2013-2014 Catalog by Connecticut College

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biological sciences connecticut college catalog one three-hour seminar-style class per week prerequisite biology 207 or permission of the instructor open to juniors and seniors r askins biology 291 292 individual study  library research and discussion of current topics beyond the basic curriculum in biological sciences carried out under the direction of a faculty member a research paper is required ten hours of work per week expected prerequisite arrange with faculty member prior to registration a brief description of the proposed project required for departmental approval offered by individual arrangement biology 391 392 individual study independent research an independent laboratory or field research project carried out under the direction of a faculty member from the botany or biology departments a research report in the style of a scientific publication required ten hours of work per week expected prerequisite arrange with faculty member prior to registration a brief description of the proposed project required for department approval offered by individual arrangement biology 497-498 honors study  this is a designated writing course the major in biochemistry cellular and molecular biology the biochemistry cellular and molecular biology major offered jointly by the biology botany and chemistry departments integrates related courses and areas of study in chemistry and biology it recognizes the importance of the interdisciplinary nature of modern biochemistry cellular and molecular biology and the role of these disciplines in modern biological biomedical and chemical sciences see listing under the chemistry department the major in behavioral neuroscience core curriculum all botany majors must take the following courses a botany 115 or biology 105 b botany 205 and 225 c botany 117 or 311 d one semester of the biology/botany seminar series 293 or 294 e chemistry 103 or 107 students with a concentration in ethnobotany may with permission of the department substitute chemistry 101 additional courses for the major students majoring in botany with the general track must satisfy the following requirements f biology 106 either botany 305 or botany 320 and either biology 207 or botany 315 g three courses selected from additional offerings in botany or biology or from the following list chemistry 104 204 223 224 303 304 324 environmental studies 110 115 120 210 493 494 with permission of the department mathematics 107 111 112 113 206 207 208 212 physics 107 108 109 110 at least two of the courses chosen from this category must have a laboratory component other intermediate or advanced courses in chemistry environmental studies mathematics or physics may be selected with permission of the department additional courses for the major with ethnobotany concentration students majoring in botany with a concentration in ethnobotany must satisfy the following requirements h a nthropology 104 botany 308 and botany 315 i three courses selected from additional offerings in botany or from the following list anthropology 202 234 245 260 319 380 biology 106 207 208 307 314 320 322 chemistry 104 204 223 224 303 304 324 environmental studies 308 312 313 493 494 with permission of the department mathematics 107 206 207 208 317 the interdisciplinary major in behavioral neuroscience formerly neuroscience/psychobiology is offered jointly by the psychology and biology departments and is intended to fill the needs of students seeking to understand the biological bases of behavior it guides the student toward investigation of physiological genetic structural developmental and evolutionary foundations of human and non-human animal behavior see listing under behavioral neuroscience the minor in botany botany the botany minor includes biology 105 or botany 115 botany 205 225 305 or 320 and one additional course in botany or biology professor siver associate professors jones lizarralde assistant professor spicer senior lecturers hardeman hine suriyapperuma warren arboretum director and adjunct associate professor dreyer associate professor owen chair the major in botany the botany major is designed to accommodate a wide range of interests and to prepare students for graduate study in a variety of fields the major consists of a core curriculum as well as electives in mathematics and the physical and life sciences students may opt for the concentration in ethnobotany which also draws on courses from the social sciences students considering graduate study in botany or other biological sciences should consult with an adviser as early as possible to design an appropriate plan of coursework those planning postgraduate training in landscape design or architecture are strongly encouraged to consider a minor in architectural studies or art the major consists of a minimum of eleven courses at least three of which must be at the 300 or 400 level and a two-credit departmental seminar advisers k hardeman p hine c jones m lizarralde p owen p siver r spicer s suriyapperuma 42 learning goals in the botany major the study of botany is important in today’s world that increasingly needs highly skilled scientists to examine changes in ecosystems or habitats the possible benefits and dangers of genetically modified crops and the vast potential plants hold for human use the major prepares students directly for a career in a botanical field or for graduate study this preparation comes from learning essential concepts from developing critical thinking and observational skills and from learning to communicate those skills across disciplines students interested in potential careers are encouraged to talk to faculty or to consult the department website concepts  lant structure function and development:  students who comp plete the major should understand through written and visual information how the plant body develops and works as a unit to regulate its metabolism to respond to environmental cues to obtain water nutrients carbohydrates and to reproduce plant diversity:  students who complete the major should understand the diverse groups of organisms traditionally studied by botanists from protists and fungi to higher vascular plants this understanding requires students to be able to identify regional plants to species and world plants to families  lant ecology:  students who complete the major should understand p the complex relationships plants have with other organisms and their environment and how the environment affects past present and future plant habitats  lant uses and perceptions:  plants provide medicinal compounds p shelter fuel food ornamentation and technology for human use and their ecological services students have the option of