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Spring/Summer 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Biology

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Summer Half-Term Courses


BIOLOGY 104 / RCNSCI 104. Introduction to the Natural Sciences.

Section 711 OFFERED ONLY AT THE BIOLOGICAL STATION IN PELLSTON, MICHIGAN. (Note-this is a 4 week course, June 22-July 20)

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: First- or second-year standing; written application to the Biological Station. Does not meet prerequisites for any of the biology concentration programs. Credit is granted for a combined total of 12 credits elected in introductory biology. (5). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (5 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course assumes no prior science background and is appropriate for all undergraduates. It will offer a "hands-on" introduction to natural science taught directly in the field. Classes will be held in natural habitats including dunes, forest, streams, bogs and meadows. Topics include identification of common native plants and animals of the region, glaciation, history of forest development, collection and identification of fossils, observation of carnivorous plants, identification and ecology of birds. Aquatic plants and animals will be studied in Douglas Lake. This course offers an unparalleled opportunity to become acquainted with nature and science and earn 5 credits toward the Natural Sciences distribution requirement.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

BIOLOGY 200. Undergraduate Tutorial.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of faculty member in biology. (2). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is intended for sophomores learning research and laboratory techniques, working under close supervision of a faculty member. It may also be used for directed readings at an appropriate level. It includes reading on a significant topic and regular consultation with the faculty member chosen to supervise the work. The required paper could be on the scientific literature in a broad field, on biological issues on which the student may want to do continuing work, or on the detailed results of research in a biological specialty. Conferences, seminars, readings, and assigned writings are used to develop critical perspectives on modern biological problems and to provide breadth and sense of historical continuity in biological thought.

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BIOLOGY 230. Introduction to Plant Biology.

Section 711 OFFERED ONLY AT THE BIOLOGICAL STATION IN PELLSTON, MICHIGAN

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Biol. 162. (5).(NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($65) required.

Credits: (4; 5 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($65) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will provide a broad, integrated overview of plant biology including economic and environmental aspects. The general areas covered are: Plant diversity - the basic biology and evolution of the bacteria, fungi, algae, plantimals, bryophytes, and vascular plants. In addition, special aspects such as their environmental impacts, toxicology, cell biology, and molecular evolution will be covered. Structure, function, and development from the cell-molecular level to the whole organism will be discussed. Photosynthesis, internal transport, hormones, environmental controls, molecular biology, genetic engineering, and biotechnology will be included. Ecology, adaptations to their environment, plant-animal interactions, ethno-botany, plant medicinals, biomes, biogeography, and evolution will also be covered.

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BIOLOGY 300. Undergraduate Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Eight credits of biology and 3.0 grade point average in science; permission of faculty member in biology. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Intended primarily for juniors, including honors students, who wish to pursue independent research or study at an intermediate level in an area of biological science. The student may ask an appropriate faculty member in the Department of Biology to direct the research project and supervise related readings. The project may take the form of an investigation of new problems in the field or laboratory, a detailed investigation of primary sources (a literature survey), development of new procedures or programs, design of a classroom experiment, etc. A final paper is required and must be approved by the research advisor.

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BIOLOGY 302. Teaching Experience for Undergraduates.

Section 201.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). May not be included in any of the Biological Sciences concentration programs. (EXPERIENTIAL).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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BIOLOGY 330. Biology of Birds.

Section 711 OFFERED ONLY AT THE BIOLOGICAL STATION IN PELLSTON, MICHIGAN.

Instructor(s): Ted R Anderson

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two collegiate courses in biology. (5). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement.

Credits: (5 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An introduction to ornithology with emphasis on field identification of the birds of eastern North America. Field trips are to a variety of habitats in the region. Labs include classification, morphology, and identification of study specimens. Lectures cover a variety of topics on the evolution, physiology, behavior, ecology and conservation of birds. Each student participates in a group project.

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BIOLOGY 381. General Ecology.

Section 711 OFFERED ONLY AT THE BIOLOGICAL STATION IN PELLSTON, MICHIGAN.

