Academic Programs Catalog

College of Natural Science

Department of Plant Biology

Undergraduate Education
Environmental Biology/Plant Biology

The Bachelor of Science degree program in environmental biology/plant biology is designed for students who plan to pursue careers involving plants and the environment or who plan to pursue graduate study in the biological sciences.  Graduates may be employed in nature organizations, environmental impact firms, or government.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Biology/ 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 Environmental Biology/Plant Biology.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Environmental Biology/Plant Biology  major is met by completing the following courses:  Plant Biology 498 and 499 and Zoology 355L.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. 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 (8 to 10 credits):    
          (1) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4  
            CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3  
            CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1  
          (2) LB 171 Principles of Chemistry I 4  
            LB 171L Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory I 1  
            LB 172 Principles of Chemistry II 3  
          (3) CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4  
            CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4  
            CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2  
    b.     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  
    c.     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  
    d.     One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):    
          MTH 124 Survey of Calculus I 3  
          MTH 132 Calculus I 3  
          MTH 152H Honors Calculus I 3  
          LB 118 Calculus I 4  
    e.     One of the following, either (1) or (2) (4 or 6 credits):    
          (1) CEM 143 Survey of Organic Chemistry 4  
          (2) CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3  
            CEM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3  
    f.     All of the following courses (30 credits):    
          CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3  
          FW 417 Wetland Ecology and Management 3  
          GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3  
          PLB 203 Biology of Plants 4  
          PLB 415 Plant Physiology 3  
          PLB 418 Plant Systematics 3  
          PLB 498 Undergraduate Research 3  
          PLB 499 Senior Seminar (W) 1  
          STT 231 Statistics for Scientists 3  
          ZOL 355 Ecology 3  
          ZOL 355L Ecology Laboratory (W) 1  
    g.     One of the following courses: (3 or 4 credits):    
          CSS 350 Introduction to Plant Genetics 3  
          ZOL 341 Fundamental Genetics 4  
    h.     One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):    
          ENT 404 Fundamentals of Entomology 3  
          PLP 405 Plant Pathology 3  
          PLP 407 Diseases and Insects of Forest and Shade Trees 4  
    i.     One of the following courses (3 credits):    
          FW 410 Upland Ecosystem Management 3  
          FW 444 Conservation Biology 3  
    j.     Two 300–400 level courses relating to environmental biology approved by the Department of Plant Biology (6 to 8 credits)