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Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.
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, BIO-AS)
- Categorize ecological interactions and potential mechanisms by which they are mediated.
- Discuss these mechanisms in light of evolutionary theory and draw conclusions about potential agricultural applications.
- Become familiar with the general structures of organic molecules and the relationship between structure and function.
- Become familiar with a number of analytical, behavioral, and experimental techniques used to analyze chemical compounds that mediate ecological interactions.
- 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)
Class Number & Section Details
- MWF Corson-Mudd A106
- Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
Instruction Mode: In Person
Prerequisite: one majors-level biology course and one semester introductory chemistry for majors or nonmajors or equivalents, or permission of instructor.
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