This is a one-quarter program designed to support students learning introductory plant biology in an interdisciplinary format. Students will learn about plant anatomy, morphology, evolution, and systematics. Lectures based on textbook readings supplement the laboratory work. The learning community will explore how present form and function informs us about the evolution of major groups of plants such as mosses, ferns, conifers, and flowering plants. Students will get hands-on experience studying plants under microscopes and with the naked eye. This program also focuses on people's relationships with plants with special attention on medicinal botany. Several workshops on herbology will provide hands-on opportunities to learn various herbal medicine making practices. Students will also examine the cultural factors that shape our relations with plants. In our readings, we will particularly examine the significant roles gender politics has played in the teaching and practice of botany. Weekly workshops will help students improve their ability to write thesis-driven essays defended with evidence from assigned texts. Quizzes, exams, and weekly assignments will help students and faculty assess learning.
Opportunities to earn credit in: Introduction to Plant Biology, Expository Writing, Cultural Studies in Botany and Introduction to Medicinal Botany.
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field plant taxonomy, field ecology, plant science, plant ecology, economic botany, agriculture, forestry, and environmental science.
$35 for workshops in herbal medicine.