Oct 04, 2023
PBIO 1020 - Plant Biology
Directed to nonscience majors. Surveys the important taxonomic groups of plants, including algae, bryophytes, ferns, conifers, and flowering plants with reference to modern and fossil species. Life histories, reproduction, and relationships between groups are considered. Fungi are also discussed. Focuses on the structure of seed plants as related to their function in the environment.
Credit Hours: 4
General Education Code: 2NS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 3.0 laboratory
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- To understand the anatomy and morphology of plants.
- To appreciate the diversity of life forms in the Kingdoms of Fungi and Protista, and see the microhabitats available in saltwater algae beds.
- To gain skill in the use of light microscopy, including handling a diversity of specimen types and preparation of wet mounts.
- To understand plant organs and their modifications.
- To understand the evolutionary advances defining major groups of plants.
- To gain a general understanding of the basics of taxonomy and the systematics of plants.
- To learn the use of a taxonomic key for identification of the local flora.
- To understand the plant life cycle and modes of reproduction, including pollination and seed dispersal.
- To understand horticultural and commercial methods of plant propagation and fruit production, in terms of hormone production and nutrient requirements.
- To understand photosynthesis as the base of the world’s food chain.
- To understand plant interactions in the structure of plant communities.
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