BS in Plant Sciences with Emphasis in Breeding, Biology and Biotechnology
Degree Program Description
From the food on our plates to the homes we live in to the fuel in our vehicles, plants impact all aspects of our daily lives. As an ever-growing human population continues to increase the demand for crops and other plant products, so too does the demand for plant scientists. Plant Sciences addresses the challenges from the field to the laboratory.
Plants are an integral component of the food, fiber, and medicinal components necessary to meet current and future population demands. Manipulation of plants at the cellular level can improve yields, pest resistance, and enhance nutritional value. Students in this emphasis area will gain classroom and real world experience (research opportunities in labs; internships with industry partners) to prepare for challenging careers or advanced education. From commercial plant breeders to lab managers, trained students are in high demand for rewarding opportunities.
Major Program Requirements
Students are required to completed the BS in Plant Sciences major program requirements in addition to the emphasis area requirements.
Emphasis Area Requirements
Manipulation of plants at the cellular and genetic level can lead to improvements in crop performance and resistance to pests, as well as increase plant users. Job opportunities from the laboratory to the field are widespread in seed and chemical industries around the world.
|Breeding, Biology and Biotechnology Emphasis Area Requirements|
|ABM 2123||Quantitative Applications in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences||3|
|or STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|PLNT_SCI 3213||Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals||3|
|or BIO_SC 2200||General Genetics|
|PLNT_SCI 3225||Plant Breeding and Genetics||3|
|PLNT_SCI 4315||Crop Physiology||3|
|or PLNT_SCI 4320||Molecular Plant Physiology|
|PLNT_SCI 4325||Advanced Plant Breeding||3|
|PLNT_SCI 4550||Plant Biotechnology||4|
|SOIL 2106||Soil Science Laboratory||2|
|BIOCHM 3630||General Biochemistry||3|
|BIO_SC 2300||Introduction to Cell Biology||4|
|CHEM 2100||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3275||Grain Crops||3|
|PLNT_SCI 4313||Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition||3|
|PLNT_SCI 4315||Crop Physiology (*Course not taken to fulfill requirement may be used in select 3)||3|
|or PLNT_SCI 4320||Molecular Plant Physiology|
|PLNT_SCI 4400||Plant Anatomy||4|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|BIO_SC 1200||5||CHEM 1320||4|
|PLNT_SCI 1120||1||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|MATH 1100||3||State Requirement||3|
|ABM 1041||3||AGSC_COM 2220 or COMMUN 1200||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3213 or BIO_SC 2200||4||SOIL 2100||3|
|Writing Intensive||3||SOIL 2106||2|
|Behavioral or Social Sciences||3||PLNT_SCI 2125||4|
|Elective||3||ABM 2123 or STAT 1200||3|
|Professional Development||3||Professional Development||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3225||3||PLNT_SCI 4325||3|
|PLNT_SCI 3210W||4||Select 3 Course||3|
|Select 3 Course||3||Emphasis Area Courses||6|
|Emphasis Area Course||3||Elective||3|
|PLNT_SCI 4500||4||PLNT_SCI 4315||3|
|Capstone Experience||3||PLNT_SCI 3710||3|
|Select 3 Course||3||Elective||9|
|Total Credits: 121|
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