Academic Requirements

Plant Sciences Major and Minor -

A secure global future depends on scientists and leaders who understand the importance of plants in sustaining environmental and human health. To address the challenges of our rapidly growing population, we need bright, dedicated, skilled, and creative people to fill emerging careers in sustainable production of food, feed, medicine, fuel, and fiber from plants. As a Plant Sciences major, you will be prepared to make a difference on a global scale by gaining knowledge and skills in biotechnology, genomics, molecular biology, plant propagation and breeding, medicinal chemistry, and other modern approaches to 21st century agriculture. After completing foundation courses, Plant Sciences majors choose from a wide variety of electives that allows students to work with their advisor and faculty mentor to customize coursework based to fit their career goals.

A minor in Plant Science gives students a thorough introduction to plant biology and complements many majors including Microbiology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Natural Resources, and Environmental Science.

Additional information about majoring in Plant Sciences, including required and elective courses and a 4-year plan:

2016-17 Catalog

2017-18 Catalog

2018-19 Catalog

Sustainable Plant Systems Major and Minor - 

The Sustainable Plant Systems program is an interdisciplinary major that prepares students to be leaders in 21st century agriculture and experts in agricultural technology, plant improvement, and innovative, responsible plant production systems for healthy urban and agricultural ecosystems. The School of Plant Sciences offers this major in partnership between the Department of Environmental Sciences and the Department of Biological Engineering. For more information, please visit the website for the Sustainable Plant Systems major

A minor in Sustainable Plant Systems balances training in plant biology, soil science and genetics with focused electives relating to your area of interest. This minor complements majors in Nutritional Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources, Agricultural Economics and Management, Biosystems Engineering, Geography and Anthropology.