- Schedule of Classes - November 20, 2019 7:15PM EST
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Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.
Why are chilies so spicy? This course examines the chemical basis of interactions between species and is intended for students with a basic knowledge of chemistry and biology. Focuses on the ecology and chemistry of plants, animals, and microbes. Stresses chemical signals used in diverse ecosystems, using Darwinian natural selection as a framework. Topics include plant defenses, microbial warfare, communication in marine organisms, and human pheromones.
When Offered Spring.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: one majors-level biology course and one semester introductory chemistry for majors or nonmajors or equivalents, or permission of instructor.
Distribution Category (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS)
- Students will be able to categorize ecological interactions and potential mechanisms by which they are mediated.
- Students will be able to discuss these mechanisms in light of evolutionary theory and draw conclusions about potential agricultural applications.
- Students will be familiar with the general structures of organic molecules and the relationship between structure and function.
- Students will be familiar with a number of analytical, behavioral, and experimental techniques used to analyze chemical compounds that mediate ecological interactions.
- Students will be able to read and synthesize findings from original scientific research in chemical ecology by studying and discussing the primary literature.
Credits and Grading Basis
3 Credits Stdnt Opt(Letter or S/U grades)
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