BIO 210, Botany

A study of the biological principles applicable to the diversity, form and function, evolution, and ecology of plants and plant-like organisms.

General Syllabus

Course objectives:
In Botany, we will begin to answer the following questions: how did plants evolve on earth, how are plants constructed, how do plants function, why are plants important in ecosystems, and what role do plants play in human society? In order to investigate these basic questions, you will be using problem solving and critical thinking skills in laboratory exercises and in class exams. You will also be able to communicate these objectives through periodic writing assignments and class discussion. Since approximately 99% of the earth’s living biomass is plant material, it is imperative to have an understanding of plants in order to understand biological systems.

Learning facilities and resources:
*  Computer labs are located in Conn Library, Carhart, Connell, Brandenburg and Gardner Halls
*  Peer tutoring and counseling is located in the Learning Center (Student Union,  375-7496)
*  Further scholastic assistance is available at the Dean of Students Office (375-7213)

Topics Covered

Introduction and Biomes
Plant Cells and Tissues
Stems and Secondary Growth
Roots and Mineral Nutrition
Leaves and Transpiration
Plant Growth and Development
Diversity and Classification of Plants
Cyanobacteria,  Fungi and Algae
Bryophytes and Seedless Vascular Plants
Gymnosperms and Angiosperms
Flowers and Fruits