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Botany Undergraduate Major (BS, CRED, HBS)

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College of Agricultural Sciences | Botany and Plant Pathology


Options

Comprehensive Botany
Customizable Option
Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation
Molecular, Cellular, and Genomic Botany
Plant Pathology



The required curriculum meets the course requirements of the university and the College of Agricultural Sciences and provides for a broad background in plant science. Completing an option and engaging in an experiential learning activity allows students to fulfill their individual education goals and prepare for career aspirations.

All Botany undergraduate majors are required to do the following:

  1. Complete the core course curriculum meeting the requirements of the university, College of Agricultural Sciences, and Botany academic requirements.
  2. Select and complete the course curriculum of a 21-credit option to obtain advanced scientific background and skills in a particular area of plant science. Students may select a pre-determined botany option from the catalog or create a customized option with approval of a BOT advisor. Course work delivered in the options provides students with advanced knowledge and skills related to the study of plants and plant-like organisms in natural and managed ecosystems and in the laboratory.
    1. Comprehensive Botany
    2. Customizable Option
    3. Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation
    4. Molecular, Cellular, and Genomic Botany
    5. Plant Pathology
  3. Participate in an experiential learning and subsequent student seminar. Every Botany major is required to have an experiential learning (EL) component in their curriculum that is not part of a scheduled academic course. EL component can take many forms but must involve a minimum of 60 hours of work and must have a substantial educational objective that is related to the BOT degree. Academic credit is not required but may be earned by enrolling in research (BOT 401) or internship (BOT 410). Paid and voluntary positions are both acceptable. To meet the requirement, the student and the EL supervisor must make a written agreement that is approved by a Botany advisor. After completion of the EL project, the student is required to participate in a 1-credit student seminar during Fall term of the senior year (BOT 407), to reflect on the EL project and to incorporate it into future career planning activities.

Course Requirements

Baccalaureate Core Course requirements not fulfilled within BOT major requirements (33)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)
Approved speech course COMM (3)
Additional approved writing WR II (3)
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1)
   or any PAC course (1–2)
Perspectives Courses (12)
   Cultural Diversity; Literature and the Arts; Social Processes and Institutions; Western Culture
Difference Power Discrimination (3)
Synthesis Courses (6)
   Contemporary Global Issues; and Science, Technology and Society
Botany Core Requirements (fulfills BCC requirements in life sciences, physical sciences, and mathematics)

Biology (20)

One year of general biology for majors:
BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
BI 211, 212, 213. *Principles of Biology (4,4,4)
   or BI 211H, 212H, 213H. *Principles of Biology (4,4,4)
   or BI 204, 205, 206. *Introductory Biology (4,4,4)
BI 311. Genetics (4)
   or PBG 430. Plant Genetics (3) and PBG 431. Plant Genetics Recitation (1)

Chemistry (23)

One year of general chemistry:
CH 121. General Chemistry (5)
   and 122, 123. *General Chemistry (5,5)
   or CH 231, 232, 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4 )
   and labs CH 261, 262, 263 Laboratory for Chemistry 231, 232, 233 (1,1,1)
CH 331, CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4,4)

Biochemistry (4–7)

BB 350. Elementary Biochemistry (4)
   or BB 450. General Biochemistry (4) and BB 451. General Biochemistry (3)

Mathematics (8)

Select 8 credits from the following:
MTH 111. *College Algebra (4)
MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)
MTH 231. Elements of Discrete Mathematics (4)
MTH 241. *Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)
MTH 245. *Mathematics for Management, Life, and Social Sciences (4)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)

Statistics (4)

ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)

Additional Quantitative Skills (7–9)

Select a minimum of 2 courses from below (7–9):
BOT 476. Introduction to Computing in the Life Sciences (3)
CS 161. Introduction to Computer Science I (4)
CS 162. Introduction to Computer Science II (4)
GEOG 360. GIscience I: Geographic Information Systems and Theory (4)
GEOG 361. GIScience II: Analysis and Applications (4)
PH 201. *General Physics (5)
ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
ST 411. Methods of Data Analysis (4)
Others by approval of advisor.

