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 Course Title:   Native Plants Pacific Northwest

 Title Abbreviation:   NATIVE PLNTS PAC NW

 Department:    BIOL

 Course #:    180

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    260301


 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

The identification, life histories, ethnobotany, ecological relationships, and distributions of endemic ferns, conifers, and flowering plants.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33



Systems: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Be familiar with reproductive structures and strategies of ferns, conifers, and flowering plants.
  2. Be familiar with plant taxonomic keys and their uses in making plant identifications.
  3. Be acquainted with the common plant species of the Pacific Northwest (among native ferns, conifers, and flowering plants).
  4. Describe major vegetative zones and habitats of the Pacific Northwest and identify dominant plants in these ecological habitats.
  5. Discuss adaptations and and coadaptations of plant groups.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Ferns, conifers, and flowering plants - reproduction, types, and ecology.
  2. Seeds and fruits - form, structure, and adaptive strategies.
  3. Polination strategies of flowering plants.
  4. Ecological relationships of Northwest native plants' ecosystems.
  5. Ethnobotany of native plants (edibility, poisonous principles, etc.).
  6. Recognition and functional interpretation of plant structures.
  7. Field and laboratory interpretations of ferns, conifers, and flowering plants.
  8. Recognition of features of selected plant families.
  9. Description of representative species.
  10. Field recognition of important local species of ferns, conifers, and flowering plants.