Principles of Botany


Understanding the biology of plants is fundamental to understanding the complex web of life on Earth and its evolutionary history. Nearly all other organisms, including humans, rely on plants directly or indirectly for their food and oxygen. Consequently, plants are essential to our existence; by studying them in detail, we learn more about our own species and the world we inhabit. This course is an introductory survey of botany and is divided into three broad topics: 1) diversity of life, photosynthesis, respiration, and DNA/RNA; 2) structure, reproduction, and evolution; and 3) ecology and plant habitats. Seminars and textbook readings will be supplemented with a field trip to The New York Botanical Garden.