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majors_minors: Plant Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology


Plant Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology

Degree Level

Bachelor of Science

Minor Code


Advisor's Name

Lee E. Schweitzer

Advisor's Phone

(765) 494-4789

Advisor's Email


This Department of Agronomy option offers exciting opportunities in agricultural biotechnology, genetic engineering, and research in genetic mechanisms that control crop growth and development. Students specializing in plant breeding are prepared for careers involving development of improved crop varieties and their adaptation to crop production systems. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of genetics and plant breeding, and the latest developments in genetic engineering, environmentally sound crop production practices, development of varieties for the agriculture of developing countries, and the strategies for developing plant lines adapted to environmental stresses. Opportunities for laboratory and field practices are available.

Credit Hours



Freshman Year

First Semester

(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University)

(0.5) AGR 11300 (Introduction to Agronomy Academic Programs)

(1) AGR 29000 (Introduction to Plant Science)

(4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I) 

(4) CHM 11500 (General Chemistry)

(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)

(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I) or (5) MA 16100 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus I)**

Total Credits: 17

Second Semester

(4) BIOL 11100 (Fundamentals of Biology II) or (4) BTNY 11000 (Introduction to Plant Science)

(4) CHM 11600 (General Chemistry)

(3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II) or (5) MA 16200 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus II)***

(2) Directed selective

(3) Elective

Total Credits: 16

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

(3) AGRY 32000 (Genetics)

(1) AGRY 32100 (Genetics Laboratory)

(1) AGRY 39800 (Agronomy Seminar)

(4) PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics) or (4) PHYS 22000 (General Physics) 

(3) Directed selective

(3) Social science selective

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Semester

(4) CHM 25700 (Organic Chemistry)

(1) CHM 25701 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory)

(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)

(4) PHYS 22100 (General Physics) or (3) PHYS 24100 (Electricity and Optics)****

(3) Core economics selective

(3) Directed selective

Total Credits: 18

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

(3) AGRY 25500 (Soil Science)

(3) BCHM 30700 (Biochemistry)

(1) BCHM 30900 (Biochemistry Laboratory)

(3) BIOL 23100 (Biology III: Cell Structure and Function)

(3) Social science or humanities selective

(3) Elective

Total Credits: 16

Sixth Semester

(4) BIOL 22100 (Introduction to Microbiology)

(4) Directed selectives

(6) Humanities selectives

(3) Written or oral communication selective

Total Credits: 17

Senior Year

Seventh Semester

(3) AGRY 48000 (Plant Genetics)

(1) AGRY 49800 (Agronomy Senior Seminar)

(3) AGRY 52000 (Principles and Methods of Plant Breeding)

(3) BIOL 41500 (Introduction to Molecular Biology) or (3) BTNY 35000 (Biotechnology in Agriculture) 

(3) STAT 50300 (Statistical Methods for Biology)

(3) Elective

Total Credits: 16

Eighth Semester

(3) AGRY 52500 (Crop Physiology and Ecology) or (4) HORT 30100 (Plant Physiology)*****

(3) Directed selective

(3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level)

(8) Electives

Total Credits: 17

Additional Information

*A professional internship in plant genetics or plant breeding is required.
**Reduce elective requirements by two credits if MA 16100 is selected.
***Reduce elective requirements by two credits if MA 16200 is selected.
****Increase elective requirements by one credit if PHYS 24100 is selected.
*****Reduce elective requirements by one credit if HORT 30100 is selected.










Created at 4/27/2009 1:44 PM by Quesada, Virginia
Last modified at 1/28/2012 1:13 PM by Goecker, Allan D