Curriculum Requirements for B.S. in Plant Biology: Cell, molecular, biotechnology emphasis

ALS 103

Introductory Topics in ALS



Languages (9 credits)


ENG 111

Composition and Rhetoric


ENG 112

Composition and Reading



Writing and Speaking1


Humanities and Social Studies (21 credits)2
A.    Two courses from the History and Literature Lists (may be either 2 History courses, 2 Literature courses, or 1 History course and 1 Literature course).
B.    One course from the Philosophy, Religion, or Visual and Performing Arts Electives List.
C.    Two courses from the Psychology, Economics, Politics, and Government, Sociology, Anthropology, and Cultural Geography Lists (courses must be selected from different lists).
D.    One course from Science, Technology, and Society:  Humanities and Social Sciences Perspectives list (not Science and Technology Perspectives list).
E.    One course from any of the above-named Lists or from the Advanced Humanities and Social Sciences Lists.
F.    One of the courses elected to fulfill the Humanities and Social Sciences Requirement must focus on a non-English speaking culture.  This course may come from the Foreign Language Electives List.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (51-59 credits)

Group I - Take all courses (34-38 credits).

PB 101

Perspectives on Botany


PB 102

Introduction to Research


BIO 181, 183

Introductory Biology I & II3


PB 250

Plant Biology3


CH 101

Chemistry - A Molecular Science


CH 102

Chemistry - A Molecular Sci. Lab


CH 2204

Introductory Organic Chemistry OR


CH 221

Organic Chemistry I


GN 411

Principles of Genetics


PY 211,212

College Physics I & II



Group II - Research or teaching experience in one of the following (2 credits):

PB 492

External Learning Experience  OR


PB 493

Special Problems in Botany  OR


BO 495

Special Topics in Botany  OR


ALS 498

Research or Teaching I



Group III - Take one calculus course and one statistics course.  (6-7 credits).

MA 121

Elements of Calculus  OR


MA 131

Calculus for Life & Mgmt Sci A  OR


MA 141

Calculus I5


ST 101

Statistics by Example  OR


ST 311

Introduction to Statistics6



Group IV - Plant Biology Courses. Take 3 courses.  At least one of these courses must be at 300 or 400-  level.  (9-12 credits)  A 2.0 GPA is required in all Plant Biology courses. The courses listed in bold are highly recommended.

PB 213

Plants and Civilization


PB 215

Medicinal Plants


PB 220

Local Flora


PB 222

Kingdom of Fungi


PB 277

Space Biology


PB 3607

Introduction to Ecology


PB 400

Plant Structure and Diversity


PB 403

Systematic BOtany


PB 405

Wetland Flora


PB (Z0) 414

Cell Biology


PB 421

Plant Physiology


PB 422

Plant Physiology Lab


PB 321

Whole Plant Physiology


Special topics or Graduate (for advanced undergraduates only) Plant Biology courses may also be used.


Advised Electives (Selected from

Groups A, B, or C)8


Free Electives






The following courses are recommended to satisfy the Advised Electives and Free Electives requirements for the Cell, Molecular and Biotechnology Emphasis in Plant Biology


PB 321 Whole Plant Physiology 4 cr

PB 414 Cell Biology 3 cr

PB 421 Plant Physiology 3 cr

PB 422 Plant Physiology lab 1 cr (PB majors strongly advised to take the lab)

PB 480 Plant Biotechnology 3 cr


BCH 451 Intro Biochemistry 4 cr

BCH 452 Intro Biochemistry lab 2 cr

BCH 453 Molecular Biology 3 cr

BCH 454 Molecular Biology lab 4 cr


BIT 360 DNA manipulation l 4 cr (Needed for BIT minor plus 2 more hours of BIT)

BIT 461 DNA sequencing 2 cr

BIT 462 Microarrays 2 cr

BIT 464 Protein purification 2 cr

BIT 467 PCR 2 cr

BIT 468 Genome mapping 2 cr

BIT 481 Plant transformation 2 cr


GN 411 Principles of Genetics 4 cr

GN 412 Genetics lab 1 cr

GN 413 Advanced Genetics 3 cr


MB 351 General Microbiology 3 cr

MB 352 Microbiology lab 2 cr


Physical Education (2 credits)

One credit must be for completion of

a 100 - level PE Course


Minimum Hours Required For



Foreign language proficiency at the FL_102 level is required for graduation.

1One Course from either the Advanced Writing Electives List, the Communications/Speech Electives List, or the Foreign Languages Electives List.  ENG 333 (Communication for Science and Research) is strongly recommended.

2Electives from lists approved by University Provost.

3 Credit cannot be earned for both PB 200 and PB 250; PB 200 may be substituted for PB 250 with permission of the Plant Biology Teaching Coordinator. BIO 105 or BIO 125 and any 4-hour PB course with a lab may be approved as substitutes for BIO 181 and BIO 183 by the Plant Biology Teaching Coordinator.

4CH 220 is a one semester course in the fundamental of organic chemistry; credit is not allowed for both CH 220 and CH 221.

5Credit is not allowed in more than one of MA 121, 131, and 141.  MA 121 is for students who only require one semester of calculus; it does not have a second semester sequence.

6Credit is not allowed for both ST 101 and ST 311.  Students interested in research are strongly encouraged to take both ST 311 and ST 501 (Experimental Statistics for Biological Sciences I).

7Students are encouraged to take PB 365 concurrently.

8Adviser will help students select courses that augment their career objectives.