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Course Catalog

Plants, Parasites, and People (BOTANY 123)
The course will explore the interaction between society and plant-associated microbes. Topics include: the Irish potato famine, pesticides in current agriculture, role of economics and consumer preference in crop disease management and the release of genetically engineered organisms.

Plants and Man (BOTANY 240)
A speculative, systems-oriented approach to the interrelation of plants and humans in their evolution and cultural development, with an historical geographic perspective concluding with a consideration of 20th century America’s plant-human interplay. Lecture; third credit includes demo lab.

Ethnobotany (BOTANY 474)
Course Description: Study of the interactions between human cultures and plants. Topics include: traditional resource management and agriculture; crop domestication, evolution, and conservation; archaeobotany; indigenous knowledge; folk taxonomy; plants in symbolism and religion; dietary patterns; phytochemistry; global movement of plants and peoples.


Eve Emshwiller (Department of Botany);


Sunflower Debate
This is a module that is ideal for upper level undergraduate students.