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BIO 135 - Introduction to Botany

Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
This course is an introduction to the biology of plants. The course acquaints students with plant classification, morphology, anatomy, physiology, diversity and evolutionary and ecological relationships. Includes laboratory and field exercises.
Prerequisite: High School Biology and/or High School Chemistry recommended.
Competencies
  1. Understand the bilogy of the plant cell.
    1. Describe the molecular composition of plant cells.;
    2. Describe the plant cell and the cell cycle.
    3. Explain the movement of substances into and out of cells.
  2. Understand the energetics of plants.
    1. Describe the flow of energy in plants.
    2. Describe respiration.
    3. Explain photosynthesis.
  3. Understand genetics and evolution.
    1. Describe sexual reproduction and heredity.
    2. Describe the chemistry of heredity and gene expression.
    3. Describe recombinant DNA technology, plant biotechnology, and genomics.
    4. Explain the process of evolution.
  4. Understand the nature of biological diversity in plants.
    1. Explain biological systematics.
    2. Know the basic characteristics of fungi.
    3. Know the basic characteristics of bryophytes.
    4. Know the basic characteristics of seedless vascular platns.
    5. Know the basic characteristics of gymnosperms.
    6. Know the basic characteristics of angiosperms.
    7. Describe the evolution of the angiosperms.
  5. Understand the structure and development of the angiosperm plant body.
    1. Describe the development of the plant body.
    2. Describe the cells and tissues of the plant body.
    3. Describe the structure and development of the plant root.
    4. Describe the structure and development of the plant shoot.
    5. Explain secondary growth in plant stems.
  6. Understand the physiology of seed plants.
    1. Describe the hormonal regulation of plant growth and development.
    2. Describe external factors that affect plant growth.
    3. Describe the basic characteristics of plant nutrition.
    4. Describe soil-plant relationships.
    5. Explain the movement of water and solutes in plants.
  7. Understand the nature of plant ecology.
    1. Describe the dynamics of plants in communities and ecosystems.
    2. Explain the role of plants in global ecology.
  8. Understand the relationship between plants and humans.
    1. Explain the agricultural revolution.
    2. Describe the growth of human populations.
    3. Describe agriculture in the future.
  9. Understand botany laboratory techniques.
    1. Demonstrate ability to use a dissecting microscope and light microscope.
    2. Prepare live plant specimens for preservation.
    3. Prepare live plant specimens for use with microscopes.
    4. Identify live and prepared plant specimens.
    5. Construct a taxonomic key.
    6. Demonstrate proficiency with plant biotechnology techniques.
    7. Use simple statistics to analyze and explain experimental results.



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