May be elected as a departmental concentration program
The Plant Biology concentration provides undergraduates with training in those areas of science that are essential to an understanding of modern botany. Like the biology concentration, this concentration deals with all of the major levels of biological organization (molecular, cellular, organismal, ecological, and evolutionary), but differs from the Biology concentration by its greater emphasis on the biology of plants. This program is well suited for those who wish to study biology as part of a liberal education, or to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools. It also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in basic and applied areas of the plant sciences and related fields, such as ecology, genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry.
Prerequisites to Concentration. Biology 162 (or the equivalent); Chemistry 210, 211, 215, and 216; Mathematics 115 and 116; Physics 125/127 and 126/128 or Physics 140/141 and 240/241.
Concentration Program. A minimum of 30 credits, including:
- Biochemistry (Biology Biology 310, 311, Biol. Chem. 415, or Chem. 451 and 452.).
- Genetics (Biology 305).
- One course from each of three of the following four categories:
- Cellular and Molecular Biology (Biology 406, 413, or 430);
- Plant Structure, Function, and Development (Biology 209/210, 275, or 461);
- Biological Diversity (Biology 255, 457, 458, 459, or 556);
- Ecology and Evolution (Biology 281/282 (or 381), 390).
- Two additional courses not used to satisfy requirement 3, from one of the categories in requirement 3 or from the following, more specialized courses: Biology 215, 355, 415, 468, 490, 495, 498.
- Three laboratory courses (courses used to meet above requirements can be used to satisfy this requirement). Three credits of Biology 300 can be included as one of the required laboratory courses.
- Any other biology courses at the 200-level or above (or up to the maximum of two cognate courses) chosen in consultation with and approved by the concentration advisor.
Advising. Professor L.D. Noodén is the advisor. Appointments are scheduled at 1121 Natural Science Building. Office staff are also prepared to answer questions about various aspects of both programs. Questions about content and appropriateness of course elections should be directed to individual instructors or advisors.
Prizes: K.L. Jones Award. Since 1977, this award has been made each year to the outstanding botany undergraduate. The Kenneth L. Jones Undergraduate Award for excellence in botany was endowed by colleagues, friends, and alumni upon the retirement of Professor Jones and consists principally of a sum to enable the recipient to purchase books or equipment of his or her own choice.
J.T. Slater Award. Since 1983, this award has been given to systematic and/or field botanists from among upper-division students. Awards are made on the basis of excellence in classes as well as field work, and are in the form of a check. The award was financed by Professor Slater of the University of Puget Sound, expert in field studies of northwestern ferns. Awardees may be in any school at the University of Michigan, so long as individuals selected excel in the targeted fields.
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