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Catalog 2013-2014

Field Botany of Flowering Plants

  • Semester: Summer
  • Course Number: NS314
  • Instructors: Various
  • Credit: 3

Course Description

This course is a field-based botanical study of vascular flora, with a focus on spring and summer wildflowers.  Students learn plant systematics and advanced field identification skills through intensive field exercises and exploration of a variety of habitats.  Emphasis is on learning botanical terms and concepts through exploring the field-observable characteristics of flowering plants.  The program includes extensive use of botanical keys and field guides, as well as daily hands-on experience with the flora.  Accompanying lecture topics include the evolution of plants, plant taxonomy, flower morphology, pollination ecology and a survey of the angiosperm families.