230J Cheatham Hall
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Forest Biology and Dendrology lecture is taught with the understanding that each enrollee has previously taken freshman biology. Should you not meet this requirement, it is necessary that you obtain consent of the instructor. Please do so during the first week of class.
The course objectives are to provide the student of forestry a basic understanding of the biology of trees. This includes knowledge of their morphology, anatomical and reproductive attributes, patterns of variability, species associations, silvical characteristics, and basic physiological processes important to tree growth and management.
The course grade will be determined by two formal exams and a comprehensive final exam each worth 30% of your course grade. The final exam will primarily cover material from the last third of the semester, but a few questions will test your comprehensive understanding of tree biology. Four announced quizzes will be given, which will account for the remaining 10% of the grade. Final grades will be based on the following breakdown:
|Numerical Grade||Course Grade|
|93 or above||A|
|59 or below||F|
The Virginia Tech Honor system is in effect at all times. More information on the Honor system
Your class textbook is available as a web app. You will have an opportunity on the first day of class to sign up for access to the web app.