Boston University is a private institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. BU was founded in 1839 as a Methodist seminary in Vermont called the Newbury Biblical Institute. Moved to New Hampshire in 1847 and then to Boston in 1867. In 1869, it was chartered as Boston University. The current student enrollment for the university is 31,766 There are 16,186 Undergraduate students and an additional 13,232 graduate and doctoral students.


Course Catalog

Botany without Borders (MET IS 450, 4 credits)
Online course offering. Introduces students to practical problems in botany with a dual emphasis on plant evolution and plants in human affairs. The course crosses borders in time and geography as we examine the broad sweep of plants and their role on Earth over the past 300 million years. Plant form and function, evolution of seed plants, plant ecology, ethnobotany (human uses of plants), endangered plant communities, and prospects for conserving plant biodiversity are highlighted in this interdisciplinary course designed for undergraduates. While its focus is rigorously scientific, the course incorporates topics in the humanities (for example visual arts), and social sciences (anthropology) to illustrate the close relationship between humans and plants.

The Archaeology of Food in Ancient Times (MET ML611, 4 credits)
How people have obtained and processed a wide range of foods through time, beginning with early humans. Food used by hunter/gatherers; changes in diet and nutrition through time to early farmers. Examines archaeological evidence for types of plants and animals exploited for food, as well as human skeletal evidence for ancient nutrition and diseases related to diet and food stress. Consideration of early historical periods, especially in terms of how certain foods such as wine have played a significant role in culture beyond basic dietary needs.


Dr. Mary C. Beaudry