Undergraduate Study - Courses

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Info About Plant Path 123

Plant Pathology 123 is a non-majors course that is recommended for incoming freshmen, transfer students and non-biological science students who need to meet a biological science breadth category. This course is also great for freshmen-level biological science students who wish to take a fun biological science course.

Spring 2015

This past summer (2014) and spring (2015) we offered a blended learning (online lectures and in person labs) version of Plant Pathology 123.


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Pl Path/Botany 123 Plants, Parasites, And People, 3 cr, Profs. Allen, Bent, Kabbage, MacGuidwin & Rakotondrafara, offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.
Course description: An exploration of molecular, organismal and environmental biology using examples related to plants and plant-associated microbes. Topics may include food production, evolution, biotechnology, climate change, plant disease control and other subjects, with attention to the science and to impacts on human health, prosperity, and the environment. Course is highly interactive with a fun weekly lab. Please contact Sara Rodock for wait list information.
Pre-Reqs: Open to Fr

Pl Path 299 Independent Study, 1-3 cr.
Course description: Independent study course for freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
Pre-Reqs: Open to Fr, So or Jr st & written cons inst

Pl Path 300 Introduction to Plant Pathology, 4 cr, Prof. Rouse, offered Fall.
Course description: Economic importance, symptoms, causes, and methods of control of representative plant diseases.
Pre-Reqs: Intro course in bot

Pl Path/F&W Ecol/Hort/Land Arch 309 Diseases of Trees and Shrubs, 3 cr, Prof. Stanosz, offered Fall.
Course description: Fundamental disease concepts, pathogens and causal agents, diagnosis, and biologically rational strategies and practices for management of diseases of woody landscape plants. For professionals and degree students. One lecture/discussion and one lab/field trip per week.
Pre-Reqs: Cons inst

Pl Path 311 Global Food Security, 3 cr, Prof. Barak, offered Fall (currently only available to students in the Global Food Security FIG).
Course description: Isn't having enough food a basic human right? Exploration of the drivers of food insecurity: barriers to food production (pests, land availability, climate), barriers to food availability (politics, price, biofuels), and a greater need due to population growth. Examination of solutions to food insecurity.
Pre-Reqs: Sophomore standing

Pl Path/Soil Sci 323 Soil Biology, 2 cr, Profs. Hickey and MacGuidwin, offered Fall.
Course description: Nature, activities and role of organisms inhabiting soil. Effects of soil biota on ecosystem function, response to cultural practices, and impacts on environmental quality, including bioremediation of contaminated soils.
Pre-Reqs: Chem 104 and Botany 130 or equiv

Pl Path/Botany 332 Fungi, 4 cr, offered Spring.
Course description: Growth, development, variability and dispersal of saprophytic, parasitic, and symbiotic fungi, with a consideration of their ecological and economic significance.
Pre-Reqs: A 5 cr intro crse in botany

Pl Path/Entom/Hort/Soils 354 Diagnosing and Monitoring Pest and Nutrient Status of Field Crops, 1 cr, Instructors Jensen, Hudelson, Sturgl, offered Spring.
Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with information necessary to diagnosis and monitor corn, soybean, alfalfa and wheat for pests (insects, weeds, diseases) and nutrient deficiency symptoms including perspectives from Agronomy, Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Soil Science. Proper soil and pest sampling information will be provided as will proper crop staging techniques which are essential for pest and nutrient management.
Pre-Reqs: None

Pl Path/Envir St/ME Tox 368 Environmental Law, Toxic Substances, and Conservation, 2 cr, Instructors Dawson and Read, offered Spring (odd years).
Course description: Development of and need for "environmental law"; an introduction to the legal system; public and private rights in the environment; regulation of pesticides and toxic substances; environmental legislation and rulemaking; environmental impact statements; professionals as expert witnesses. No prior knowledge of law assumed. For scientists and others dealing with environmental issues in academia, industry and government.
Pre-Reqs: So st

Pl Path 375 Special Topics, 1-4 cr.
Course description: Subjects of current interest to undergrads. See the Course Guide for current topics.
Pre-Reqs: Cons inst

Pl Path 399 Coordinative Internship/Cooperative Education, 1-8 cr.
Course description: Internship credit for sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Pre-Reqs: So, Jr or Sr st and cons supervising inst, advisor, and internship program coordinator

Pl Path/Botany/Entom 505 Plant-Microbe Interactions: Molecular and Ecological Aspects, 3 cr, Profs. Allen, Bent Kabbage, Rakotondrafara, offered Spring.
Course description: In-depth exploration of the interactions between plants and microbes (as well as nematodes and insects), driven by the current research literature. Emphasis is on the molecular mechanisms that drive broader host/microbe/environment interactions. Many key themes of modern biology emerge from fundamental scientific investigations of plant-microbe interactions.
Pre-Reqs: An upper level crse in microbiol (e.g. Bact 303); biochem (e.g. Biochem 501); & genetics (e.g. Genetics 466) or cons inst

