Plant Biology Courses

Course schedules change on a regular basis. Please check ozone.ou.edu for course listings for a given semester. Courses are listed as offered in the Fall (F), Spring (Sp), and Summer (Su) sessions.  Some courses are offered intermittently. 

BOT 1114 GENERAL BOTANY
Previous course in chemistry (high school or college) recommended. Fulfills Arts and Sciences biological science requirement. Basic processes and structures of plants; relation to factors in the environment; reproduction; heredity; heritable and nonheritable variations in plants and their causes and consequences are studied. Scientific procedures are acquired through application and discussion. (F,Sp,Su).  Instructor: Staff

BOT 2404 ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (Crosslisted with ZOO 2404)
Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Study of ecological principles and their applications to human systems, study of population, air pollution, water pollution, energy issues, etc. Laboratory exercises focus on learning scientific methods of measurement of environmental quality factors. (Sp)  Instructor: Staff

BOT 2503 PLANT CARE AND CULTIVATION
Prerequisites: 1114 or Biology 1005. Application of the principles of Botany to the cultivation, propagation, and maintenance of plants grown in home environments. Particular attention is given to the effects of light, water, minerals, and soil factors on plant growth, seed and vegetative propagation; pest control; and proper conditions for cultivated plants. (F)  Instructor: Elisens

BOT 3113 CELL BIOLOGY (Crosslisted with Microbiology, Zoology 3113)
Prerequisite: Botany 1114 or Biology 1134 or Zoology 1114 and Zoology 1121 or Zoology 1124 and Chemistry 3053. Introduction to the cell as a unit of life. A chemical and physical comparison of procaryotic and eucaryotic cells to include a discussion of cell metabolism, types of metabolic regulation, and an analysis of ultrastructure. Emphasis will be placed on the dynamic changes in metabolism and ultrastructure which occur during the life of a cell. (F,Sp)  Instructor: ZOO TBD (F)/Wawrik (Sp)

BOT 3163 ECONOMIC BOTANY (Crosslisted with Microbiology, Zoology 3113)
Prerequisite: Introductory biology, Botany 1114, Biology 1134 or Biology 1005. Fulfills Arts and Sciences General Education requirement. A survey of plants and plant products used in industry, drug plants and drugs, and especially food plants and food adjuncts. Origin of agriculture, domestication and evolution of crop plants, and uses of plants in different cultures are emphasized. (F)  Instructor: Staff

BOT G3333 GENETICS (Crosslisted with ZOO 3333)
Prerequisite: eight hours of zoology or eight hours of botany, or five hours of zoology or botany and permission. Principles of inheritance at gene chromosome, and population levels, nature of the genetic material and its involvement in the determination of structure and function. No lab. (F,Sp)  Instructor: Zoology Faculty

BOT G3342 GENETICS LABORATORY (Crosslisted with ZOO 3342)
Prerequisite: 3333 or concurrent enrollment, or equivalent. The demonstrations, crosses, and experiments are designed to illustrate various genetic phenomenon, including Mendelian laws, recombination, mutation, natural and artificial selection, and interaction or genotype with environment. The primary organism studied is Drosophila, with some use of corn, Neurospora, and others. (F),  Instructor: Zoology Faculty

BOT G3452 METHODS IN PLANT ECOLOGY
Corequisite: 3453. Methodology in plant physiological, population, community and ecosystem ecology will be covered. Emphasis will be on actual field or laboratory experience and the applicability of these methods to other areas of ecology.  Instructor: Sherry

BOT G3453 PRINCIPLES OF PLANT ECOLOGY
Prerequisite: 3534 or equivalent. Introduction to physiological, population and community ecology. Emphasis is placed on environmental factors, disturbance and succession and how these factors affect species diversity and landscape patterns. One optional field trip. (F) Instructor: Luo

BOT 3534 FLOWERING PLANTS
Prerequisite: BOT 1114, or six hours of biology, or permission of instructor. Introduction to the classification of vascular plants with emphasis on the origin, evolutionary relationships, and reproductive biology of the flowering plants. Laboratory activities stress identification skills, terminology, field techniques, and family recognition for the flora of Oklahoma. Field trips. Laboratory (Sp), Instructor: Elisens

