BI 213B - Principles of Botany
Designed for Life Science majors. Topics: evolutionary trends of flowering plants, diagnostic characteristics of plant families, species distribution and community ecology interactions. Skills: explain phylogenetic relationship between plant groups, describe plant associations and species interaction in a variety of ecosystems, proficient use of botanical keys; ecological research that includes data documentation and analysis.
Prerequisite: Grade of C- or better in BI 211 and BI 212 or instructor consent.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Draw and describe characteristics that define the Anthophyte clade from all other plant clades.
2. Construct a phylogenetic tree showing major flowering plant clades with key characters that distin-guish the each clade.
3. Discuss the trends in flowering plant evolution.
4. Explain the ecological mechanisms and selective pressures that underlay those trends.
5. Use climate and topographic maps to identify the floristic regions in Oregon.
6. Complete a descriptive report of plant community structure including plant associations, biodiversity assessment and the biological interactions that take place in a biological community.
7. Describe a plant in detail using descriptive botanical terminology.
8. Identify an unknown plant using a botanical key.
9. Identify on-sight at least 150 native and naturalized plants of Lance Co. Oregon by binomial and family, spelled correctly.
10. Identify on-sight and use of morphological characteristics approximately 40 flowering plant families by scientific name, spelled correctly.
11. Conduct plant ecology research from experimental design through data collection and analysis and final reporting.
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