Curriculum Requirements for the Plant Biology (Plant Science) Major

The Plant Science curriculum offers two major options:
1.         General Plant Biology:  for students intending to pursue graduate study or research careers in laboratories
2.         Horticulture and Turf Industry:  for students intending to pursue business careers in plant supported industries

NOTE:  These are new graduation requirements adopted in 2019. 
In addition to SEBS Core requirements, all students are required to satisfy the following curriculum requirements:

A.      ALL STUDENTS MUST TAKE (37-38 credits):
General Biology and Laboratory (all) (10 credits)

  • 01:119:115 General Biology I (4)
  • 01:119:116 General Biology II (4)
  • 01:119:117 Biological Research Laboratory (2)

OR as transfer credit only:

  • 01:110:101 General Biology (4)
  • 01:110:102 General Biology (4)

General Chemistry and Laboratory (all) (9 credits)

  • 01:160:161 General Chemistry (4)
  • 01:160:162 General Chemistry (4)
  • 01:160:171 Introduction to Experimentation (1)

Experienced-Based Education (3 credits).  Choose from the following (advisor approved):

  • 11:776:495,496 Special Problems in Plant Science
  • 11:015:497,498 George H. Cook Scholars Program
  • 11:902:300,301,400 SEBS Internship I, II, Coop
  • 11:550:240 Public Garden Management required for the Public Garden Management Internship and the Student Farm Internship at Rutgers Gardens
  • 11:020:321 Principles and Practice of Small-scale Organic Farming as required for the Student Farm Internship at Rutgers Gardens
  • Study Abroad
  • SEBS International Summer Study Abroad Program
  • ARESTY Research Assistant Program

Professional Ethics (3 credits).  Choose from the following:

  • 01:730:107 Introduction to Ethics (3)
  • 01:730:240 Bioethics (3)
  • 01:730:250 Environmental Ethics (3)
  • 11:607:385 The Ethical Leader (3)

Soils (3-4 credits).  Choose from the following:

  • 11:776:102 Soil and Society (3)
  • 11:776:405 Soil Fertility (3)
  • 11:776:404 Soil Management for Sports and Landscape Applications (3)
  • 11:375:453 Soil Ecology (3)
  • 11:375:360 Soils and Water (4)

Plant Science Fundamentals (all) (9 credits):

  • 11:776:210 Principles of Botany (3)
  • 11:776:211 Introduction to Horticulture (3)
  • 11:776:242 Plant Science (3)

B.      SELECT FROM ONE OF TWO OPTIONS:
1.       General Plant Biology (54-59 credits)
Quantitative Methods (all) (7 to 8 credits)

  • 01:640:135 Calculus I (4) OR equivalent

AND

  • 01:640:136 Calculus II (4) OR equivalent OR 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3)

Chemistry (all) (15 credits)

  • 01:160:307 Organic Chemistry (4)
  • 01:160:308 Organic Chemistry (4)
  • 11:115:403 General Biochemistry (4)
  • 11:115:404 General Biochemistry (3)

Physics (all) (6-10 credits)

  • 01:750:193 Physics for the Science (4)
  • 01:750:194 Physics for the Science (4)

OR

  • 01:750:201 Extended General Physics (5)
  • 01:750:202 Extended General Physics (5)

OR

  • 01:750:203 General Physics (3)
  • 01:750:204 General Physics (3)

Advanced Plant Science (all) (14 credits)

  • 11:776:305 Plant Genetics (4) OR 01:447:380 Genetics (4)
  • 11:776:382 Plant Physiology (4)
  • 11:776:452 Plant Tissue Culture and Engineering (3)
  • 11:126:413 Plant Molecular Biology (3) OR 11:126:481 Molecular Genetics (3)

Plant Science Electives (12 credits) (if not already used above)

  • A total of 12 credits from any 11:776:xxx course at the 200 level or above
  • 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3)

or advisor approved elective

2.       Horticulture and Turfgrass Industry (51-56 credits)
Quantitative Methods (3 to 6 credits).  Choose one of the following:

  • 01:640:115 Precalculus (4)
  • 01:640:135 Calculus I OR higher (4)

OR for transfer students with completed precalculus or higher, choose one of the following: 

  • 01:960:211 Statistics I AND 212 Statistics II (3,3)
  • 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (3)

Business Courses (all) (9 credits)

  • 11:373:121 Principles and Applications of Microeconomics (3)
  • 11:373:231 Introduction to Marketing (3)
  • 11:373:241 Introduction to Management (3) OR 11:373:341 Management:  Human Systems Development (3)

Applied Major Requirements (all) (15-17 credits)

  • 11:776:302 General Plant Pathology (3)
  • 11:776:382 Plant Physiology (4) OR 11:776:202 Applied Physiology of Horticultural Crops (3)
  • 11:776:391 Weeds, Diseases, and Insects (3) OR 11:370:350 Agricultural Entomology and Pest Management (3)
  • 11:776:406 Plant Breeding (3)
  • 01:460:100 Planet Earth (3) OR 01:460:101 Introductory Geology (4)

Plant Science Electives (24 credits) (if not already used above)

  • A total of 24 credits from any 11:776:xxx course at the 200 level or above
  • 01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research

or advisor approved elective