This course is an introduction to the anatomy, morphology, development and reproduction of plants and animals. In addition, we will investigate characteristics taxonomists use to distinguish among the different plant and animal groups. Along the way, we will explore plant and animal adaptations and trade-offs.
This course is divided into two halves, with Dr. Johnson teaching the first half of the semester pertaining to plant structures, functions, and diversity (botany).
The aims for the botany portion of this course are for students to:
- be familiar with major characteristics used to distinguish among the different plant phyla
- learn basic anatomy and life histories of the major plant groups
- develop skills for exploring the relationship between organism form and function, including microscopy and dissection.