Dr. John Tiftickjian
Professor Emeritus of Biology


Dr. Tiftickjian is now Professor Emeritus of Biology. He taught at Delta State University from 1984 until he retired in 2016. Although no longer actively teaching, he is still involved in the Department of Biological Sciences and maintains an office there. Although only occasionally on campus, he can be reached by email and by phone messages left at the department office.

Dr. Tiftickjian, called “Dr. T” by most of his students, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and Lakeland, Florida. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Florida and received a B.S. in Botany in 1977. He did graduate work in botany at Washington State University, receiving both a Masters and Ph.D., finishing in 1983. His graduate research area was reproductive physiology of green algae. He joined the Delta State faculty in 1984. His areas of interest include plant physiology, phycology (algae), plant anatomy, microscopy, educational technology, history of biology, computer technology.

Until his retirement in 2016, he taught General Biology (BIO 100/101), Genetics (BIO 328), Plant Physiology (BIO 405/505), Plant Anatomy (BIO 410/510), and Biology of Nonvascular Plants (BIO 408/50). Although others are now teaching those courses, Dr. T. still maintains websites for them, and current students are welcome to use materials from those sites if they find them useful. Descriptions of the courses and links to their websites are listed below.

Dr. Tiftickjian
Office: Walters 111A
Address: Department of Biological Sciences
Delta State University
Cleveland, MS 38733
Phone: 662-846-4240 (Biology department office)
Email: jtift@deltastate.edu
Twitter: www.twitter.com/doctift (DSU related)
www.twitter.com/jtift (personal)

Courses previously taught by Dr. Tiftickjian

BIO 100. General Biology I Credit: 4
Principles, concepts, and theories of biology including the origin of life, evolution, biological chemistry, cell biology, genetics, and metabolism. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
BIO 100 web site

BIO 101. General Biology II Credit: 4
Continuation of BIO 100. Mechanisms of evolution, prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plant form and function, plant diversity, animal form and function, animal diversity, and ecology. Prerequisite: BIO 100. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
BIO 101 web site

BIO 328. Genetics Credit: 4
Principles of heredity; current genetic and biochemical theories. Prerequisites: BIO 101. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
BIO 328 web site

BIO 405/505. Plant Physiology Credit: 4
Physiology of vascular plants with emphasis on angiosperms; water relations, translocation, mineral nutrition, photosynthesis, growth, hormones, and physiology of reproduction. Prerequisite: BIO 101, 300. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
BIO 405/505 web site

BIO 408/508. Biology of Nonvascular Plants Credit: 4
Biology of the algae, fungi, and bryophytes, emphasizing morphology, life histories, and systematics, but also including physiology, and ecology. Laboratory includes identification, isolation, and culture methods. Prerequisites: BIO 101. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours.
BIO 408/508 web site

BIO 410/510. Plant Anatomy Credit: 4
Organization and development of the vegetative and reproductive tissues and organs of seed plants with emphasis on angiosperms. Prerequisites: BIO 101, 300. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
BIO 410/510 web site

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