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 Botany Courses List

BTNY 11000Introduction to Plant Science
An introduction to the major groups in the plant kingdom, their origin, classification, and economic importance. The areas of anatomy, morphology, cytology, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and ecology will be explored as they relate to plant sciences and agriculture.
4Fall and Spring Semesters2017
Peter Goldsbrough and Robert Pruitt
BTNY 11100Principle of Plant Biology
The overall objective is to provide the students with a solid foundation in essential concepts in plant biology in order to better prepare them for more specialized study. Lectures and laboratory exercises will cover mechanisms and processes of plant genetics, physiology, and ecology. Topics will focus on mechanisms and processes that are fundamental to integrative cell, tissue, and organ functions as well as responses by plants to climatic and edaphic factors. Throughout the course, an emphasis will be made on the means by which scientific data is collected and interpreted, and key experiments performed in the lab component will be used to illustrate this process.
4Spring Semester2017
Damon Lisch
Mike Mickelbart
Gord McNickle
BTNY 20100Plants and Civilization
This course, intended primarily for non-majors, covers the history of agriculture, with focus on the centers of origin of our major food, fiber, and medicinal plants, and their historical, cultural, and economic relevance. The course also surveys the biology of crop plants, with respect to taxonomy, anatomy, cell structure, physiology, development, and genetics. Discussions also center on the roles plant biotechnology may play in sustainable agriculture and in helping to alleviate problems caused by overpopulation and ecological stress.
3Spring Semester2017
Nick Carpita
BTNY 20400Crop and Weed Identification
The identification by sight of plant mounts and seeds of over 200 crops and weeds is taught. The first eight weeks, which covers restricted weeds, prohibited noxious weeds, common weeds, and seed diseases, can be taken for one credit; the last eight weeks covers cereals, grass and legume forages, and legume crops. The list of species to be studied for two credits is obtained from the Intercollegiate Crops Judging Manual. The species to be covered for one credit include the above-listed weeds and additional weed specimens pertinent to the weeds contest. The use and origins of the species are discussed briefly. Suggested course in preparation for AGRY 30500 Seed Analysis and Grain Grading.
1 or 2 Spring Semester
BTNY 20700The Microbial World
This course delivers a broad synthesis of microbiology, discussing all taxa of the microbial world. The course also discusses a wide range of subjects related to microbiology, including medical microbiology, but it has a strong emphasis on the botanical and environmental sciences. One particular characteristic that separates it from other microbiology courses is the reduced emphasis upon bacteriology, with discussions of the protists and viruses and, especially of the fungi, occurring in greater detail than the other general microbiology courses available.
3Spring Semester2017
Cathie Aime
BTNY 21100Plants and the Environment
Plants are essential to environmental and human health, and the issues related to these interactions have received much public attention. This course provides the scientific basis for issue-related topics such as the impact of plants on biodiversity; how plants affect and are affected by global climate changes and pollution; the role of plants as invasive species; ways in which plants can help solve environmental problems; and the consequences of human manipulation of plants (e.g. genetic engineering, bioremediation) on plant communities and ecosystems.
3Spring SemesterTBD
BTNY 30100Introductory Plant Pathology
Basic principles of plant pathology, including etiology, symptomatology, control, and epidemiology of representative diseases of plants.
3Spring Semester2017
Sue Loesch-Fries
BTNY 30200Plant Ecology
This course will provide an introduction to the broad field of plant ecology. Through lectures and lab assignments, students will gain an in-depth understanding of ecological concepts regarding the occurrence and distribution of plant species and populations. Students will also gain insights into the application of these concepts to the conservation and management of plant species and populations.
3 Spring Semester2017
Kevin Gibson
BTNY 30400Introductory Weed Science
A survey of the scientific principles underlying weed control practices; emphasis is on the ecology of weeds and control in crop associations. It is recommended that this course be followed by BTNY 504.
3Fall Semester2017
Bryan Young
BTNY 30500Fundamentals of Plant Classification
The principles of classification of seed plants, with emphasis on methods of identification in laboratory and field. Requires class trips. Students will pay individual lodging or meal expenses when necessary.
3Fall Semester2017
Jody Banks
BTNY 31600Plant Anatomy
The internal structure of seed plants. Description and recognition of cell and tissue types, tissue systems, and their interrelations in vegetative and reproductive structures. Developmental changes of the plant body from embryo to mature plant and from meristems to mature tissues. Experimental approaches where relevant to structure-function relationships and to development will be introduced.
4Fall Semester2017
Mary Alice Webb
BTNY 35000Biotechnology in Agriculture
A study of the methods used to produce genetically modified organisms, primarily using gene transfer technology, and the application of these organisms in agriculture. The uses of microbes, plants, and animals in agricultural biotechnology are examined. Social, economic, and ethical issues related to biotechnology are discussed. 
3Spring Semester2017
Peter Goldsbrough
BTNY 39000Selected Topics in Plant Science
This course deals with special topics in botany not covered in regular undergraduate coursework. Credit depends upon work done. May be repeated once for credit. Permission of instructor required.
