BIOL 220
Field Botany and Plant Natural History Spring 2025
Division III
Cross-listed ENVI 220

Class Details

This field-lecture course covers the evolutionary and ecological relationships among plant groups represented in our local and regional flora. Lectures focus on the evolution of the land plants, the most recent and revolutionary developments in plant systematics and phylogeny, the cultural and economic uses of plants and how plants shape our world. The course covers the role of plants in ameliorating global climate change, their importance in contributing to sustainable food production and providing solutions to pressing environmental problems. Throughout we emphasize the critical role of biodiversity and its conservation. The labs cover field identification, natural history and the ecology of local species.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; both field and indoor laboratories
Limit: 30
Expected: 24
Class#: 3126
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Based on two hour exams, field quizzes, a final project, and a final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Biology majors, and Environmental Studies majors & concentrators
Unit Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement for the Biology major
Materials/Lab Fee: There is a charge for the lab manual ($25); the sketchbook ($7) and hand lens ($23) can be self-provided or purchased from the department.
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 220 Division III BIOL 220 Division III
Attributes: ENVI Natural World Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
PHLH Nutrition,Food Security+Environmental Health

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