Introductory Botany


This course provides an introduction to the classification, relationships, structure, and function of plants. Topics include reproduction and development of seed and non-seed plants, levels of organization, form and function of systems, and a survey of major taxa. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate comprehension of plant form and function, including selected taxa of both seed and non-seed plants. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in natural sciences/mathematics.

Requirements and Credits
Lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 3
Credit hours: 4
Prerequisite: BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 1500, BIO 1502 or equivalent
Corequisite: None

Who is the course for?
This course is intended for individuals wanting to complete their science requirements, or elective credits for college transfer. This course is one of the sequence courses to follow BIO 110.

What will the student learn?
The student will learn about the unique features of plants, how they function, how they are categorized, and how they fit into the larger scheme of things.

Text and materials needed
Students will need the following:

  • Text: Biology of Plants, 6th Edition, by Peter Raven
  • Lab Manual: Laboratory Topics in Botany by Evert and Eichhorn

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Botany & Molecules Plants Manufacture
  • Plant Cells & Membrane Function
  • Energy Flow, Respiration & Photosynthesis
  • Reproductive Strategies: Vegetative & Sexual
  • Genetics, Evolution, & Plant Systematics
  • Plant Ancestors (Cyanobacteria & Algae) & "Associates" (Fungi)
  • Survival Strategies in Mosses & Seedless Vascular Plants
  • More Survival Strategies: Evolution of Seeds, Cones, & Flowers
  • Evolution of Flowering Plants & their "Associates"
  • Fruits, Seed Dispersal, Germination, & Cell Types
  • Constructing a New Plant: Root & Shoot Development
  • Regulating Growth & Development: Hormones & External Factors
  • Plant Nutrition & Soils; Movement of Water & Solutes
  • Ecology: Communities, Ecosystems, Global Ecology
  • The Human Prospect: Topic Presentations
  • Terrarium Presentations

Contact Information

Biology Discipline Chair: Lisa Spring
Phone: 704-330-6712

College Without Walls (CWW)
(CWW) provides courses for those who prefer not to attend regular classes on campus. You may be eager to learn, but find it difficult or impossible to attend regular classes when they are scheduled. Instruction for CWW course utilize television, computers, audio and video cassette tapes, printed materials designed especially for independent study, and the Internet.