May be elected as a departmental concentration program
The Plant Biology concentration provides undergraduates with training in those areas of science that are essential to an understanding of modern botany. Like the biology concentration, this concentration deals with all of the major levels of biological organization (molecular, cellular, organismal, ecological, and evolutionary), but differs from the Biology concentration by its greater emphasis on the biology of plants. This program is well suited for those who wish to study biology as part of a liberal education, or to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools. It also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in basic and applied areas of the plant sciences and related fields, such as ecology, genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry.
Prerequisites to Concentration. Biology
162 (or the equivalent); Chemistry
Mathematics 115 and 116; Physics
126/128 or Physics
Concentration Program. A minimum of 30 credits, including:
- Biochemistry (Biology Biology
Biol. Chem. 415, or
Chem. 451 and 452.).
- Genetics (Biology
- One course from each of three of the following four categories:
- Cellular and Molecular Biology (Biology
- Plant Structure, Function, and Development (Biology
- Biological Diversity (Biology
- Ecology and Evolution (Biology
- Two additional courses not used to satisfy requirement 3, from one of the categories in requirement 3 or from the following, more specialized courses: Biology
- Three laboratory courses (courses used to meet above requirements can be used to satisfy this requirement). Three credits of Biology
300 can be included as one of the required laboratory courses. Only three credits of independent study may count toward the concentration program.
- Any other biology courses at the 200-level or above (or up to the maximum of two cognate courses) chosen in consultation with and approved by the concentration advisor.
Advising. Professor L.D. Noodén is the advisor. Appointments are scheduled at 1121 Natural Science Building. Office staff are also prepared to answer questions about various aspects of both programs. Questions about content and appropriateness of course elections should be directed to individual instructors or advisors.
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