Instructor(s): Catherine E Bach

Prerequisites & Distribution: Biol. 162; and a laboratory course in chemistry. (6 in Ann Arbor; 5 at Biol. Station). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (6 in Ann Arbor; 5 at Biol. Station).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course studies the factors influencing the distribution and abundance of animals and plants, including hypothesis testing, design, collection, analysis and interpretation of ecological data. Topics include individual ecology (abiotic and biotic limiting factors), population ecology (population dynamics, competition, predation, and other species interactions), community ecology (species diversity and succession), ecosystem ecology (nutrient cycling and energy flow), and human impacts on ecosystems. Lecture and discussion will be supplemented by field projects designed to test a variety of ecological questions in a range of terrestrial and aquatic communities. Students will conduct a research project as part of the course. (ECB credit may be received for this course. Fulfills biology distribution requirement. Equivalent to B 281-282.)

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BIOLOGY 390. Evolution.

Section 711 OFFERED ONLY AT THE BIOLOGICAL STATION IN PELLSTON, MICHIGAN.

Instructor(s): Stephen G Pruett-Jones

Prerequisites & Distribution: Biol. 162; prior or concurrent enrollment in Biol. 305. (5). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (4 in Ann Arbor; 5 at Biol. Station).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Intended for students who wish both to learn about evolutionary biology and be exposed to the natural history of a region. Lectures will emphasize evolutionary theory as the explanation of observed organic diversity in the northern Michigan region. Field experiments will involve plants and animals, aquatic and terrestrial situations and utilize observational, experimental and statistical techniques. Numerous field trips will be taken to understand the importance of human modifications of the environment, biological diversity and differential survival of organisms.

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BIOLOGY 400. Advanced Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: 12 credits of biology, 3.0 average in science, and permission of faculty member in biology. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Intended for those engaged in original research at an advanced level. This course number is most frequently elected by senior honors students who have completed Biology 300 and who are completing their research and writing their thesis. A final paper is required. (Refer to the description of Biology 300 for more information.)

Biology 400 at the UM Biological Station.

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BIOLOGY 431. Ecology of Animal Parasites.

Section 711 OFFERED ONLY AT THE BIOLOGICAL STATION IN PELLSTON, MICHIGAN

Instructor(s): Harvey Dale Blankespoor

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two laboratory courses in biology. (5). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement.

Credits: (5 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Various ecological aspects of animal parasite populations will be studied including life cycles, species diversity, diel and seasonal periodicity, intra- and interspecific competition, host specificity, longevity, recruitment, pathology and parasite-induced behavioral changes in the host. Field and laboratory techniques for studying these host-parasite relationships will be emphasized.

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BIOLOGY 453. Field Mammalogy.

Section 711 OFFERED AT THE BIOLOGCIAL STATION IN PELLSTON, MICHIGAN

Instructor(s): Philip Myers (pmyers@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two laboratory courses in biology. (5). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement.

Credits: (5 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An introduction to the study of mammals. Students will learn methods of studying mammals in the field by carrying out a series of projects on the wild mammals of northern Michigan. These projects will be designed to give familiarity with areas of active research on the ecology of mammals and practical experience with the excitement and headaches of formulating hypotheses, carrying out fieldwork, and analyzing data. Some familiarity with elementary statistics is helpful but not necessary.

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BIOLOGY 457. Algae in Freshwater Ecosystems.

Section 711 OFFERED ONLY AT THE BIOLOGICAL STATION IN PELLSTON, MICHIGAN.

Instructor(s): Rex L Lowe

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two laboratory courses in botany. (5). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement.

Credits: (5 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A survey of the algae of northern Michigan with emphasis on taxonomy and ecology. Students become familiar with the algae of streams, bogs, fens, swamps, beach pools, and the Great Lakes. Special attention is given to field investigations of periphyton and phytoplankton community ecology and their application to water quality assessment.

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BIOLOGY 482. Limnology.

Section 711 OFFERED ONLY AT THE BIOLOGICAL STATION IN PELLSTON, MICHIGAN

Instructor(s): Steven T Rier

Prerequisites & Distribution: Three laboratory courses in botany or zoology. (5). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement.

