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BIOL 221
Systematic Botany (Plant Identification)

Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline: [Natural Sciences]

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20

This course is an introduction to plant identification with emphasis on plants native to Eastern Washington. It is intended for either science or non-science majors in fulfillment of the general education lab science requirements. Topics will include: techniques of collection, preservation, mounting, and flora identification through use of plant identification keys. This course will provide an introduction to basic botany principles related to the structure and function of a typical flowering plant. Formerly BIO 221. Prerequisite: BIOL& 100 or 211, or AGPR 113, 114 or AGRI 215. Recommended: READ 088 or higher.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Build upon the student's basic knowledge of vascular plant morphology acquired in General Botany, and to understand the concept of characters - the way in which we assess morphology.
  • Learn how plants are named and howwhy names are changed.
  • Learn how to indentify plants through repetitive use of plant identification keys.
  • Understand systems of classification for vascular plants.
  • Recognize selected common/important vascular plant families for practical use and as points of reference in understanding systems of classification.
  • Become aware of the process of plant evolution and how this process is incorporated into systems of classification, concepts of units of classification (species, genera, families, etc.)
  • Understand and recognize certain types of variability in plant populations and how this influences classification.
  • Become acquainted with and develop some appreciation for the historical development of plant systematics.

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    BIOL 221
    Spring 2010
    Michael Mahan

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.