Credits: 3. Prerequisites: none.
This course is an introduction to the vast array of plants and plant products that shape our lives. We will explore some of the plants that humans use, and learn how they influence human culture and have shaped civilization. To better understand why plants are so crucial to our species, we will also learn basic structure and function of plant tissues and metabolites in the body of the living plant. We hope that you not only come away from this course with a better understanding of and appreciation for the importance of plants in our lives but also have fun in the process. You’ll learn to make soap, candles, rope, paper, and do experiments with plants that illustrate their crucial importance in our lives!