botany

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Botany SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Color Grows in the Garden FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Comparative Eurasian Foodways: Agriculture and Culture in the Early Mediterranean SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Deserts JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Ecology, Genetics, and Biodiversity of Riparian Ecosystems JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Farm to Table SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Forests JR-SR
  • Fall
16
From the Ground Up: Writing Natural History SO-SR
  • Winter
8
General Biology: Cells, Populations, and Ecosystems FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Introduction to Scientific Illustration FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Medicine Grows in the Garden FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Picturing Plants JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Plant Biology FR-SR
  • Summer
6
Plant Chemical Ecology: The Secret Life of Plants JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Plants and People SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture (Fall) FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Entrepreneurial Culture and Agriculture FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Student Originated Studies: Pacific Northwest Plant Identification JR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Winter
16
The Dyer's Art: Understanding, Creating, and Growing Color FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Planned offerings for 2020–21
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Field Ecology JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Field Plant Taxonomy and Biodiversity Conservation JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Food, Health, and Sustainability SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Forests (Remote/In-Person*) JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Global Studies: Plants and Empire JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Introduction to Plant Biology FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Medicine of Community and Place SO-SR
  • Spring
8
Plant Ecology and Physiology JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Practice of Organic Farming (Spring) SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture (Fall) (Remote/In-Person*) FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Science, Story, and Sustainability: The Quest for a Flourishing Earth SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Student-Originated Studies: Medicinal Botany SO-SR
  • Spring
12
Student-Originated Studies: Prairie Conservation JR-SR
  • Spring
16
The Fungal Kingdom JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16