BOT G3932 INSTRUMENTAL METHODS IN BIOLOGY (Crosslisted with MBIO 3932)
Prerequisite: one of the following: 4115; Microbiology 2815 or Zoology 2124 (or one course in biochemistry); physics 2414 and 2424. Principles of analytical measurements; common categories of instruments; advantages and disadvantages of each method; examples are chosen from medical technology, environmental technology, biochemistry, physiology, etc. (F)  Instructor: Nagle

BOT G4115 PRINCIPLES OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
Prerequisites: 1114 and organic chemistry. The physiology of green plants, including respiration, photosynthesis, metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, mineral nutrition, translocation, water relations, growth and development. Laboratory (F)  Instructor: Holt

BOT G4283 PLANT ANATOMY
Prerequisite: Seven hours in biology or permission of instructor. The structure and development of the organs of vascular plants as revealed by observations of representative living and prepared specimens. Theories concerning the evolution of organs and internal structure. (Spring of odd-numbered years). Instructor: Russell

BOT 4413 PALEOBOTANY (Crosslisted with Geology 4413; Slashlisted with 5413)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Introduction to the fossil record of terrestrial plants from algae to flowering plants. Lectures will address anatomy, morphology, taphonomy and paleoecology including climate and plant-animal interactions. Laboratories will put lecture topics into practice using fossil plants from the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History collection and from fieldwork. Field trips. No student may earn credit for both 4413 and 5413. Laboratory (Intermittent)  Instructor: Lupia

BOT 4553 PLANT GEOGRAPHY (Slashlisted with 5553)
Prerequisite: 3453, 3534 or permission of instructor. Analysis of the evolutionary, ecological, genetic, and historical factors that affect present-day distributional patterns of plants on continents and islands. Particular emphasis is directed to range disjunctions and endemism as well as the effects of continental drift, geoclimatic changes, dispersal, polyploidy, and phylogeny on the flora of North America. No student may earn credit for both 4553 and 5553. (Intermittent) Instructor: Elisens

BOT 4561 FIELD STUDIES (Slashlisted with 5561)
Prerequisites: Bot 3453, 3534 and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 4 hours. Field based studies of the flora and vegetation of a particular area. Readings and lectures focus on a regional flora and the geohistorical, biogeographic and ecological factors affecting vegetational patterns and dynamics. Observations of characteristic habitats and plant communities and identification and recognition of important plants are stressed during field trips. No student may earn credit for both 4561 and 5561. (Intermittent)
Instructor: Elisens

BOT 4623 ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY (Slashlisted with 5623)
Prerequisite: 3453 or equivalent. Studies interactions between organisms and their environment within an earth-system context. Students will learn general concepts of ecosystems; examine major factors that control ecosystems properties, explore ecosystem functions and structure and their spatial and temporal variation; and evaluate implications of ecosystem processes for functioning of the global system and sustainable use by human beings. No student may earn credit for both 4623 and 5623. (F odd-numbered years)  Instructor: Luo

BOT 4723 GENERAL MYCOLOGY (Slashlisted with 5723))
Prerequisite: 1114, Biology 1134 or MBIO 3812 and MBIO 3813. A survey of the fungi, including diversity, biology, and significance in ecology and human affairs. No student may earn credit for both 4723 and 5723.(Intermittent) Instructor: Hoefnagels

BOT 4810 COMPUTATIONAL REMOTE SENSING (Slashlisted with Botany 5810)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Contact instructor for more information. (Intermittent)  Instructor: Xiangming Xiao

BOT 4810 GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY (Slashlisted with BOT 5810)
Global change research is one of the most active research areas. As a consequence, scientific knowledge in the area is expanding exponentially. This course is to expose students to that fast developing area. Students in the class will examine major issues on global environmental change, learn scientific tools for addressing those issues, and explore new approaches to global environmental issues. (Intermittent)  Instructor: Luo

BOT 4810 HOT TOPICS - PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (Slashlisted with Botany 5810)
Contact Instructor for more information. (Intermittent)  Instructor: Holt

