It is expected that students who want to take Plant and Microbial Sciences IB will have taken at least one of Biology of Cells IA, Physiology of Organisms IA or Evolution and Behaviour IA. It is possible to take Plant and Microbial Sciences IB without having taken any of these courses, but students are advised to seek background reading before they start, and/or additional supervisions. Advice on both these aspects can be obtained from the Course Coordinator or the Teaching Coordinator.
The Plant & Microbial Sciences IB course is an essential background for the more specialised options in Part II Plant Sciences, as well as providing a scientific basis for topics in Part II Biochemistry, Genetics, Zoology or Ecology. The strong microbiological component makes it an essential feeder for courses with microbiological content at Part II. At the end of the course, students will have developed knowledge of all aspects of modern plant biology. Students will also have gained experience of a range of experimental techniques used in modern plant biology and microbiology, both in the laboratory and in the field.