SCI 115 : Science and Care of Plants
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of plant science (structure, function, growth requirements, etc.) as a basis for consideration of topics of greater practical interest (e.g., horticultural techniques, uses of plants, identifying plants, landscaping). Three lecture hours and two laboratory hour per week. Competency met: Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Spring
- Describe and apply the scientific method to address observations and problems.
- Recognize and describe the principles of scientific inquiry.
- Use a microscope to identify plant tissue and cellular structures.
- Identify and describe the common uses of plants by people.
- Describe biological systematics and taxonomic organization of plants.
- Compare and contrast the major families of cultivated plants.
- Recognize, describe, and illustrate the morphological structures of plants.
- Classify and describe the different kinds of flowers, fruits, and seeds.
- Discuss and explain the physiology of plants, including photosynthesis.
- Discuss plant behavior as it relates to plant health and care.
- Compare and contrast industrial vs organic plant and food production.
- Discuss and criticize the issues of world food production.
- Describe and apply the principles of soil science to plant production.
- Conduct and interpret physical and chemical soil analysis.
- Demonstrate and report on successfully completed laboratory exercises.