Undergraduate Courses


courses undergrad
BIOL 1114 - Introductory Biology (L, N)
Lab 3. Introduction to the integration between structure and function among all levels of biological organization. Application of principles of evolution, genetics, physiology and ecology to understanding the integrated and interdependent nature of living systems through discussions emphasizing the process of science. Current issues and local research and observation and investigation in both lecture and lab.

BIOL 3023 - General Genetics
Prerequisites: BOT 1404 or ZOOL 1604 or equivalent. Inheritance in plants, animals, and microorganisms; molecular and classical aspects.

BIOL 3034* - General Ecology
Lab 4. Prerequisites: BOT 1404, ZOOL 1604 or equivalent; MATH 1513 or 1715. Physical and biotic environment, responses of organisms to the environment, behavioral and community ecology, natural ecosystems and man's interaction with ecosystems.

BIOL 4524 - Biological Instrumentation
Lab 4. Prerequisites: CHEM 1515 and BOT 1404 or MICR 2123 or ZOOL 1604 or equivalents or consent of instructor. Lecture and laboratory course in biological instrumentation use, theory, experimental design, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Topics include liquid handling systems, pH/ISE meters, electrophoresis, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, chromatography, thermocyclers, and DNA sequencers. No credit for students with credit in BIOL 4524.

BOT 1404 - Plant Biology (N)
Lab 2. Prerequisite: BIOL 1114. Morphology and anatomy of plants. Plant functioning: photosynthesis, water relations, translocation, hormonal regulation, and photoperiodism. Survey of the plant divisions, algae and fungi.

BOT 3005 - Field Botany
Lab 6. Prerequisite: BIOL 1114 or equivalent. Botanical field techniques, the vegetation of North America, and the flora of Oklahoma. Terminology of description, use of taxonomic keys, techniques of specimen preservation, field recognition of plant taxa and communities and controlling ecological factors, economic and wildlife significance of dominant taxa, principles of classification and nomenclature. Four weekend field trips required.

BOT 3013* - Biological Microtechnique
Lab 3. Prerequisites: BOT 1404 or ZOOL 1604. Techniques for preparaton of biological materials for microscopic examination.

BOT 3114* - Plant Taxonomy
Lab 4. Prerequisites: BOT 1404 or equivalent. Vocabulary and concepts of plant taxonomy: terminology, keys, nomenclature, documentation, classification, and biosystematics. Emphasis on angiosperm flora of OKlahoma. Field trips required.

BOT 3233* - Plant Anatomy
Lab 3. Prerequisite: BOT 1404. Structure of cells, tissues and organs of plants. Consideration of structure as related to ontogeny, phylogeny and function.

BOT 3253 - Environment and Society (N)
Prerequisite: BIOL 1114 or equivalent strongly recommended. The impact of human activities and population growth on the natural world. Analysis of the potential of technological and societal changes to have an impact on the environment.

BOT 3263 - Plants and People (N)
Types of plants, form and function, history of uses of plants and plant products for food and beverages, fiber, medicinal purposes, and in people's surroundings.

BOT 3462 - Plant Physiology Lab
Lab 4. Prerequisite: BOT 3463 or concurrent enrollment. Skills in techniques for working with plants, experiments involving nutrition, respiration, photosynthesis, water relations, translocation, hormones, growth and development.

BOT 3463* - Plant Physiology
Prerequisite: BOT 1404. Plant subcellular structure, water relations, water absorption and ascent of sap, translocation, gaseous exchange, nutrition, enzymes, respiration, photosynthesis, growth, development, reproduction, tropisms, hormones, dormancy and seed germination.

BOT 3553 - Fungi: Myths and More
Lab 2. Prerequisite: BIOL 1114. Explores the impact of fungi on beliefs, culture and society via the colorful folklore and myths on fungi and their role in the environment and human affairs, including diseases of plants, animals, and humans exemplified by the Great Bengal famine of 1943, the Irish potato famine of the 1840's and the Salem witch trials of 1692. Laboratory instruction on use of microscopes, mushroom identification, mechanisms of dispersal, and genetic recombination. Same course as PLP 3553.

BOT 4400 - Undergraduate Research
1-3 credits, max 9. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Undergraduate research problems in botany.

BOT 4423 - Plant Mineral Nutrition
Prerequisite: BOT 3463 or equivalent. Uptake, translocation, metabolism, and biochemical function of mineral nutrients in higher plants. No credit for students with credit in BOT 5423.

BOT 4993 - Senior Honors Thesis
Prerequisite: Senior standing, Honors Program participation. A research project under the direction of a faculty member resulting in a written report to be judged by a second faculty member as well. An oral presentation made at a departmental seminar. Required for graduation with departmental honors in botany.

* - May be used for Graduate Credit
N - General Education course, Natural Science designation
L - General Education course, Scientific Investigation designation