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majors_minors: Plant Science: Plant Health Management


Plant Science: Plant Health Management

Degree Level

Bachelor of Science

Minor Code


Advisor's Name

Tyson McFall

Advisor's Phone

(765) 494-0352

Advisor's Email


Weeds, insects, and plant diseases have profoundly affected human health, history, and culture. Failure to manage plant health problems results in estimated losses of over $10 billion each year in the United States alone. The Plant Health Management concentration is for students who want to explore and understand the basic principles and impacts of diseases, insects, and weeds on plant health, as well as the consequences of these management methods on the environment. Students gain experience in analyzing problems and developing solutions that improve plant health, ecosystem health, and long-term sustainability. The curriculum allows for integration of a variety of disciplines (plant biology, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, soil science, horticulture, agronomy, economics, etc.) so that students learn how to manage plants in an economically, ecologically, and socially sound manner. This major is an excellent choice for students who want to work in the crop protection industry or continue post graduate education in the pest biology and management sciences.

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) BTNY 30100 (Introductory Plant Pathology)
(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)
(3) BTNY 30400 (Introductory Weed Science)  
(3) Concentration selective
(3) Physics selective
Total Credits: 16

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

(4) BTNY 31600 (Plant Anatomy)
(2) ENTM 20600 (General Entomology)
(1) ENTM 20700 (General Entomology Laboratory)
(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) STAT 50300 (Statistical Methods for Biology)
(3) Concentration selective
(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 3:04 PM by Wilson, Kenneth N
Last modified at 5/6/2013 11:04 AM by Lough, Kelly S