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Plant Biology Minor
Effective Fall 2011
A minor in Plant Biology provides undergraduates with exposure to several areas of science that are essential to an understanding of modern Botany. This program is well suited for those who wish to study plant biology as part of a liberal arts education, to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools, as additional breadth for pre-professional students, or who simply have an interest in learning more about plants. It is not intended to provide preparation for graduate study in basic and applied areas of the plant sciences and related fields, such as ecology, microbiology, and biochemistry.
A minor in Plant Biology is not open to students with a major in Biology, General Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience or Biochemistry, nor to students electing a minor in Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, or Global Change.
The minor in Plant Biology is not recommended for students interested in graduate work in the biological sciences.
Prerequisites to the Minor. BIOLOGY 171, 172 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and BIOLOGY 173; or BIOLOGY 162; or BIOLOGY 163
Academic Minor Program. A minimum of 17 credits in Ecology and Evolutionary (EEB), Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) or Program in Biology (BIOLOGY) at the 200-level or above distributed as follows:
- Core courses in ecology, evolution, biochemistry, and genetics.
Choose two courses from the following:
- BIOLOGY 281 [or EEB 381 at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) www.lsa.umich.edu/umbs/]
- EEB 390 (Evolution), offered in Ann Arbor or at the UMBS
- BIOLOGY 305 (Genetics)
- MCDB 310 (Biochemistry)
- Select one plant biology core course from the following list BIOLOGY 230*; 255*; MCDB 321 (* indicates a lab course or course including a lab)
- Select additional plant biology minor electives from the following list of courses encompassing plant ecology, biodiversity, evolution, structure and development, and physiology, to bring your credit hours to at least 17. At least one course must be a 300-or 400- level course. At least one lab course or course including a lab must be included (* indicates lab course or course including a lab):
- BIOLOGY 230*; 255*
- EEB 372*, 401, 412, 420, 436*, 459*, 463*
- MCDB 321, 401 (when topic is appropriate), 405, 430
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