HERB 331

Botany & Plant Identification Online



(Note: This course was formerly numbered BOT 301)

This course is designed to help the student understand the identification of plants based on their scientific classification.  Key plant families are studied in depth to provide a basis for identification of plants in the filed.  The course also covers the extensive vocabulary of botany and plant identification, as they relate to roots, stems, leaves, surfaces, inflorescences, flowers and fruits. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain plant names and classification and the evolution of plants

  • Demonstrate learning the plants by families

  • Be able to profile a flower

  • List and define, compare and contrast the characteristics of the following plant divisions: Club moss, horsetail, fern conifer and Gnetum divisions

  • Compare and contrast the 42 Orders of the Dicotyledon class of flowering plants

  • Compare and contrast the 9 orders of the Monocotyledon class of flowering plants

  • Identify and discuss medicinal, edible and poisonous plants

  • Identify and discuss the major kinds of constituents in plants

  • Identify and define plant terminology by the following categories: roots, stems, surfaces, leaves, flowers and fruits.

  • Identify and define all the different parts, arrangements and characteristics of flowers

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Required Course Pack:

  • HERB 331 Practical Lab Kit – Click here to view the PDF of this lab kit’s contents.
  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR)

Required Textbooks:

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Last updated 11/4/19

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Admissions Requirements:

Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

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