Graduation Requirements for the Plant Biology Major

In addition to core SEBS requirements, all students are required to fulfill the following curriculum requirements:

A. REQUIRED COURSES (19-21)

Introductory Life and Physical Sciences
  • 01:119:115 General Biology I (4)
  • 01:119:116 General Biology II (4)
  • 01:119:117 Biological Research Laboratory (2)
  • 01:160:161 General Chemistry (3)
  • 01:160:162 General Chemistry (3)
  • 01:160:171 Introduction to Experimentation (1)
Experienced-Based Education (3)
  • 11:776:495,496 Special Problems in Plant Science
Quantitative Skills
  • See 01:640:___ in VIII B below.
One of the following Professional Ethics courses (3):
  • 01:730:107 Introduction to Ethics (3)
  • 01:730:250 Environmental Ethics (3)
  • 01:730:251 Ethics and Business (3)
  • 11:607:385 The Ethical Leader (3)
Additional Requirements (16-18):
  • 11:776:211 Introduction to Horticulture (3)
  • 11:776:242 Plant Science (3)
  • 11:776:210 Principles of Botany (4)
One of the following soils courses (3-4):
  • 11:776:102 Soil and Society (3)
  • 11:776:405 Soil Fertility (3)
  • 11:776:413 Soil Quality (3)
  • 11:375:453 Soil Ecology (3)
  • 11:375:360 Soils and Water (4)
One of the following courses* (3-4):
  • 11:776:302 General Plant Pathology (3)
  • 11:776:305 Plant Genetics (4)
  • 11:776:382 Plant Physiology (4)

*At least one of these courses is listed as a requirement in the General Plant Biology and the Horticulture and Turf Industry options.

B. CURRICULUM OPTIONS (49-60 cr)

(Intended as a general guide for coursework; slight alterations to actual requirements may change over time.)

One of the following three options is required:

  1. General Plant Biology (research focus area) (49-60 cr)
  2. Horticulture and Turf Industry (49-59 cr)
  3. Horticulture Therapy Specialization (46-50 cr)
1. General Plant Biology (55-60)

Required courses (44)

  • 01:160:307-308 Organic Chemistry (4,4)
  • 01:640:135-136 Calculus I,II (4,4) or equivalent
  • 01:750:203-204 General Physics (3,3)
  • 11:115:403,404 General Biochemistry (4,3)
  • 11:126:413 Plant Molecular Biology (3),or 11:126:481 Molecular Genetics
  • 11:776:305 Plant Genetics (4), or 01:447:380 Genetics
  • 11:776:382 Plant Physiology (4)
  • 11:776:452 Plant Tissue Culture (3)

Electives (11-16)

At least four additional courses selected from the following list, or any 776 listed as but not fulfilling as 'Additional Requirements':

  • 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3)
  • 11:015:492 Tropical Agriculture (3)
  • 11:126:427 Methods in Recombinant DNA Technology (4)
  • 11:370:350 Agricultural Entomology and Pest Management (3)
  • 11:370:381 Insect Biology (4)
  • 11:550:230 Environmental Design Analysis (3)
  • 11:550:233-234 Landscape Plants I,II (3,3)
  • 11:550:238 Landscape Management and Maintenance (3)
  • 11:550:239 Planning and Planting the Residential Environment (3)
  • 11:680:390 General Microbiology (4)
  • 11:704:332 Plant Ecology (4)
  • 11:776:402 Mycology: Fungi in the Environment (3)
  • 11:776:200 Modern Crop Production (3)
  • 11:776:202 Applied Physiology of Horticultural Crops (3)
  • 11:776:221 Principles of Organic Crop Production (3)
  • 11:776:231 Commercial Floral Design (3)
  • 11:776:302 General Plant Pathology (3)
  • 11:776:304 Turfgrass Management (4)
  • 11:776:310 Plant Propagation (3)
  • 11:776:312 Medicinal Plants (3)
  • 11:776:341 Fruit Production (3)
  • 11:776:401 Postharvest Physiology of Horticultural Crops (3)
  • 11:776:402 Weeds: Impact & Management in Rural and Urban Landscapes (3)
  • 11:776:404 Soil Management for Sports and Landscape Applications (3)
  • 11:776:408 Turfgrass Pest Science (4)
  • 11:776:439 Nursery Crop Production (3)
  • 11:776:451 Fine and Sports Turf (3)
  • 11:776:452 Plant Tissue Culture (3)
  • 11:776:495,496 Special Problems in Plant Science (BA,BA)
2. Horticulture and Turf Industry (49-59)

Required courses (26-27)

  • 01:460:101 Introductory Geology I: Physical (4)
  • 01:640:115 Pre-calculus Mathematics (4) or 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3)
  • 11:370:350 Agricultural Entomology and Pest Management (3)
  • 11:373:231 Introduction to Marketing (3)
  • 11:373:241 Introduction to Management (3) or 11:373:341 Management: Human Systems Development (3)
  • 11:776:302 General Plant Pathology (3)
  • 11:776:382 Plant Physiology (4)
  • 11:776:406 Plant Breeding (3)

Electives (23-32)

At least eight additional courses selected from the curriculum electives listed in the General Plant Biology option, above and the courses listed below.

  • 11:776:305 Plant Genetics (4)
  • 11:126:413 Plant Molecular Biology (3)
3. Horticulture Therapy Specialization (52-56)

    Required courses (46-50)

  • 11:015:432 Jr/Sr Colloquium: People-Plant Relationships (3) (fulfills SEBS Area I. School Mission: Interdisciplinary Critical Analysis requirement)
  • 01:640:115 Pre-calculus Mathematics (4) or 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3)
  • 11:776:225 Introduction to Horticultural Therapy (3)
  • 11:776:325 Horticultural Therapy Techniques and Programming (3)
  • 11:776:425 Special Topics in Horticultural Therapy (2)
  • 11:776:495,496 Special Problems in Plant Science (≥ 8 credits, approved by the adviser)

At least eight of the following human science courses (24-26):

  • 01:830:101 General Psychology (3)
  • 01:830:303,304 Memory and Memory Laboratory (3,1)
  • 01:830:321 Social Psychology (3)
  • 01:830:326,327 Small Groups and Laboratory (3,1)
  • 01:830:330 Developmental Psychology (3)
  • 01:830:333 Adolescent Development (3)
  • 01:830:335 Adult Development and Aging (3)
  • 01:830:340 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • 01:830:361 Developmental Psychobiology (3)
  • 01:830:377 Health Psychology (3)
  • 01:920:210 Sociology of Medicine and Health Care (3)
  • 09:910:352 Groups at Risk in Cont. Society (3) or 09:910:220 Intro Soc Work & Soc Serv. (3)
  • 10:832:416 Mental Illness: Social and Public Policy (3)
  • 11:300:327 Applications of Psychology in Education (3)
  • 11:373:341 Management: Human Systems Development (3)

Electives (6)

Additional courses selected from the curriculum electives listed in the horticulture and turf industry option, above.

Recommended electives are:

  • 01:704:332 Plant Ecology (4)
  • 11:370:350 Agricultural Entomology and Pest Management (3)
  • 11:776:302 General Plant Pathology (3)
  • 11:776:231 Introduction to Marketing (3)
  • 11:776:310 Plant Propagation (3)
  • 11:776:321 Principles and Practices of Fruit Production (4)
  • 11:776:439 Nursery Crop Production (3)

Unspecified Electives (5-26 credits)

In addition to courses meeting the above requirements, students can take any other courses offered by the university, for which they meet the course eligibility requirements, to bring their total number of credits to the minimum of 128 required for graduation.