Bachelor of Science in Biology: Plant Biology

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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)