Course Description:

What is this course about?

Introduction to plant science including structure, growth processes, propagation, physiology, growth media, biological competitors, and post-harvest factors of food, fiber and ornamental plants.

Section #'s:  #8178

Units               3

Location          MACE 170 for # 8178
                      MACE 170 for # 9907

Time        # 8178 = TTH 2:50 – 4:15 p.m.

               # 9907 =  W 6:00 - 9:05 p.m.

Final       # 8178 = April 30, 2020: 1:00-3:50 p.m. 

              # 9907 = April 29, 2020: 7:00-9:50 p.m.

Last day to
drop without
a "W"  or get
a refund           January 26, 2020 at 5 pm

Last day to     
apply for AS/AA Degree   March 6, 2020 at 5 p.m.             

Last day to
drop a class      April 4, 2020, 2019 at 5 pm


Required Text:

Plant Science, Rick Parker, Delmar Publishers

Instructor Information:

Office:              Ag 118 & MACE

Office Hours:     M    10:30 - 11:30 & 1:45 - 2:45 
                        W     7:00 - 8:00 & 3:00 - 4:00
                       TH     1:30 - 2:30 

   Office hour will be held in the MACE Building 

Phone Number:  575-6209

Division Office   575-6200
email address:   


Grading and Evaluation:

Grades are earned by the students and are a reflection of their effort and understanding of the material.  Class participation is important and graded.  All homework must be typed, double-spaced, 1” margins, 12-point font, & Times New Roman.  Quizzes will not be made up under any conditions.  No late papers will be accepted.  No make-up exams will be given unless prior approved. Students must follow all instructions in regards to assignments to be eligible for grading and earning maximum points for said assignments. You may check the status of your grade during office hours only any time throughout the semester.  Student must be present to be eligible for assignments handed out in class.

Grade Scale:

The syllabus is tentative.  There will be many other activities, assignments and topics covered during the course of the semester and the syllabus will be adjusted accordingly.

A         90-100%                    D         60-69%

B         80-89%                      F          Below 59%

C         70-79%

Tests, Quizzes, Homework, & 
Classroom Exercises                                  90%

Participation                                             10%



Students enrolled in this class are not required to have prior experience or knowledge in plant science.  It is an introductory course intended for three groups: students in degree or certificate programs, students seeking additional career skills and/or students with personal interest in agriculture.



MJC Agriculture Farm Lab - West Campus

Library - 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.- Monday - Thursday;
            8 a.m. - 5 p.m.- Friday

Agriculture and Library Computer Lab

Career Development Center- 575-6239




Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

1.  Categorize the roles of higher plants in the
     living world.

2.  Describe the structural components of higher

3.  Recognize standard plant propagation.

4.  Describe sexual and asexual reproduction in
     higher plants. 

5.  Explain photosynthesis, respiration, and
     translocation in higher plants. 

6.  Describe the physical and chemical properties
     of soils. 

7.  Hypothesize solutions for soil erosion

8.  Describe the climatic influences on plant
     growth and development. 

9.  Categorize the biological competitors of higher

10. Develop theories for the harvest, preservation,
     transportation, storage, and marketing of an
     economic plant;

Student Learning Outcome:

After the student is given instruction on photosynthesis in higher plants they will be able to explain and give examples on a written test.


Course Schedule:

Chapter 1
Chapter Test (BRING A 882 Scantron)

Chapter 2
Chapter Test 

Chapter 3
Chapter Test 

Chapter 4               Cell
Chapter Test 

Chapter 13
Chapter Test 

Chapter 14
Chapter Test 

Chapter 15
Chapter Test

Chapter 11
Chapter Test 

Chapter 12
Chapter Test

Chapter 5
Chapter Test

Soil Minerals

Chapter 6
Chapter Test

Chapter 7
Chapter Test

Chapter 21
Chapter Test

Chapter 22
Chapter Test


Section #8178  April 30, 2020, 7:00 - 9:50 am 

Section #9907  April 29, 2020, 7:00 - 9:50 pm

Homework Questions,   Homework Terms  

MJC General Scholarship            


Tree 1             Tree 2           Tree 3         

Vine 1             Vine 2          Vine 3      Vine 4

Classroom disturbances:  Cell phones are to be turned off while in the classroom.  If you are seen using a cell phone, you will be asked to leave the lecture.

In addition, no other electronic devices may be used in class.


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DUE 11-14-2019

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