BOTANY 100 — SURVEY OF BOTANY

3 credits.

Major emphasis on the roles of plants and microbes in past and present global ecology, and the past and presnet uses of plants and microbes by humans, including emerging applications of biotechnology. Lectures and short lab/discussions.

BOTANY/​PL PATH  123 — PLANTS, PARASITES, AND PEOPLE

3 credits.

The course will explore the interaction between society and plant-associated microbes. Topics include: the Irish potato famine, pesticides in current agriculture, role of economics and consumer preference in crop disease management and the release of genetically engineered organisms.

BOTANY/​BIOLOGY  130 — GENERAL BOTANY

5 credits.

Introduction to the basic principles and concepts of the biology of plants. an integrative approach stressing evolutionary sequences and the relationship between structure and function at succeeding levels of organization: molecule, cell, organism, population, community. Correlated lectures, laboratories, and discussions. HS or coll chem crse recommended

BOTANY/​BIOLOGY/​ZOOLOGY  151 — INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

5 credits.

First semester of a two semester course designed for majors in biological sciences. Topics include: cell structure and function, cellular metabolism (enzymes, respiration, photosynthesis), information flow (DNA, RNA, protein), principles of genetics and selected topics in Animal Physiology. HS chem or concurrent registration in college chemistry strongly advised.

BOTANY/​BIOLOGY/​ZOOLOGY  152 — INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

5 credits.

Second semester of a two semester course designed for majors in biological sciences. Continuation of 151. Topics include: selected topics in plant physiology, a survey of the five major kingdoms of organisms, speciation and evolutionary theory, and ecology at multiple levels of the biological hierarchy. Not recommended for students with credit already in Zoology/BIOLOGY/​ZOOLOGY  101,102 or Botany/BIOLOGY/​BOTANY  130

BOTANY 240 — PLANTS AND HUMANS

3 credits.

Plant parts and demonstrations of their utility to humans, origins of domesticated plants, modifications of plants by humans, ecosystem services owed to plants, and reasons to sustain plant diversity.

BOTANY/​ENVIR ST/​ZOOLOGY  260 — INTRODUCTORY ECOLOGY

3 credits.

For nonbiology students: the relationships of organisms and the environment. Population dynamics and community organization, human-environment relationships, action programs. Does not count toward Botany or Zoology major

BOTANY 265 — RAINFORESTS AND CORAL REEFS

3 credits.

Are you awed by the amazing biodiversity found in rainforests and coral reefs? Want an opportunity to see these ecosystems first hand and decide if a career in tropical biology or international conservation is for you? This course focuses on the ecology of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems, and their global importance. Combining lecture with online discussions and case studies, you'll learn the physical, chemical, and biological processes that make rainforests and coral reefs function, and the history of human dependence upon these ecosystems. This course will help you understand why both of these ecosystems currently are threatened and what actions can and must be taken to protect them. An optional 10-day, 2 credit field expedition to a rainforest and/or coral reef site in Central or South America will be offered over winter break (BIOLOGY 399).

BOTANY 299 — DIRECTED STUDY IN BOTANY

1-3 credits.

Elementary level directed study/independent research. The purpose of this course to introduce undergraduate students to research questions and, facilitate their learning in the field of botany by providing them with guidance and mentorship in a research environment.

BOTANY 300 — PLANT ANATOMY

4 credits.

Plant structure and development of seed plants, primarily of flowering plants. Emphasis is placed on structure in relation to function and on the plant body as a structural and functional entity; lecture and lab.

BOTANY 305 — PLANT MORPHOLOGY AND EVOLUTION

4 credits.

A broad survey of the diversity of plants in the context of their evolutionary history. Similarities and differences in structure and reproduction among extant bryophytes, lycopods, ferns, gymnosperms, and flowering plants are emphasized along with the study of fossils representing extinct plant lineages .

BOTANY 330 — ALGAE

3 credits.

Introduction to ecology, evolution, systematics, taxonomy, physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology of freshwater, terrestrial and marine algae. Lecture and lab. Lab emphasis on techniques for identification, culture, analysis of growth and reproduction, and community composition assessment.

BOTANY/​PL PATH  332 — FUNGI

4 credits.

Growth, development, variability and dispersal of saprophytic, parasitic, and symbiotic fungi, with a consideration of their ecological and economic significance.

BOTANY/​GEOG  338 — ENVIRONMENTAL BIOGEOGRAPHY

3 credits.

This course will explore how physical and biological factors affect the distribution of terrestrial biomes, ecosystem types, and biodiversity; as well as the role of disturbance and recent human activities on differences in past and modern day species distributions.

BOTANY/​AGRONOMY/​HORT  339 — PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY: PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES I

4 credits.

Theoretical and practical training in plant biotechnology including molecular biology, protein biochemistry and basic bioinformatic techniques used in fundamental and applied research on plants. Valuable hands-on training to those interested in careers in biotechnology.

