Bozeman, MT
Jun 29-Jul 03, 2015
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $682.00
Instructor(s): Robyn Klein

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Course Description

This interdisciplinary course investigates how plants and people intersect, with a focus on the current popular and scientific interest in using plants and their compounds for health and medicine. The subject will be applied to ethnobotany, botany, and phytochemistry. Enhancing the links between the natural world and the classroom can bring meaning to all the science and instill an interest in the investigation of plants and their uses. The course will have the following components:
  • Application to Ethnobotany: relationships between people, flora, and environment.
  • Application to Botany: plant defense, co-evolution, chemical communication.
  • Application to Phytochemistry: plant biosynthetic pathways for secondary compounds and classes of plant compounds.
  • Application to Chemistry: making herbal products from plant material.
Laboratory: The last day will be spent with hands-on experience making some herbal products to enhance the learning opportunity.

Instructor: The instructor has 20 years experience in teaching the above topics and is both a traditional herbalist (American Herbalist Guild) and a medical botanist (M.S.).

Meeting Place and Times

Class: MTWRF 9 am-4 pm
Location: Plant Growth Center, Room 214
Field Trip: T 10:45 am-1:00 pm


Robyn Klein. Department of Plant Science and Plant Pathology, Montana State University


Science educator; graduate standing.

Target Audience

Teachers enrolled in Montana State University's Master of Science in Science Education program; teachers desiring graduate credit in plant science for professional development purposes.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $142.00
 Computer Fee$7.00
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • No Textbook requirement but the following book is recommended:
    Author: James Green
    Title: The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
    ISBN: 9780895949905
    Available from Barnes & Noble or another bookstore of your choice.
  • Additional materials will be supplied by your instructor.

For More Information

contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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