Academic Programs Catalog

College of Natural Science

Department of Plant Biology

Undergraduate Education
Plant Biology

The Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in plant biology is designed for students who plan to pursue careers in plant biotechnology industries, nurseries, botanical gardens, museums, herbaria, agricultural extension, or research laboratories, or who plan to pursue graduate study in the field of plant biology or related disciplines.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant Biology

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Biology.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Plant Biology  major is met by completing Plant Biology 498 and 499 and  Zoology 355L or 445.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3.  below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                           
    a.     One of the following groups of courses (9 or 10 credits):  
          (1) BS 161 Cell and Molecular Biology 3
            BS 162 Organismal and Population Biology 3
            BS 171 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
            BS 172 Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
          (2) LB 144 Biology I: Organismal Biology 4
            LB 145 Biology II: Cellular and Molecular Biology 5
          (3) BS 181H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology 3
            BS 182H Honors Organismal and Population Biology 3
            BS 191H Honors Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 2
            BS 192H Honors Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory 2
    b.     One of the following groups of courses (8 to 10 credits):  
          (1) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
            CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
            CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
          (2) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
            CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
            CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
          (3) LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4
            LB 171L Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I 1
            LB 172 Principles of Chemistry II 3
          (4) CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
            CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4
            CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
    c.     Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
          CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
          CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3
    d.     One of the following groups of courses (8 credits):  
          (1) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
            PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
          (2) PHY 231 Introductory Physics I 3
            PHY 232 Introductory Physics II 3
            PHY 251 Introductory  Physics Laboratory I 1
            PHY 252 Introductory Physics Laboratory II 1
          (3) LB 273 Physics I 4
            LB 274 Physics II 4
    e.     One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
          LB 118 Calculus I 4
          MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I 3
          MTH 132 Calculus I 3
          MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3
    f.     One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
          LB 119 Calculus II 4
          MTH 126 Survey of Calculus II 3
          MTH 133 Calculus II 4
          MTH 153H Honors Calculus II 4
          STT 231 Statistics for Scientists 3
    g.     All of the following courses (27 credits):  
          PLB 203 Biology of Plants 4
          PLB 415 Plant Physiology 3
          PLB 416L Plant Physiology Laboratory 2
          PLB 418 Plant Systematics 3
          PLB 498 Undergraduate Research 3
          PLB 499 Senior Seminar 1
          ZOL 355 Ecology 3
          ZOL 355L Ecology Laboratory (W) 1
          ZOL 341 Fundamental Genetics 4
          ZOL 445 Evolution (W) 3
    h.     One of the following options (4 or 6 credits):  
          (1) BMB 401 Comprehensive Biochemistry 4
          (2) BMB 461 Advanced Biochemistry I 3
            BMB 462 Advanced Biochemistry II 3
    i.     One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
          PLB 434 Plant Structure and Function 4
          PLB 441 Plant Ecology 3
    j.     One of the following courses (3 credits):  
          MMG 409 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3
          MMG 431 Microbial Genetics 3
    k.     Two 300–400 level courses relating to plant biology approved by the Department of Plant Biology (6 to 8 credits)