Ferris State University is located in Big Rapids, Michigan. This institution was founded in 1884. Over 12,000 students are enrolled in the University.


Course Catalog

Plants and Fungi (BIOL 350, 4 credits)
This course will examine the biology of plants and fungi from a systematic perspective. Lectures will address essential aspects of plant and fungal biology, including evolution, morphology, anatomy, physiology, and ecology. Labs will utilize a hands-on approach to taxonomy, plant propagation and microscopy, and field trips will be utilized to demonstrate plant community structure and field identification of Michigan’s plants macrofungi.

Field Botany (BIOL 351, 3 credits)
Collection and identification of Michigan flora including both woody and herbaceous species. Varying plant habitats will be studied. This course meets General Education requirements: Scientific Understanding, Lab. Pre-Requisites: BIOL 122 with a grade of C- or better. Typically Offered Summer Only

Intro to Physical Anthropology (ANTH 121, 3 credits)
Compares methods, investigates theoretical views and physical evidence about the origin of humans and culture. The evolution of animals, primates, humans and their culture is gained from fossils, artifacts, and studies of human and other animal behavior.

Intro Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 122, 3 credits)
Examination of importance of culture for human adaptation and survival. The variations and uniformities within the lifeways of humankind demonstrate the richness of human responses to basic needs to subsist, order behavior, and adjust to change. Systems of meaning which allow humans to make sense of their efforts are studied. A holistic approach to the comparative study of human populations.

North American Archeaology (ANTH 300, 3 credits)
Designed to provide the background for an understanding of the great diversity of cultures and lifeways which developed in North America following the migration of Asians both during and after the Wisconsin glaciations. These “”Native Americans”” were the ancestors of the peoples contacted by Europeans during the Post Columbian period. These early cultures can only be studied through the application of the theories, methods, and techniques of archaeology and careful assessment of the oral traditions of the native peoples.

North American Indians (ANTH 310, 3 credits)
An ethnohistorical survey of selected Indian groups north of Mexico from the time of in-migration by big game hunters via Beringea to the present. The adaptation of populations to culture areas and then adjustment to settlement and control by European powers and later by the United States and Canada are studied from the perspectives of the first Americans.

Contemp American Indian Issues (ANTH 320, 3 credits)
A general survey of the issues, policies, problems, and people pertinent to the existence of American Indians in the United States in the 20th Century. This course meets general education requirements: Social Awareness; Race/Ethnicity/Gender Issues.

Medical Anthropology (ANTH 371, 3 credits)
Medical anthropology deals with illness and healing in cross-cultural perspective, and raises questions about the nature and cause of illness, the effectiveness of various forms of therapy, and the roles and attributes of different types of healers. Attention will also be directed to the relationship between classical medicine and the religious traditions of Hinduism Islam, Buddhism and Taoism and to the modern revival of traditional medicine and its role in the health-care delivery. This course meets General Education requirements Global Consciousness and Social Awareness.


2012 Zaagkii Project: Ecological, Cultural & Spiritual (Part 1)

2012 Zaagkii Project: Ecological, Cultural & Spiritual (Part 2)

2012 Zaagkii Project: at Hannahville: Anishinaabe Show Respect with Tobacco & Cedar

Other Links

University of Michigan Biological Station


Scott Herron (Department of Biological Sciences)