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BIOL 253: Plant Genetics and Diversity

Term: Spring

Credits: 4, 1

Degree Requirements: F11

This course will showcase the dynamic inner workings and rich evolutionary history of the plant kingdom. Topics to be covered include the genetics underlying morphological form and function, plant responses and adaptations to the environment, the biomechanics of plant anatomy and physiology, evolutionary history, taxonomic diversity, and interactions between people & plants. Examples of laboratory activities include characterizing the genetics behind environmental responses, looking at hormonal pathways with transgenic plants, and learning to identify the rich diversity of plants in our Memphis area. Students will interface with different organizations in Memphis, improving our understanding of local plant diversity and helping others to better understand the importance of plants. (Course normally offered in alternate years; anticipated for 2018-2019.)

Prerequisites: Biology I Biology I Lab Biology II Biology II Lab,