PLSCI 1101 - Plant Science and Systems

(CU-CEL, CU-SBY)     
Fall. 3-4 credits, variable. Letter grades only (no audit).

Priority given to: Agricultural Sciences, Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture majors, plus Horticulture minors. Enrollment in 3-credit option limited to Landscape Architecture students or permission of instructor.

W. Miller.

This course will explore the scientific principles and processes forming the foundation of plant-based systems that provide food, fiber, beverage, environmental enhancement, medicine and art. We will explore the morphology and physiology of plants and consider the science behind natural and man-made growing systems and how humans, plants, climate and soil all interact to develop, grow, harvest and process plants to meet our needs. This course will examine and challenge notions of sustainable, organic, GMOs, and how plants solve our environmental problems. Students will develop a greater understanding of the diversity of plants, how they grow and how they are important to individuals, communities and the environment.

Outcome 1: Explain, evaluate, and effectively interpret factual claims, theories and assumptions in the application of the plant sciences.

Outcome 2: Integrate quantitative and qualitative information to reach defensible conclusions on applied plant science topics.

Outcome 3: Communicate effectively through writing and speech about issues in the applied plant sciences.

Outcome 4: Demonstrate the capability to work both independently and in cooperation with others.

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