FAS Courses:


Science B-40. The Biology of Trees and Forests

Catalog Number: 2635
Half course (spring term). Tu., Th., 10–11:30, and a weekly section/laboratory to be arranged.
EXAM GROUP: 12, 13

Trees are prominent and important organisms in the ecosystem. By photosynthesis, trees convert carbon dioxide into organic molecules that are used as energy reserves and as structural components of these plants. Oxygen is also released. Trees, carbon cycling, and the greenhouse effect are intimately intertwined. This course uses trees as examples to explore several facets of plant biology as they relate to identification, growth, reproduction, physiology of transport, ecology, management, and use of plant products.


OEB 54: Biology of the Fungi (New Course)

Catalog Number: 9326
Donald H. Pfister and Anne Pringle
Half course (fall term). Tu., Th., 1–2:30 and a weekly laboratory on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 5.
EXAM GROUP: 15, 16

This intensive course explores the fascinating diversity of the kingdom fungi, including evolution, ecology and morphology. All the major groups of fungi from smuts to molds will be included. Students will use a variety of techniques to learn about fungi and their activities.
Note: There is a weekly laboratory and at least one weekend field trip and several afternoon field trips are required (dates to be announced).
Prerequisite: Life Sciences 1a and 1b or permission of instructor.

OEB 59: Plants and Human Affairs

OEB 59 (formerly OEB 104): Plants and Human Affairs
Catalog Number: 5281
Donald H. Pfister and Charles C. Davis
Half course (fall term). M., W., F., at 10.

An introduction to the uses of plants by humans. Topics include the form, structure and genetics of plants related to their use as sources of food, shelter, fiber, flavors, beverages, drugs, and medicines. Plant structure and reproduction are studied in lecture and laboratory with a particular focus on relationships between the plant’s structural, chemical, or physiological attributes and the utility plant.
Prerequisite: OEB 10 or BS 51 or permission of the instructor.


*OEB 304. Mycology
Catalog Number: 4702
Donald H. Pfister 4344

Extension School Courses:

BIOL E-146 Woody Plants and New England Forests (22575)
Course tuition: noncredit $350, undergraduate credit $650, graduate credit $1,575.
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 5:30-7:30 pm, Sever Hall, Room 308. Spring term

Trees both provide a background in our landscape and play an important role in the ecosystems of the world. This course explores topics related to the growth patterns of trees, their physiology, and their identification. Basic concepts in ecosystem dynamics and in forestry practices are discussed. The aim of the course is to provide a broad overview of factors that are important in conservation and forestry management. Prerequisite: introductory biology. (4 credits)

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