Texas A & M University (TAMU) opened in 1876 as Texas’s first public institute of higher learning located in College Station, Texas. TAMU is a research-intensive university that has a current enrollment of about 39,000 undergraduate students and 9,400 graduate students.

General Information

At Texas A&M University you may study paleoethnobotany through the Department of Anthropology, or find other courses of interest elsewhere, such as in the Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology.


Course Catalog

Plants and People (BIOL 328, 3 Credits, Lab)
Development and uses of principal economically important plants of world; plants and plant parts used in production of important commodities; vascular plants.

Molds and Mushrooms: The Impact of Fungi on Society and the Environment (BESC 204, 3 Credits)
This course is designed to be an introduction to the fungi and the impact these often overlooked organisms play on our society and on the environment. After taking this course students will be prepared to continue studies in bioenviromental science, plant pathology, or microbiology and will gain insights into a microscopic world around us.

Social and Environmental Aspects of Plant Physiology (MEPS 201, 3 Credits)
Environmental and social issues related to plants and their impact on human populations, such as nutrition, sustainability, biotechnology, landscape, medicine, clothing and building. A wide array of information will be linked in such a way that the information is usable to students in business, political science, education, liberal arts, and biology.

Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (ANTH 426, 3 credits)
Anthropological study of human foodways and their nutritional consequences; how environmental, biological and cultural factors interact to produce patterns of food intake, and the effects of such patterns on health, growth and fertility; examples drawn primarily from non-Western societies.
Graduate Activities

Palynology (ANTH 634, 4 credits)
Palynology focuses on the history of the discipline, identification of pollen types, applications of pollen data to a variety of different disciplines, collection and processing samples for pollen studies, and the many facets of interpretation of fossil pollen data.

Paleoethnobotany (ANTH 637, 3 credits)
Paleoethnobotany is the study of the cultural use of plants during both the prehistoric and historic past. The course will focus on techniques used to recover information about human’s past use of plants, techniques used to analyze the information, and the types of interpretations one could reach from these kinds of studies.


Molecular & Environmental Plant Sciences
Plant Pathology & Microbiology

Other Links

Vascular Plant Image Library


Hugh Wilson (Biology Department) wilson@mail.bio.tamu.edu
Vaughn Bryant (Anthropology, Director of the Texas A&M Palynology Laboratory and the Paleoethnobotany Laboratory) (vbryant@neo.tamu.edu)
Brian D. Shaw (Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology)