BIOLOGY 102 - Practical Botany
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
Credit Exclusions:
Credit is granted for a combined total of 17 credits elected in introductory biology.
Waitlist Notes:
Send e-mail to gfe@umich.edu with lab/dis sections that fit your schedule.
Cost:
<50
Lab Fee:
50
Other Course Info:
W.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

BIOLOGY 102 is an introductory course about plants and how they are used by people. Each week there are two one-hour lectures and one afternoon three-hour lab and discussion at the Botanical Gardens. Lecture topics include:

  • what plants look like;
  • how plants work;
  • how they make their living in nature;
  • using this knowledge to landscape your house, caring for your house plants, and growing your gardens;
  • medicinal plants;
  • plant breeding;
  • agriculture and food;
  • environmental and psychological importance of plants.

Busses take students to the Botanical Gardens for lab and back to main campus afterwards. In the lab, each student has his/her own personal space in a greenhouse to grow plants that can be taken home during the term. Lab activities may include:

  • looking at plants;
  • planting seeds;
  • growing plants;
  • rooting cuttings;
  • making medicinal salve;
  • testing soil;
  • preserving garden produce;
  • making hanging baskets;
  • using plant dyes;
  • making bonsai;
  • grafting plants;
  • transplanting; and
  • forcing bulbs to flower.

The text, New Illustrated Guide to Gardening, will be useful throughout your life. The only prerequisite is your interest in plants. To retain your place you MUST attend the first lecture (Fri., Jan. 4) and first lab (Wed., Jan. 9) for which you are registered. Your attendance throughout the term determines part of your grade.

Textbook (required): New Illustrated Guide to Gardening. ISBN 0-7621-0276-4
Textbook (suggested): Indoor Plants. ISBN 0-89577-921-8
Course Pack: There is no course pack, but supplemental material will be posted on Course Tools and distributed in lab.

BIOLOGY 102 - Practical Botany
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
21215
Open
1
 
-
MF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Note: --THE FIRST LECTURE IS FRI, JAN 4. --EMAIL GFE@UMICH.EDU TO REQUEST WAITLIST. --THERE WILL BE BUSSES FROM MAIN CAMPUS TO THE BOTANICAL GARDENS AND BACK TO TAKE STUDENTS TO LABORATORY MEETINGS.
002 (LAB)
P
21216
Closed
0
 
-
W 12:00PM - 3:30PM
003 (LAB)
P
21217
Closed
0
 
-
W 12:00PM - 3:30PM
004 (LAB)
P
21218
Open
1
 
-
W 2:30PM - 6:00PM
005 (LAB)
P
21219
Closed
0
 
-
W 2:30PM - 6:00PM
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