BOT 4810 MOLECULAR MECHANISMS OF PLANT DEVELOPMENT (Slashlisted with Botany 5810)
Prerequisite: Introduction levels of plant biology, biochemistry, and/or genetics or permission of the instructor. Introduction to basic molecular, genetical and biochemical tools used in plant development studies. Recent papers (background and research) will be discussed. Selected papers will cover all major plant developmental processes. (Intermittent)  Instructor:

BOT 4810 PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (Slashlisted with Botany 5810)
Prerequisite: Introduction levels of plant biology, biochemistry, and/or genetics or permission of instructor. Introduction to basic molecular, genetic and biochemical tools used in understanding plant growth and development. Discussion of the most exciting, cutting-edge research in plant sciences. (Intermittent)
Instructor: Staff

BOT 4810 BIOTECHNOLOGY TO ADDRESS SOCIETAL CHALLENGES
Prerequisites: BOT/ZOO3113 or BOT/ZOO3333 or BOT/MBIO/ZOO4843 or BOT/MBIO4873 or CHEM3653 or permission from an instructor.
Biotechnology is the multidisciplinary approach of applying organisms and biological molecules to specific uses. For the past 30 years and at an ever-increasing pace, public and private sector scientists have used biotechnology to help meet social needs.  Intended for students from diverse academic programs who possess a working knowledge of molecular biology, this course will cover important past achievements and future goals for use of biotechnology to address pressing societal challenges. Participants will put into practice central methods of biotechnology in the laboratory portion, gaining practical skills for use in future careers in laboratory science. (Intermittent)  Instructor: Bartley/Libault

PBIO 4810 ADVANCED MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (Slashlisted with MBIO 5810)
Prerequisite: Intro. Biochemistry or MBIO 4843 or permission of instructor. In this course, students will move beyond their introductory textbooks towards a deeper understanding of modern molecular biology. This will be accomplished by a combination of lectures, readings in the primary literature, and independent scholarly exercises (e.g., development of concept maps and writing assignments). Lectures and readings will focus on comparisons of “traditional” and cutting-edge molecular techniques as they are currently applied towards solving important biological questions. Special emphasis will be placed on the advantages and disadvantages of specific molecular techniques. (Sp)  Instructor: Holt/Dunn

BOT 4843 INTRODUCTION TO MOLECULAR BIOL (Crosslisted with MBIO, ZOO 4843; Slashlisted with 5843)
Prerequisites: 1114 or Zoology 1114 or Zoology 1124 or MBIO 3812, 3813, or Biology 1134 and one course in organic chemistry. Introduction to the characteristics and biological functions of nucleic acids and proteins in living cells with emphasis on nucleic acid replication, transcription, translation and regulation; also emphasis on the molecular aspects of microbial genetics- transformation, transduction and conjugation and emphasis on molecular immunology and genetic engineering/recombinant DNA technology. No student may earn credit for both 4843 and 5843. (F,Sp)  Instructor: Dunn (F), Karr (Sp)

BOT 4873 MICROBIAL PHYSIOLOGY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LAB (Crosslsisted with MBIO 4873)
Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Current techniques to explore molecular aspects of gene expression and regulation. Experiments include: plasmid and phage propagation. Nucleic acid purification, DNA and protein manipulation, and gene analysis. (F)

PBIO 4953 BIOWRITING
(Slashlisted with 5953; Crosslisted with BIOL/MBIO 4953) Prerequisite: permission of instructor. This course provides students engaged in research with the information and skills needed to effectively communicate as professional biologists. Students will learn to report the results of their own research in the format of a journal article, conference-style presentation, and poster. No student may earn credit for both 4953 and 5953. (Irreg.), Instructor: Hoefnagels

BOT 4983 SENIOR CAPSTONE: PLANT BIOLOGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Prerequisite: 12 hours of Botany and senior standing. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to synthesize ideas from the major areas of botany. Readings, research and discussions will focus on the important issues in botany at the present and into the next century. A major written assignment will be required.Instructor: Elisens