focusing their major on use and management of plants with particular emphasis on traditional indigenous people methods/skills  ritten:  students who complete the major should be able to craft w concisely written papers in the style of a botanical research paper integral to the paper is a thorough understanding of how to find and read the scientific literature and a deep understanding of methods to interpret and form graphical tabular and pictorial data oral:  students in the major should understand how to prepare and present oral information either of an assigned topical nature or the results of a research project practice and experience will be through coursework participation in the botany seminar series or presentations at professional meetings laboratory:  students should have experience with botanical field and laboratory techniques such as ecological sampling plant preservation data recording microscopy techniques and traditional indigenous technology replication students will have opportunities to develop deeper skills in selected methods of their choice courses botany 115 introduction to botany  introduction to the biology of plants with emphasis on their importance currently and historically topics will include characteristics of major plant groups internal and external controls of growth and development ecology of native vegetation plant uses in horticulture ethno-botany and modern uses of plants for food and medicine including genetically modified plants open to freshmen and sophomores and to others with permission of the instructor enrollment limited to 16 students per section this course satisfies general education area 1.  r spicer botany 117 introduction to ethnobotany  an examination of the relationship between human beings and the plant world along with the corresponding impact on human existence specific focus on how plants serve as sources of medicine or food as well as providing technological and ecological resources the course considers issues relating to culture and geography in the context of prehistorical and historical data as well as other relevant topics of current interest this is the same course as anthropology 117 this course may include an optional section that will meet for an additional hour each week to discuss supplemental readings in spanish students participating in the foreign language section will receive one additional credit hour pass/not passed marking enrollment limited to 40 students.  m lizarralde botany 117f introduction to ethnobotany in spanish  this optional section will meet for an additional hour each week to discuss supplemental readings in spanish students participating in the foreign language section will receive one additional credit hour pass/not passed marking students electing course 117f must concurrently enroll in anthropology/botany 117.  m lizarralde botany 205 plants protists and fungi  a survey of the major groups of organisms comprising plants protists and fungi the primary morphological reproductive and physiological characteristics ecological significance and evolutionary concepts of each group will be studied laboratory work will include growing specimens from each group of organisms greenhouse experiments and field trips two lectures four hours laboratory work prerequisite either botany 115 or biology 105 enrollment limited to 12 students.  p.a siver botany 207 seminar on indigenous use of tropical rainforests  emphasis on the uses of rainforest plants and animals by indigenous peoples and their potential ecological and economic applications discussion on the readings of recent research will provide a rich array of data and insights into these resources and their application in community development rainforest conservation and western economies this is the same course as environmental studies 207 this course may include an optional section that will meet for an additional hour each week to discuss supplemental readings in spanish students participating in the foreign language section will receive one additional credit hour pass/not passed marking prerequisite one course in biology or botany or one course in anthro­ pology or permission of the instructor enrollment limited to 12 students m lizarralde botany 207f seminar on indigenous use of tropical rainforests in spanish  this optional section will meet for an additional hour each week to discuss supplemental readings in spanish students participating in the foreign language section will receive one additional credit hour pass/not passed marking students electing course 207f must concurrently enroll in botany/environmental studies 207 m lizarralde botany 209 bioenergy  an introduction to the range of fuels derived from plant biomass including biodiesel bioethanol and advanced synthetic fuels like “biocrude.” we will use lecture literature research and group discussion to explore the environmental consequences and social and political implications of large-scale bioenergy programs this is the same course as environmental studies 209 prerequisite one of the following courses biology 105 106 botany 115 environmental studies 113/physics 113 enrollment limited to 30 students.  r spicer botany 225 systematic botany and the local flora the distinguishing characteristics of the principal families of ferns conifers and flowering plants their geographic distribution and evolutionary relationships includes numerous field trips to local areas to familiarize students with the natural flora of southern new england two lectures four hours laboratory work prerequisite biology 105 or botany 115 enrollment limited to 12 students per section.  c jones botany 293 294 botany/biology seminar series  lectures and discussions on current research in the life sciences presentations by visiting scientists connecticut college faculty and student researchers preparation of pre-lecture questions through background readings and post-lecture summaries required this is the same course as biology 293 294 one meeting per week throughout the semester two hours of credit marked as pass/not passed these courses may be taken for a maximum of four credits prerequisite junior or senior status and two of the following courses biology 105 106 207 208 or botany 115 enrollment limited to 40 students offered every semester.  botany and biology faculty botany 305 plant structure and function  an integrated examination of the physiology and anatomy of vascular plants topics covered include uptake transport and use of water and mineral nutrients the development photosynthesis and respiration of leaves reproduction six hours of combined lecture and laboratory work per week prerequisite botany 115 biology 105 or 106 and chemistry 103 or 107 enrollment limited to 12 students per laboratory section.  p owen 43