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Introduction to Plant Science
INT PLANT SCI
CLASS CODE: AGRON 122 CREDITS:  4
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: AGRICULTURE BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Biological Science requirement.

DESCRIPTION: This course covers the basic principles of structure, form and function of plants in both the higher and lower plant kingdoms.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter and Summer
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Intro to Plant Science is a principles course with no requirements other than an interest and a desire to discover the inner-workings of plants. This course will cover the structure, form and function of plants in both the higher and with limited exposure of plants found in the lower plant kingdom. Science areas included in this course are: biochemistry, plant physiology, biotechnology, plant anatomy, electron microscopy, plant auto radiograms, genetics, weather and environmental factors, soils and growth media, water, fertilizers, plant taxonomy, growth regulators, propagation, photoperiods and photosynthesis.

* Nature interest and exploration - touch, feel, sense and describe.
* Stems, roots and leaves.
* Plant cell and how it works.
* Structure, organelles and electron microscopy.
* Translocation, nutrient utilization and auto radiograms.
* C-3 and C-4 plants and photosynthesis along with hatch and slack.
* Photoperiods and other light phenomenon.
* Carbohydrate metabolism.
* Fatty acids and protenin metabolism.
* Biosynthesis and growth regulators.
* Reproduction and biotechnology.
* Propagation and senescience.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. Learn and apply the broad sciences of botany, taxonomy, physiology, genetics, entomology, and pathology that are essential to plant science.
2. Emphasize the basic principles of plant reproduction, growth, and development.
3. Provide a firm foundation of botanical sciences.
4. Understand the behavior of plants in various situations.
5. Classify plant varieties according to their characteristics.
REQUIREMENTS: An interest and a desire to discover the inner-workings of plants.

An Insect collection.
A Plant collection.
PREREQUISITES:
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002