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BIO 108IN - Plants, People and Society

4 Credits, 6 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 3 lab periods

Past, present and future roles of plants in our lives. Includes basic principles of botany, modern, historical and regional perspectives on human use of plants, and present and future practices in plant cultivation.

Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - SCI and G; Meets CTE - M&S and G.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Utilize scientific methods to formulate and answer questions.
  2. Apply biological principles to current issues.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Discuss the principles of botany.
  2. Describe the characteristics of plants, plant reproduction, how plants function, and basic plant physiology.
  3. Discuss societal and global significance of different agricultural practices, origins of agriculture and plant domestication, fundamental techniques of genetic engineering, and how these are used in plant biology concentrating on the major plant families used by humans.
  4. Discuss human uses of plants.
  5. Describe fundamental principles of human nutrition and nutrients supplied by plants.
  6. Discuss and give examples of medicinal and other uses of plants.
  7. Discuss societal and global perspectives on human uses of plants.
  8. Discuss plant ecology.
  9. Describe the role of plants in food chains and food webs.
  10. Define sustainable harvest and describe how it can be achieved.
  11. Explain the role of plants in the global carbon cycle and in global warming.
  12. Identify possible careers in botany and ethnobotany.
  13. Apply the Scientific Method.
  14. Collect and use data to evaluate a hypothesis.

  1. Principles of Botany
    1. Scientific method
    2. Characteristics of the plant body
    3. Plant reproduction
    4. Plant physiology
  2. Agricultural Practices
    1. Origins of agriculture and plant domestication
    2. Major plant families used by people
    3. Modern agricultural practices
    4. Agricultural biotechnology and genetic engineering
  3. Human Uses of Plants
    1. Plants as food
    2. Other uses of plants
    3. Societal perspectives on plants
    4. Global food supply and the next green revolution
  4. Plant Ecology
    1. Food chains and food webs
    2. Sustainability
    3. Role of plants in global carbon cycle and global warming
    4. Effects of global climate change on plants
  5. Careers in Plant Science
    1. Agricultural
    2. Scientific
    3. Ethnobotany