BIOLOGY 255 - Plant Diversity
Section: 101
Term: SP 2009
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
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Other Course Info:
Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Plant Diversity is a field-oriented course in which students learn to identify native and introduced plants using field guides and taxonomic keys. Plants are treated in a phylogenetic and evolutionary context, with occasional examples of evolutionary processes as exemplified by plants. Lectures will cover plant form, phylogeny, families, and terminology. Labs and field trips allow hands-on practice in identifying flowering and non-flowering groups (mosses, ferns, conifers). Two independent projects allow individual species to be studied in-depth. Weekly field trips of four hours.

Michigan Flora, Vols. I, II, III. E.G. Voss. Cranbrook Institute.
Guide to Flowering Plant Families. W.B. Zomlefer. UNC Press.

BIOLOGY 255 - Plant Diversity
Schedule Listing
101 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
102 (LAB)
TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
W 1:00PM - 5:00PM
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Coursepacks will be provided in class on day one. You MUST purchase a handlens of 10x (this is not a magnifying glass, it is a hand lens or loupe). Very cheap ones for about $6 exist but they are really not so easy to use, Higher quality ones can be found for about $25 and are very worth the funds. Here is a link to an example I will have some available for purchase in class of both qualities the first two weeks of class (and a few later in case you lose yours).
ISBN: 9780807821602
Guide to flowering plant families, Author: Zomlefer, Wendy B., Publisher: University of North Carolina Press 1994
ALL THREE ARE REQURED. FIRST DAY! Voss, E.G. 1972. Michigan flora; a guide to the identification and occurrence of the native and naturalized seed-plants of the State Volume 1: Gymnosperms and monocots Voss, E.G. 1985. Michigan flora; a guide to the identification and occurrence of the native and naturalized seed-plants of the State Volume 2: Dicots (Saururaceae-Cornaceae). Voss, E.G. 1996. Michigan flora; a guide to the identification and occurrence of the native and naturalized seed-plants of the State Volume 3: Dicots (Pyrolaceae-Compositae).
Hand lens is required and needed immediately. There are two basic types available,, and everything in between. The cheapest (and totally acceptable) is only about $6-7 and yet it is a low quality lens whose optics might be poor. If you intend to ever look at tiny things in the future, I recommend the higher quality type for about $25. Here is a link to an example The first one in the list is the one I recommend. I will have both types available in class the first day for purchase (cash or check only)
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