Catalog 2010-2012

Biology: Plant Bioscience Emphasis

The B.A. Biology Major: Plant Bioscience Emphasis requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements (pages xxx-xxx) and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours. Liberal Arts Core courses included in major program requirements are distinguished by italics.

This emphasis provides training to students interested in plant bioscience. From the cell to the organismal level, students will be trained in traditional and molecular principles and techniques of plant anatomy, physiology and cell biology.  This emphasis is appropriate for students interested in crop and timber improvement, nutritional enhancement, pharmaceutical production, horticulture, genetic engineering, and plant-based biotechnology which contributes to a wide array of industrial and research applications. Employment opportunities are in agricultural research, food production, and in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors. This emphasis also provides a strong background for students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in the plant biosciences, plant physiology, plant biotechnology, plant genetics, plant pathology and protection, plant developmental biology and others.



  Introductory track: 840:051; 840:052; 840:100**; 840:140**.....15 hours

  Biology: 840:121; 840:122; 840:172; 840:120 or 840:166.....16 hours

  Cognate courses:

    Mathematics: 800:046 or 800:060 or 800:044 and 800:056.....4-5 hours

    Chemistry and Biochemistry: 860:044; 860:048***; 860:120; 860:123.....14 hours

    Physics: 880:054.....4 hours

Electives selected from the following.....4-5 hours

  Biology: 840:103, 840:120, 840:128, 840:142, 840:144, 840:151, 840:152, 840:153, 840:157, 840:166, 840:168, 840:170.

  Chemistry and Biochemistry: 860:154.

58 hours


**840:100 and 840:140 are not required as prerequisites for 100/3000-level courses.

***Students with excellent preparation in chemistry may substitute 860:070 plus 3 additional credit hours of biology electives for 860:044 and 860:048.