Molecular Genetics introduces the student to the structure, maintenance and expression of the genome. We will examine both prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes in this course, with an emphasis on genetic analysis. After completing this course, students should be able integrate the structure and function of the genome, describe how gene expression is regulated in multiple paradigms, and be able to understand how genetic analysis is used to dissect complex regulatory processes.
Advanced topics in biology for both graduate and undergraduate students. Topics may vary and currently focus on molecular genetics in both animals and plants.
Plant Physiology introduces students to the most important principles and findings of plant physiology and development. We will examine not only traditional plant physiological topics such as water relations, mineral nutrition, transport, photosynthesis, and respiration, but also the latest advances in plant developmental biology. After completing this course, students should be able to understand 1) plant morphology and key chemical and physical processes in plants; 2) the phases of plant development and major stages of plant life cycle; 3) how external (environmental stimuli) and internal (hormones) signals co-regulate plant growth and development; 4) interactions and communications between cells, tissues, and organs within a plant.
Undergraduate students participate in a research experience with the mentorship of Dr. Qiu. Students will learn how the scientific method is applied in a research setting, develop communication skills, and engage in STEM career discussions.
Independent research project conducted under Dr. Qiu’s supervision. Requirements include a written product or an oral presentation. A maximum of 3 hours can be applied to the biology major. As a general guideline, during regular semesters, a minimum of two hours’ effort per week, per credit hour attempted, is expected.
Independent research project conducted under Dr. Qiu’s supervision. Requirements include a written product or an oral presentation. The credit hours cannot be applied to the biology major.