ENVIRON 255 - Plant Diversity
Section: 101
Term: SP 2010
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
Requirements & Distribution:
Lab Fee:
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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An introductory botany course covering a broad spectrum of topics including principles of plant systematics, evolution, growth, and development. The lectures and laboratories concentrate on a group-by-group treatment of plant diversity, ranging from algae and fungi through primitive vascular plants and culminating in flowering plants. The approach is an evolutionary perspective, treating plants as organisms and emphasizing the innovations and structural adaptations of the various plant groups as well as life history strategies. Such topics as pollination biology, plant speciation, and vegetational biomes are included. The course also includes plant growth and structure. Two field trips are scheduled. Two one-hour lectures and two three-hour labs per week. A total of three lecture tests and three laboratory tests will be scheduled.

Textbook: Raven, et al., Biology of Plants, 6th edition.

ENVIRON 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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Courspack will be available in class the first day of class (no charge). BRING Textbooks the first day of class and CERTAINLY the second when we will be on a field trip. Field Trips meet at 1:10 SHARP Wednesdays on the steps in front of the Kraus Natural Sciences Building
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 http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/product_pages/View_Catalog_Page.asp?mi=5250 The first one in the list is the one I recommend. I will have a few of both types available in class the first day for purchase (cash or check only)
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).
ISBN: 9780807821602
Guide to flowering plant families, Author: Zomlefer, Wendy B., Publisher: University of North Carolina Press 1994
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