Apr 01, 2023
BIOL 2023 - Plant and Fungal Biology
This course provides an introduction to the diversity of organisms that may be categorized as plants or fungi with explorations of structure and function, genetics and evolution, ecology and conservation, and cultural and technological uses. This course is intended for students who want to gain scientific knowledge about plants and fungi and who may be pursuing careers in biology or agriculture.
Instructional Method Lecture and Lab
BIOL 1010 - General Biology I with a grade of “C” or better
Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of BIOL 2023 Plant and Fungal Biology, the student will:
- Organize the diversity of plant and fungal species using taxonomic categories.
- Analyze phylogenetic trees that predict the evolutionary relationships between groups of protists, fungi, and plants.
- Differentiate between evolutionary mechanisms.
- Compare the structural differences and similarities between selected plant and fungal types.
- Correlate plant and fungal anatomical and cellular structures with physiological functions, including but not limited to metabolism, water transport, and reproduction.
- Predict the outcome of plant or fungal mating crosses that follow Mendelian genetics patterns.
- Contrast the reproductive strategies of different fungal and plant groups by evaluating the costs and benefits of asexual versus sexual reproduction.
- Characterize the life cycles of bryophytes, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms.
- Evaluate the ecological role of plants and fungi in different ecosystems.
- Explore the cultural contributions of plants and fungi.
- Examine the ethical issues, costs and benefits of plant and fungal biotechnology.
- Incorporate the scientific method to design and perform an experiment investigating a plant or fungal question.
- Implement microscopy techniques to identify plant and fungal structures.
- Apply biotechnological techniques to extract and analyze plant DNA.
- Relate quantitative and qualitative observations to scientific research and the development of scientific theories.
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