Plant Biology Minor

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. Electives allow the opportunity to choose a specialized area of plant biology that is of interest.

Five courses are required for completion of the minor, of which no more than two can overlap with major requirements.

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

Required Courses
BIOL 409Green Life: Introducing the Botanical Sciences4
BIOL 566Systematic Botany4
Choose one of the following 400-level courses that focus on plant value to humans:
BIOL 408Plants and Civilization4
or SAFS 421 Introductory Horticulture
Choose two additional plant-based courses at the 500 level or higher:8
BIOL #601Biology and Ecology of Plants4
BIOL #701Plant Physiology4
BIOL 704Plant-Microbe Interactions3
BIOL #709Plant Stress Physiology3
BIOL 720Plant-Animal Interactions4
BIOL 795Independent Investigations in Biology (If taken for 4 credits)1-4
GEN 772Evolutionary Genetics of Plants4
GEN #774Techniques in Plant Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology4
MEFB #500Coastal Habitat Field Research Methods4
MEFB 625Introduction to Marine Botany5
MEFB 747Aquatic Plants in Restoration/Management4
MEFB 795Independent Investigations in Marine, Estuarine, and Freshwater Biology (If taken for 4 credits)1-4
SAFS 651Plant Pathology4