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Spring Semester 2019
Sep 23, 2020
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BIOS 30325 - Plant Biochemistry and Biofuels: the power for life
This course for juniors, seniors and graduate students is structured around the physics, chemistry, and biochemistry of photoautotrophs, the organisms that support almost all of the life on earth. In this course we will examine three core topics to prepare you for your own investigations of the use of biomass for energy generation. The course will have some lecture-style content, but interaction with each other and the professor will be necessary. The interactive class format will require preparation before class. The basic resource materials are the two textbooks, online content and the primary literature. A basic knowledge of chemistry, physics and organic chemistry is required. Engineering, chemistry and biochemistry majors are welcome. The conceptual goals of this course are an enduring understanding of 1) the basic energy transformation processes and structural complexity of photoautotrophs, 2) the biochemical and cultural impact of agriculture and 3) the sources of biofuels and the costs of their use. Added benefits are an appreciation of the dazzling biochemical complexity and capability of plants, and (possibly) ideas for sustainable energy generation systems of the future.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: All levels at the University:, Employee Non-Degree, Graduate Business, Graduate Non-Degree, Graduate Business Non-Degree, Graduate, Holy Cross College, Law Doctorate, Law Non-Degree, Law, Non-matriculating, St. Mary's College, Undergraduate Non-Degree, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Class

Undergraduate Division
Biological Sciences Department

Course Attributes:
CHSE - CHEM Science Electives, ENST - Energy Studies, SUS2 - Impacts

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      Undergraduate Non-Degree
      Employee Non-Degree
      St. Mary's College
Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Biological Sciences
      Environmental Sciences
      Environmental Sciences (Supp.)
Must be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:     

( BIOS 20241 or BIOS 30341) and ( BIOS 20250 or BIOS 20303)

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