BOT G5264 MORPHOLOGY OF VASCULAR PLANTS
Prerequisite: twelve hours of Botany. The external form and internal structure of representative members of the major groups of vascular plant with emphasis on comparative life histories. The classification and interrelationships of living and extinct forms as revealed by structural data. (Intermittent) Instructor: Russell

BOT G5364 TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY (Crosslisted with MBIO and Zoology)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Introduction to the theory of transmission electron microscopy and practical instruction in specimen preparation, ultramicrotomy, instrument operation, photography, and quantitative methods. (F)  Instructor: Russell

BOT G5374 SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY (Crosslisted with MBIO and Zoology)
Prerequisite: basic chemistry; basic physics; demonstrated need; permission of instructor. Principles of scanning electron microscopy combined with training in the operation of the SEM and ancillary equipment. Students will be certified in the operation of all equipment. Sample preparation on a variety of samples and darkroom procedures will be performed. Independent project with oral report and poster required. (Sp)
Instructor: Larson

BOT 5413 PALEOBOTANY (Crosslisted with Geology 4413; Slashlisted with 4413)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Introduction to the fossil record of terrestrial plants from algae to flowering plants. Lectures will address anatomy, morphology, taphonomy and paleoecology including climate and plant-animal interactions. Laboratories will put lecture topics into practice using fossil plants from the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History collection and from fieldwork. Field trips. No student may earn credit for both 4413 and 5413. Laboratory (Intermittent)  Instructor: Lupia

BOTG5453 ADVANCED ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY (Crosslisted with Microbiology and Zoology)
Prerequisite: general ecology. Required for students in the ecology and evolutionary biology doctoral program. An introduction to current research opportunities and research programs in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Oklahoma. Specific topics and lecturers will vary from week to week to give students a broad overview of ongoing research progects. (Intermittent)  Instructor: Kaspari

BOTG5471 SEMINAR IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY (Crosslisted with Microbiology and Zoology)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Two semesters of enrollment are required for students in the ecology and evolutionary biology doctoral program. An intensive, student-based seminar in which students present both proposals and ongoing progress reports on doctoral level research projects in ecology and evolutionary biology. (F,Sp)  Instructor: Weider

BOT 5553 PLANT GEOGRAPHY (Slashlisted with 4553)
Prerequisite: 3453, 3534 or permission of instructor. Analysis of the evolutionary, ecological, genetic,
and historical factors that affect present-day distributional patterns of plants on continents and islands. Particular emphasis is directed to range disjunctions and endemism as well as the effects of continental drift, geoclimatic changes, dispersal, polyploidy, and phylogeny on the flora of North America. No student may earn credit for both 4553 and 5553. (Intermittent)  Instructor: Elisens

BOT G5561 FIELD STUDIES (Slashlisted with 4561)
Prerequisites: 3453, 3534 or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Field-based studies of the flora and vegetation of a particular area. Readings and lectures focus on a regional flora and the geohistorical, biogeographic and ecological factors affecting vegetational patterns and dynamics. Observations of characteristic habitats and plant communities and identification and recognition of important plants are stressed during field trips. No student may earn credit for both 4561 and 5561. (Intermittent)
Instructor: Elisens

BOT G5594 MOLECULAR SYSTEMATICS
Prerequisite: Botany 3534 or permission of instructor. The systematic, evolutionary, and phylogenetic significance of variation among proteins (isozymes) and nucleic acids (nuclear and plastid DNA) in plants. Readings from the current literature, laboratory techniques, and methods of analysis are stressed. (Intermittent)

BOT G5623 ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY (Slashlisted with 4623)
Prerequisite: 3453 or equivalent. Studies interactions between organisms and their environment within an earth-system context. Students will learn general concepts of ecosystems; examine major factors that control ecosystems properties, explore ecosystem functions and structure and their spatial and temporal variation; and evaluate implications of ecosystem processes for functioning of the global system and sustainable use by human beings. No student may earn credit for both 4623 and 5623. (F odd-numbered years)
Instructor: Luo

