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Web Link: Plant Science Courses (note: scroll to the course)
Web Link: Plant Biology Courses (PLB) (note: scroll to the course)
Agriculture, Nature and Society (PLS001, 3 credits)
Multiple perspectives and connections between natural sciences, social sciences, and agriculture. Emphasizes agriculture's central position between nature and society and its key role in our search for a productive, lasting and hospitable environment. Several full-period field trips provide hands-on learning.
Plants and Society (PLS012, 4 credits)
Dependence of human societies on plant and plant products. Plants as resources for food, fiber, health, enjoyment and environmental services. Sustainable uses of plants for food production, raw materials, bioenergy, and environmental conservation. Global population growth and future food supplies.Relationships and interactions between plants and people, including human perceptions, management, and uses of plants, influences of plants on human cultures, and effects of human activity on plant ecology and evolution. Concepts, questions, methods, and ethical considerations in ethnobotanical research.
Ethnobotany (PLS141, 4 credits)
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Mushrooms, Molds, and Society (SAS030, 3 credits)
Fungi as organisms with which humans interact daily, societal issues arising from these interactions. Fungi in medicine, religion, agriculture, and industry, as well as cultural perceptions of fungi.
Ecology, Nature, and Society (ANT101, 4 credits)
Interdisciplinary study of diversity and change in human societies, using frameworks from anthropology, evolutionary ecology, history, archaeology, psychology, and other fields. Topics include population dynamics, subsistence transitions, family organization, disease, economics, warfare, politics, and resource conservation.
Culinary and Medicinal Herbs (PLB 140, 3 hours)
Growth, identification, cultivation, and use of common culinary and medicinal herbs; herbal plant families; effects of climate and soils on herbs; herbal medicine; ecology and geography of herbs; herb garden design; secondary chemistry of active compounds.
Web Link: Evolution of Crop Plants (PLB 143, 3 hours)
Origins of crops and agriculture, including main methodological approaches, centers of crop biodiversity, dispersal of crops, genetic and physiological differences between crops and their wild progenitors, agriculture practiced by other organisms, and role and ownership of crop biodiversity.