Founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of The College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University became an independent institution in 1962 and gained university status in 1969. It is located in Norfolk, Virginia. About 20,000 students are enrolled in on-campus programs.


Course Catalog

Ethnobotany (BIOL 322, 3 credits)
A survey of plants used for food, fiber, medicine, dyes, perfumes, oils, and waxes. The role of plants in folklore and religion is included.

Field Ethnobotany (BIOL 334, 4 credits)
Identification, ecology, and uses of plants and mushrooms for food, oils, dyes, and cordage, based on collection and preparation of local materials. A field-intensive course with hands-on experience.

Field Botany (BIOL 340, 4 credits)
A survey of plants and plant communities of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain. Skills in plant and mushroom identification, specimen preparation, and research databases are emphasized. Most classes are field trips.

Advanced Practices in Ethnobotany (BIOL 751/851, 3 credits)
The major objective of this course is modern methods used to study plants influencing human culture. Objectives include plant systematics and applications of DNA bar coding and fingerprinting; phytochemical techniques in drug discovery and food supplements; intellectual property rights; ecological methods for sustainable harvesting of natural products; the ethnobotanical interview and questionnaire development; methods for studying crop origins, history, and development; archeobotany; mining historical data; and importance of identification, vouching, efficacy, and conservation. This course provides a survey of interdisciplinary methodologies used in modern ethnobotanical research.

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Norfolk Botanical Garden


Lytton John Musselman (Department of Biology) (personal page)