Offered every Spring semester   •   Three one-hour lectures per week   •   Enrollment in 3 hour/week lab required
Recommended for Freshmen & Sophomores, Juniors if necessary but not for Seniors

Classes start Tuesday January 18, 2017. Tuesday lab sections will meet on January 18th, lectures start on Wednesday January 19th.

         Unit Topic

Cells & Molecules

Cells, DNA & Transcription
Translation & Control of Gene Expression
Protein Structure & Function

Capturing & Using Energy

Structural Basis for Solar Energy Capture
Photosynthesis: Light Reactions
Photosynthesis: Carbon Fixation
Photosynthate Movement in Phloem
Water & Mineral Transport in Xylem
Anaerobic Respiration
Aerobic Respiration

Growth & Reproduction

Seeds, Germination, Meristems & Mitosis
Plant Responses to the Environment
Plant Growth
Vegetative Reproduction, Sex & Meiosis
Flowers & Flowering
Pollination & Fertilization
Sensecence & Fruit Dispersal

Ecology, Evolution & Engineering

Plant Population Biology
Community Biology
Ecosystems & Energy
Plant Adaptations & Evolution
Genomics & Recombinant DNA
Plant Genetic Engineering
  • Our objective in IB103 is to provide students with a working knowledge of the role plants play in global ecosystems. Emphasis is placed on understanding principles, not memorizing lists of biological names and labels. IB103 is essentially a course in general biology from the perspective of plants.

  • The course is organized into four Units. We begin with the primary macromolecules (DNA and proteins) upon which all life forms are built and operate. We then consider the central role that plants play in our biosphere: capturing solar energy and converting it to forms that we and they use to live, grow and reproduce. We move on to some fundamental aspects of growth and reproduction in plants, including a general topic on genetics. We finish the semester by tying it all together with the broader topics of ecology and evolution, concluding with a look ahead at how humans are now analyzing and engineering life as never before.

  • IB103 labs meet for three hours every week. Lab exercises are tied as closely as possible to the concurrent lecture topics. However, some diversions from lecture occur since the role of IB103 labs is not only to emphasize and clarify lecture material, but to supplement it with important topics not covered in lecture.

  • Course resouces: Course website (in Moodle ), Textbook, iClicker

  • Grading in IB103 is 75% from lecture, 25% from lab
     1st midterm exam 15%
     2nd midterm exam 15%
     Comprehensive final exam 25%
     Lecture participation (iClicker) 5%
     Lecture activities 5%
     Weekly online lecture quizzes 10%
     Laboratory exercises 15%
     Pre-lab quizzes 5%
     Laboratory participation 5%

  • Please feel free to email the lecturer, Aleel (Kat) Grennan, if you have any questions about IB103.