The graduate curriculum provides a basic introduction to the two sub-disciplinary divisions in the department: ecology and biodiversity, and cell and molecular biology. You design your research project and coursework in association with your major advisor and advisory committee. We encourage interdisciplinary education, and some students elect to work under the joint supervision of faculty in plant biology and in other, related departments. Faculty who are associate members of plant biology can also serve as a major advisor for plant biology graduate students.
||Functional Plant Biology
||Plant Anatomy Laboratory
|PB 570 or PB 503
||Plant Functional Ecology or Systematic Botany
||3* or 4*
||Plant Biology Colloquium
||Statistics for Experimental Biology Majors or an equivalent
advanced undergraduate course is required
||Graduate level ethics course of students choosing (PHI 816 is what
is typically taken) and approved by her/his committee.
*= Class must be taken for a letter grade.
Other Plant Biology Courses
The program course requirements include taking one additional PB course at the 500 level or above. Students involved in teaching sections of laboratory courses must sign up for credit in either PB 685 (master’s students) or PB 885 (doctoral students). In most semesters, M.S. and Ph.D. students will also be enrolled in research hours (PB 693 for M.S. and PB 893 for Ph.D.). M.R. students do not take thesis credit hours (PB 695/696/699). Other students should consult with the director of graduate programs before including thesis credit hours (PB 695/696/699 or 895/896/899) on their GPOW.
Courses Other than Plant Biology
Students may take additional courses in other departments to fulfill the minimum degree requirements and should be select these courses in consultation with the advisory committee.