2017-18 Academic Catalog

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology

Department Head: Dr. Jeffrey Dean
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Kenneth Willeford

445 Dorman Hall
Box 9655
Mississippi State, MS  39762
Telephone: 662-325-2651
E-mail: kwilleford@bch.msstate.edu

The department offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science in Agricultural Life Sciences with a concentration in Biochemistry, Entomology, or Plant Pathology; the Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology; the Doctor of Philosophy in Life Sciences with a concentration in Biochemistry, Entomology, or Plant Pathology. The department also participates in interdisciplinary programs leading to the following degrees.

  • Master of Science in Agricultural Life Sciences with a concentration in Animal Physiology or Genetics
  • Master of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal Nutrition
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Life Sciences with concentrations in Animal Physiology or Genetics
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in Animal Nutrition

Admission Criteria

Prerequisites for admission include a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a physical or life science with a strong background in the program discipline of interest (biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology, or plant pathology). A graduate screening committee, composed of members of the Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology faculty, screens all applicants. Final acceptance into a graduate program is contingent upon the availability of a suitable major professor. A minimum 2.75 overall grade point average on a 4.00 scale is required for admission. The GRE general test and the scored results are required elements of a completed submission package.  International students are required to have a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 500 PBT (61 iBT) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) score of 5.5 (non-English speaking international students).

Provisional Admission

An applicant who has not fully met the GPA requirement stipulated by the University may be admitted on a provisional basis. The provisionally-admitted student is eligible for a change to regular status after receiving a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 hours of graduate courses at Mississippi State University (with no grade lower than a C).  The first 9 hours of graduate courses must be within the student's program of study.  Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.  If a 3.00 is not attained, the provisional student shall be dismissed from the graduate program.  Academic departments may set higher standards for students to fulfill provisional requirements; a student admitted with provisional status should contact the graduate coordinator for the program’s specific requirements.  While in the provisional status, a student is not eligible to hold a graduate assistantship.

Academic Performance

Maintenance of an overall GPA of 3.00 or greater is expected for students enrolled in M.S. or Ph.D. programs in the department. The student is allowed only two Cs. Any third C or the first grade below C (a D or F) is grounds for dismissal.

Approved "Programs of Study" are provided below.  Students should develop programs of study with their major professor and graduate committee as Graduate Coordinator consent.  If substitutions are made for required courses, these must be documented on the program of study form.

Master of Science in Agricultural Life Sciences with Biochemistry Concentration - Thesis

BCH 6603General Biochemistry (prerequisite)3
BCH 6613General Biochemistry (prerequisite)3
BCH 6414Protein Methods4
BCH 6804Molecular Biology Methods 14
BCH 8654Intermediary Metabolism 14
BCH 8101Seminar 22
Graduate-level coursework4
BCH 8000Thesis Research/ Thesis in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology6
Total Hours30
1

Students completing the split-level BCH core courses at MSU at the 4000-level are exempt from these classes and other approved courses will be substituted in consultation with the major professor and the student’s graduate committee, and a final oral examination.  

2

All students are required to present two seminars; the first usually in the second semester in residence (e.g., proposal topic) and one on the final research results.

At least 12 hours of coursework  must be taken at the 8000 level.

Master of Science in Agricultural Life Sciences with Biochemistry Concentration - Non-Thesis

BCH 6603General Biochemistry (prerequisite)3
BCH 6613General Biochemistry (prerequisite)3
BCH 6414Protein Methods4
BCH 6804Molecular Biology Methods 14
BCH 8654Intermediary Metabolism 14
BCH 8101Seminar 22
Graduate-level coursework10
BCH 7000Directed Individual Study in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology 33
Total Hours33
1

Students completing the split-level BCH core courses at MSU at the 4000-level are exempt from these classes and other approved courses will be substituted in consultation with the major professor and the student’s graduate committee, and a final oral examination.

2

 All students are required to present two seminars; the first usually in the second semester in residence (e.g., proposal topic) and one on the final research project.

