Hands-on and relevant to many fields…
BOT 101/BOT 101L: General Botany/General Botany Lab
Students with a background in botany can apply that knowledge to many science-related fields — including pharmacy, chemistry, and food science, as well as agriculture, sustainable practices, and liberal arts — that are relevant to Hawai‘i specifically and to really any place in the world.
Our class explores plants and limu, bacteria and fungi, with focus on structure and function and evolution; botany goes beyond these organisms in that we consider food, drugs, and medicine, as well as global climate change.
Both lecture and lab classes involve hands-on elements that include observations, experiments, and field experiences; photo essays, forensics case studies, and group problem solving. Students with diverse backgrounds and interests/majors excel in this course and find applications of both facts and concepts to their diverse studies. Our course is a no-textbook class–but rich in resources.
Fulfills the general education requirement: DB, DY
About the Instructor
Teena Michael, PhD, considers the process of discovery an essential part of both lecture and lab for learning botany. She brings her experience in ethnobotany, Hawaiian plants, microbiology, and biology to teaching this subject and incorporates local and global events in presentations. "I teach this course with my personal passion for the subject as well as a sense of the importance, even urgency, for us to be informed as we go forward in science and/or liberal studies."
For inquiries about the course, email Teena Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.