BIOL 311

Plant Physiology

5 Undergraduate credits
Effective January 28, 2004 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course covers plant physiology across the range of organisms studied by botanists, including plants, algae, and photosynthetic bacteria, including the structural and biochemical features that are characteristic of the different taxonomic groups and how these features affect the distribution and abundance of the organisms. The content and methods of current research in plant physiology are emphasized. Lab activities include laboratory and field investigations. Intended for biology majors.

Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.Note: Enrollment limited to Biology, Environmental Science and Life Science Teaching majors only, except by instructor permission.

Learning outcomes


  • Apply this experience with research methods in plant physiology at the level necessary for success in senior undergraduate research.
  • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills and competency with arithmetic, algebra, and statistics at a level appropriate for graduates of a bachelor's degree program in biology.
  • Design, propose, conduct, interpret, and present the results of an independent laboratory or field experiment in this subject area.
  • Explain and apply scientific knowledge in plant physiology, both theoretical and experimental, at the upper division level.
  • Read and interpret primary scientific literature in plant physiology.
  • Recall, explain and apply the concepts, knowledge and vocabulary of plant physiology at the level necessary for success in graduate study in this field.