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Department of Botany

Gregory K. Brown, Department Head
114 Aven Nelson Building
Phone: (307) 766-2380, FAX: (307) 766-2851
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/botany

Professors

GREGORY K. BROWN, B.S. Colorado State University 1973; M.S. Arizona State University 1978; Ph.D. 1980; Professor of Botany 1997, 1985.
INGRID C. BURKE, B.S. Middlebury College 1980; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 1987; Professor of Botany 2008; Director, Haub School for Environment and Natural Resources and Ruckelshaus Institute for Environment and Natural Resources.
RONALD L. HARTMAN, B.S. Western Illinois University 1967; M.S. University of Wyoming 1971; Ph.D. University of Texas 1976; Professor of Botany 1988, 1977.
WILLIAM LAUENROTH, B.S. Humboldt State University 1968; M.S. North Dakota State University 1970; Ph.D. Colorado State University 1973; Professor of Botany 2008.
STEVEN L. MILLER, B.S. University of Wyoming 1979; M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1982; Ph.D. 1985; Professor of Botany 2002, 1990.
WILLIAM A. REINERS, B.A. Knox College 1959; M.S. Rutgers 1962; Ph.D. 1964; Professor of Botany 1983.
DAVID WILLIAMS, B.A. The University of Texas, Austin 1985; M.S. Texas A&M University 1988; Ph.D. Washington State University 1992; Professor of Botany 2009, 2003.

Associate Professors

ALEX BUERKLE, B.A. (Hons.) University of Missouri 1990; Ph.D. Indiana University 1997; Associate Professor of Botany 2010, 2004. BRENT E. EWERS, B.S. Colorado State University 1995; M.S. Duke University 1997; Ph.D. 1999; Associate Professor of Botany 2009, 2002.
ELISE PENDALL, B.S. Cornell University 1983; M.S. University of California, Berkeley 1989; Ph.D. University of Arizona 1997; Associate Professor of Botany 2009, 2002.
DANIEL B. TINKER, B.S. Ft. Lewis College 1993; M.S. University of Wyoming 1996; Ph.D. 1999; Associate Professor of Botany 2010, 2005.
CYNTHIA WEINIG, B.A. (Hons.) Brown University 1991; Ph.D. Indiana University; Associate Professor of Botany and Molecular Biology 2007.

Assistant Professors

JACOB R. GOHEEN, B.S. Kansas State University 1998; M.S. Purdue University 2002; Ph.D. University of New Mexico; Assistant Professor of Zoology and Physiology 2010.
THOMAS MINCKLEY, B.S. Northern Arizona University 1987; University of Arizona 1996; M.A. University of Oregon; Ph.D. 2003; Assistant Professor of Botany 2008.
NAOMI WARD, B.Sc. (Hons.) University of Queensland 1993; Ph.D. University of Warwick 1997; Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Botany 2007.

Senior Lecturer

KENNETH L. DRIESE, B.S. University of Virginia 1981; M.S. University of Wyoming 1992; Ph.D. 2004; Senior Lecturer in Botany 2011, 2002.

Associate Lecturer

MARK E. LYFORD, B.A. St. Olaf College 1993; M.S. University of Wyoming 1995; Ph.D. 2001; Associate Lecturer of Botany 2009, 2005; Director of Life Sciences Program.

Assistant Lecturer

BRIANNA WRIGHT, B.S. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2005; M.S. University of Wyoming 2007; Assistant Lecturer in Botany 2012, 2010.

Senior Research Scientist

RAMESH SIVANPILLAI, B.Sc. Bharathiar University 1987; M.Sc. Cochin University of Science and Technology 1990; M.Phil. Bharathiar University 1992; M.S. University of Wisconsin, Green Bay 1995; Ph.D. Texas A&M University 2002; Senior Research Scientist 2012.

Associate Research Scientist

BURRELL E. NELSON, B.A. Andrews University 1971; M.A. University of Wyoming 1974.

Professors Emeriti

Martha Christensen, Dennis H. Knight, Stephen T. Jackson

 

Botany

Botany is the study of plants and their relationship to human affairs. The science is fundamental to food, fiber and pharmaceutical production; to the management of landscapes for beauty, recreation, forest products and forage; and to the protection of landscapes against pollution and other abuses. The botanist is concerned with the diversity and classification of plants and fungi, their structure at both the macroscopic and microscopic levels, and their physiology, ecology and genetics and evolutionary relationships.

