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Minor in Plant Science (18–19 credits)

The minor in Plant Science is designed for students with interests in areas related to food, fuel and fiber, turfgrass, natural products, plant breeding, plant pathology, and plant disease resistance.

Learning goals for the Plant Science minor mirror the program goals for the plant science undergraduate program (technical proficiency, context, communication, and critical thinking). Students completing program requirements will be able to:

  1. Describe basic knowledge about plant structure and function, fundamentals of plant growth and physiology, and principles of horticulture [technical proficiency];
  2. Summarize broadly the role of plants in agriculture, society and the environment [context];
  3. Communicate, in written and oral forms, plant science knowledge to peers and others in society [communication]; and
  4. Critically formulate hypotheses, interpret data, and apply basic principles and practices of plant science to solve fundamental and practical problems [critical thinking].

Notice to students seeking to enroll in Plant Biology Minors
A new policy enacted by the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences on February 27, 2021 provides the following guidance on completion of minors. The policy states, “Minors are intended to expand or supplement an educational experience beyond a students’ declared major.” In the spirit of this guidance, students seeking enrollment in one of the Plant Biology Minors, will not be permitted to apply more than 50% of course credits used to fulfill a major, nor will students seeking to declare a second minor be permitted to apply more than 50% of course credits used to fulfill a first minor requirement.
**Students enrolled in minor programs prior to February 27, 2021, will be permitted to complete the program even if it does not comply with this course overlap policy.
[Contact Dr. Patel ( for clarification and/or questions].

Required Courses (6 credits)

  1. 11:776:211 Introduction to Horticulture (3)
  2. 11:776:242 Plant Science (3)

Electives (12–13)

Any four of the following courses for which prerequisites have been fulfilled:

  1. 11:550:233 Landscape Plants I (3) or 11:550:234 Landscape Plants II (3)
  2. 11:550:239 Planning and Planting the Residential Environment (3)
  3. 11:776:202 Applied Physiology of Horticultural Crops (3)
  4. 11:776:221 Principles of Organic Crop Production (3)
  5. 11:776:302 General Plant Pathology (3)
  6. 11:776:305 Plant Genetics (4)
  7. 11:776:310 Plant Propagation (3)
  8. 11:776:312 Medicinal Plants (3)
  9. 11:776:321 Greenhouse Systems Management (3)
  10. 11:776:341 Fruit Production (3)
  11. 11:776:406 Plant Breeding (3)
  12. 11:776:439 Nursery Crop Production (3)
  13. 11:776:452 Plant Tissue Culture (3)

  14. or other advisor-approved electives

Minor Advisor

Dr. Nrupali Patel
Foran Hall, Rm 372