Roger Del Moral
Basic concepts in plant biology for nonmajors, with emphasis on plant diversity and how plants grow and reproduce. Modern ideas concerning biotechnology, ecology, agriculture, and conservation and environmental issues discussed. Laboratories include greenhouse studies. Offered: AWSp.
Students will learn the fundamental ways in which plants function, including water relations, photosynthesis and reproduction; they will learn about the diversity of plant and fungal life; they will learn about economically important roles plants play, beyond food, figre and medicine; we will explore the fundamental importance of plants in the efficient function of ecosystems, and how biological and environmental changes continue to reduce the ability of plants to provide economically valuable services.
We will lecture three to four times a week, provide readings from the text, offer written study guides, and offer weekly lab exercises. Optional study sessions will be conducted prior to exams.
An interest in the plant world and some previous exposure to biology.
Class Assignments and Grading
There will be three examinations, several quizes and graded laboratory exercises.
Points will be allocated for each aspect of the course. Based on previous experience in this course, we will announce performance standards (e.g., if you score over 80%, you will receive no less than X grade.) This means that students are NOT in competition with one another...your friends's success does not detract from your potential to score a good grade.