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Offering Description

Student-Originated Studies: Botany


Spring 2012 quarter

Frederica Bowcutt ecology
Fields of Study
botany, field studies, natural history and sustainability studies
Preparatory for studies or careers in
field botany, floristics, environmental education and horticulture.

This program offers opportunities for well-prepared students to create their own course of study in botany. Priority will be given to students with introductory coursework in botany and a desire to contribute to at lease one of two ongoing efforts: the Puget Prairie Flora project or the Evergreen Teaching Gardens.  Proposals are particularly encouraged from students who want to do one or more of the following:

  • create a portfolio of professional grade botanical illustrations
  • document and curate plant specimens in the Evergreen Natural History Collection
  • craft online resources to make Evergreen's herbarium more accessible digitally
  • develop plans to replace some campus lawns with perennial edible landscaping
  • visit other colleges with edible landscaping to seek alternative models
  • improve the educational value of the Medicinal Herb Garden to Evergreen students
  • refine the Evergreen Teaching Gardens website to aid K-12 use of this public resource.

Students will attend weekly research group meetings/seminars, plant identification labs, and as needed computer workshops to support student research.  The labs will be dedicated primarily to learning how to identify vascular plants using a technical dichotomous key.  Students will also hone their polant family recognition skills.  To practice their identification skills, students will attend several day-long field trips to local prairies.

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.

Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Schedule Details
Mondays and Tuesdays 1-5 pm
Internship Possibilities
Evergreen Teaching Gardens with faculty approval.
Upper Division Science Credit
Up to 16 upper division science credits may be awarded based upon student work.
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 16th, 2012 Description updated.