Credits: (5 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course introduces the fundamentals of aquatic ecology (with an emphasis on lakes) from an ecosystem-level approach. General limnological principles as well as physical, chemical and biological parameters of lakes will be studied. Biological investigations include an introduction to the ecology and taxonomy of the algae, zooplankton, macroinvertebrates, macrophytes, and fishes. Field studies include a comparative lake survey in which students will gain experience in field sampling, laboratory analysis of samples, statistical analysis and interpretation of data for several types of lakes.

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BIOLOGY 585. Ecology of Streams and Rivers.

Section 711 OFFERED ONLY AT THE BIOLOGICAL STATION IN PELLSTON, MICHIGAN

Instructor(s): Paul A Moore

Prerequisites & Distribution: A previous or concurrent course in limnology, aquatic ecology, phycology, or aquatic invertebrates is recommended. (5). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement.

Credits: (5 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course takes an integrated approach to the study of population, community, and ecosystem structure and function in flowing water. Both observation and experimentation are used to explore interactions among algae, aquatic plants, invertebrates, and fish and their physical and chemical environments in streams and rivers. Study topics will include the natural history of benthic organisms, hydrodynamics, competition, predation, and ecosystem theories. Field trips are taken to streams for observation and comparison. Research experiences are emphasized.

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Spring Half-Term Courses


BIOLOGY 104 / RCNSCI 104. Introduction to the Natural Sciences.

Section 711 OFFERED ONLY AT THE BIOLOGICAL STATION, MAY 19 - JUNE 14. ENROLLMENT BY PERMISSION OF STAFF IN THE BIOL. STATION OFFICE, 745 DENNISON.

Instructor(s): Kristen L Uthus

Prerequisites & Distribution: First- or second-year standing; written application to the Biological Station. Does not meet prerequisites for any of the biology concentration programs. Credit is granted for a combined total of 12 credits elected in introductory biology. (5). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (5 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course assumes no prior science background and is appropriate for all undergraduates. It will offer a "hands-on" introduction to natural science taught directly in the field. Classes will be held in natural habitats including dunes, forest, streams, bogs and meadows. Topics include identification of common native plants and animals of the region, glaciation, history of forest development, collection and identification of fossils, observation of carnivorous plants, identification and ecology of birds. Aquatic plants and animals will be studied in Douglas Lake. This course offers an unparalleled opportunity to become acquainted with nature and science.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

BIOLOGY 162. Introductory Biology.

Section 101 EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN MON. EVENINGS, MAY 13 AND JUNE 3, 6-8 PM. WAITLIST IS IN 1039 CHEM (764-1430).

Instructor(s): Marc Ammerlaan (mcammer@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 130. Biology 162 is not open to students who have completed Biol. 152, 154 or 195. Credit is granted for a combined total of 12 credits elected in introductory biology. (5). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($68) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($68) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Biology 162 is a one-term introductory course intended for concentrators in biology, other science programs, or preprofessional studies. Other suitably prepared students wishing detailed coverage of biology are also welcome. The aims of Biology 162 are:

  1. to provide factual and conceptual knowledge
  2. to give an integrated overview of the central tenets of modern biology
  3. to afford experience in obtaining and interpreting biological hypotheses
  4. to develop thinking and writing skills.

Topics in Biology 162 are divided among four areas:

  1. cellular and molecular biology
  2. genetics
  3. evolution
  4. ecology

Students MUST:

  1. attend 3 two hour lectures, 2 one-and-one-half hour discussions, and 2 three hour lab sections each week
  2. ATTEND THEIR ASSIGNED DISCUSSION AND LAB MEETINGS EACH WEEK STARTING WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY OR THEIR SPACE MAY BE GIVEN TO SOMEONE ON THE WAITING LIST
  3. RESERVE the times and dates for the midterm and final exams (as specified in the Time Schedule) before enrolling.

Students usually purchase a textbook, lab manual, and course pack consisting of a syllabus and lecture notes. No other study guides or supplementary materials need be bought. For Honors credit, register for one of the Honors discussion/lab sections. For further information, contact the Introductory Biology office, 1039 Chemistry Building (764-1430).

Text: Campbell, Reece, Mitchell, Biology 5th Ed.

Lab Manual: available at bookstores

Course pack: at Michigan Union Bookstore only.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Go to 1039 Chemistry, or call 764-1430 to put your name on the waitlist.

