In this semester-long course students learn about the many issues surrounding the sustainable harvest of wild medicinal plants both locally and internationally. Ethical and traditional harvesting practices associated with specific medicines are investigated in depth, with special consideration given to at-risk plants of North America and the Pacific Northwest bioregion. An emphasis is placed on field studies and the development of observational/technical skills in the first two months of class. Students must be prepared to attend all field trips to local sites in various weather conditions. The course is graded on a combination of participation, independent and group projects, and a final research paper.
Prerequisites: BMS211 or permission from Program Dean Semester: Various Credits: 3 Hours: 45