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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


Description
Introduction to plant identification with emphasis on plants native to Eastern Washington. Techniques of collection, preservation, mounting, and flora identification through use of plant identification keys will be applied. Basic botany principles related to the structure and function of a typical flowering plant will be introduced. Lab work required. Prerequisite: BIOL& 100 or 211, or AGPR 113, 114 or AGRI 215. Recommended: READ 088. Formerly BIO 221.

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.

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    BIOL 221
    Spring 2010
    0240
    Michael Mahan


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    *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.