The identification, distribution, and interrelationships of plants in their natural environment, ecological principles, and representative plant communities. Special emphasis will be given to the study of plant families and the use of taxonomic keys.


Ch.1 – Welcome to Class
Ch.2 – Why Study Plants
Ch.3 – The Molecules that Make a Plant
Ch.4 – The Plant Cell
Ch.5 – From Seed to Sprout
Ch.6 – Plant Cells and Tissues
Ch.7 – Plant Organs
Ch.8 – Plant Organs II
Ch.9 – Plant Organs III
Ch.10 – Systematics and Taxonomy
Ch.11 – Protists and Other Beasts
Ch.13 – The Bryophytes
Ch.14 – The Seedless Tracheophytes
Ch.15 – The Gymnosperms
Ch.16 – The Angiosperms: Introduction
Ch.17 – The Angiosperms: Evolution
Ch.18 – Internal Regulation
Ch.19 – Response to the Environment
Ch.20 – Plant Nutrition and Soil


Upon completion of this course, the successful student will be able to:
1. recognize and identify the common flowering plants (including native and naturalized herbs/grasses, trees and shrubs) of our local mountains, desert, coastal marshlands, and vacant fields using a dichotomous taxonomic key (regional flora);
2. compare and contrast the basic types of vegetative and reproductive anatomy, including leaves, stems, roots, flowers and fruits;
3. compare and contrast the mechanisms of pollination, including wind, water and insect pollination;
4. discuss phylogenetic trees at several taxonomic hierarchal levels using cladistical analysis of morphology and DNA sequencing;
5. apply the basic techniques of vegetation analysis.