Plant Classification and Identification

Plant Classification and Identification
Principles of plant systematics, taxonomy, and classification, emphasizing family recognition by sight, terminology, and use of identification keys to the temperate flora.
 Hours4.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesBio 100 or Bio 130 or PDBio 120 or PWS 100 or instructor's consent.
 ProgramsContaining BIO 430
Course Outcomes


Students will apply correct vocabulary for describing plant parts and be able to deduce the meaning of new terms based on knowledge of common roots, prefixes, and suffixes.

Groups of Plants

Students will recognize the major groups of vascular plants, be able to differentiate them by their principal characters, and understand their phylogenetic relationships.

Identify by Sight

Students will identify by sight 40 families of flower plants as well as common families of ferns and gymnosperms, by recognizing differentiating features of each family.

Identifying Unknown Plants

Students will gain proficiency in the use of keys and identification manuals for identifying any unknown plant to species.