BOT G5723 GENERAL MYCOLOGY (Slashlisted with 4723)
Prerequisite: 1114, Biology 1134 or MBIO 3812 and MBIO 3813. A survey of the fungi, including diversity, biology, and significance in ecology and human affairs. No student may earn credit for both 4723 and 5723. (Intermittent)  Instructor: Hoefnagels

BOT 5810 COMPUTATIONAL REMOTE SENSING (Slashlisted with Botany 4810)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Contact instructor for more information. (Intermittent)  Instructor: Xiangming Xiao

BOT G5810 GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY (Slashlisted with BOT 4810)
Global change research is one of the most active research areas. As a consequence, scientific knowledge in the area is expanding exponentially. This course is to expose students to that fast developing area. Students in the class will examine major issues on global environmental change, learn scientific tools for addressing those issues, and explore new approaches to global environmental issues. (Intermittent)  Instructor: Luo

BOT 5810 HOT TOPICS - PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (Slashlisted with Botany 4810)
Contact Instructor for more information. (Intermittent) Instructor: Holt

BOT 5810 MOLECULAR MECHANISMS OF PLANT DEVELOPMENT (Slash listed with Botany 4810)
Prerequisite: Introduction levels of plant biology, biochemistry, and/or genetics or permission of the instructor. Introduction to basic molecular, genetical and biochemical tools used in plant development studies. Recent papers (background and research) will be discussed. Selected papers will cover all major plant developmental processes. (Intermittent)  Instructor:

BOT 5810 PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (Slashlisted with Botany 4810)
Prerequisite: Introduction levels of plant biology, biochemistry, and/or genetics or permission of instructor. Introduction to basic molecular, genetic and biochemical tools used in understanding plant growth and development. Discussion of the most exciting, cutting-edge research in plant sciences. (Intermittent)
Instructor:

BOT G5843 INTRODUCTION TO MOLECULAR BIOL (Crosslisted with MBIO, ZOO 5843; Slashlisted with 4843)
Prerequisites: 1114 or Zoology 1114 or Zoology 1124 or MBIO 3812 and 3813 or Biology 1134 and one course in organic chemistry. Introduction to the characteristics and biological functions of nucleic acids and proteins in living cells with emphasis on nucleic acid replication, transcription, translation and regulation; also emphasis on the molecular aspects of microbial genetics-transformation, transduction and conjugation and emphasis on molecular immunology and genetic engineering/recombinant DNA technology. No student may earn credit for both 4843 and 5843. (F,Sp)  Instructor: (F) Dunn, (Sp) Karr

PBIO 5953 BIOWRITING
(Slashlisted with 4953; Crosslisted with BIOL/MBIO 4953) Prerequisite: permission of instructor. This course provides students engaged in research with the information and skills needed to effectively communicate as professional biologists. Students will learn to report the results of their own research in the format of a journal article, conference-style presentation, and poster. No student may earn credit for both 4953 and 5953. (Irreg.), Instructor: Hoefnagels

BOT 5971 SEMINAR IN BOTANY

Selected topics in botany. Required of all graduate students in botany. May be repeated; maximum credit two hours for the master's degree, six hours for the doctor's degree. No laboratory. Each student is called upon for discussion of formal presentations. (F,Sp)  Instructor:

BOT 5990 CURRENT TOPICS IN ECOLOGY
OFFERED ON DEMAND  Instructor:

BOT 6003 ECOLOGICAL MODELING (Crosslisted with Zoology/Microbiology 6003)
Prerequisite: One course in Computer Science, one course in Ecology, or permission of instructor. Trains students to use modeling tools in their research and to gain greater ability to understand, appreciate, and criticize modeling work. Students will learn general procedure and principles with case studies of successful models in ecology and participate in course projects to gain hands-on experience in model development. (Intermittent)  Instructor: Luo

BOT G6484 PHYSIOLOGICAL PLANT ECOLOGY
Prerequisite: 3451, 3453, 4115. Study of energy budgets, plant water relations, carbon uptake and release, nutrient uptake and availability, and other factors as they affect plant growth, competition and other ecosystem-level factors. In depth analysis of current literature. (Fall odd-numbered years)Instructor:

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