Plant Biology (Graduate Group)

Neelima Sinha, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. 227A Life Sciences; 530-752-2981; Fax 530-752-8822; http://pbi.ucdavis.edu/

Faculty. http://pbi.ucdavis.edu/faculty/


Neelima Sinha, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. 227A Life Sciences; 530-752-2981; Fax 530-752-8822; http://pbi.ucdavis.edu/

Faculty. http://pbi.ucdavis.edu/faculty/

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Plant Biology offers programs of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The program prepares students for careers in teaching and research at universities and colleges, government and industrial laboratories. The graduate curriculum provides both a breadth in the discipline and in-depth study and research in one of four areas of specialization: cell and developmental biology; environmental and integrative biology; molecular biology, biochemistry and genomics; and systematics and evolutionary biology. These areas of specialization permit individual study and research into diverse aspects of plant biology, including anatomy, biochemistry, biotechnology, cell biology, cytology, developmental biology, ecology, genetics, genomics, molecular biology, morphology, paleo-botany, physiology, population biology, systematics, and weed science. The graduate advisor, the major professor, and the student will design a program of advanced courses to meet individual academic needs within one of the specializations.

Preparation. For both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs, a level of scholastic development equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences from a recognized college or university is required. Courses in the following areas are considered to be prerequisite to the advanced degrees in Plant Biology: biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, introductory physics, genetics, plant development and structure, biochemistry, introductory plant physiology, calculus, introductory statistics, ecology/systematics/evolution, and cell/molecular biology. Limited deficiencies can be made up after admission.

Graduate Advisor. Contact the Group office.

Neelima Sinha, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. 227A Life Sciences; 530-752-2981; Fax 530-752-8822; http://pbi.ucdavis.edu/

Faculty. http://pbi.ucdavis.edu/faculty/

Graduate Study. The Graduate Group in Plant Biology offers programs of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The program prepares students for careers in teaching and research at universities and colleges, government and industrial laboratories. The graduate curriculum provides both a breadth in the discipline and in-depth study and research in one of four areas of specialization: cell and developmental biology; environmental and integrative biology; molecular biology, biochemistry and genomics; and systematics and evolutionary biology. These areas of specialization permit individual study and research into diverse aspects of plant biology, including anatomy, biochemistry, biotechnology, cell biology, cytology, developmental biology, ecology, genetics, genomics, molecular biology, morphology, paleo-botany, physiology, population biology, systematics, and weed science. The graduate advisor, the major professor, and the student will design a program of advanced courses to meet individual academic needs within one of the specializations.

Preparation. For both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs, a level of scholastic development equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences from a recognized college or university is required. Courses in the following areas are considered to be prerequisite to the advanced degrees in Plant Biology: biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, introductory physics, genetics, plant development and structure, biochemistry, introductory plant physiology, calculus, introductory statistics, ecology/systematics/evolution, and cell/molecular biology. Limited deficiencies can be made up after admission.

Graduate Advisor. Contact the Group office.