BOTANY/​AGRONOMY/​HORT  340 — PLANT CELL CULTURE AND GENETIC ENGINEERING

4 credits.

Theoretical and practical training in plant cell and tissue culture, and plant genetic engineering. Includes overview of current techniques, biosafety and regulatory requirements, and experimental design and analysis used in fundamental and applied research on plants. Valuable hands-on training to those interested in careers in biotechnology.

BOTANY/​AGRONOMY/​SOIL SCI  370 — GRASSLAND ECOLOGY

3 credits.

Understand factors driving global, continental, regional, and local distribution of grasslands. Discuss how management affects provision of grassland ecosystem goods and services. Compare and contrast plant community and ecosystem dynamics in native prairie and intensively managed pastures.

BOTANY 400 — PLANT SYSTEMATICS

4 credits.

Plant systematics; the integration of taxonomy (identification, nomenclature, classification emphasizing flowering plants), evolution (speciation, reproductive biology, adaptation, convergence, biogeography), and phylogenetics (phenetics, cladistics, morphology and molecules). Lab emphasis on representative families and genera of flowering plants in Wisconsin, use of keys and manuals, plant collection. Recommended for botany majors; lecture and lab.

BOTANY 401 — VASCULAR FLORA OF WISCONSIN

4 credits.

Taxonomic survey of the vascular plants of Wisconsin, with emphasis on the angio-sperms. Lecture, lab and field work.

BOTANY/​F&W ECOL  402 — DENDROLOGY

2 credits.

Identification, ranges, uses, and some ecological characteristics of evergreen and deciduous woody plants, both native and cultivated; lab and field work.

BOTANY 403 — FIELD COLLECTIONS AND IDENTIFICATION

1-4 credits.

Students consult the instructor in the spring or summer for equipment and directions for making a plant collection in summer or fall. Open only to students who have made collections during the summer or will be making collections in early fall

BOTANY/​ANTHRO/​ZOOLOGY  410 — EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

3 credits.

Evolutionary biology, emphasizing how modern scientists study evolution. Topics include: nature and mechanisms of microevolution, macroevolution, adaptation, speciation; systematics and taxonomy; quantitative genetics and measurement of natural selection; phylogenetic analyses of behavior, physiology, morphology, biochemistry; current controversies in evolution.

BOTANY 422 — PLANT GEOGRAPHY

3 credits.

Biogeography of plants. Relationship to climate and geology; paleobiogeography, vicariance and island biogeography; history and distribution of floras of North America and Wisconsin; lecture and demo lab; open to advanced students in the natural sciences.

BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  450 — MIDWESTERN ECOLOGICAL ISSUES: A CASE STUDY APPROACH

2 credits.

This web course explores how ecological principles can be used to address contemporary environmental issues such as water quality, invasive species, and population growth. Emphasis on midwestern issues, practical approaches, the role of history, and geographic context.

BOTANY/​F&W ECOL  455 — THE VEGETATION OF WISCONSIN

4 credits.

Ecology of Wisconsin plant communities: floristic composition, community structure; relationship to history, climate, soil, and geology; response to human perturbation. Lecture and lab.

BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  459 — ECOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES FOR FIELD MONITORING

1-2 credits.

Field techniques to inventory and census plant and animal species and ecological processes and how to assemble these into useful databases. Emphasis on 'keystone' and invading exotic species that strongly affect community dynamics. Aimed at science teachers interested in participating in a monitoring network. g. BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  450, 460), interest in monitoring, cons inst

BOTANY/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  460 — GENERAL ECOLOGY

4 credits.

Ecology of individual organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems, landscapes, and the biosphere. The interaction of organisms with each other and their physical environment. These relationships are studied, often in quantitative terms, in both field and laboratory settings; lecture and lab.

BOTANY 468 — PATTERNS IN BIOLOGICAL DESIGN: AN INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMS BIOLOGY

3 credits.

Holistic systems and biological design. Intuitive verbal models not mathematical techniques. Topics: scale problems; architecture of biological form; models for control, growth, and transport; general systems philosophy, theory of models, levels of organization, continuous versus catastrophic change; biological paradigms. Any intro botany crse; MATH 101

BOTANY/​ENTOM/​ZOOLOGY  473 — PLANT-INSECT INTERACTIONS

3 credits.

Multiple ways in which arthropods exploit plants, plant traits that deter or augment insects, environmental mediation of these interactions, effects on population dynamics, community ecology and co-evolution, and implications to natural resource management, environmental quality, and sustainable development.

BOTANY/​AMER IND/​ANTHRO  474 — ETHNOBOTANY

3-4 credits.