3

The research paper will be the equivalent of a research literature review and will be reviewed by the student’s committee. 

At least 15 hours of coursework must be taken at the 8000 level.

Master of Science in Agricultural Life Sciences with Entomology or Plant Pathology Concentration

Coursework at 8000-level or higher12
Other graduate-level coursework10
EPP 8111Seminar1
EPP 8121Seminar1
EPP 8000Thesis Research/ Thesis in Entomology and Plant Pathology6
Total Hours30

Doctor of Philosophy in Life Sciences with Biochemistry Concentration

Baccalaureate Degree to Ph.D.

BCH 6603General Biochemistry (prerequisite)3
BCH 6613General Biochemistry (prerequisite)3
Select one of the following:3-4
Protein Methods
Biochemistry of Specialized Tissues
Enzymes
BCH 8654Intermediary Metabolism 14
or BCH 6804 Molecular Biology Methods
BCH 8101Seminar 22
BCH 9000Dissertation Research/ Dissertation in Biochemistry,Molecular Biology,Entomology and Plant Pathology20
Enrichment courses 312
Additional graduate-level courses12-13
Total Hours60
1

Or equivalent BCH or Life Science-related coursework; students completing the split-level BCH core courses at MSU at the 4000-level are exempt from these classes, and other approved courses will be substituted in consultation with the major professor and the student’s graduate committee.

2

The first formal seminar should be within the first 1.5 years the student is in residence. The final seminar will be a presentation of the final research results of the student.  

3

It is recommended that the doctoral program include enrichment courses to be approved by the graduate committee. The enrichment program would consist of 12 course credits or equivalent special projects or directed individual study related to the specific interests and needs of the student. 

This program requires a minimum of 40 credit hours of coursework and at least 20 research hours above the baccalaureate degree (60 hours total) for students entering with only a baccalaureate degree.

Doctor of Philosophy in Life Sciences with Biochemistry Concentration

Master of Science Degree to Ph.D.

BCH 6603General Biochemistry (prerequisite)3
BCH 6613General Biochemistry (prerequisite)3
Select one of the following:3-4
Protein Methods
Biochemistry of Specialized Tissues
Enzymes
BCH 8654Intermediary Metabolism 14
or BCH 6804 Molecular Biology Methods
BCH 8101Seminar 22
BCH 9000Dissertation Research/ Dissertation in Biochemistry,Molecular Biology,Entomology and Plant Pathology20
Enrichment courses 312
Total Hours47
1

Or equivalent BCH or Life Science-related coursework; students completing the split-level BCH core courses at MSU at the 4000-level are exempt from these classes, and other approved courses will be substituted in consultation with the major professor and the student’s graduate committee.

2

The first formal seminar should be within the first 1.5 years the student is in residence. The final seminar will be a presentation of the final research results of the student.  

3

It is recommended that the doctoral program include enrichment courses to be approved by the graduate committee. The enrichment program would consist of 12 course credits or equivalent special projects or directed individual study related to the specific interests and needs of the student. 

Students entering the program with an M.S. degree have a required minimum of 40 hours past that degree utilizing a combination of coursework and research hours (with a minimum of  20 hours of research/dissertation).

Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology

Baccalaureate Degree to Ph.D.

BCH 6603General Biochemistry (prerequisite) 13
BCH 6613General Biochemistry (prerequisite) 13
Select one of the following: 23-4
Protein Methods
Molecular Biology
Molecular Genetics
BCH 8654Intermediary Metabolism 24
BCH 8101Seminar 32
BCH 9000Dissertation Research/ Dissertation in Biochemistry,Molecular Biology,Entomology and Plant Pathology30
Enrichment Courses 412
Total Hours57-58
1

Or equivalent.

2

Or equivalent BCH or Life Science-related coursework; students completing the split-level BCH core courses at MSU at the 4000-level are exempt from these classes, and other approved courses would be substituted in consultation with the major professor and the student’s graduate committee.

3

The first formal seminar should be within the first 1.5 years the student is in residence. The final seminar will be a presentation of the final research results of the student.  

