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majors_minors: Plant Science: Plant Cell and Molecular Biology


Plant Science: Plant Cell and Molecular Biology

Degree Level

Bachelor of Science

Minor Code


Advisor's Name

Tyson McFall

Advisor's Phone

(765) 494-0352

Advisor's Email


The Plant Cell and Molecular Biology concentration is for students who are interested in gaining a fundamental understanding of the basic cellular and molecular mechanisms that are responsible for how plants grow, develop, and function in the world. The curriculum provides a broad background in plant sciences from the molecular to cellular and organismal levels. Students have the opportunity to carry out undergraduate research with a faculty member in their area of interest. The major is a good choice for a career with biotechnology and plant breeding companies, life science research-oriented companies, universities or government, and as preparation for an advanced degree in graduate school.

Credit Hours



Freshman Year

First Semester

(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University)
(0.5) AGR 11600 (Introduction to Botany and Plant Pathology Academic Programs)
(4) BTNY 11000 (Introduction to Plant Science)
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry)
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(3) MA 22000 (Introduction to Calculus)
(3) Elective
Total Credits: 17
Second Semester
(3) AGEC 20400 (Introduction to Resource Economics and Environmental Policy) or (3) AGEC 21700 (Economics)
(3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(3) BTNY 20700 (The Microbial World)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)
(3) Elective
Total Credits: 16

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

(4) CHM 25700 (Organic Chemistry)
(1) CHM 25701 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory)
(3) BTNY 20900 (Plant Diversity)
(3) Concentration selective
(3) Social science or humanities selective
(3) Elective
Total Credits: 17
Fourth Semester
(3) BCHM 30700 (Biochemistry)  
(1) BCHM 30900 (Biochemistry Laboratory)
(3) BTNY 30200 (Plant Ecology)
(6) Concentration selectives
(3) Physics selective
Total Credits: 16

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

(4) BTNY 31600 (Plant Anatomy)
(3) BTNY 42000 (Plant Cellular and Developmental Biology)
(4) HORT 30100 (Plant Physiology)
(3) Social science selective
(3) Written or oral communication selective
Total Credits: 17
Sixth Semester
(3) AGRY 32000 (Genetics)
(1) AGRY 32100 (Genetics Laboratory)
(3) BTNY 55200 (Molecular Approaches in Plant Biology)
(3) STAT 50300 (Statistical Methods for Biology)
(3) Humanities selective
(3) Elective
Total Credits: 16

Senior Year

Seventh Semester

(3) BTNY 49800 (Research in Plant Science)
(6) Concentration selectives
(3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level)
(3) Elective
Total Credits: 15
Eighth Semester
(1) BTNY 49700 (Undergraduate Seminar)
(3) Humanities selective
(3) International understanding selective
(9) Electives
Total Credits: 16

Additional Information





Plant Science


Major: Concentration




Created at 9/26/2011 3:03 PM by Wilson, Kenneth N
Last modified at 5/6/2013 11:03 AM by Lough, Kelly S