Courses in PBI:
PBI 200APBGG Core Course Series - Fall quarter (5) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; a broad background of undergraduate level coursework in Plant Biology is recommended. The first of three PBGG graduate core courses. Coverage includes (1) plant genes, (2) biotechnology, (3) genomes and gene flow, (4) principles of plant systematics, and (5) the evolution of flowering plants. (Letter.) Effective: 2005 Fall Quarter.
PBI 200BPBGG Core Course Series - Winter quarter (5) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PBI 200A. The second of three PBGG graduate core courses. Coverage includes (1) embryo development, (2) cytoskeleton and vesicle trafficking, (3) cell walls, (4) cell growth, (5) secondary metabolism, (6) plastids and (7) senescence. (Letter.) Effective: 2006 Winter Quarter.
PBI 200CPBGG Core Course Series - Spring quarter (5) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PBI 200A; PBI 200B. The third of three PBGG graduate core courses. Coverage includes (1) plant water relations, (2) cellular & long distance transport processes, (3) mineral nutrition, (4) environmental impacts on growth & development, (5) stress perception & responses, (6) canopy processes, and (7) plant interactions with other organisms. (Letter.) Effective: 2006 Spring Quarter.
PBI 203NBiology of the Plant Cell (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PLB 111 or BIS 104; Or the equivalent. Open to senior undergraduate students in Plant Biology major. Recent progresses in plant cell biology. Intracellular motility in plant cells. Common techniques associated with the progress of plant cell biology. (Letter.) Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
PBI 210Plant Ecophysiology (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PLB 111; PLB 112; PLB 117. Study of the mechanisms of physiological adaptation of plants to their environment. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
PBI 212Physiology of Herbicidal Action (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PLB 112. Study of the fundamental processes involved in the physiological action of herbicides. Detailed consideration of the fate of herbicides in plants. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Spring Quarter.
PBI 214Higher Plant Cell Walls (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PLB 112; A course in Biochemistry. Lectures focus on the structure, analysis, synthesis, and development-related metabolism of cell walls. Discussions center on analysis of scientific papers related to lecture topics. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
PBI 220Plant Developmental Biology (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Plant Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry. A survey of the concepts of plant development and organization. Examines plant cells, tissues, and organs with special emphasis on experimental evidence for mechanisms regulating developmental processes. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
PBI 223Special Topics in Scientific Method (2) Active
Discussion—2 hour(s). Examine the historical and philosophical background of the scientific method. Analyze the rational, perceptual, causal, creative and social aspects of scientific knowledge. Clarify the roles of reason, experimentation and creativity in scientific research. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
PBI 227Plant Molecular Biology (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MCB 121 or MCB 161. Molecular aspects of higher plant biology with emphasis on gene expression. Plant nuclear and organelle genome organization, gene structure, mechanisms of gene regulation, gene transfer, and special topics related to development and response to biological and environmental stimuli. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
PBI 229Molecular Biology of Plant Reproduction (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Molecular genetic basis of plant reproduction. Emphasis on understanding developmentally regulated gene expression as it relates to the major changes that occur during plant reproduction and on the genetic control of flowering. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
PBI 290AFaculty Seminar (1) Active
Discussion—1 hour(s). Restricted to Plant Biology (PBGG) graduate students. Discussion of research area of seminar speakers in Plant Biology Graduate Group Seminar Series. May be repeated up to 6 Time(s). (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2006 Winter Quarter.
PBI 290BSeminar (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Seminars presented by visiting scientists on research topics of current interest. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
PBI 290CResearch Conference in Botany (1) Active
Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and/or consent of instructor. Presentation and discussion by faculty and graduate students of research projects in botany. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
PBI 291Graduate Student Seminar in Plant Biology (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate student standing. Student-given seminars on topics in plant biology, with critiques by instructor and peers. How to give a seminar, including preparation of visual and other teaching aids. Topic determined by instructor in charge. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Summer Session 1.
PBI 292Seminars in Plants Biology (1) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Review of current literature in botanical disciplines. Disciplines and special subjects to be announced quarterly. Students present and analyze assigned topics. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
PBI 293Seminar in Postharvest Biology (1) Active
Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Open to advanced undergraduates. Intensive study of selected topics in the postharvest biology of fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
PBI 297TTutoring in Plant Biology (1-5) Active
Tutorial—3-15 hour(s). Offers graduate students, particularly those not serving as teaching assistants, the opportunity to gain teaching experience. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
PBI 298Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. May be repeated up to 4 Time(s). (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2001 Fall Quarter.
PBI 299Research (1-12) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
PBI 390The Teaching of Plant Biology (2) Active
Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; concurrent appointment as a teaching assistant in Plant Biology. Consideration of the problems of teaching botany, especially of preparing for and conducting discussions, guiding student laboratory work, and the formulation of questions and topics for examinations. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.