Plant Classification and Identification

Plant Classification and Identification
Principles of plant systematics, taxonomy, and classification, emphasizing family recognition by sight, terminology, and use of identification keys to the temperate flora.
 Hours4.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesBio 100 or Bio 130 or PDBio 120 or PWS 100 or instructor's consent.
 ProgramsContaining BIO 430
Course Outcomes: 


Students will apply correct vocabulary for describing plant parts and be able to infer the meaning of new terms based on knowledge of common roots, prefixes, and suffixes.

Group Recognition

Students will recognize the major groups of vascular plants, be able to differentiate them by their principal characters, and understand their phylogenetic relationships.

Sight Identification

Students will identify, by sight, 43 families of flower plants, as well as common families of ferns and gymnosperms, by recognizing differentiating features for each family.

Identifying Unknown Plants

Students will gain proficiency in the use of keys and identification manuals for determining any unknown plant to species.