BOT 105: Ethnobotany

Credits 3 Class Hours3 lecture

The course focuses on the importance of plants and their influence upon the cultures of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Students learn traditional and contemporary use of cultivated and wild plants.


Cross-listed with HWST 211.

Semester Offered Fall, Spring
Diversification: Social Sciences — DS
Graduation Requirement: Pacific Cultures — PC
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the science of ethnobotany.
  2. Identify and evaluate the role plants played in Hawaiian culture.
  3. Identify, evaluate, and compare the role plants played on other cultures using examples from Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and Okinawa.
  4. Carry out directed research on the cultural use of specific plants and use the findings to recreate a cultural representation (artifact) using traditional methods.