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Department of Botany

David G. Williams, 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.
ALEX BUERKLE, B.A. (Hons.) University of Missouri 1990; Ph.D. Indiana University 1997; Professor of Botany 2016, 2004.
BRENT E. EWERS, B.S. Colorado State University 1995; M.S. Duke University 1997; Ph.D. 1999; Professor of Botany 2014, 2002.
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.
CYNTHIA WEINIG, B.A. (Hons.) Brown University 1991; Ph.D. Indiana University 1999; Professor of Botany and Molecular Biology 2013, 2007.
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

ELLEN D. CURRANO, B.Sc. (Hons.) University of Chicago 2003; Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University 2008; Associate Professor of Botany 2018, 2014.
DANIEL LAUGHLIN,
B.S. Calvin College 1999; M.S. Pennsylvania State University 2002; Ph.D. Northern Arizona University 2009; Associate Professor of Botany 2017.
DANIEL B. TINKER,
B.S. Ft. Lewis College 1993; M.S. University of Wyoming 1996; Ph.D. 1999; Associate Professor of Botany 2010, 2005.
NAOMI WARD, B.Sc. (Hons.) University of Queensland 1993; Ph.D. University of Warwick 1997; Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Botany 2013, 2007.

Assistant Professors

LAUREN SHOEMAKER, B.A. (Hons.) Colorado College 2011; Ph.D. University of Colorado Boulder 2017; Assistant Professor of Botany 2019.
CATHERINE E. WAGNER, B.A. (Hons.) Whitman College 2004; Ph.D. Cornell University 2011; Assistant Professor of Botany 2015.
CHRISTOPHER WEISS-LEHMAN, B.A. Earlham College 2010; Ph.D. University of Colorado Boulder 2017; Assistant Professor of Botany 2019.

Senior Lecturer

MARK E. LYFORD, B.A. St. Olaf College 1993; M.S. University of Wyoming 1995; Ph.D. 2001; Senior Lecturer in Botany 2014, 2005;

Assistant Lecturers

JAMIE CRAIT, B.Sc. Oregon State University 1999; M.S. University of Wyoming 2005; Ph.D. 2013; Assistant Lecturer in Botany 2018.
CHRISTOPHER NORTH, B.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 2002; M.S. Eastern Illinois University 2005; Assistant Lecturer in Botany 2014.

Senior Research Scientist

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

Professors Emeriti

Ronald L. Hartman, Dennis H. Knight, Stephen T. Jackson, William A. Reiners

Associate Professors Emeriti

Daniel B. Tinker

Botany

Botany is the study of plants and their rela- tionship to human affairs. The science is fundamental to food, fiber and pharmaceutical production; to the management of landscapes for beauty, recreation, forest products and for- age; 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 spe- cializing 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 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 as follows:

FRESHMAN YEAR: Fall Hrs.
LIFE 1010* 4
First-Year Seminar (FY)* 3
MATH 1400 3
CHEM 1020 4
Total Hours 14
FRESHMAN YEAR: Spring Hrs.
One of the following:
LIFE 2022, LIFE 2023 or
MICR/MOLB 2021
4
ENGL 1010* 3
MATH 1405 3
COSC 1010 3
A&S Core Global 3
Total Hours 16
SOPHOMORE YEAR: Fall Hrs.
One of the following:
LIFE 2022, LIFE 2023 or
MICR/MOLB 2021
4
MATH 2200 4
PHYS 1110 4
Human Culture (H) 3
Total Hours 15
SOPHOMORE YEAR: Spring Hrs.
LIFE 3050 4
STAT 2050 4
PHYS 1120 4
Human Culture (H) 3
Total Hours 15
JUNIOR YEAR: Fall Hrs.
CHEM 2300 4
Communication II (COM2)* 3
LIFE 3400 3
US and WY Constitutions (V) 3
Total Hours 13
JUNIOR YEAR: Spring Hrs.
MOLB 3610 4
A&S Core US Diversity 3
LIFE 3500 3
Upper Division Electives 6
Total Hours 16
SENIOR YEAR: Fall Hrs.
LIFE 3600 4
BOT 4100* (COM3) 2
BOT 4101* (COM3) 1
Upper Division Electives 8
Total Hours 15
SENIOR YEAR: Spring Hrs.
Upper Division Electives 16
Total Hours 16

*Course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Botany

Students majoring in botany may pursue a B.S. degree and are required to take the following:

FRESHMAN YEAR: Fall Hrs.
LIFE 1010 4
First-Year Seminar (FY)* 3
MATH 1400 3
CHEM 1020 4
Total Hours 14
FRESHMAN YEAR: Spring Hrs.
LIFE 2022 4
ENGL 1010 3
MATH 1405 3
CHEM 1030 4
A&S Core Global 3
Total Hours 17
SOPHOMORE YEAR: Fall Hrs.
LIFE 2023 4
MATH 2200 4
PHYS 1110 4
Human Culture (H) 3
Total Hours 15
SOPHOMORE YEAR: Spring Hrs.
MICR/MOLB 2021 4
BOT 3000 4
PHYS 1120 4
Human Culture (H) 3
Total Hours 15
JUNIOR YEAR: Fall Hrs.
BOT 3600 4
CHEM 2300 4
Communication 2 (COM2) 3
LIFE 3400 3
LIFE 3410 2
Total Hours 16
JUNIOR YEAR: Spring Hrs.
MOLB 3610 4
A&S Core US Diversity 3
LIFE 3050 4
Elective 3
Total Hours 14
SENIOR YEAR: Fall Hrs.
BOT 4700 4
BOT 4100* (COM3) 2
BOT 4101* (COM3) 1
Upper Division Elective (BOT) 4
Elective 3
Total Hours 14
SENIOR YEAR: Spring Hrs.
BOT 4730 4
US and WY Constitutions (V) 3
Upper Division Electives 8
Total Hours 15

*Course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

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.