Study of the interactions between human cultures and plants. Topics include: traditional resource management and agriculture; crop domestication, evolution, and conservation; archaeobotany; indigenous knowledge; folk taxonomy; plants in symbolism and religion; dietary patterns; phytochemistry; global movement of plants and peoples. g., BOTANY/​BIOLOGY  130, BIOLOGY/​BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  151) or cons inst

BOTANY 500 — PLANT PHYSIOLOGY

3-4 credits.

An in-depth look at plant growth, development, respiration, photosynthesis, mineral nutrition, and water relations. For junior, senior and graduate students; not for those who have taken Biocore. In the laboratory, experimental approaches will be used to demonstrate principles described in lecture. 3-credit option (lecture only) available with consent of instructor. Undergrads must enroll for 4 cr (lec lab); Grads may enroll for 3 cr (lec only) or 4 cr

BOTANY/​ENTOM/​PL PATH  505 — PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS: MOLECULAR AND ECOLOGICAL ASPECTS

3 credits.

Molecular and ecological aspects of the interactions between plants and microorganisms. This course explores many of the themes, from genetic to integrative, of modern biology, and illustrates how study of plant-microbe interactions contributes to understanding of fundamental plant science. g. Bact 303); biochem (e.g. BIOCHEM 501); genetics (e.g. GENETICS 466) or cons inst

BOTANY/​GENETICS/​HORT  561 — INTRODUCTORY CYTOGENETICS

2-3 credits.

Mitosis, meiosis, variations in chromosome structure and number, cytological aspects of hybridity and apomixis; chromosomes as they affect breeding behavior.

BOTANY 563 — PHYLOGENETIC ANALYSIS OF MOLECULAR DATA

3 credits.

A course in the theory and practice of phylogenetic inference from DNA sequence data.

BOTANY 575 — SPECIAL TOPICS

1-3 credits.

Topics of interest to undergraduates, taught as the need arises.

BOTANY/​BIOCHEM  621 — PLANT BIOCHEMISTRY

3 credits.

Biochemistry of photosynthesis, respiration, cell walls, and other metabolic and biosynthetic processes in plants.

BOTANY/​HORT/​SOIL SCI  626 — MINERAL NUTRITION OF PLANTS

3 credits.

Essential and beneficial elements, solutions and soil as nutrient sources, rhizosphere chemistry, nutritional physiology, ion uptake and translocation, functions of elements, nutrient interactions, genetics of plant nutrition.

BOTANY/​GENETICS/​MD GENET  629 — EVOLUTIONARY GENETICS

3 credits.

Basic principles of phylogenetics, population genetics and quantitative genetics including the construction of gene trees, forces affecting the amount and distribution of genetic variation in populations, and the inheritance and evolution of multifactorial characters. Knowledge of intro calc stats or cons inst

BOTANY/​GENETICS/​ZOOLOGY  645 — MODELING IN POPULATION GENETICS AND EVOLUTION

3 credits.

Introduction to mathematical techniques and approaches for predicting evolutionary change within populations. Concentrates on classic population genetic models and results, including selection on one and several loci; mutation; non-random mating; drift. Evaluation based on periodic problem sets and independent projects.

BOTANY/​ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  651 — CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

3 credits.

Application of ecological principles and human dimensions to the conservation of biological diversity. Topics: biodiversity science; conservation planning; population ecology; habitat loss, species exploitation, invasive species, pollution; human attitudes and activities as they affect the biosphere; approaches to monitoring interventions.

BOTANY/​GENETICS/​M M & I/​MICROBIO/​PL PATH  655 — BIOLOGY AND GENETICS OF FILAMENTOUS FUNGI

3-4 credits.

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.

BOTANY/​LAND ARC  670 — ADAPTIVE RESTORATION LAB

2 credits.

Field experience in restoration as an adaptive process involving field experimentation; baseline data collection on restoration sites; design of experiments to advance restoration science; quantitative evaluation of restoration outcomes. Analysis and interpretation of data; development of a team report.

BOTANY/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  672 — HISTORICAL ECOLOGY

2 credits.

Historical Ecology is an area of ecology that considers the importance of past events for current ecosystems. Concepts and applications are emphasized. Multidisciplinary emphasis, for seniors and graduate students in biological sciences, social studies, and humanities. Discussion format.

BOTANY 681 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

BOTANY 682 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

BOTANY 691 — SENIOR THESIS

2-3 credits.

Introduction to botanical research; if possible, plans for the thesis program should be made by the close of the junior year.

BOTANY 692 — SENIOR THESIS

2-3 credits.

Continuation of 691.

BOTANY 698 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-4 credits.

Graded on a Cr/N basis; requires cons inst

BOTANY 699 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-4 credits.

Graded on a lettered basis; requires cons inst

BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  725 — ECOSYSTEM CONCEPTS

3 credits.

