Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses
 

The following courses are offered by faculty members in the Centre for Forest Biology, though they may be offered jointly with the Department of Biology and the Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry. For more details on course offerings for a particular session please consult the UVic calendar.
 

  • 507 Plant Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • 515 Advanced Experimental Mycology
  • 523 Molecular Biotechnology
  • 527 Advanced Plant Biochemistry and Biochemical Ecology
  • 528 Advanced Plant Stress Physiology
  • 538 Topics in Microbial Ecology
  • 549 Individual Study in Forest Biology
  • 560 Forest Biology Seminar
  • 570 Advanced Topics in Forest Biology

 

FORB 507 Units: 1.5
Plant Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
An advanced study of biochemistry and molecular biology of higher plants with specific examples. Topics will include: seed biochemistry and embryogenesis, siRNA, chromatin remodeling, structure and function of hormone receptors and photoreceptors, cell signaling pathways during development and abiotic stress, plant-microbe interactions, innate immune responses and defense signaling, applied biochemistry.

Note: Students may not receive credit for BIOL 507 and BIOC 507
Prerequisites: BIOC 300A and 300B, or 300; or permission of the instructor.

 

FORB 515 Units: 1.5
Advanced Experimental Mycology
The molecular genetics of fungi. Assessment of genomic variation in fungal populations; cloning and expression of fungal gene products. Students conduct group research projects and present a report. An additional research paper or presentation is required.

Note: Credit will be given for only one of BIOL 415B and FORB 515.
Prerequisites: BIOL 360 or 200; 323 or 203; 361 or 300 and permission of the instructor.

 

FORB 523 Units: 1.5
Molecular Biotechnology
This course is designed to provide an introduction to recent advances in molecular biotechnology. The following topics will be addressed: recombinant DNA technology, genetic engineering; vectors for genetic transformation, direct gene transfer via liposomes, electroporations, microinjection of DNA, specific examples of transgenics, protein engineering; targeting, import and export of chimeric proteins in cells and organelles, monoclonal antibodies, antisense RNA, industrial enzyme production. This course will consist of formal lectures with written and oral presentations by the students on selected topics. Seminars will be presented by visiting speakers, and several faculty members will contribute to the course in their area of expertise.

Note: Credit will not be given for both BIOC/MICRO 405, and FORB/BIOC 523.
Prerequisites: BIOL 230, BIOL 331A/B or BIOL 366.

 

FORB 527 Units: 1.5
Advanced Plant Biochemistry and Biochemical Ecology
An introduction to plant biochemistry, plant metabolism, and the biochemical basis of plant adaptation, with emphasis on plant-specific biochemical pathways and processes, and their regulation and molecular biology. Storage carbohydrates, cell wall biosynthesis, lipid metabolism, nitrogen fixation and assimilation, and photosynthesis; biochemical ecology of secondary plant metabolites including isoprenoids, phenolics and alkaloids. An additional research paper or presentation is required.

Note: Credit will be given for only one of BIOL 458 and FORB 527.
Prerequisites: BIOC 200. BIOC 300A or 300B is recommended.

 

FORB 528 Units: 1.5
Advanced Plant Stress Physiology
An advanced study of the physiological responses of plants to temperature extremes, drought, salinity, radiation stress and air pollution. An additional research paper or presentation is required.

Note: Credit be given for only one of BIOL 453 and FORB 528
Prerequisites: BIOL 366.

 

FORB 538 Units: 1.5
Topics in Microbial Ecology
The ecology of prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea). Diversity and evolution of populations and communities of prokaryotes and their role in the major biogeochemical cycles: carbon, nitrogen, sulfur. Genetic, biochemical, physiological and ecological aspects of processes such as nitrogen fixation and methanogenesis; design of experimental approaches to assess cycling of elements in forests, lakes and oceans by prokaryotes.

Note: Credit will be given for only one of BIOL 438, 538 and FORB 538.
Prerequisites: 330 or ES 310 or 344 or MICR 200 or 200A and 200B, or permission of the instructor.

 

FORB 549 Units: 1.5
Individual Study in Forest Biology

549A – Tree Physiology
549B – Tree Molecular Biology
549C – Trees and Fungi
549D – Forest Soils
549E – Forest Ecology
549F – Forest Genetics

Note: May be taken more than once in any of the above areas under the appropriate faculty member. Pro forma required.

 

FORB 560 Units: 1.5
Forest Biology Seminar
Student and guest seminars on selected topics in forest biology and forest biotechnology and regeneration. Required of all graduate students in forest biology every year of their degree program (except by Departmental permission) but will not count as part of their minimum graduate course requirement.

Grading: INP, COM, N or F

 

FORB 570 Units: 1.5
Advanced Topics in Forest Biology
A series of lectures and seminars examining subjects of current interest that focus on the adaptations of trees and their interactions with the forest environment.

Note: May be taken more than once for credit in different topics. Pro forma required.