1 to 3Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters2017
BTNY 42000Plant Cellular and Developmental Biology
This course will focus on the fundamentals of plant cellular and developmental biology. Topics to be covered include: the structure and function of plant organelles and membranes; the cell cycle; DNA, RNA and protein synthesis; the secretory pathway, and the cellular basis of development and whole plant morphogenesis.
3Spring Semester2017
Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi
BTNY 44300Arthropods And Diseases Of Turfgrass
This course is designed to introduce students to the biology, ecology, and management of arthropods and diseases associated with turfgrass ecosystems. The course is divided into two discrete segments with a focus on arthropods during the first half of the semester and diseases during the second half of the semester.  (ENTM 44300)
3Spring Semester2017
Rick Latin
BTNY 44600Integrated Plant Health Management For Ornamental Plants
Principles and practices for diagnosing and managing diseases, insects, and abiotic disorders of woody and herbaceous ornamental plants and turf. Designed for those students in urban forestry, horticulture, and turf management who want a one-semester course on integrated plant health management.  (ENTM 44600)
3 Fall Semester2017
Janna Beckerman
BTNY 49700Undergraduate Seminar
Problem-based seminar drawing on students' experience in undergraduate research. Preparation of seminar and poster presentations based on problem analysis relevant to careers in plant biology, environmental plant science, and crop protection. Instruction on problem analysis, scientific writing, and presentation skills are combined with career development activities, including invited speakers from industry, academia, and government. With prior approval and in consultation with the instructor, a student may substitute a problem based on study abroad, an undergraduate course project, or supervised internship or other supervised work-related experience.
1 Spring Semester2017
Bill Johnson
BTNY 49800Research in Plant Science
Supervised individual laboratory or field research. A written report of work accomplished will be required. May be repeated once for credit. Permission of instructor required.
1 to 3Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters2017
BTNY 49900Thesis Research
Thesis research. Admission to the honors program. Permission of instructor required.
1 to 6Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters2017
BTNY 50400Advance Weed Science
Emphasizes the mode and mechanism of herbicide action and herbicide interaction with plants, and the biology and ecology of weedy plants.
3Fall Semester Odd Years2017
Bryan Young
BTNY 50500Advanced Biology of Weeds
Principles of weed biology and ecology, with focus on reproduction and ecophysiology, population dynamics, community ecology, and ecosystem level phenomena. Instruction will emphasize the development and refinement of critical thinking skills.
3 Fall Semester Even Years2018
Kevin Gibson and Bill Johnson
BTNY 51700Diseases of Agronomic Crops
Offered weeks 1 - 5. This five-week miniclass teaches students the disease cycles and principles and practices for identifying and managing diseases of agronomic crops. The course is designed for students in plant protection, agronomy, entomology, and other areas who desire an intensive study of diseases of agronomic crops grown in Indiana. Primary emphasis is given to symptomatology, etiology, and disease management through in-depth study of major diseases affecting corn, soybeans, small grains, and forage crops. Special emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of IPM management systems.
1Fall Semester Odd Years2017
Kiersten Wise
BTNY 52500Intermediate Plant Pathology
Examines the biological and pathological characteristics of major causal agents; concepts of epidemiology and disease assessment; physiology, genetics, and molecular biology of host-pathogen interactions; disease management practices; and methods of disease diagnosis.
3 Fall Semester2016
Tesfaye Mengiste
BTNY 53500Plant Disease Management
An examination of the current principles, strategies, and technologies used in plant disease control. Emphasis is placed on the integration of various technologies and strategies for efficacious, environmentally sound management principles for specific types of plant diseases. Major topics include plant disease management through regulatory procedures, pathogen exclusion, pathogen eradication, environmental modification, host modification, host resistance, cultural practices, host protectants, plant disease forecasting, and the epidemiological basis of disease management strategies.
3Spring SemesterTBD
BTNY 55000Biology of Fungi
Lectures cover general features of fungi, unique characteristics of major fungal groups, fungal interactions with other organisms, and principles of fungal genetics. Lab exercises include examination of representative species from major groups of fungi and classical and molecular manipulations of fungi.
3 Fall Semester Odd Years2017
Jin-Rong Xu
BTNY 55200Molecular Approaches in Plant Biology
This is mainly a laboratory exercise course designed to help students to be more familiar with common molecular techniques used in plant pathology studies. Techniques will include DNA/RNA isolation, hybridization, sequence analyses, various PCR reactions, library construction and screening, protein isolation, and plant transformation. Lectures will cover basic principles and applied aspects of molecular studies in plant pathology, and recent advances in genomics and proteomics techniques.
