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. Instructional Support Fee applies. Competency met: Scientific Reasoning and Discovery (3.0) 4 credits Spring
1. Describe and apply the scientific method to address observations and problems. 2. Recognize and describe the principles of scientific inquiry. 3. Use a microscope to identify plant tissue and cellular structures. 4. Identify and describe the common uses of plants by people. 5. Describe biological systematics and taxonomic organization of plants. 6. Compare and contrast the major families of cultivated plants. 7. Recognize, describe, and illustrate the morphological structures of plants. 8. Classify and describe the different kinds of flowers, fruits, and seeds. 9. Discuss and explain the physiology of plants, including photosynthesis. 10. Discuss plant behavior as it relates to plant health and care. 11. Compare and contrast industrial vs organic plant and food production. 12. Discuss and criticize the issues of world food production. 13. Describe and apply the principles of soil science to plant production. 14. Conduct and interpret physical and chemical soil analysis. 15. Demonstrate and report on successfully completed laboratory exercises.