Scope and objectives of ecosystem ecology; roles of theory, long-term studies, comparative studies, and large-scale experiments; scaling problems; ecosystem services and ecological economics; adaptive ecosystem assessment and management. Experience in modeling, programming, or stats

BOTANY 801 — ADVANCED PLANT COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

4 credits.

Ecological determinants of plant community structure, dynamics, and diversity from an evolutionary perspective. Relations of vegetation types, physiognomy and phenology to plant adaptation and constraints. Gradient analysis, succession, nutrient cycling, plant-herbivore interactions, species richness. (Includes field trip to Great Smoky Mountains.)

BOTANY 802 — PHYSIOLOGICAL PLANT ECOLOGY

3 credits.

Gas exchange at the individual plant and community level, energy balance and water relations, nutrient cycling, biomechanical adaptations; growth analysis; adaptations to sun and shade, primary productivity models, physiological ecology of selected plant communities (arctic/alpine, boreal, chaparral, desert, tropical, aquatic). Lecture and lab.

BOTANY/​ENTOM/​GENETICS/​ZOOLOGY  820 — FOUNDATIONS OF EVOLUTION

2 credits.

Through reading and analysis of the primary literature, this course will explore some of the most important themes and debates that have permeated evolutionary biology over the last 50 years. Students will read key papers related to each controversial topic, will debate the pros and cons of competing viewpoints, and will reflect on the relevance of the issues to contemporary evolutionary biology. Students will also write a paper that analyzes one topic in more detail. This course is intended for graduate students who plan to specialize in evolutionary biology, broadly construed.

BOTANY/​BIOCHEM/​GENETICS  840 — REGULATORY MECHANISMS IN PLANT DEVELOPMENT

3 credits.

Molecular mechanisms whereby endogenous and environmental regulatory factors control development; emphasis on stimulus perception and primary events in the signal chain leading to modulated gene expression and cellular development; lecture.

BOTANY 858 — SPECIAL TOPICS IN PLANT PHYSIOLOGY

1-3 credits.

Subjects vary. Lecture.

BOTANY 860 — PLANT CELL BIOLOGY

2 credits.

Structure/function relationships at the cellular level. Topics include the biogenesis of organelles, vesicle traffic, ion transport and signalling processes, and organization of the cytoskeleton and cell wall.

BOTANY/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  879 — ADVANCED LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY

3 credits.

Landscape ecology emphasizes spatial patterning--its development and importance for ecological processes--and often focuses on large regions. Concepts, methods, and applications of landscape ecology will be learned through lectures, readings, exercises in quantitative approaches, and an independent project.

BOTANY/​ATM OCN/​CIV ENGR/​ENVIR ST/​GEOSCI/​ZOOLOGY  911 — LIMNOLOGY AND MARINE SCIENCE SEMINAR

1 credit.

Sections in various fields of zoological research.

BOTANY 920 — SEMINAR IN ALGOLOGY: FRESH WATER ALGAE

1 credit.

BOTANY/​PL PATH  930 — SEMINAR-MYCOLOGY

1 credit.

BOTANY 940 — SEMINAR IN PLANT SYSTEMATICS AND EVOLUTION

1 credit.

BOTANY 941 — PLANT TAXONOMY JOURNAL REVIEW

1 credit.

BOTANY 950 — SEMINAR-PLANT ECOLOGY

1 credit.

BOTANY 951 — PLANT ECOLOGY JOURNAL REVIEW

1 credit.

BOTANY/​AGRONOMY/​ATM OCN/​ENTOM/​ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL/​GEOG/​ZOOLOGY  953 — INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGY RESEARCH AT UW-MADISON

1-2 credits.

This seminar course will introduce new graduate students to the diversity of ecologists across the UW-Madison campus. Course meetings will include discussions of key topics in professional development, research presentations by faculty members, and discussions of assigned papers with senior graduate students.

BOTANY 960 — SEMINAR-PLANT PHYSIOLOGY

1 credit.

BOTANY/​ZOOLOGY  965 — SEMINARS IN DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

1 credit.

Sections in various fields of zoological research.

BOTANY/​ATM OCN/​ENVIR ST/​F&W ECOL/​GEOG/​GEOSCI/​ZOOLOGY  980 — EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE SEMINAR

1 credit.

Topics in earth system science. Emphasis on the coupling between atmospheric, oceanic and land surface systems, involving physical geochemical and biological processes, and including interactions with human systems.

BOTANY 990 — RESEARCH-PHYCOLOGY

1-12 credits.

BOTANY 993 — RESEARCH: FUNGAL BIOLOGY

1-12 credits.

BOTANY 994 — RESEARCH-PLANT SYSTEMATICS

1-12 credits.

BOTANY 995 — RESEARCH-PLANT ECOLOGY

1-12 credits.

BOTANY 996 — RESEARCH-PLANT PHYSIOLOGY

1-12 credits.

BOTANY 999 — INDEPENDENT WORK

1-3 credits.