Courses of Study 2022-2023 
    Jun 04, 2023  
Courses of Study 2022-2023
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BIOEE 3690 - Chemical Ecology

(crosslisted) BIONB 3690 , ENTOM 3690  
Spring. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: one majors-level biology course and one semester introductory chemistry for majors or non-majors or equivalents, or permission of instructor.

A. Kessler, R. Raguso, J. Thaler.

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.

Outcome 1: Categorize ecological interactions and potential mechanisms by which they are mediated.

Outcome 2: Discuss these mechanisms in light of evolutionary theory and draw conclusions about potential agricultural applications.

Outcome 3: Become familiar with the general structures of organic molecules and the relationship between structure and function.

Outcome 4: Become familiar with a number of analytical, behavioral, and experimental techniques used to analyze chemical compounds that mediate ecological interactions.

Outcome 5: Read and synthesize findings from original scientific research in chemical ecology by studying and discussing the primary literature.

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