This course will provide a broad, integrated overview of plant biology including economic and environmental aspects. The general areas covered are: (1) Plant diversity - the basic biology and evolution of the bacteria, fungi, algae, plantimals, bryophytes and vascular plants. In addition, special aspects such as their environmental impacts, toxicology and molecular evolution will be covered. (2) Structure, function and development from the cell-molecular level to the whole organism. Photosynthesis, internal transport, hormones, environmental controls, molecular biology, genetic engineering and biotechnology will be included. (3) Ecology, adaptations to their environment, plant-animal interactions, ethnobotany, plant medicinals, biomes, biogeography and evolution. Students will also work with the Internet and electronic databases to answer questions in the course subject area.
Format: In addition to 2 hr/week of lecture, there will be a discussion (1 hr/week) and a lab (3 hr/week) including 2 field trips. There will be 1 hour exam, a final exam, 4 lab quizzes and 2 short papers
Prerequisite: Biol. 162 or equiv. Not open to those who have completed Biol. 154.
Offered Term A (Fall).
4 credits (NS) (BS)
Costs: Students will have to purchase a textbook, lab manual and a course pack consisting of a syllabus and some illustrations.
Laboratory fee required.
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