Pl Path 517 Plant Disease Resistance, 3 cr, Prof. Bent, offered Fall (even years).
Course description: How does plant disease resistance work? Why does it sometimes fail? How can it be manipulated most successfully? These key questions are addressed. Basic and applied scientific approaches share equal billing, with an overall focus on effective production and use of disease resistant plants.
Pre-Reqs: Pl Path 300 & genetics or plant breeding crse, or cons inst

Pl Path 558 Biology of Plant Pathogens, 3 cr, Instructors MacGuidwin, Barak, Charkowski and Hudelson, offered Spring (odd years).
Course description: Explores biology of plant pathogenic fungi, oomycetes, nematodes, bacteria, and viruses, with emphasis on identifying: 1) key traits of each pathogen class, and 2) common strategies used by these microbes. Inquiry-driven laboratory will investigate diverse interactions between plants and their pathogens.
Pre-Reqs: Pl Path 300 or equiv or cons inst

Pl Path 559 Diseases of Economic Plants, 3 cr, Prof. Rouse, offered Summer (odd years).
Course description: Symptoms, epidemiology and control of diseases of crop plants; emphasis on disease diagnosis. Plant disease clinic, field trips, lectures and lab.
Pre-Reqs: Plant Path 300 & 332

Pl Path 590 Capstone in Plant Pathology, 1-4 cr
Course description: Synthesizing research-based capstone experience for students majoring in Plant Pathology. Students will develop problem-solving skills, be exposed to multidisciplinary approaches, develop teamwork and interpersonal skills, develop information resources, consider societal, economic, ethical, scientific and professional aspects of the field, and prepare and present written and/or oral reports.
Pre-Reqs: Senior standing

Pl Path 602 Ecology, Epidemiology and Control of Plant Diseases, 3 cr, Prof. Rouse, offered Fall (even years).
Course description: Environmental factors in the development and spread of diseases, pathogen variability, genetics of disease resistance, and principles of disease control.
Pre-Reqs: Knowledge equiv to that obtained in Pl Path 300, Botany 332, Stat 571, Math 212, & Pl Path 616 or cons inst

Pl Path/Soil Sci/ME Tox/Entom/Vet Sci/F&W Ecol 606 Colloquium in Environmental Toxicology, 1 cr, Profs. Pederson and Hickey, offered Fall and Spring.
Course description: Current topics in molecular and environmental toxicology and problems related to biologically active substances in the environment. Topics vary each semester. Lectures are by resident and visiting professors and other researchers.
Pre-Reqs: Biology/Zoology 101, Biology/Botany 130, or equivalent

Pl Path 616 Plant Nematology, 1-3 cr, Prof. MacGuidwin, offered Spring (occasionally).
Course description: Isolation, identification, and behavior of plant parasitic nematodes, and research methods for their study in laboratory, greenhouse and field.
Pre-Reqs: Plant Path 300 or cons inst

Pl Path/Microbio 622 Plant-Bacterial Interactions, 2-3 cr, Prof. Barak, offered Fall (odd years).
Course description: The course will explore the interactions between bacteria and plants. Topics include: the physiology, genetics, and ecology of bacterial pathogens, epiphytes, and symbionts of plants.
Pre-Reqs: A course in bacteriology; Genetics 466 or equiv; Biochem 501 or equiv; or cons inst

Pl Path/Oncology/Microbio 640 General Virology-Multiplication of Viruses, 3 cr, Profs. Ahlquist and Kalejta, offered Fall.
Course description: Bacterial and animal viruses, their structure, multiplication, and genetics.
Pre-Reqs: Intro crses in bact, biochem & genetics

Pl Path/Microbio/Botany/Genetics/MM&I 655 Biology and Genetics of Filamentous Fungi, 3-4 cr, Profs. Keller and Yu, offered Fall (even years).
Course description: Fungal genetics, genomics, and physiology using plant pathogenic fungi and the genetic models Aspergillus nidulans and Neurospora crassa as model systems to explore the current knowledge of fungal genetics and plant/fungal interactions.
Pre-Reqs: Cons inst; Pl Path 300 & 332 recommended; Genetics 466 or equiv; general microbiol crse

Pl Path 699 Special Problems, 1-5 cr.
Course description: Independent study for seniors.
Pre-Reqs: Sr st & cons inst

Last updated: June 26, 2015