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Plant Biology (BIOL 2250)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 2
Lab Credits: 2

Description: This course examines the fundamentals of botany, including structure, function, physiology, and reproductive biology of plants and plant-like organisms. This course also studies the diversity, evolutionary history and ecology of flowering plants, algae, fungi, bryophytes, lower vascular plants, ferns and gymnosperms. This course includes four hours of required lab per week.

Topical Outline:
1. Plant anatomy and plant cell components
2. General principles of the plant life cycle and a first introduction to cladistics
3. Evolution and systematics of algae, other photosynthetic organisms that are not plants and non-seed plants.
4. Evolution and systematics of seed plants
5. Plant physiology and the chemistry of life

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand and interpret the functionality of the anatomical and morphological structures of plants
2. Understand how plants grow, function and reproduce and apply these principles through plant propagation
3. Interpret the distinguishing characteristics of all major groups studied from an evolutionary point of view
4. Appreciate the importance of plants for all other organisms, including humans, in the biosphere

Prerequisites:  BIOL 1100 or BIOL 2200

MnTC: Goal 3: Natural Sciences