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PLSC 221 - Introduction to Plant Science
This course provides an introduction to plant biology, with an emphasis on the taxonomy of common Boreal and Arctic plant families found in the Yukon. Students will learn the tools and techniques used for the identification of plants, including the use of plant keys. Students will become familiar with the anatomy and general biological functions of vascular plants. Lectures will also cover topics relevant to the evolution, systematics, ecology, biogeography, and human use of northern plant species. Hands-on lab activities will provide students with opportunities to dissect plant specimens and learn to recognize important family and species characteristics. Additional lab activities will focus on preparation and mounting of herbarium specimens, botanical illustrations, and medicinal and food uses of wild plants.
Students must also register in PLSC 221L, the mandatory lab component of the course.
Prerequisites: YukonU BIOL 101/102, U of Alberta BIOL 108, or equivalent
Registration restricted to students in the B.Sc. in Environmental and Conservation Sciences program. This course is also available as BIOL 210. Non-B.Sc. ENCS students interested in taking PLSC 221 should instead register in BIOL 210.
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