Botany

Classes

BOT 101 : General Botany

Introduction to plant structure, function, reproduction, and evolution; plants in relation to the environment and human activities. Lecture course.

Credits:

3

Corequisites:

Registration in BOT 101L

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Discuss basic concepts of plant morphology, anatomy, physiology, cytology, taxonomy and genetics.
  • Discuss life cycles of division in Thallophyta, Bryophyta, Pteridophyta and Spermatophyta.
  • Discuss interrelationship between plants and animals, and socio-economic importance of plants on humans.
  • Discuss plant biotechnology.

BOT 101L : General Botany Lab

Lab observations and experiments illustrating basic principles of plant biology.

Credits:

1

Prerequisites:

Credit for or registration in BOT 101.

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Operate dissecting and compound microscopes.
  • Cultivate and maintain the growth of plants.

BOT 105 : Ethnobotany

The scientific study of the interaction between human culture and plants, including the interrelationship of botany, socio-economics, belief systems and history that have shaped the cultural uses of plants in Hawai‘i, as well as Asia or the Pacific. Lecture/field trip course with service-learning option.

Credits:

3

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Identify plants of major importance in various aspects of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Island cultures.
  • Utilize the plants for food, medicine, and other material goods.

BOT 130 : Plants in the Hawaiian Environment

Introduction to the evolution of plant communities and species of Hawaiian ecosystems; ecological interactions; observations, identification and systematics of native and introduced flora.

Credits:

3

Prerequisites:

Credit for or registration in BOT 130L

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Discuss geological history of the Hawaiian Islands and natural history of plants in Hawai‘i.
  • Discuss the arrival, establishment, major evolutionary trends and adaptive radiation of some of the surviving native species.
  • Discuss natural and human-mediated changes in the ecosystems, plant succession, and interaction between native and introduced species of plants.
  • Discuss botanical terminology for use in identifying native Hawaiian plants.

BOT 130L : Plants in the Hawaiian Environment Lab

BOT 130L focuses on observations of Native Hawaiian plant species, populations and communities as they interact in the natural environment and studies the unique characteristics of the plants through lab observations.

Credits:

1

Prerequisites:

Credit for or registration in BOT 130

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Mastering botanical terminology for use in identifying Native Hawaiian plants
  • Analyzing the environmental factors that affect the plant dispersal and establishment, adaptation and diversification.

BOT 160 : Identification of Tropical Plants

Nontechnical course in identification of common plants of tropics, including native and introduced flora.

Credits:

3

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Operate dissecting microscopes.
  • Recognize unique vegetative and generative characteristics of plant families.
  • Use manuals, flora and monographs to identify plants.
  • Prepare herbaria.

BOT 192V : Special Topics in Plant Science

Topics from diverse fields in plant science, and chosen by the Instructor. Course content may vary. May be repeated.

Credits:

1 - 4

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Identify the important concepts and facts presented for the topic (s) under examination.
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions from the topic (s) under discussion.
  • Develop skills appropriate to the topic (s) under discussion.
  • Gain a higher awareness of the potential career paths that this special topic course covers.

BOT 205 : Ethnobotanical Pharmacognosy

A study of medicinal plants of Hawai‘i, their characteristics, plant extraction, isolation and identification of their chemical constituents for possible uses in pharmaceuticals or in their natural state, and bioproduct manufacturing. This course is designed to train students for careers in plant and medical biotechnology. Lecture and laboratory/fieldtrip course.

Credits:

4

Prerequisites:

Credit for or registration in any of these courses: BOT 101, BOT 105, BOT 130, MICR 130, MICR 140, BIOL 172/172L, CHEM 152/152L or consent of instructor.

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Discuss theories and principles in the study of medicinal and nutritious plants.
  • Discuss ethics, intellectual property rights and conservation of traditional knowledge.
  • Perform Laboratory activities: plant extraction, distillation, bioassay tests, analysis of chemical constituents for possible uses in pharmaceuticals and nutraceutical products.
  • Produce lab reports using the standard scientific format.

BOT 210 : Phytobiotechnology

Introduction to practical aspects of Plant Biotechnology. Topics include micropropagation techniques, such as plant tissue, cell and protoplast cultures: DNA-based technologies, such as DNA extraction, DNA sequencing, PCR; and methods of plant genetic engineering. This course is designed to train students for careers in advanced agriculture technology and industry.

Credits:

4

Prerequisites:

Credit for or registration in BOT 101, or AG 152, or MICR 130 and MICR 140, or BIOL 171 and 171L. Placement into MATH 100 or higher.

Student Learning Outcomes Are:

  • Apply the principles of genetics.
  • Discuss and perform experiments including plant/bacterial/ human DNA/protein electrophoresis, Southern and Western blots, plant genetic engineering using biolistic bombardment and bacterial gene transformation.
  • Apply bioinformatics and DNA sequencing.
  • Discuss bioethical issues, risks and benefits of biotechnology.
  • Produce lab reports using the standard scientific format.