This course examines the concepts needed to understand medicinal plants from a broad scientific and cultural perspective. In addition to developing basic chemical concepts (emphasizing bonding and structure, and their effects on chemical behavior), the course will draw on areas such as pharmacology in order to build a complete picture of how medicinal plants function. Issues such as the cultural origins of medicinal plant knowledge, the nature of scientific methods/scientific truth and the changing role of medicinal plants in society will also be examined. The laboratory will consist of experiments and activities designed to illustrate and elaborate on ideas discussed in lecture. No prerequisites. Not open to students with credit for any college chemistry course. May not be counted toward a major in chemistry. May not be taken pass/fail.
|Science and Mathematics||None. Not open to students with credit for any college chemistry course. May not be counted toward a major in chemistry.||1 course, class and lab|