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 2123Quantitative Applications in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences 3
or STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
PLNT_SCI 3213Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals3
or BIO_SC 2200 General Genetics
PLNT_SCI 3225Plant Breeding and Genetics3
PLNT_SCI 4315Crop Physiology3
or PLNT_SCI 4320 Molecular Plant Physiology
PLNT_SCI 4325Advanced Plant Breeding3
PLNT_SCI 4550Plant Biotechnology4
Select three:
SOIL 2106Soil Science Laboratory2
BIOCHM 3630General Biochemistry3
BIO_SC 2300Introduction to Cell Biology4
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
PLNT_SCI 3275Grain Crops3
PLNT_SCI 4313Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition3
PLNT_SCI 4315Crop Physiology (*Course not taken to fulfill requirement may be used in select 3) 3
or PLNT_SCI 4320 Molecular Plant Physiology
PLNT_SCI 4400Plant Anatomy4

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Semester Plan

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.

First Year
BIO_SC 12005CHEM 13204
PLNT_SCI 11201ENGLSH 10003
MATH 11003State Requirement3
ABM 10413AGSC_COM 2220 or COMMUN 12003
 15 16
Second Year
PLNT_SCI 3213 or BIO_SC 22004SOIL 21003
Writing Intensive3SOIL 21062
Behavioral or Social Sciences3PLNT_SCI 21254
Elective3ABM 2123 or STAT 12003
Professional Development3Professional Development3
 16 15
Third Year
PLNT_SCI 32253PLNT_SCI 43253
PLNT_SCI 3210W4Select 3 Course3
Select 3 Course3Emphasis Area Courses6
Emphasis Area Course3Elective3
 16 15
Fourth Year
PLNT_SCI 45004PLNT_SCI 43153
Capstone Experience3PLNT_SCI 37103
Select 3 Course3Elective9
 13 15
Total Credits: 121

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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