Ecology and Evolution Concentration

The Department of Botany offers the Ecology and Evolution Concentration for Biology majors. This concentration will prepare students for a career or further graduate study. Students will receive the academic training to become park naturalists, environmental consultants, restoration ecologists, natural resource managers, conservation scientists, environmental educators, and research technicians in academic or government agencies. In addition to core concepts and theories, this concentration will teach students important skills that are required in the workforce, including organism identification, quantitative reasoning, data analysis, and scientific communication. Students also will have opportunities to participate in faculty research projects, which will train them for graduate research, careers in scientific discovery, or any endeavor where critical thinking and problem solving are essential components of the vocation.

To fulfill the requirements of the concentration, students will select five courses that meet a minimum of 15 credit hours in addition to what is required for the Biology Major. These will be selected from a variety of upper-division (3000-4000) courses that satisfy their individual interests (listed below).

Students must select

  1. one course in organismal biology (A),
  2. one course in ecology (B),
  3. one course in evolution (C),
  4. any one additional course from these three categories,
  5. and one fourth-year capstone course (D).

Students who concentrate in Ecology and Evolution should plan to take Evolutionary Biology (LIFE 3500) in their third year to be able to take an additional evolution course before graduating. All courses listed below will count toward this concentration. However, there are many other excellent courses offered across campus that are relevant to this concentration. Students can obtain approval to take other courses that are not included on the list below to satisfy the requirements of the concentration.

List of potential courses

A. Organismal biology

Plant diversity and systematics (BOT3600; 4 cr)
Ornithology (ZOO4350; 3 cr)
Mammalogy (ZOO4370; 3 cr)
Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountains (BOT4360; 3 cr)
Microbial diversity and ecology (SOIL4540; 4 cr)
Invertebrate zoology (ZOO4540; 4 cr)
Symbiosis (BOT4395; 3 cr)

B. Ecology

Vegetation ecology (BOT4700; 4 cr)
Behavioral ecology (ZOO4415; 3 cr)
Tropical field ecology (ZOO4650; 4 cr)
Paleobotany (BOT/GEOL4280; 4 cr)
Biogeochemistry (BOT4780; 3 cr)
Marine biology (BOT4235; 3 cr)
Plant-microbe interactions (BOT4200; 3 cr)

C. Evolution

Special Topic: Macroevolution (BOT4790; 3 cr)
Special Topic: Evolution of development (BOT4790; 3 cr)
Special Topic: Evolution seminar (BOT4790; 3 cr)
Fundamental concepts in evolution (BOT/ZOO5060; 3 cr)

D. Senior capstone course

Undergraduate research (BOT4965; 3 cr)

Undergraduate Minors

The Department of Botany offers an undergraduate minor in Botany, a minor in Biology, and a minor in Remote Sensing.

Requirements for Botany Minor

Required Courses (11-12 credit hours):
BOT 3000, and BOT 4640 or BOT 4680, and BOT 4700 or BOT 4775
Elective Courses (minimum 7 credit hours).
Choose from the following: BOT 3100, BOT 3150, BOT 4111, BOT 4130, BOT 4330, BOT 4420, BOT 4550, BOT 4730, BOT 4745, BOT 4780

Total credit hours for botany minor: 18

Requirements for Biology Minor

Students who are majoring in Biology may not declare a Minor in Biology. Elective credit hours used towards the BIOL minor must be in courses not being counted towards a student’s major. A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses. At least 25% of credit hours for the BIOL minor must be earned in upper division courses.

Required Courses (12 credit hours)
LIFE 1010, and select two of the following: LIFE 2021, LIFE 2022, LIFE 2023

Elective Courses (9-12 credit hours)
Select one different course from each of three of the following subject areas. One of the three courses must have a laboratory component.

Molecular/Genetics/Cell Biology
LIFE 3050, LIFE 3600, MOLB 3000, ZOO 4425

Morphology/Physiology
BOT 3000, BOT 4395, BOT 4730, ZOO 4190, ZOO 4330, ZOO 4350, ZOO 4370 Mammalogy, ZOO 4540, ZOO 4380

Evolution
LIFE 3500, LIFE 3600, BOT 4280

Ecology
LIFE 3400, BOT 4280, BOT 4700, BOT 4730, BOT 4745, BOT 4775, MOLB 4540, ZOO 4415, ZOO 4420, ZOO 4440, ZOO 4400

Credit in other courses with different prefixes in the biological sciences area may be applied to the minor in Biology at the discretion of a student’s minor advisor.

Requirements for a Minor in Remote Sensing

Required Courses (12 credit hours)
BOT/GEOG 4111, BOT/GEOG 4211, BOT 4700

Elective Courses (6-16 credit hours)
BOT/GEOG 3150, BOT 4130, GEOG 4200 or GIST 2100, GEOG 4210, GEOG 4220, GEOG 4455

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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