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. Starting in the 2020-2021 Academic Year, the Plant Science major now offers two subplans that students must choose from. Option 1: Plant Sciences General subplan, prepares students with a strong biological foundation through the lens of plants, while offering our students the ability to customize their specialization and future career options Option 2: Plant Health Sciences subplan, trains students in both biotic and abiotic factors that impact plant health, ranging from the molecular to the microscopic to the macroscopic. Professionals working in Plant Health Science apply plant, microbial, and insect sciences to predict disease epidemiology, protect plant, environment and human health, and optimize plant growth or yields. Students can work with their acdamic and faculty advisors to customize their coursework and decide which subplan is best for them. After completing foundation courses, all Plant Sciences majors work with their advisor and faculty mentor to customize their coursework, selecting electives to fit their career goals.

A minor in Plant Sciences 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

2020-21 Plant Science Major Catalog

2020-21 Plant Science Major - Plant Health Subplan 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.