(NOTE: This course was formerly numbered BOT 501.)
HERB 531 explores plant anatomy, plant physiology, herbal ecology (including ethical wildcrafting and harvesting concepts), and field identification. With a particular emphasis on the practical use of medicinal plants, the fields of taxonomy (classification), genetics and evolution, anatomy and function of cells and plant parts, energy metabolism of photosynthesis and respiration, and the biochemical pathways producing medicinal compounds are examined. Graduates will be expected to demonstrate a strong theoretical understanding of botany, including the terminology used for plant identification, comparing and contrasting the different structures of leaves, flowers, stems, and roots used to distinguish species from one another; employing botanical theory to complete projects, practical experiments, and labs including traditional mnemonics and the ‘doctrine of signatures,’ integrated with contemporary methods of reliable plant identification; and critically evaluating various concepts, approaches, methods, and issues in the field. Field exercises will be presented so that the student can acquire practical experience. Students will also formulate a botanical experiment to prove a hypothesis of their design, analyze their results, and present them in a format recognized by the biological science communities.
Maximum Enrollment: 20 students
Required Materials (Course Pack)
The Required Materials cost (Course Pack)—including standard shipping within the United States—is $124. This includes:
- Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) $100
Get the most up to date information about required textbooks for this class, including ISBN, edition and price, by visiting our Required Textbooks page.
Total Course Price: $1515 (3 credits x $505 per credit) + $142 Course Pack + $312.95 Textbooks = $1969.95
Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.
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Optional Recommended Reading
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Last updated 7/22/18