4

It is recommended that the doctoral program include enrichment courses to be approved by the graduate committee. The enrichment program would consist of 12 course credits or equivalent special projects or directed individual study related to the specific interests and needs of the student. Such enrichment courses or technical proficiencies could include (but are not limited to) statistics, biocomputing, electron microscopy, plant transformation, tissue culture, production of monoclonal antibodies, etc. 

The Molecular Biology Ph.D. degree is primarily a research degree.  However, a minimum of 30-40 hours of coursework and 30 hours of research beyond the B.S. degree are required.  A student entering the program with a master’s degree will be required to take 30-40 hours past that degree.   The courses shall come from the offerings of the department and from supporting programs.  If the student desires a specific minor, 12 hours should be in that field.  The selection of courses is left to the student in consultation with the major professor and graduate committee.

The student’s Ph.D. graduate committee will consist of a total of at least five members with at least three of these members from the department faculty. The student will submit a research proposal to the committee. No time limit is imposed, but it is suggested that the proposal be submitted within the first 1.5 years. The student will have yearly reviews with the graduate committee. The student is expected to produce publishable research.

The student must pass written and oral preliminary examinations dealing with his/her program of study. A student not passing the preliminary exams on a second attempt will be given the option of completing the research required for an M.S. (provided the coursework is also adequate). The student must pass a final oral defense of the dissertation upon completion of the research program.

Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology

Master of Science Degree to Ph.D.

A student entering the program with a master’s degree will be required to take 30-40 hours past that degree. The courses shall come from the offerings of the department and from supporting programs. If the student desires a specific minor, 12 hours should be in that field. The selection of courses is left to the student in consultation with the major professor and graduate committee.

The student must pass written and oral preliminary examinations dealing with his/her program of study. A student not passing the preliminary exams on a second attempt will be given the option of completing the research required for an M.S. (provided the coursework is also adequate). The student must pass a final oral defense of the dissertation upon completion of the research program.

Doctor of Philosophy in Life Sciences with Entomology Concentration

EPP 8111Seminar1
EPP 8121Seminar1
Enrichment courses 112
Additional graduate-level coursework46
Total Hours60
1

It is recommended that the doctoral program include enrichment courses to be approved by the graduate committee. The enrichment program would consist of 12 course credits or equivalent special projects or study areas related to the specific interests and needs of the student.

This program requires 60 credit hours of coursework above the baccalaureate degree.

The student’s Ph.D. graduate committee will consist of a total of at least five members with at least three of these members from the department faculty. The student will submit a research proposal to the committee.

The student must pass written and oral preliminary examinations dealing with his/her program of study. A student not passing the preliminary exams on a second attempt will be given the option of completing the research required for an M.S. (provided the coursework is also adequate). The student must pass a final oral defense of the dissertation upon completion of the research program.

Doctor of Philosophy in Life Sciences with Plant Pathology Concentration

EPP 8111Seminar1
EPP 8121Seminar1
Enrichment courses 112
Additional graduate-level coursework46
Total Hours60
1

It is recommended that the doctoral program include enrichment courses to be approved by the graduate committee. The enrichment program would consist of 12 course credits or equivalent special projects or study areas related to the specific interests and needs of the student.

This program requires 60 credit hours of coursework above the baccalaureate degree.

The student’s Ph.D. graduate committee will consist of a total of at least five members with at least three of these members from the department faculty. The student will submit a research proposal to the committee.

The student must pass written and oral preliminary examinations dealing with his/her program of study. A student not passing the preliminary exams on a second attempt will be given the option of completing the research required for an M.S. (provided the coursework is also adequate). The student must pass a final oral defense of the dissertation upon completion of the research program.

BCH 6013 Principles of Biochemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CH 2503, BIO 1134 or equivalent.) Three hours lecture. A survey of biochemistry designed to provide the non-major with a comprehensive background in the field. (Credit will not be given to students matriculating in the Biochemistry or Molecular Biology degree programs.)