BIOLOGY 200. Undergraduate Tutorial.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of faculty member in biology. (2). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is intended for sophomores learning research and laboratory techniques, working under close supervision of a faculty member. It may also be used for directed readings at an appropriate level. It includes reading on a significant topic and regular consultation with the faculty member chosen to supervise the work. The required paper could be on the scientific literature in a broad field, on biological issues on which the student may want to do continuing work, or on the detailed results of research in a biological specialty. Conferences, seminars, readings, and assigned writings are used to develop critical perspectives on modern biological problems and to provide breadth and sense of historical continuity in biological thought.

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BIOLOGY 226(326). Animal Physiology Laboratory.

Section 101.

Instructor(s): Sushama Pavgi (spavgi@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent enrollment in Biol. 225 (or prior enrollment in 325, with permission). Students who intend at a later date to take Biol. 225 will not be admitted to Biol. 226 without special permission. (2). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($70) required.

Credits: (2).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($70) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This laboratory course provides hands-on experience with physiological systems at the level of organisms and organ systems. Prior or concurrent enrollment in BIO 225 is required to take this course. The laboratory meets for two four-hour sessions a week. Students perform experiments in small groups, collate class data, and perform analyses. Students should be aware that this course uses live animals. Each student is expected to lead one or more summary presentations at the beginning of the laboratory session following the conclusion of a previous laboratory exercise. The presentations will be 10-15 minutes in length and cover the analyses and summary of the data as well as provide conclusions and implications. Following the presentation, all students will be expected to contribute to the discussion. A term paper, an oral presentation, and other short assignments are required during the term.

Laboratory Exercises in Animal Physiology, Biology 226, Winter 2001, edited by Dr. Sushama Pavgi is required for the course. It is available at Dollar Bill Copying, located at 611 Church Street (off South University Avenue).

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BIOLOGY 300. Undergraduate Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Eight credits of biology and 3.0 grade point average in science; permission of faculty member in biology. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Intended primarily for juniors, including honors students, who wish to pursue independent research or study at an intermediate level in an area of biological science. The student may ask an appropriate faculty member in the Department of Biology to direct the research project and supervise related readings. The project may take the form of an investigation of new problems in the field or laboratory, a detailed investigation of primary sources (a literature survey), development of new procedures or programs, design of a classroom experiment, etc. A final paper is required and must be approved by the research advisor.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

BIOLOGY 302. Teaching Experience for Undergraduates.

Section 101.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). May not be included in any of the Biological Sciences concentration programs. (EXPERIENTIAL).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Undergraduates participating in this course are responsible for: (1) aiding regularly assigned Teaching Assistants; (2) providing tutorial help for undergraduates enrolled in the course; (3) meeting regularly with discussion and laboratory sessions; and (4) participating with Teaching Assistants in instructional activities.

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BIOLOGY 305. Genetics.

Section 101 EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN ON MAY 16, MAY 30, AND JUNE 17, 5-8 PM.

Instructor(s): Santhadevi Jeyabalan (sjeyabal@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Biol. 162, and prior or concurrent enrollment in Chem. 210. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is open to students concentrating in the natural sciences or intending to apply for graduate or professional study in basic or applied biology. This introduction to genetics includes the following sections: gene transmission in eukaryotes and prokaryotes, linkage and recombination, gene expression, mutation and recombination, DNA and chromosomes, molecular genetic analysis, genomics, gene regulation, developmental genetics, and population genetics. There are six hours of lecture each week and two discussion sections of one-and-a-half hours each, directed by Graduate Student Instructors. The discussion sections introduce relevant new material, expand on and review lecture material, and discuss problem assignments. Grading is based on three exams covering lectures, discussions, reading assignments; exams include problems that test applications of basic concepts and genetic techniques. A practice problem set is available and is covered in discussion sections.

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BIOLOGY 310. Introductory Biochemistry.

Section 101.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Biol. 162 or a 200-level course in Biology taken at UM; and Chem. 210. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Biol. 311, Biol. Chem. 415, or Chemistry 451. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Introductory Biochemistry is designed to be a general introduction to the chemistry of biological systems. The lectures will present information on biomolecules and the chemical reactions that occur in cells. Topics covered include: protein structure and function; enzyme kinetics; molecular biology techniques, intermediary metabolism; photosynthesis; transcription; translation; and the hormonal regulation of metabolism. The discussion sections complement the topics presented in lectures.

