Botany or Plant Biology

mmphillips at STKATE.EDU mmphillips at STKATE.EDU
Fri Oct 23 11:49:40 EST 1998

It seems that many Botany departments have changed their name to Plant
Biology, and the same goes for course names.  What is the rationale for
this?  Is it that "botany" has an old-fashioned ring to it, indicating that
a department might not be involved in cellular/molecular work?   We are
making revisions for a new college catalog and are considering changing our
'botany' course to 'plant biology.'  Have others done this and why?

Thanks for your comments,
Martha Phillips
Biology Dept.
College of St. Catherine
St Paul, MN
mmphillips at

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