BOTAN 110 Introductory Plant Biology • 6 Cr.
Presents basic concepts of plant biology for the non-major, focusing on the plant characteristics, unity and diversity, growth, and reproduction. Students discuss current ideas in agriculture, horticulture, medicine, biotechnology, ecology, conservation, and environmental issues. Laboratory work includes greenhouse and field studies.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Use various laboratory equipment and techniques correctly, including compound and dissecting microscopes.
- Demonstrate the methodology of scientific inquiry by using observation, experimentation, data collection and interpretation.
- Demonstrate plant propagation techniques.
- Explain why the cell is the basic unit of life. Evaluate size relationships among different cells and cell structures.
- Describe the structure and function of plant cell organelles and their relationship to each other.
- List the necessary raw materials of photosynthesis and the primary end products.
- Separate and identify the photosynthetic pigments using paper chromatography and state their function.
- Identify the parts of roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds.
- Compare and contrast the distinguishing classification features of the major plant taxa.
- Summarize evidence supporting the theory of evolution with examples from the evolutionary trends of plants
- Explain the functional significance of differences in plant organ structure with regard to environmental influences.
- Analyze the evolutionary transition of photosynthetic organisms in the colonization of the terrestrial environment.
- Compare and contrast chemical and environmental plant growth regulators.
- Distinguish between various pollination mechanisms using floral characteristics and co-evolution of plants and pollinators
- Discuss seed and fruit types and dispersal strategies
- List the characteristics of Earth’s biomes.
- Describe the ecological, anatomical and morphological significance of species interactions and interrelationships.
- Evaluate the role of the biotic organisms in the recycling of water and elements such as carbon and nitrogen.
- Evaluate the significance of major crops grown for human consumption.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of plant foods we consume as well as those we can potentially consume.
- Explain the role of earth's sustainability issues in relation to energy and nutrient cycles, biodiversity and ecosystems.