Botany

Botanize the local prairies. Survey the plant life of temperate rainforests. Illustrate field observations. Make medicine from healing plants. Dye fibers with botanicals. Contribute to understanding biodiversity. Protect the last remaining wild places through hands-on research. Restore the wildflower meadows of Mount Rainier.

Evergreen's location places students within easy access of a variety of ecosystems, including 1,000-acres of temperate rainforest, teaching gardens, and an organic farm. Prairies and wetland systems are nearby. Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, and many other Pacific Northwest public lands.

Programs include introductory and advanced work in laboratory and field studies that incorporate:

  • Social sciences
  • Environmental justice
  • Plant biology
  • Conservation
  • Evolution
  • Phytochemistry
  • Ecology

You can work independently with support through independent contracts, internships, and research. Faculty are involved in cutting-edge plant conservation research and regularly publish scholarly work. Advanced students often collaborate with faculty in real-world research, publish papers as capstones, and attend conferences to present research.

Students seeking a degree in Botany can choose from programs in the Environmental Studies Path, beginning with basic botany and then advanced offerings in plant ecology and physiology, vascular and non-vascular plant taxonomy, mycology, phycology.

Our Food and Agriculture Path also offers coursework in ecological agriculture, plant genetics and biochemistry, nutrition, economic and medicinal botany, and food studies.

Faculty Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Bowcutt, Frederica botany, ecology, environmental history
Calabria, Lalita botany, phytochemistry, systematics
Eloheimo, Marja Ethnobotany, Indigenous Studies, Climate Justice
Fischer, Dylan forest and plant ecology
Muehleisen, David sustainable agriculture, entomology
Przybylowicz, Paul ecology, biology, mycology
Rosemeyer, Martha agricultural ecology, food systems
Scheuerell, Steven ecology, botany, plant pathology

Choosing What to Take at Evergreen

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.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
Botany: Plants and People
  • Junior
  • Senior
12
Ecological Agriculture: Crop Botany and Plant Genetics
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Field Ecology
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Forests
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Insect Biology: Form, Function, and Management
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Medicine of Community and Place
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12
Plant Ecology and Physiology
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Practice of Organic Farming (Fall)
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Restoring Landscapes: Picturing Plants
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Symbiosis
  • Junior
  • Senior
16