Undergraduate Degree - Plant Biology

Program:
Plant Biology
Program Code:
7044 Plant Biology
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
FS04
Department:
Department of Plant Biology
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

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)

 


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Plant Biology, BS (7044)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Plant Biology - Organic Chemistry
Major - Plant Biology - Organic Chemistry: 2 courses from CEM251, CEM252

Requirement 12: Major - Plant Biology - Plant Biology
Major - Plant Biology - Plant Biology: 1 course from PLB203

Requirement 13: Major - Plant Biology - Plant Physiology
Major - Plant Biology - Plant Physiology: 1 course from PLB415

Requirement 14: Major - Plant Biology - Plant Physiology Laboratory I
Major - Plant Biology - Plant Physiology Laboratory I: 1 course from PLB416L

Requirement 15: Major - Plant Biology - Evolution
Major - Plant Biology - Evolution: 1 course from ZOL445

Requirement 16: Major - Plant Biology - Plant Systematics
Major - Plant Biology - Plant Systematics: 1 course from PLB418

Requirement 17: Major - Plant Biology - Research
Major - Plant Biology - Research: 1 course from PLB498

Requirement 18: Major - Plant Biology - Senior Seminar
Major - Plant Biology - Senior Seminar: 1 course from PLB499

Requirement 19: Major - Plant Biology - Fundamental Genetics
Major - Plant Biology - Fundamental Genetics: 1 course from ZOL341

Requirement 20: Major - Plant Biology - Ecology and Laboratory
Major - Plant Biology - Ecology and Laboratory: 2 courses from ZOL355, ZOL355L

Requirement 21: Major - Plant Biology - Biology
Major - Plant Biology - Biology: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
2 courses from LB144, LB145
4 courses from BS181H, BS182H, BS191H, BS192H
4 courses from BS161, BS162, BS171, BS172

Requirement 22: Major - Plant Biology - Chemistry
Major - Plant Biology - Chemistry: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
3 courses from CEM181H, CEM182H, CEM185H
3 courses from LB171, LB171L, LB172
3 courses from CEM141, CEM142, CEM161
3 courses from CEM151, CEM152, CEM161

Requirement 23: Major - Plant Biology - Physics
Major - Plant Biology - Physics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
2 courses from LB273, LB274
2 courses from PHY183, PHY184
4 courses from PHY231, PHY232, PHY251, PHY252

Requirement 24: Major - Plant Biology - Calculus I
Major - Plant Biology - Calculus I: 1 course from LB118, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H

Requirement 25: Major - Plant Biology - Calculus and Statistics
Major - Plant Biology - Calculus and Statistics: 1 course from LB119, MTH126, MTH133, MTH153H, STT231

Requirement 26: Major - Plant Biology - Biochemistry
Major - Plant Biology - Biochemistry: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
1 credit from BMB401
2 credits from BMB461, BMB462

Requirement 27: Major - Plant Biology - Plant Ecology
Major - Plant Biology - Plant Ecology: 1 course from PLB434, PLB441

Requirement 28: Major - Plant Biology - MMG
Major - Plant Biology - MMG: 1 course from MMG409, MMG431

Requirement 29: Major - Plant Biology - Electives
Major - Plant Biology - Electives: 2 courses from 300-400 level courses relating to plant biology approved by the Department of Plant Biology.

Requirement 30: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.

Requirement 31: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 32: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.