BCH 6113 Essentials of Molecular Genetics: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. A survey of molecular biology and genetics designed to provide the non-major with a comprehensive background in the field. (Credit will not be given to students matriculating in the Biochemistry or Molecular Biology degree program)

BCH 6253 Macronutrients: Human Metabolism: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: FNH Majors: Grade of “C” or better or concurrent enrollment in BCH 4013 and Junior or Senior Standing; or BCH Major). Three hours face-to-face lecture or web-based distance instruction. In-depth study of the chemistry and functionality of macronutrients in food systems and their biochemical impact on the human body. (Same as FNH 4253/6253)

BCH 6333 Advanced Forensic Science: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:BCH 4013/6013 or BCH 4603/6603 and BCH 4613/6613; or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. An advanced study of the central concepts in forensic science as they relate to physiology, biochemistry and statistics

BCH 6414 Protein Methods: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: Coregistration in BCH 4603/6603). Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. A comprehensive course to teach the student the modern methods of protein biochemistry

BCH 6503 Scientific Communication Skills: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites:Undergraduate, non-BCH majors-junior or senior standing;BCH majors co-registration in BCH 4414 or consent of instructor, or Graduate standing). Three hours lecture. Introduction to developing information literature and survey of data manipulation and presentation skills

BCH 6603 General Biochemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: CH 4523/6523 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. BCH 4603/6603 must be completed before student may enroll in BCH 4613/6613. Detailed studies of the structure and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes, and coenzymes

BCH 6613 General Biochemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: CH 4523/6523 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. BCH 4603/6603 must be completed before student may enroll in BCH 4613/6613. Detailed studies of the structure and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes, and coenzymes

BCH 6623 Biochemistry of Specialized Tissues: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Coregistration in BCH 4613/6613). A continuation of BCH 4613/6613 to include a study of specialized tissues, hormones, acid-base balance in animals and other physiological parameters of biochemistry

BCH 6713 Molecular Biology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Coregistration in BCH 4613/6613). Three hours lecture. A study of basic molecular process such as synthesis of DNA, RNA, and protein in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Offered fall semester. (Same as GNS 6713)

BCH 6804 Molecular Biology Methods: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite:Coregistration in BCH 4613/6613). Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. A comprehensive course to teach the student the modern methods of molecular biology. (Same as GNS 4804/6804),

BCH 6990 Special Topics in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

BCH 7000 Directed Individual Study in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

BCH 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

BCH 8101 Seminar: 1 hour.

Review of current literature; individual presentation of research or classical topics

BCH 8243 Molecular Biology of Plants: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Coregistration in BCH 4613/6613). Three hours lecture. A study of plant development at the molecular level. Emphasis will be placed on the influence of nucleic acid metabolism on plant development

BCH 8631 Topics in Genomics: 1 hour.

(Prerequisites:PSS/BCH 8653 or BCH 4713/6713 or BCH 8643 ). Review and discussion of classic and current genomics literature;individual presentation of a seminar highlighting an area of genomics research. (Same as PSS 8631)

BCH 8633 Enzymes: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: BCH 4613/6613). Three hours lecture. A study of enzymes; their purification, classification, kinetics and mechanisms

BCH 8643 Molecular Genetics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PO 3103, or BIO 3103, and Coregistration in BCH 5613/7613). Three hours lecture. Study of the gene and its expression with emphasis on structure and function in higher organisms. (Same as GNS 8643)

BCH 8653 Genomes and Genomics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites:BCH 4113/6113 or BCH 4713/6713 or BCH 8643 or consent of instructor). Overview of genome structure and evolution with emphasis on genomics, the use of molecular biology, robotics, and advanced computational methods to efficiently study genomes. (Same as PSS 8653)

BCH 8654 Intermediary Metabolism: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: BCH 4613/6613). Four hours lecture. An advanced in-depth study of anabolic and catabolic pathways involved in cellular metabolism. Bioenergetics and control mechanisms will be emphasized

BCH 8990 Special Topics in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

BCH 9000 Dissertation Research/ Dissertation in Biochemistry,Molecular Biology,Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credit to be arranged

