BIO-129 Murder, Medicine and Magic

A study of ethnobotany - the uses that people have made of plants. Topics include the uses of plants in various cultures for foods, fibers, shelter, beverages, medicines, rituals, and other ends. Emphasis will be placed on basic botanical principles (e.g. taxonomy, anatomy, evolution, chemistry), and the human needs (physiological, behavioral, cultural) that plants satisfy. NOTE: When the laboratory (BIO-129L) is offered with this course, it is a required corequisite; the combination of the lecture and laboratory will fulfill the laboratory requirement of the natural science minor. Corequisite: BIO 129L


3 credits