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Courses listed as "Online Only" may be completed entirely online.
Courses listed as "Hybrid" will have some class activity that takes place at a designated location in addition to your online coursework. This activity may range from a few proctored exams to regular meetings on a MiraCosta campus.

Plant Science

This introductory course offers students an opportunity to learn the basic principles of plant science pertaining to food and ornamental plants. The course emphasizes plant morphology, anatomy and function, plant physiology, reproduction, biotic and abiotic environmental factors that impact plant growth and development, plant-soil-climate interrelationships, plant taxonomy and nomenclature, and plant diversity and adaptations. Learning activities include plant studies in the field, greenhouse, and landscape. Students are required to attend field labs and field trips.

Subject: HORT
Course Number: 116
Section Number: 1802
Units: 4
Instructor: Ehrlinger, Claire

Instructor information about this course

Learning Management System (LMS) for this course: Canvas
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Office: 7057
Office hours: M 1:00-2:00 and other times by appointment
Phone: 760-795-6704
Instructor notes: This is a hybrid class. PowerPoint lectures, videos, assigned readings and homework questions are done on-line each week at home. Plan to spend 3-6 hours on-line each week.
Mandatory labs will meet every Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:20 PM in room 7053.

The textbook is Stern's, "Introductory Plant Biology", 14th Edition. You are REQUIRED to purchase a McGraw Hill Connect code for the text.  This purchase is most easily made through the Home Page of the Course.  An e-book is automatically included when you purchase the CONNECT code from the publisher (@$85). The publisher will typically make an optional  printed, loose- leaf copy of the text available for a nominal fee (about $25) after you purchase the code.  THIS IS BY FAR the most cost effective way to buy the textbook.  You may also purchase the Connect code from the MiraCosta Bookstore or directly from McGraw Hill, but it is best to wait to make this purchase until just before the course begins.

The publisher also typically offers a "free trial period" of about 10-14 days.  If you use that option, you should wait until the first week of class so it does not expire before class starts.
Students will need to bring their textbooks or e-books, colored pencils, and "print at home" lab reports to just about every class.
Sometimes we work outdoors and do "hands-on" lab activities. Dress accordingly!
All tests will be done in the classroom on selected class meeting dates throughout the semester.
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