BI 202 : General Botany

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General Botany



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Recommended preparation

At least one previous biology course (BI 101, 102, 103, 211, 212, 213).


Studies plant anatomy, human interactions with plants, and especially plant taxonomy within an evolutionary framework. Focuses on flowering plant families common in Central Oregon and identification using taxonomic keys.

Learning outcomes

1. Identify and communicate, using technical botanical terminology, the vegetative and floral characteristics important for describing and classifying plants.
2. Employ, individually and collaboratively, established taxonomical schemes (i.e. dichotomous keys) to identify plants.
3. Use appropriate techniques and ethics to collect local botanical specimens for study.
4. Apply human historical and cultural connections with plants to nutritional, medicinal, and aesthetic human needs and communicate these ideas orally, visually, and in writing.
5. Recognize major concepts in botany and differentiate evidence-based scientific botanical knowledge from non-scientific botanical claims.

Content outline

Botanical nomenclature
Major plant groups: mosses, ferns, conifers, and flowering plants
Vegetative, floral, and fruit anatomy
Monocots compared to dicots
Dichotomous keys
Identification of unknown plants
Survey of common plant families in Central Oregon
Plant specimen collecting and herbarium techniques
Characteristics of common plant families
Plant co-evolution with animals: pollination and seed dispersal
Evolutionary origin of plants
Economic botany
Field trips

Required materials

Course may require textbook, coursepack, hand lens, plant press.

Grading methods

Grades will be determined by plant collection, poster presentation, two midterm exams and one final exam including identification of unfamiliar plant specimens, and laboratory activities.

General education/Related instruction lists

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