Department of Botany
The B.Sc. Botany Degree programme was started in 1979 with Ms. N.E. Rajalakshmi as the Head and since 2001 has offered an undergraduate programme in Plant Biology and Biotechnology.
This interdisciplinary programme offered by the Department ensures that students who want to pursue higher education acquire the necessary foundation, while those for whom it is a terminal degree, acquire the necessary skills to become entrepreneurs or enter the job market. The programme offers a balanced syllabus which includes both classical Botany and Biotechnology, thus affording students a wider knowledge of the various aspects of the Life Sciences. To keep pace with the rapid strides made in the field of Science and Technology, the programme was renamed Plant Biology and Biotechnology.
To enhance experiential learning, the Department organises field visits to Research Centres and laboratories engaged in Tissue Culture, as well as industrial visits to Institutes cultivating alternative food such as mushrooms and spirulina. Other institutional visits expose them to environmental initiatives, while visits to the Irula Tribal Centre help them to learn more about traditional medicine. Visits to the sea coast for algal collection are also a part of the curriculum.
The General Elective courses offered by the department are aimed at creating awareness on ecosensitive issues and preparing students to be entrepreneurs.
The Department has created and maintains a Herbal Garden on the College campus, and is currently involved in mushroom cultivation.
The Department is one among those chosen under the Star College Scheme of the DBT, which provides for the popularisation of Basic Sciences and Biology.
The Department also offers a UGC sponsored Certificate Course on Herbal Therapy and Beauty Care in collaboration with Visible Difference, an Institute of Cosmetology.
B. Sc. Branch V(A) - Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology
Major Core Courses
- Algae, Fungi and Lichens
- Principles of Applied Biotechnology
- Algae, Fungi and Lichens - Practicals
- Bryophytes, Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms
- Bryophytes, Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms - Practicals
- Taxonomy of Angiosperms and Economic Botany
- Phytotherapy and Ethnobotany
- Taxonomy of Angiosperms Economic Botany - Practicals
- Anatomy and Embryology of Angiosperms
- Anatomy and Embryology of Angiosperms - Practicals
- Cell and Molrcular Biology
- Ecology and Environmental Biotechnology
- Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Ecology and Environmental Biotechnology - Practicals
- Plant Physiology
- Plant Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering, Genetics, Plant Breeding & Evolution
- Plant Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering, Genetics, Plant Breeding & Evolution - Practicals
Allied Core Courses
- General Zoology - I & II
- General Zoology - I & II Practical
- Fundamentals of Biochemistry - I & II
- Biochemistry - I & II Practical
Major Elective Courses
- Horticulture (Skill Development Course)
- Fruit Preservation and Nutition (Skill Development Course)
- Analytical Techniques in Plant Sciences
Allied Elective Courses
- Applied Chemistry
- Fundamentals of Nanoscience
- Introduction to Human Physiology and Immunology
Independent Study Course
The Department offers the following General Elective courses to students of other departments:
- Herbal Therapy
- Fruit Preservation
- Fundamentals of Horticulture
- Food Science
- Herbal Therapy and Beauty Care