BIOL 1308: Plant Biology


Course Description

This course explores the basic concepts of plant biology by providing an exciting introduction to the economic, social and industrial aspects of plant substances and material using native plants of the north central region of New Mexico.

Instructor Biography

Dr. John E. Ubelaker is a full professor in the Department of Biology at SMU. He was recognized by SMU students as a HOPE honoree (Honoring our Professors’ Excellence) in 2011, 2012 and in 2009 was named a Ruth Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor by SMU. He is an outstanding University lecturer with many years of teaching popular courses on the Taos campus.

Learning Outcomes and Benefits

  • Students will be able to recognize the major plant families using significant evolutionary important features of the plants.
  • Students will be able to distinguish the major figures in Botany by identifying scientist contributions from Aristotle to Darwin and to document worldwide botanical diversity.
  • Students will have an in-depth familiarity with several plant families important to Western Culture.
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