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Classification of flowering plants, gymnosperms, and ferns. Emphasis on
collection, identification, and preparation of herbarium specimens.
Prerequisite: BIOL 149: You must check with the instructor if you do not satisfy the prerequisite otherwise, you will be dropped from the course.
The course will prepare your for practical plant identification in any environment through learning how to use taxonomic keys and exposure to terminology, family characteristics, and plant systematics. The course will require you to learn common plants of western Maryland. You will also gain a sense of place in the Appalachian Mountains where you attend college.
You may forget much of the detail of this material, however, there are some aspects that I hope will serve you well throughout your life: 1) appreciate the beauty and intricacy of plants and enjoy discovering things about nature; 2) improve your skills in memory, observation, writing, and critical thinking; 3) gain base knowledge of the structure, function, and evolutionary history of plants.