BIOLOGY 121 - Topics in Biology
Section: 002 Plants and Human Conflict
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Plant and animals, including humans, are living machines with very similar components – genes, proteins, metabolites. However, plants grow and multiply primarily without the help of animals, since they can harvest energy from the sun in the process of photosynthesis, which they then use to convert carbon dioxide into the chemical building blocks of their bodies. On the other hand, animals cannot photosynthesize and therefore cannot build such chemical building blocks from carbon dioxide. Instead, they need to obtain the basic organic molecules necessary for their life by eating plants or other animals that eat plants. Therefore, the history of plants has been intimately interwoven with the history of humans since the beginning of our species. Furthermore, in the competition over resources that goes on indefinitely among individual humans and human societies, plants have played major roles both as the sources being fought over as well as the means to carry out such human wars over resources. The course will recount the many ways in which specific types of plants such as grains, sugarcane, tobacco, cotton, various spices, coffee, tea, opium, rubber trees, and oranges, have been involved in violent human conflicts.

BIOLOGY 121 - Topics in Biology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
Th 10:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (LEC)
MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (LEC)
F 12:00PM - 2:00PM
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