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Penn State offers a variety of courses that cover chemical ecology-related topics. Use LionPATH to register for a course.

AGRO 460 Molecular Genetics of Transgenic Plants (3) Understanding the biology and inheritance of genetic traits through the use of genetically modified plants, progress on developments of transgenic crops, their advantages, problems and regulatory issues. Surinder Chopra

AGRO 518 Crop Plant Environmental Stress (or Plant Stress Biology) (3) Understanding plant responses to both abiotic and biotic environmental stresses, including heat and drought stress, herbivory, and pathogen attack. The course also includes information about combinations of stresses. Lectures are based on papers from the current literature, but background information about each type of stress is presented. Dawn Luthe

BIOL 446 Physiological Ecology (3) The physiological abilities of plants and animals to adapt to their abiotic environment. Jim Marden/Chuck Fisher

BIOL 441 Plant Physiology (3) Classical and current concepts in plant constituents, mineral nutrition, water relations, respiration, photosynthesis, photoperiodism, plant hormones, growth, and development. Dan Cosgrove

BIOL 448 Ecology of Plant Reproduction (3) Analysis of the ecology, evolution, and natural history of angiosperm reproduction, including pollination, fruit-set, dispersal, and relevant plant- animal interactions. Andy Stephenson

BIOL 499A Tropical Field Ecology (3) An intensive introduction to tropical biodiversity to be taught in Belize, Central America. This course is taught in late December to early January at various sites in Costa Rica. The course gives you the opportunity to do research in mangrove forests, around the base of an active volcano, and at nesting sites for leatherback sea turtles, among others. Jim Marden

BIOL 513 Plant Cellular Signaling (3) Introduction to themes of plan signaling through critical review of primary literature. Sally Assmann

BIOL 544 Advanced Physiological Ecology (4) The physiological abilities of plants and animals to adapt to their abiotic environment. Jim Marden/Chuck Fisher

ENT 424 Sensory Biology of Insects (3) The goal of this course is to give students an understanding of the ecological aspects of insect behavior. Students will gain knowledge about the mechanisms underlying the behavioral reactions of insects affecting mate-finding and courtship, host-finding and oviposition, and dispersal and migration. Emphasis is placed on ethological and physiological knowledge concerning orientation mechanisms, communication systems, learning, and the role of the nervous system in integrating behavior in insects as they relate to ecological and evolutionary outcomes. Tom Baker

ENT 539 Chemical Ecology (3) Interactions of insects with environmental chemicals, including natural and synthetic compounds; host findings and other behavior modifying cues. Tom Baker

PLBIO 516 (BIOL) Modern Techniques and Concepts in Plant Molecular Biology (2) An intensive introduction to contemporary molecular biology methods as applied to the study of plants. Prerequisite: general biology and plant physiology at the undergraduate level. Surinder Chopra and Loida Escote-Carlson

PPATH 533 Molecular Genetics of Plant–Pathogen Interactions (3) In depth discussion/review of the primary literature on the mechanisms of plant-pathogen interactions at the molecular and cellular levels. Seogchan Kang

PPATH 540 Plant Disease Control (3) Principles of plant disease control, including theoretical considerations involved in control by chemical and nonchemical means. Paul Backman

Soils 512 Environmental Soil Microbiology (3) Biology and ecology of microorganisms in terrestrial environments; microbiological and molecular analysis methods; microbial processes in carbon and nitrogen cycling. Mary Bruns