Botany: Plants, Fungi, and People

Fall 2016 quarter

Taught by

Frederica Bowcutt
botany, ecology, environmental history
  • UG

This program serves beginning to intermediate science students who are looking for an opportunity to expand their understanding of botany and challenge themselves. This one-quarter program allows students to learn introductory plant biology and mycology in an interdisciplinary format. Students will learn about plant and fungal anatomy, morphology, systematics, and ecological relationships. Lectures based on textbook readings supplement laboratory work. The learning community will explore how present form and function informs us about the ecology and evolution of major groups of plants and fungi. Students will get hands-on experience studying these organisms under microscopes and in the field. Students will also learn how to maintain a detailed and illustrated nature journal to develop basic plant identification skills of common Pacific Northwest vascular plant and fungal species.

In addition to laboratory and field work, this program investigates people's current and historical relationships with plants and fungi.  Through seminar texts, films, and lectures, students will examine plants through the lens of agriculture, forestry, herbology, and horticulture and will learn how fungal plant diseases have shaped history.  Weekly workshops will help students improve their ability to write thesis-driven essays defended with evidence from assigned texts.

Program Details

Fields of Study


Preparatory For

conservation, ecological agriculture, ecological restoration, forestry, natural resource management, plant ecology, and plant taxonomy.


Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

First class meeting: Monday, September 26 at 10am (Sem II E4115)

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning


2016-04-07Fee removed.
2016-04-04Description updated to reflect fall-only plans.
2016-03-16Noelle Machnicki joins the teaching team. This program will be fall only.