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Treecal: The Love and Science of Trees

This course listing applies to a Spring 2016 course. To find current courses, check out the Find a Course page.

Spring 2016

2 Unit(s)



About the Course:

Course Description: The goal of this course is to discuss the biological beauty and ecological complexity of trees. No prior experience or education is required. The course will be divided into three parts, namely tree growth and identification, forested ecosystem ecology, and forest measurements. In addition we will focus on conflicts surrounding management by discussing works of those such as Aldo Leopold, among other environmental philosophers. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify common campus tree species, will understand basic tree biological function, and will have been introduced to the world of forestry. Above all, this course works to instill a passion for trees.


Course Format (Units: 2)

2 hr. lecture per week: In the first hour of each class period students will learn basic plant biology, forest ecology, and forest measurement practices. In the second hour of class students will learn identification techniques and engage in student led discussions.

1 Saturday Field Trip to the Tilden Botanical Garden: We will be meeting on Saturday TBA from 10-2 at the Tilden Botanical Garden to spend time learning and identifying trees. Students are encouraged to stay after and engage with peers, ask questions, and enjoy the garden.


Assignments: Students need to read along with the recommended readings and complete one observational analysis each week. Additionally, a final paper will be due at the end of the semester.


Attendance: The first absence is excused. The second and third absences will need to be made up through a one page paper, up to a maximum of 2 make-up papers. A fourth unexcused absence will result in failure of the class. Excused absences will not count towards the absence tally.

How to Enroll:

Enrollment will be based on attendance in the first weeks of class and on an "application" given out on the first day. We seek to accept all students into the course.

Course Contact: brittanymathat AT

Faculty Sponsor: Ignacio Chapela

Time & Location:

Harrison Hucks
Brittany Mathat
Connor Williams
20235 DwinelleM 4p-6p1/25full

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Treecal Syllabus.pdfJan 20161kbAdobe PDF (Viewer)View Download

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