Botany Certificate Electives

Students seeking a Certificate must complete at least 58 elective course hours.

Elective course offerings vary with every catalog season. Browse this page to discover what's currently scheduled.


Botanical Latin is essential for anyone with a serious interest in identifying plants. But, contrary to popular belief, mastering Latin plant names need not be intimidating or boring. Review the rules of taxonomy, Latin grammar, and pronunciation, and learn the more...
242GAR360O 10/02 Mo 10:30am-12:30pm Bakshi

Join Neil Pederson, Ph.D., professor and senior ecologist at the Harvard Forest, for this interactive workshop on what tree rings can teach us about the ways ecosystems respond to climate change. Old trees hold precious information about climate, precipitation levels, more...
242BOT397 10/28 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Pederson


Paleobotany, the study of plant evolution through fossil evidence, gives us insights into Earth's flora, past and present. Gain a historical perspective on global diversity and climate change, and the origin and development of present-day trees and flowering plants.
242BOT434O 11/14 Tu 5:00pm-7:00pm Boyer


Discover how trees communicate via chemical signals in the air (to warn of insect attacks) and transfer nutrients to one another through complex underground fungal networks (sometimes to assist sick trees).
243BOT385O 01/11 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Kutos

Discover the many herbs and spices prized for centuries to heal, to revitalize the immune system, and to treat and prevent asthma, insomnia, flu, and more.
243BOT346O 01/20 Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Candee

While plants enjoy their winter's sleep, many fungi are active in forests and parks. We'll explore table favorites like Enoke and Oysters in class and in their habitats.
243BOT394 01/24 We 10:00am-1:00pm Sadowski


Discover the power, the allure, and the science of psychedelic mushrooms, in particular the genus Psilocybe. Food journalist and former president of the New York Mycological Society, Eugenia Bone, author of Mycophilia, will discuss the biology of these potent fungi, more...
243BOT302O 02/13 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Bone