3 Spring Semester2017
Zhixiang Chen
BTNY 55300Plant Growth and Development
Topics include seed dormancy, cell expansion and plant growth, pattern formation, phase transition, flowering, pollination and fertilization, seed development, fruit development, and senescence. This course is the second in a series of team-taught courses in the core curriculum of the Purdue Plant Biology Program. (HORT 553)
3Spring Semester2017
Jody Banks and Gyeong Mee Yoon
BTNY 55400/BIOL 59500Cell Biology of Plants
The biology of plant cells is a fascinating, rapidly progressing, and economically important branch of plant science. The purpose of this graduate level class is to expose students to selected examples in which classic experiments, modern molecular genetics, live-cell microscopy, and quantitative analyses, and computational simulations are adding to our knowledge of plant cellular systems. The course will draw heavily from the primary, peer-reviewed literature. Students in the class will gain sufficient experience with the techniques and concepts in the field, so they will be able to critically evaluate of what is considered “state of the art” knowledge, and define important knowledge gaps in different areas of plant cell biology.
3Fall Semester Odd Years2017
Dan Szymanski
BTNY 55800Pathogens of Plant Disease
It is the objective of this course to introduce students to the major types of plant pathogens (plant pathogenic bacteria, viruses, nematodes, and fungi), their basic biology and examples of the types of diseases they cause.
3Fall Semester2017
Sue Loesch-Fries, Jin-Rong Xu, and Zhixiang Chen
BTNY 59000Special Problems
Open to graduate students and qualified undergraduates who desire to study special problems in plant science not covered in regular coursework. Credit dependent upon work done. Permission of instructor required.
1 to 3Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters2017
BTNY 59000Graduate Student Orientation
The objectives of this course are to provide an orientation to the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology and to acquaint graduate students with the methods used to plan and present scientific research. Orientation will include presentations describing the research, teaching, and extension missions of the Department, as well as, an introduction to the departmental academic, administrative, and business policies and procedures.
1Fall Semester2015
Peter Goldsbrough and Sue Loesch-Fries
BTNY 60500Diagnosis of Plant Disease
Symptomatology and diagnosis of diseases of field crop, vegetable, fruit, ornamental, and tree plants. Emphasis is on the collection and study of diseases in field, greenhouse, and storage.
2 Summer Semester2017
Janna Beckerman
BTNY 61300Advanced Plant Pathology
This course will make an exhaustive attempt to dissect the nature of plant disease and resistance mechanisms in plants. Special emphasis will be placed on emerging concepts and paradigms that underlie a wide variety of plant-pathogen interactions, and how the knowledge gleaned from these studies is being used to devise effective and environmentally safe strategies of plant protection.
3Spring Semester2017
Guri Johal
BTNY 64000Metabolic Plant Physiology
Topics include photosynthesis, respiration, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, and nitrogen, sulfur, and secondary metabolism. This course is the third in a series of core courses in the Purdue Plant Biology graduate curriculum. (AGRY 64000, BIOL 64000 and HORT 64000)
3Fall SemesterTBD
BTNY 66000Scientific Writing
is a course on coping with publication in professional journals. It covers the full range of activities involved in carrying a piece of original research to completion as a primary research article in a refereed journal. Emphasis is on principles of clear and concise technical reporting. Topics include: research and writing goals; journals' policies; data presentations; effective style; organizing, writing, revising, and processing manuscripts; proofreading; peer review; ethics; and grant proposals. Students will use their own data to prepare a manuscript as if for publication. Permission of instructor required.
3Fall Semester Even YearsTBD
Nick Carpita
BTNY 66100Scientific Presentation
This course covers the full range of activities involved in carrying a piece of original research to completion as a presentation to a scientific community. Emphasis is on principles of clear and concise technical presentation and reporting. Topics include: research presentation goals; judging one’s audience; data presentation formats and composition; effective delivery styles. Students must have sufficient data from their graduate studies to prepare a seminar. Permission of instructor required.
2Fall Semester Odd YearsTBD
Nick Carpita
BTNY 66600Perspectives in Pest Management
Success in science requires a diversity of skills (interpretation, evaluation, problem solving, communication, etc.) that form the foundation of critical thinking. Critical thinking requires that we be analytical, rationale, and reflective with our reasoning (deductive, inductive, abductive) as we integrate all of these skills to develop a deeper understanding of science and our surrounding world. To achieve this goal, we require students to evaluate scientific papers and practice expressing and defending their own understanding while listening critically to the views of others. We will work on developing these critical thinking skills by analyzing the primary literature. Students will be expected to evaluate papers in writing and in course discussion. Each student is required to: ·review and evaluate all papers presented in class ·present one paper ·evaluate their peers’ rubrics one time, and ·assess the presentation skills of their colleagues each week.
1Fall Semester2016
Janna Beckerman
Kevin Gibson
BTNY 69000Departmental Seminar
Reports and discussion of research and current topics.
1Fall and Spring Semesters2017
Peter Goldsbrough
BTNY 69800Research M.S. Thesis
Research MS Thesis. Permission of instructor required.
1 to 18Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters2017
BTNY 69900Research Ph.D. Thesis
Research Ph.D.Thesis. Permission of instructor required.
1 to 18Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters2017