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In this program, students learn introductory plant biology in an integrated way with cultural studies. You'll learn about plant anatomy, morphology, evolution, and systematics. Lectures based on textbook readings supplement the laboratory work. The learning community explores how present form and function inform us about the evolution of major groups of plants such as mosses, ferns, conifers, and flowering plants. Gain hands-on experience studying plants under microscopes and in the field. You'll also learn how to maintain a detailed and illustrated nature journal to develop basic identification skills of local native species of plants. We'll cover basic botanical illustration skills to support this work. This program also focuses on people's relationships with plants through seminar texts, films, and lectures. We'll examine ecological interactions and cultural factors that shape the relationships plants have with the environment, including humans and other organisms. Weekly workshops help improve your ability to write thesis-driven essays defended with evidence from assigned texts.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
biology, environmental studies, ecology, plant science, and vegetation ecology.
Credits per quarter
None, although an ability to write an expository essay is expected.
- Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia
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