2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Dec 03, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

AGS 103 - Plant Biology


Description: An introduction to the growth, development, reproduction, and structure of vascular plants. Fundamental activities of plants including photosynthesis and respiration. Emphasis on agricultural and horticultural crops of Arizona. This course is cross-listed with BIO 103 

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency

Credits: 4
Lecture: 3
Lab: 3

Course Content:
  1. Classification of plants 
  2. Cell structures of plants 
  3. Cellular activity of plants 
  4. Chemical activity of plants 
  5. Mitosis and Meiosis 
  6. Plant tissues 
  7. Vegetative components 
  8. Plant growth improvement 
  9. Plant propagation 
  10. Plant growth environments 
  11. Economic and ecological importance 
  12. The scientific method 

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate physical and natural phenomena. (2-5, 7, 8, 10, 12)
  2. Identify the unifying themes of the scientific field of study. (2-5, 7, 8, 10, 12) 
  3. Interpret the numerical and/or graphical presentation of scientific data. (12)
  4. Use the tools and equipment necessary for basic scientific analysis and research. (9, 12) 
  5. Record the results of investigation through writing. (3, 4, 10, 12)
  6. Discuss the role of plants in the living world. (10) 
  7. Classify and name plants (1) 
  8. Compare monocots and dicots. (1, 7, 9) 
  9. Describe the plant cell structure. (2) 
  10. Describe cellular activity during meiosis. (3) 
  11. Explain the process and implications of mitosis and meiosis. (5) 
  12. Differentiate between various plant tissues. (6) 
  13. Identify the components of roots, stems, flowers, and leaves. (7) 
  14. Describe the origin and domestication of cultivated plants. (8) 
  15. Identify basic concepts in plant improvement. (8) 
  16. Distinguish between effective and ineffective plant propagation methods for specific plants. (9) 
  17. Summarize vegetative and reproductive growth and development principles. (7, 10, 12) 
  18. Identify the properties of photosynthesis, respiration, and translocation in vascular plants. (4) 
  19. Identify the physical and chemical properties of soil and soil water. (10) 
  20. Discuss the climactic factors affecting plant growth. (10) 
  21. Identify major economic crops in Arizona. (11)