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Plant Biotechnology
M.P.S.

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.

Rationale

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.

Requirements

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.

Catalog Statement

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.

Coursework

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)

Directed Electives

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

Participating Faculty

  • John D. Castello; jdcastello@esf.edu
    plant virology, viruses and mycoplasma in urban and forest tree decline, forest pathology, microbiology, insect vectors
  • Danilo D. Fernando; fernando@esf.edu
    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; trhorton@esf.edu
    mycorrhizal plant ecology, molecular ecology, ecology, fungal communities, mycology, fire ecology
  • Charles A. Maynard; cmaynard@syr.edu
    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; wapowell@esf.edu
    forest biotechnology, molecular plant-microbe interactions, genetic engineering in plant conservation, antimicrobial peptide design, plant gene design, plant pathology, molecular biology

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