B.S. in Biology: Plant Biology Concentration

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Program Description

The Plant Biology concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree deepens student knowledge of plant sciences. Students may choose to focus on plant ecology or biology in their upper-level courses. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 15
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Course 3
   
Second Semester 17
BIO 125  General Botany 4
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
MAT 273  Applied Calculus  OR  MAT 281  Calculus I 3
General Education Course 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 14 or 15
BIO 215  Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
PHY 121  General Physics I 4
Free Elective 3 or 4
General Education Course 3
   
Fourth Semester 15
BIO 218  Genetics 4
BIO 248  General Ecology   4
CHE 331  Organic Chemistry I 4
General Education Course 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
BIO 300/400 level Plant Ecology or Biology Option Course 4
BIO 335  Plant Physiology 4
Free Electives 4
General Education Course 3
   
Sixth Semester 17
BIO 336  Plant Taxonomy  OR  BIO 307  Plant Anatomy 4
BIO 300/400 level Plant Ecology or Biology Option Course 4
MAT 215  Statistics 3
Free Elective 3
General Education Course 3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 16 or 17
BIO 478  Evolution 3
BIO 300/400 level Plant Ecology or Biology Option Course 4
Free Electives 6
General Education Course 3 or 4
   
Eighth Semester 14 or 15
BIO 336  Plant Taxonomy  OR  BIO 307  Plant Anatomy 4
Free Electives 6
General Education Course 4 or 5
Total 120

Select either the Biology or Ecology option:

Ecology Option (12 credits)

  • Select at least two of the following:
    • BIO 407  Mycology (4 credits)
    • BIO 414  Plant Ecology (4 credits)
    • BIO 442  Forest Ecology and Dendrology (4 credits)
    • ENS 475  Wetlands Ecology (4 credits)
  • Select any 300- or 400-level BIO or ENS course not used to fill another requirement (with adviser's approval)

Biology Option (12 credits)

  • Select at least two of the following:
    • BIO 326  General Microbiology (4 credits)
    • BIO 480  Cell Biology (4 credits)
    • CHE 415  Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • Select any 300- or 400-level BIO or ENS course(s) not used to fill another requirement (with adviser's approval)

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/plant-biology/index.aspx