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BIOLOGY 381. General Ecology.

Section 711 OFFERED ONLY AT THE BIOLOGICAL STATION, MAY 19 - JUNE 14. ENROLLMENT BY PERMISSION OF STAFF IN THE BIOL. STATION OFFICE, 745 DENNISON.

Instructor(s): David N Karowe

Prerequisites & Distribution: Biol. 162; and a laboratory course in chemistry. (6 in Ann Arbor; 5 at Biol. Station). (Excl). (BS). Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (6 in Ann Arbor; 5 at Biol. Station).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The study of the factors influencing the distribution and abundance of organisms in nature. Course topics will focus on individual ecology (physiological ecology, foraging strategies), and population ecology (population dynamics, life history strategies, evolution, competition, herbivory, predation, and mutualism), and will also address community ecology and ecosystem ecology. Lecture and discussion will be supplemented by field laboratory exercises designed to test ecological questions in a variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Students will conduct group research projects and present their results in a symposium at the end of the term. (Satisfies biology distribution requirement. Equivalent to B 281-282.)

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BIOLOGY 400. Advanced Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: 12 credits of biology, 3.0 average in science, and permission of faculty member in biology. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Intended for those engaged in original research at an advanced level. This course number is most frequently elected by senior honors students who have completed Biology 300 and who are completing their research and writing their thesis. A final paper is required. (Refer to the description of Biology 300 for more information.)

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BIOLOGY 455. Ethnobotany.

Section 711 OFFERED ONLY AT THE BIOLOGICAL STATION, MAY 19 - JUNE 14. ENROLLMENT BY PERMISSION OF STAFF IN THE BIOL. STATION OFFICE, 745 DENNISON.

Instructor(s): Richard I Ford

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two college-level courses in biology. (5). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (5 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Ethnobotany is the direct interaction between people and plants. Culturally, people name, classify, and use plants. Behaviorally, they collect, harvest, manipulate, and domesticate plants. Plants impose limitations on people because of their ecology, reproductive biology, population dynamics, physiology, anatomy, and biochemistry. Ethnobotany considers the human-plant equation as an integrated system. We will draw examples in lecture world-wide but concentrate on Native American cultures for our research problems and numerous field trips. In particular, we will consider their methods of plant management, critical aspects of indigenous knowledge for conservation and applied problems, and the ethical issues of intellectual property rights as we explore the ethnobotany of particular cultures. Native Americans of northern Michigan will be class guests.

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Spring/Summer Term Courses


BIOLOGY 200. Undergraduate Tutorial.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of faculty member in biology. (2). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is intended for sophomores learning research and laboratory techniques, working under close supervision of a faculty member. It may also be used for directed readings at an appropriate level. It includes reading on a significant topic and regular consultation with the faculty member chosen to supervise the work. The required paper could be on the scientific literature in a broad field, on biological issues on which the student may want to do continuing work, or on the detailed results of research in a biological specialty. Conferences, seminars, readings, and assigned writings are used to develop critical perspectives on modern biological problems and to provide breadth and sense of historical continuity in biological thought.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

BIOLOGY 300. Undergraduate Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Eight credits of biology and 3.0 grade point average in science; permission of faculty member in biology. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Intended primarily for juniors, including honors students, who wish to pursue independent research or study at an intermediate level in an area of biological science. The student may ask an appropriate faculty member in the Department of Biology to direct the research project and supervise related readings. The project may take the form of an investigation of new problems in the field or laboratory, a detailed investigation of primary sources (a literature survey), development of new procedures or programs, design of a classroom experiment, etc. A final paper is required and must be approved by the research advisor.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

BIOLOGY 400. Advanced Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: 12 credits of biology, 3.0 average in science, and permission of faculty member in biology. (1-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Intended for those engaged in original research at an advanced level. This course number is most frequently elected by senior honors students who have completed Biology 300 and who are completing their research and writing their thesis. A final paper is required. (Refer to the description of Biology 300 for more information.)

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

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