2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog

BIO 325 Medical Botany

Deals with the nature of selected physiologically active secondary plant metabolites and their development for use as medicines. Their mode of action will be covered, along with information on their discovery and history of their medical use. Compounds with activity in the central and peripheral nervous systems and those with pulmonary, renal, and cardiovascular effects will be included. Anti-neoplastic agents, teratogens, and plant toxins will also be studied. Introductory material on plant structure, function, and classification will be included along with the basic principles of pharmacology. Three hours lecture/week. Prerequisites: BIO 161, BIO 162, and BIO 350 or BIO 351.