Make the most of your summer! The UW-Madison Botany Summer Program offers a diversity of online, blended, and in-person courses including field and lab offerings.
Summer 2023 Courses
Intermediate courses requiring college-level introductory biology
Vascular Flora of Wisconsin
BOTANY 401 May 30 - June 18 4 credits
A taxonomic survey of the vascular plants of Wisconsin. Emphasis on forest identification. Course includes a required field component from June 10-16 at Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff, Wisconsin (lodging and transportation provided).
Instructor: Brandon Corder
BOTANY 402 July 10 - Aug 12 blended 2 credits
Dendrology covers identification, ranges, uses, and ecological characteristics of evergreen and deciduous woody plants, native and cultivated. The course is primarily online, with 4 Tuesday field days. *not open to special students
Instructor: Catherine Woodward
BOTANY 410 Jun 19 - Aug 13 online 3 credits
Evolutionary biology, emphasizing how modern scientists study evolution. Topics include: nature and mechanisms of microevolution, macroevolution, adaptation, speciation; systematics and taxonomy; quantitative genetics and measurement of natural selection; phylogenetic analyses of behavior, physiology, morphology, biochemistry; current controversies in evolution.
Instructor: Jillian Schat
Midwestern Ecological Issues: A Case Study Approach
BOTANY 450 May 22 - June 18 online 2 credits
A 4-week, all online course exploring ecological issues significant to the Great Lakes region. Topics include land use, water resources, invasive species, a changing climate, and the ecological approach to mitigating these problems.
Instructor: Michael Peyton
BOTANY 460 May 22 - Jul 16 online 4 credits
In this class, we will explore how environmental processes and biological interactions combine to affect individual organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems across the globe. We will survey and practice the tools and thinking processes used by ecologists to conduct ecological studies.
Instructor: Kyle Webert
BOTANY 474 Jun 19 - Aug 13 online 3 credits
Ethnobotany is the study of relationships between human cultures and plants. This course includes: traditional ecological knowledge, plant medicine, wild edible foods, domestication, plants in spirituality and other topics.
Instructor: Jane Bradbury