Courses in botany have been developed to meet the needs of the following groups of students: those who desire a general knowledge of the subject for its cultural value; those specializing in areas which require a background in plant biology; and those selecting botany or biology as a major.

Undergraduate Degrees

Biology

The Biology major is an interdepartmental program designed for students interested in obtaining a broad education in biological sciences. It enables students to combine courses in biology, botany, zoology, physiology, and other biological sciences to meet the requirements of the major. On completion of the core requirements for the major, specific courses selected to complete the major may vary according to students' interests and are worked out by consultations between student and adviser. The requirements for a bachelor's degree are MATH 1400 and 1405 (or 1450); STAT 2050 or 2070; CHEM 1000 or 1020, CHEM 2300; MOLB 3610; PHYS 1110, 1120; LIFE 1010, 2022, 2023; MOLB/MICR 2021; LIFE 3050, 3400, 3500; six hours of BOT at 3000-level or higher (excluding BOT 4100); 6 hours of ZOO at 3000-level or higher (excluding ZOO 4100).

See www.uwyo.edu/biology for more information.

Botany

Students majoring in botany may pursue a B.S. degree and are required to take the following: BOT 3000, 4640, or 4680, 4700, 4730, and 3 additional credits in BOT (excluding BOT 4100 and 4550); LIFE 1010, 2022, 2023, 3400, 3410, 3050, 3600; MICR/MOLB 2021; or the equivalents of these courses. In addition, majors must take CHEM 1020, 1030, and 2300 or 2320; MATH 2200 or STAT 2050 or 2070; PHYS 1110 or 1310, and 1120 or 1320.

The department offers an undergraduate environment and natural resources (ENR) concentration which provides botany students both academic and practical experience interacting with students from other ENR-related disciplines. See the School of Environment and Natural Resources section in this Catalog for more information.

Suggested B.S. Program in Botany

The following curriculum should be considered only as a guide for freshmen and sophomores. Student schedules are arranged in consultation with their adviser. Majors are encouraged, but not required, to enroll for summer courses once during the four-year period, either on campus or at a biological field station.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year: Fall

Hours

LIFE 1001

2

LIFE 1010

4

CHEM 1020

4

ENGL 1010

3

MATH 1400 or 1450

3-5

Total Hours

16-18

Freshman Year: Spring

Hours

LIFE 2022

4

CHEM 1030

4

University Studies elective

3-6

MATH 1405

3

Physical Activity and Health

1

Total Hours

15-18

Sophomore Year: Fall

Hours

LIFE 3400

3

LIFE 2023

3

MATH 2200

4

Foreign Language

4

Electives

3-4

Total Hours

17-18

Sophomore Year: Spring

Hours

BOT 3000

4

STAT / MATH

3-4

Foreign Language

4

Electives

3-6

Total Hours

14-18


Undergraduate Minor

A minor is offered by the Department of Botany. Further information may be obtained by contacting the department, or at http://www.uwyo.edu/botany.

Teacher Education

Botany collaborates with the College of Education in offering the Natural Sciences Program, which provides training in science and mathematics for prospective K-12 teachers.

 

Graduate Study

The Department of Botany offers graduate programs leading to the master of science and the doctor of philosophy degrees in botany and the master of science degree in botany/water resources.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

The program requires a composite minimum score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE of: 900 (M.S.) and 1000 (Ph.D.).

A minimum GPA of 3.0 on previous coursework is also required.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Regardless of field of specialization, all candidates will be held responsible for basic information in the following areas: genetics, physiology, morphology, and evolutionary and environmental botany. A knowledge of chemistry (including organic and elementary biochemistry), physics, calculus, and statistics may be required.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained. Any course in which a C (or below) or U is obtained cannot be counted toward the degree requirement.

Participation in seminars will be required of all candidates during their residence at the University of Wyoming.

Master's Program

Requirements for this degree are 26 semester hours of courses approved by the student's committee plus four hours of BOT 5960, Thesis Research.

Doctoral Program

In addition to the minimum requirements set forth in this Catalog, the Department of Botany may require that a student demonstrate skills in two peripheral areas. This decision is made for individual cases by the major professor and graduate committee. These could include foreign languages, statistics, or computer science. In some cases, additional skills may be required.

Botany (BOT) Courses

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