Plant Biology Minor

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The Minor in Plant Biology is designed to provide a broad introduction to plant biology and why plants are important to humans, while providing a framework for understanding plant diversity, function, and behavior. Two electives allow the opportunity to choose a specialized area of plant biology that is of interest. Five courses are required for the minor, of which no more than two can overlap with major requirements.

The requirements for the plant biology minor are:

Choose one of the following two 400-level courses that deal with plant value to humans:4
Plants and Civilization
Introductory Horticulture
Required course:4
Introductory Botany
Choose one of the following 500-level courses that deal with plant biodiversity:4
Introduction to Aquatic Botany
Systematic Botany
Any two other plant-based courses at the 500 level or higher, including 795/796 (must be taken for 4 credits). 18

 Course options include BIOL 566 (when MEFB 525 is taken), 701, 702, 709, 758, GEN 772, 774, MEFB 525 (when BIOL 566 is taken), 616, 727, 721, 722, 747

The minimum acceptable grade in these courses is a C-; the average grade for these courses must be a C or better.

For advice on course selection, students should see the chairperson of the Department of Biological Sciences, (603) 862-3205.