Molecular, Cellular, and Genomic Botany Option

The option in Molecular, Cellular, and Genomic Botany (MCG) is designed for Botany undergraduates with career interests in MCB, by providing a curriculum that provides them with specialized knowledge and skills for work and graduate school.

In addition to the general Botany curriculum, the MCB option requires 6 credits of advanced background courses in biochemistry and bio-computing (list A); a choice of two advanced BOT courses in plant genomics and biochemistry (6–7 credits) (list B); and a choice of 3 courses (9 credits) drawn from a menu of advanced BOT, BI, BB courses in cell biology, molecular biology and genomics (lists B and C). To encourage students in the option to learn actively and obtain practical skills, up to 3 credits of approved Experiential Learning can be applied to the option. Other courses may be substituted for list C with approval of a BOT advisor. The required course, BOT 476, can also be used to fulfill the major requirement for "additional quantitative skills". The core course requirements of the BOT major are not changed by doing the option, and no additional course credits are required to complete it.

A. Required Background Courses (6 credits):

BB 451. General Biochemisty (3) (BB450 is a pre-requisite)
BOT 476. Introduction to Computing in the Life Sciences (3)

B. At least two Advanced Plant Molecular, Cellular, and Genomic Botandy (MCG) (6–7 credits):

BOT 458. Ecosystems Genomics (3)
BOT 460. Functional Genomics (3)
BOT 475. Comparative Genomics (4)
BOT 480. Photosynthesis and Photobiology (3)

C. At least 9 credits Advanced General MCB

BB/BI 315. ^Molecular Biology Laboratory (3)
   or BB 493. Biochemistry Laboratory Molecular Techniques 1 (3)
BB 460. Advanced Cell Biology (3)
BB 484. Chromatin and Epigenetics (3)
BB 486. Advanced Molecular Genetics (3)
Another BOT class from the "B list"
Up to 3 credits of approved Experiential Learning
Other courses with advisor approval



^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)


Option Code: 935