BIOL 230: Ethnobotany

Class Program
Weekly Contact Hours
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Meets Degree Requirements For
Natural Science with Lab

Survey of native plants of the Okanogan and their cultural, medicinal, and ecological importance to the First People and ecosystems of the Plateau Region.

Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. Introduction to the classification and taxonomy of plants and the use of taxonomic keys to identify native plants.
  2. Learn about the life cycles and growth characteristics of plants.
  3. Introduction to the classification hierarchy of plants and the characteristics used to place plants into classes, orders, families, genera, and species.
  4. Learn identification and cultural uses of common plants being used by First People of the Columbia Basin.
    1. Native tree identification and cultural uses
    2. Identification of native shrubs and cultural uses
    3. Identification of native forbs and cultural uses
    4. Identification of grasses and grass-like plants and cultural uses