LNDC1315 Minnesota Native Plants and Communities

This course is designed to introduce the student to Minnesota's natural resources, and the plants that live there natively. Emphasis will be given to identifying characteristics, nomenclature and functions of native plants in Minnesota's six ecosystems. The student will participate in weekly plant hikes to aid in the identification of plants weather permitting. The student will come away with knowledge of the impact humans have on those plants and their ecosystems.





Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Develop sound principles of Minnesota ecology
Develop sound principles of Minnesota's climate
Examine human impacts on the Eastern broadland forest ecosystems in Minnesota
Examine human impacts on the Laurentian mix forest ecosystems in Minnesota
Examine human impacts on the tall grass and aspen parkland ecosystems in Minnesota
Examine human impacts on the prairie parkland ecosystems in Minnesota
Examine ecological complexities of old growth forests
Examine the significance of old growth forests
Identify proper conservation measures
Identify native plant materials in the natural habitats
Study native plant habitats through field sessions
Develop principles of geologic history in Minnesota

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

Disability Services assists students with disabilities who need accommodations to access programs, services and college activities.  If this applies to you, please contact the DS Office on your campus to initiate the accommodations process. 
Brooklyn Park Campus - 763-488-2477
Eden Prairie Campus – 952-995-1544


Brooklyn Park Campus 952-995-1300

Credit Details