Writing Intensive Course

Select one course from list below (3–4):
BB/BI 317. ^Scientific Theory and Practice (3)
BI 371. ^Ecological Methods (3)
BOT 323. ^Flowering Plants of the World (3)
HSTS 415. *^Theory of Evolution and Foundation of Modern Biology (4)
HSTS 419. *^Studies in Scientific Controversy: Methods and Practices (4)
HSTS 425. *^History of the Life Sciences (4)
MB 311. ^Molecular Microbiology Lab: A Writing Intensive Course (3)

Botany Core Courses (28)

BOT 220. *Introduction to Plant Biology (4)
BOT 313. Plant Structure (4)
BOT 321. Plant Systematics (4)
BOT 331. Plant Physiology (4)
BOT 332. Laboratory Techniques in Plant Biology (3)
BOT 341. Plant Ecology (4)
BOT 407. Seminar (professional skills) (1)

Select one non-vascular plant course from below:
BOT 461. Mycology (5)
BOT 465. Lichenology (4)
BOT 466. Bryology (4)

Elective Courses (44–50)

Includes up to 21 units in fulfillment of an option.
Choose remaining electives from approved list. See advisor.

Total=180


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Sample Four-Year Plan: Botany Major

This outline is generally valid for students pursuing any of the botany options. Certain major requirements can be fulfilled by taking courses from each SELECT menu, such as the Math requirement, Additional Quantitative Skills, WIC, and Non-vascular plants. For clarity, the term-by-term map does not show all of these choices, which are dictated by a student’s math placement, interests, and option. At least one of each type of course requirement is shown in the plan, and the full menus are provided at the end of the term-by-term. Students should be aware that some of these courses are needed to fulfill requirements for specific options. Students should also be aware that the Experiential Learning requirement should be completed before the start of the senior year.

Year 1


Fall Term (16)

BI 211. *General Biology for Majors (4)
   or BI 204. *Introductory Biology (4)
CH 121. *General Chemistry (5)
   or CH 231. * General Chemistry (4) and CH 261. *Laboratory for Chemistry (1)
MTH 111. *College Algebra (4)
   or MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)
   or MTH 231. Elements of Discrete Mathematics (4)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)

Winter Term (16)

BI 212. *General Biology for Majors (4)
   or BI 205. *Introductory Biology (4)
CH 122. *General Chemistry (5)
   or CH 232. *General Chemistry (4) and CH 262. *Laboratory for Chemistry (1)
MTH 241. *Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)
   or MTH 245. *Mathematics for Management, Life, and Social Sciences (4)
   or MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
Approved Speech (COMM) course (3)

Spring Term (16)

BI 213. *General Biology for Majors (4)
   or BI 206. *Introductory Biology (4)
CH 123. *General Chemistry (5)
   or CH 233. *General Chemistry (4) and CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry (1)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)
Perspective course (3)

Note: 8 Mathematics credits should be taken during Year 1. Path depends on student’s Math Placement score. All students must complete through MTH 112 during Year 1. Specific options require high-level math courses.

Year 2


Fall Term (13)

BOT 220. *Introduction to Plant Biology (4)
CH 331. Organic Chemistry (4)
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
Additional approved writing (WR II) course (3)

Winter Term (16)

BB 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
BOT 313. Plant Structure (4)
CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4)
HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1) or any PAC course (1–2)
Perspectives course (3)

Spring Term (14)

BOT 321. Plant Systematics (4)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
Perspectives course (3)
Approved elective, including credits towards the selected option (3)

Year 3


Fall Term (15)

BB 450. General Biochemistry (4)
BOT 461. Mycology (5)
Synthesis course (3)
Approved elective, including credits towards the selected option (3)

Winter Term (16)

BB 451. General Biochemistry (3)
BI 311. Genetics (4)
   or PBG 430. Plant Genetics (3) and PBG 431. Plant Genetics Recitation (1)
BOT 323. ^Flowering Plants of the World (3) or other approved WIC course
Approved electives, including credits towards the selected option (6)

Spring Term (14)

BB 350. Elementary Biochemistry (4) (For those who did not take BB 450 and BB 451)
BOT 331. Plant Physiology (4)
Perspectives courses (3)
Synthesis course (3)
Approved elective, including credits towards the selected option (3) (For students not taking BB 350)

Note: Students should complete experiential learning activity before the beginning of Year 4.

Year 4


Fall Term (15–17)

BOT 407. Seminar (1) for senior undergraduates
CS 161. Introduction to Computer Science I (4) or other approved quantitative skills course
Approved electives, including those for selected option (10–12)

Winter Term (15–17)

BOT 332. Laboratory Techniques in Plant Biology (3)
ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4) or other approved quantitative skills course
Approved electives, including those for selected option (8–10)

Spring Term (15–18)

BOT 341. Plant Ecology (4)
BOT 465. Lichenology (4)
   or BOT 466. Bryology (4) (For students who did not take BOT 461, Mycology)
Approved electives, including those for selected option (7–10)

Total=180 to 187, depending on math placement and option.



Major Code: 515

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