This area of study in the M.P.S. degree is designed for students who need to broaden their knowledge base and technical skills in biotechnology, for professionals returning for “retooling,” and for the recent graduate in a variety of disciplines in biology and chemistry. Requirements consist of 19 credit hours of core coursework (including two credit hours of graduate seminars (EFB 797)), nine credit hours of directed electives and eight credit hours of open electives for a total of 36 credit hours.
Biotechnology is a growing career opportunity in the United States and many students are interested in pursuing careers in this area. Four years ago, we began offering an undergraduate major in biotechnology and enrollments have grown significantly (see adjacent figure). To build on this success, we propose to offer a MPS option in Plant Biotechnology that would complement our existing graduate programs and offer a unique opportunity to many traditional and non-traditional students. This MPS option will be distinct from a MS program by offering a focused coursework-based option that can be completed in one year. It will allow students to learn useful laboratory and research skills without having to complete an extensive thesis project. This option will be particularly useful for secondary school teachers seeking permanent certification, industry researchers returning for “retooling “, and probably most useful to our own ESF students graduating from various majors who wish to broaden their knowledge base and technical skills to make themselves more qualified for today’s competitive job market.
Of the required total of 36 credit hours, 19 credit hours including 2 credit hours of graduate seminars (EFB 797) are core requirements as listed below. Additional 9 credit hours will be from a list of directed electives, leaving 8 credit hours of open elective coursework.
Plant Biotechnology Option: For students who need to broaden their knowledge base and technical skills of the increasingly useful biotechnology, for professionals returning for “retooling”, and also for the recent graduate in a variety of disciplines in biology and chemistry. Requirements consist of 19 credit hours of core coursework including 2 credit hours of graduate seminars (EFB 797), 9 credit hours of directed electives and 8 credit hours of open electives for a total of 36 credit hours.
Required Core Courses (19 credit hours)
EFB601 MOLECULAR BIOL TECHNIQUES (3)
EFB626/FOR626 PLANT TISSUE CULTURE METHODS (3)
EFB627 PLANT ANATOMY AND DEVELOPMENT (3)
EFB530 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (3)
EFB531 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY LAB (2)
EFB625 PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY (3)
EFB797 SEMINAR (1)
APM510 STATISTICAL ANALYSIS (3) Fall
EFB501 MICROBIOLOGY FOR BIOPROCESSING (3) Fall
EFB535 SYSTEMATIC BOTANY (3 credits) Fall
EFB542 Freshwater Wetland Ecosystems (3) Spring
EFB600 TOXIC HEALTH HAZARDS (4) Fall
EFB609 MOLECULAR BASIS/EVOLUTION (3) Spring
EFB611 TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY (3) Spring
EFB628 MYCORRHIZAL ECOLOGY (3) Spring
EFB640 MYCOLOGY (3) Fall
EFB645 PLANT ECOLOGY (3) Spring
EFB733 TECH IN PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (2-4) Spring & Fall
EFB798 RESRCH PROB/ENV&FOR BIO (1-3) Spring & Fall
EFB898 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (1-12) Spring & Fall
ERE585 Microscopy and Photomicrography (3) Fall
ERE685 Transmission Electron Microscopy (5) Spring.
ERE785 Scanning Electron Microscopy (5) Fall & Spring.
FCH530 BIOCHEMISTRY 1 (3) Fall
FCH531 BIOCHEMISTRY LAB (3) Fall
FCH532 BIOCHEMISTRY II (3) Spring
FCH571 WOOD CHEMISTRY I (3) Spring
FCH630 PLANT BIOCHEMISTRY (3) Spring
FOR655 ADVANCED FOREST GENETICS & TREE IMPROVEMENT (3) Spring
- John D. Castello; firstname.lastname@example.org
plant virology, viruses and mycoplasma in urban and forest tree decline, forest pathology, microbiology, insect vectors
- Danilo D. Fernando; email@example.com
plant structure and development, reproductive biology of conifers, pollen transformation, genomics and proteomics of pine pollen tube development, willow flowering and tissue culture, genetic diversity of rare and endangered ferns, and plant evolution, diversity and conservation.
- Thomas R. Horton; firstname.lastname@example.org
mycorrhizal plant ecology, molecular ecology, ecology, fungal communities, mycology, fire ecology
- Charles A. Maynard; email@example.com
Research Areas of Interest plant tissue culture, genetic engineering a blight-resistant the American chestnut, conventional forest genetics & tree improvement, forest ecology, forest health, restoration ecology
- William A. Powell; firstname.lastname@example.org
forest biotechnology, molecular plant-microbe interactions, genetic engineering in plant conservation, antimicrobial peptide design, plant gene design, plant pathology, molecular biology