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Fall 1999
  • Sponsor: Erik V. Thuesen,
  • Enrollment: 25
  • Prerequisites: A minimum of one year of college-level chemistry with lab and course work in either botany, microbiology, mycology or zoology.
  • Special expenses: none
  • Signature required: Yes
  • Credits: 16 upper division science
  • Part-time options: no

    Symbiosis can be defined as "the living together of differently named organisms". This program will look at the biology of symbiotic associations through lecture, readings, laboratory, field work and seminar topics taken from the primary literature. Although particular attention will be paid to mutualistic symbioses, parasitic associations will also be covered. Defining aspects of plant-animal, animal-animal, bacteria-plant, bacteria-animal, protozoa-animal and fungi-plant symbioses will be examined at the organismal, physiological, cellular, biochemical, molecular and ecological levels. Characteristics that define the integration between the host and symbiont of specific associations will be investigated through fieldwork and in the laboratory. Students will complete an in-class final examination, keep a lab notebook, and undertake a small research project that culminates in a poster with a short oral presentation. Signatures will be given at the academic fair to all students with the appropriate prerequisites, after which all students with signatures can enter the normal registration process. A signature does not guarantee entry in the program. Following current registration procedures, there may be more students with signatures than there are spaces in the program. New transfer students who cannot attend the academic fair may obtain a signature with an interview by telephone or email. Tentatively, credit will be awarded in symbiosis, symbiosis seminar, parasitology, ecological physiology, symbiosis laboratory, and research. All credit will be designated "upper-division science".

    Class Schedule

    The First Class is on Tuesday, September 28th, 1999, at 8 AM in Lecture Hall 4.

    Tuesday 8:00 AM- 9:00 Lecture in Lecture Hall 4

    Tuesday 10:00 AM - 12:30 Seminar in Lab 1 3033

    Wednesday 8:00 AM - 10:00 Lecture & Presentations in Lecture Hall 4

    Thursday 9:00 AM- 4:00 Laboratory in Lab 1 3035

    Friday 9:00 AM- 12:30 Laboratory in Lab 1 3035 and/or Presentations TBA

    Some Symbiosis Links



    Rhizobium lab