems and applications relating to principles presented in course 111. Students will be assigned problems each week showing novel applications of principles described in course 111 and will prepare answers to be delivered orally during the class period. (P/NP grading only.)—I. (I.) Lucas, Dehesh

112. Plant Growth and Development (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1C, or 2A, 2B and 2C; Chemistry 8B. Introduction to the mechanisms and control systems that govern plant growth and development and the responses of plants to the environment. Strong emphasis on vegetative development of flowering plants. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL.—II. (II.) Harada, Sundaresan

112D. Problems in Plant Growth and Development (1)

Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 112 concurrently. Discussion of problems and applications relating to principles presented in course 112. Students will be assigned problems each week showing novel applications of the principles described in course 112 and will prepare answers to be delivered orally during class period. (P/NP grading only.)—II. (II.) Harada, Sundaresan

113. Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A and 1C, or 2A, 2B, 2C; 101; Biological Sciences 102 or 105 recommended. Molecular and cellular aspects of the growth and development of plants and their response to biological and environmental stresses. Primary focus on processes unique to plants. Experimental approaches will be emphasized. GE credit: QL, SL, VL.—III. (III.) Harada

113D. Problems in Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants (1)

Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 113 concurrently. Discussion of topics and applications related to principles presented in course 113. Assigned topics each week show novel applications of the principles described in course 113; discussion of topics during class period. (P/NP grading only.)—III. (III.) Harada

116. Plant Morphology and Evolution (5)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: introductory plant biology (e.g., Biological Sciences 1C, or 2A, 2B, and 2C); plant anatomy recommended (e.g., Plant Biology 105). Introduction to the form, development and evolution of vascular plants. Emphasis given to the form and development of reproductive structures in ferns and seed-producing plants as a basis for determining evolutionary relationships. GE credit: SciEng.—II. (II.) Jernstedt

117. Plant Ecology (4)

Lecture—3 hours; fieldwork—3 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C, or 2A, 2B, 2C; Plant Biology 111 recommended. The study of the interactions between plants, plant populations or vegetation types and their physical and biological environment. Special emphasis on California. Four full-day field trips and brief write-up of class project required. (Same course as Evolution and Ecology 117.)—I. (I.)

119. Population Biology of Invasive Plants and Weeds (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C, or 2A, 2B, 2C; introductory statistics recommended. Origin and evolution of invasive plant species and weeds, reproduction and dispersal, seed ecology, modeling of population dynamics, interactions between invasive species, native species, and crops, biological control. Laboratories emphasize design of competition experiments and identification of weedy species. (Same course as Evolution and Ecology 119.) GE credit: SciEng | SE.—III. (III.) Rejmanek

123. Plant-Virus-Vector Interaction (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 2A, Biological Sciences 101; course 105, Plant Pathology 120, and Entomology 100 recommended. Analysis of interactions necessary for viruses to infect plants.Interactions among insect vectors and host plants involved in the plant-virus life cycle. Evolutionary aspects of the molecular components in viral infection and modern approaches to the interdiction of viral movement. (Same course as Entomology 123 and Plant Pathology 123.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SE, SL, WE.—(I.) Lucas, Gilbertson, Ullman

126. Plant Biochemistry (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 103 or 105. The biochemistry of important plant processes and metabolic pathways. Discussion of methods used to understand plant processes, including use of transgenic plants. (Same course as Molecular and Cellular Biology 126.) GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.—II. (II.) Callis, Tian

143. Evolution of Crop Plants (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Plant Sciences 2 or Biological Sciences 1C or 2C. Origins of crops and agriculture, including main methodological approaches, centers of crop biodiversity, dispersal of crops, genetic and physiological differences between crops and their wild progenitors, agriculture practiced by other organisms, and role and ownership of crop biodiversity. GE credit: SciEng or SocSci, Div, Wrt | SE or SS, SL, WE.—III. (III.) Gepts

148. Introductory Mycology (4)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C. Systematics, ecology, evolution, and morphology of fungi. Importance of fungi to humans. (Same course as Plant Pathology 148.) GE credit: SE.—I. MacDonald, Rizzo

189. Experiments in Plant Biology: Design and Execution (3)

Laboratory/discussion—6 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C, or 2A, 2B, 2C, or the equivalent courses in Plant Sciences, and consent of the instructor. Provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to formulate experimental approaches to current questions in plant biology and to carry out their proposed experiments. May be repeated for credit for a total of 12 units. (P/NP grading only.)—I, II, III. (I, II, III.)

190C. Research Conference in Plant Biology (1)

Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: upper division standing in Plant Biology or related discipline; consent of instructor. Introduction to research methods in plant biology. Design of field or laboratory research projects, survey of appropriate literature, and discussion of research by faculty and students. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.)—I, II, III. (I, II, III.)

192. Internship (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: completion of 84 units and consent of instructor. Technical and/or professional experience on or off campus. Supervised by a member of the Plant Biology Department faculty. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.)—I, II, III, IV. (I, II, III, IV.)

194H. Special Study for Honors Students (1-5)

Prerequisite: open only to majors of senior standing on honors list. Independent study of selected topics under the direction of a member or members of the staff. Completion will involve the writing of a senior thesis. (P/NP grading only.)

197T. Tutoring in Plant Biology (1-5)

Discussion—2-6 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing and consent of instructor. Assisting the instructor by tutoring students in one of the Department's regular courses. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.)—I, II, III. (I, II, III.)

198. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.)

199. Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.)

 Professional

396. Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4)

Prerequisite: graduate standing; consent of instructor. Practical experience in acting as teaching assistant in Plant Biology courses. Learning activity: hands on experience in preparing for and conducting discussions, guiding student laboratory work, and the formulation of questions and topics for examinations. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—I, II, III, IV. (I, II, III, IV.)

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