Can plant technology save the world? In this problem-based course, students and instructors will work together to understand how plant genetic engineering might help us solve some of the world's biggest problems. As a class, we will select three global challenges with potential plant-based solutions (such as climate change, feeding a growing population, or finding renewable sources of energy). Over the course of the semester, small teams of students will learn and teach each other key aspects of plant biology, the cutting-edge technology currently in use, and progress made to date by academic, non-profit, and industry initiatives. Friday discussion sections will focus on critical reading of the primary literature related to the material covered in class. Assessments will include regular oral presentations, participation in class and discussion sections, and three written reports. Students can expect to leave the course appreciating what plants do for our world, understanding what genetic engineering really is, and knowing how to identify valid sources of scientific information. Prerequisites: Bio 2960 and Bio 2970.
Course Attributes: FA NSMBU SCIAR NSMAS NSM
Section 01Plant Biology and Genetic Engineering
INSTRUCTOR: HaswellView Course Listing