This course will acquaint students with aspects of modern plant taxonomy, focusing on famililes of flowering plants. Students will become familiar with characteristics of various plant taxa, and techniques and terminology needed to distinguish among them. Vegetative and reproductive morphology, floral dissections, and the use of keys will be emphasized, but current approaches, such as molecular taxonomy and phylogenetics, will be included. The history and rationale of various taxonomic approaches will be discussed, emphasizing the evolutionary relationships among taxa. A plant collection is required.
Triad: Natural Science
Prerequisite: BIO 116 General Biology.