EPP 6113 Principles of Plant Pathology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: BIO 1134 and Bio 1144 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Acquiring a general knowledge of the principles of plant pathology through a study of selected plant diseases of economic importance for Mississippi

EPP 6152 Advanced Fungal Taxonomy-Fungi Imperfecti: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite:Consent of Instructor). One hour lecture. Two hours laboratory. Methods and practice in identification of taxon-fungi imperfecti in different ecosystems. Includes conventional macroscopic and microscopic techniques for identification compared with molecular methods

EPP 6154 General Entomology: 4 hours.

Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Fall semester. Biology of insects including morphology, physiology, development, ecology and emphasis on classification of orders and common families

EPP 6162 Advanced Fungal Taxonomy-Ascomycetes: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor).One hour lecture. Two hours laboratory.Methods and practice in identification of taxon-ascomycetes in different ecosystems. Includes conventional macroscopic and microscopic techniques for identification compared with molecular methods

EPP 6163 Plant Disease Management: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 4113/6113 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Techniques and fundamentals of plant disease management. Disease dynamics related to management, avoidance, exclusion, eradication of pathogens; principles of plant protection, spraying techniques; biological control. Spring semester

EPP 6164 Insect Taxonomy: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 4154). Two hours lecture. Six hours laboratory. Spring semester. Advanced study of insect classification

EPP 6172 Advanced Fungal Taxonomy-Fleshy Basidiomycetes: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor). One hour lecture. Two hours laboratory. Methods and practice in identification of taxon-basidiomycetes in different ecosystems.Includes conventional mascroscopic and microscopic techniques for identification compared with molecular methods

EPP 6173 Medical and Veterinary Entomology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:EPP 4154 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Two hour laboratory. Exxentials of the biology, disease relationships, surveillance, and control of arthropods parastitic on humans and animals in the context of clincal and preventive medicine

EPP 6182 Advanced Fungal Taxonomy-Oomycetes and Zygomycetes: 2 hours.

(Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor ). One hour lecture. Two hour laboratory. Methods and practice in identification of taxon-oomycetes and zygomycetes in different ecosystems. Includes conventional macroscopic and microscopic techniques for identification compared with molecular methods

EPP 6214 Diseases of Crops: 4 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPP 3113 or 3124). Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Fundamentals and practical aspects of identification and control of selected diseases of crop plants grown in the southern U.S. Spring semester

EPP 6234 Field Crop Insects: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 2213 or 4154). Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Fall semester. Recognition, biology, distribution, damage, economic importance and methods of control of insect pests of agronomic and horticultural crops

EPP 6244 Aquatic Entomology: 4 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPP 4154 or instructors approval). Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Study of basic biological and ecological principles important to aquatic insects and related arthropods, including life histories, evolutionary adaptations, community and species and identification

EPP 6254 Introduction to Mycology: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: BIO 1134 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Subjects include fungal structures, function and physiology, reproduction, genetics, emphasis in taxonomy and influence of reproductive stages of Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes on plant and forest ecosystems

EPP 6263 Principles of Insect Pest Management: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Discussion of pest management concepts, insect control methods, sampling, and pest management systems. Laboratory involves sampling, calibration and other exercises related to pest management

EPP 6264 Advanced Mycology: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: BIO 1134 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Subjects include fungal structures, function and physiology, reproduction, genetics, and taxonomy of Oomycota, Chytridiomycota, and Zygomycota (Glomeromycota) and other phyla on plant and forest ecosystems

EPP 6313 Forensic Entomology: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Introduction to the identification and ecology of insects and other arthropods associated with corpses/carrion and related materials in the context of forensic science

EPP 6335 Anatomy and Physiology of Insects: 5 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 4154). Four hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Spring semester. Introduction to the basic principles of structure and function of insect organ systems from a comparative and evolutionary viewpoint. (Same as PHY 6335)

EPP 6523 Turfgrass Diseases: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 3113 or 3124) Two hours lecture Three hours laboratory. Study of the life cycle, damage, economic importance and control startegies of turfgrass diseases

EPP 6543 Toxicology and Insecticide Chemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry). Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Spring semester. Chemistry, toxicity and mode of action of major groups of insecticides. Laboratory; bioassay methods, insecticide interactions, calculations

EPP 6613 Forensic Entomology: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours Laboratory. Introduction to the identification and ecology of insects and other arthropods associated with corpses/carrion and related materials in the context of forensic science

EPP 6990 Special Topics in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

EPP 7000 Directed Individual Study in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

EPP 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-13 hours.

Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and credits to be arranged

EPP 8111 Seminar: 1 hour.

Consideration of recent advances and problems in Entomology and Plant Pathology; student participation, general discussion

EPP 8113 Plant Nematology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 3113). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Basic morphology, taxonomy, and nomenclature; discussion of plant pathogenic general, symptomatology, methods of isolation, control methods, and interrelationship of nematodes to other plant pathogens. Fall semester, even years

EPP 8121 Seminar: 1 hour.

Consideration of recent advances and problems in Entomology and Plant Pathology; student participation, general discussion

EPP 8123 Plant Virology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 4133/6133 or equivalent). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Morphology and structure of infectious entity; characteristics of plant virus groups including symptomatology, transmission, vectors, etc. Methods of assay and purification. Spring semester, even years

EPP 8133 Plant Bacteriology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:EPP 4113,EPP 6133 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours Laboratory. Morphology, biology and taxonomy of plant-associated bacteria and physio-biochemical and molecular mechanisms involved in their interactions with plants; development and management of plant bacterial diseases

EPP 8143 Advanced Plant Pathology I: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 3113). Three hours lecture. The dynamic nature of disease. Genetics and variability of the major groups of plant pathogens. Epidemiology. Genetics of the host-parasitic interaction. Fall semesters

EPP 8144 Transmission Electro Microscopy: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite:Consent of Instructor). One hour lecture. Six hours laboratory. Introduction to TEM including life sciences (tissue) and engineering (crystalline materials) topics. (Same as ME 8144)

EPP 8173 Clinical Plant Pathology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPP 3113 and EPP 4114). Two four-hour laboratories. Clinical techniques, procedures, and experience in diagnosing plant diseases in the laboratory and field. Covers diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, MLO, nematodes, unfavorable environment and viruses. Summer

EPP 8223 Scanning Electron Microscopy: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Graduate Student, consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory . Fall semester. Introduction to scanning electron microscopy and associated techniques

EPP 8253 Advanced Plant Pathology II: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPP 4113/6113, BIO 4214/6214, or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Infection processes, weapons utilized by pathogens in attack, and resultant alterations in ultrastructure, function and metabolism

EPP 8263 Insect Rearing: Principles and Procedures: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 2213, EPP 4154, or instructor permission.) Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Principles and procedures for hearing high quality insects including safety, genetics environments, diets, diet contamination, disease, and quality control

EPP 8272 Empirical Research in Theory and Practice: 2 hours.

Two hours lecture. Introduction to the nature, process, and societal role of research; logical basis, role of chance, researcher attributes, grantsmanship, publication, ethics, and public policy

EPP 8333 Advanced Toxicology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 4543. Three hours lecture. Fall semester. Physiological and biochemical actions of pesticides and therapeutic drugs. Pesticide metabolism and resistance. Insecticide synergism. Natural toxins and venoms. (Same as PHY 8333)

EPP 8483 Ecological Genetics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PO 3103 or equivalent and BIO 4113/6113 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. Introduction to the application of genetic methods and theory to the study of adaptation in natural populations. (Same as GNS 8483)

EPP 8624 Population Ecology of Insects: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite:A course in general ecology) Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Effects of abiotic and biotic factors on distribution and population dynamics of insects mediated through taxis, dispersal, migration, diapause, circadian rhythm,phenology, natality/mortality, and developmental rate

EPP 8990 Special Topics in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

EPP 9000 Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged