2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Student Originated Studies: Botany, Herbology, Horticulture


Fall quarter

Faculty: Frederica Bowcutt ecology

Fields of Study: botany, ecology, environmental studies, gender and women's studies, natural history and writing

Fall: Signature Required Students must demonstrate preparedness for independent work by submitting: (1) a statement of interest, (2) an outline of proposed work, (3) an explanation of how this program will advance their academic goals, (4) a program evaluation from at least one natural science program, and (5) the names and contact information for at least two faculty members who have direct experience with the student's work. Priority will be given to students who have taken Basic Botany: Plants and People or the equivalent. Preference will be given to proposals received before the Academic Fair, May 12, 2010. However, proposals will be considered until the program fills. For more information contact Frederica Bowcutt (bowcuttf@evergreen.edu).  

Credits: 16(F)

Class Standing: Junior - Senior

Offered During: Day


This SOS offers opportunities for well-prepared students to create their own course of study and research. In addition, at least four credits of each student's work will be in collaboration with other students in the program. Group activities will include seminars, workshops, lectures and weekly meetings. Student project work will be presented in a symposium at the end of the quarter.

Several research topics are of particular interest to the faculty member. Groups of students working together on community-based projects such as installing edible or medicinal landscaping on campus or other public educational institutions, propagating prairie plants for local ecological restoration efforts, or creating plant-themed public art for the Evergreen Teaching Gardens will be given priority, as will students interested in conducting research on exotic invasive plant species common to the Puget Sound region to determine how they might benefit humanity through sustainable enterprise. This might take the form of exploring the medicinal uses of weedy species like dandelion or the use of Scot's broom for biofuel production. Students interested in honing their botanical illustration skills that propose to work from herbarium specimens to create illustrations for the Puget Prairie Flora and/or Sun Lakes State Park Flora projects and groups wanting to study the history and practice of herbology will receive serious consideration during the signature review process. Students seeking to explore the gender dimensions of botany as a discipline are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Prior to fall, interested individual students or small groups of students must consult with the faculty sponsor about their proposed projects and/or internship plans. The project and/or internship is then described on the appropriate contract form (in-program Internship or Individual Learning Contract) and submitted electronically as a draft contract. While this program is primarily aimed at juniors and seniors, first-year students and sophomores may be admitted if they can demonstrate through the signature process that they are ready for the work.

Maximum Enrollment: 25

Internship Possibilities: Fall: Evergreen Teaching Gardens and other internships available.  Discuss with faculty if interested.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: botany, horticulture and herbology.

Campus Location: Olympia

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
January 22nd, 2010 Faculty teaching in graduate program (MES) this quarter.
November 10th, 2009 References to winter quarter corrected to fall; credits limited to 16 credit option.