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Plant Biology Major

Effective Winter 2019

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in Plant Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, Biology, Health, and Society (formerly known as General Biology); Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Science (formerly known as CMB:BME); Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB - formerly known as Cellular & Molecular Biology or CMB); Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

Advising

Students are advised by a combination of Undergraduate Biology Office staff and faculty department advisors. Advising topics include investigating majors, declaring a major, course planning, research and honors, major releases, graduate school and career advice. Students who are interested in the Program in Biology majors or minors should consult a general advisor during the freshman year, and are strongly encouraged to meet with a department advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the second term of their sophomore year. It is not necessary to complete every prerequisite before declaring a major.

To make an appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at www.lsa.umich.edu/biology.

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for Plant Biology

Minimum 30 cr. in Major

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Major

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for major requirements (including cognates), and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

The introductory biology sequence must be taken for a grade. Prerequisites other than introductory biology may be taken pass/fail; however, it is not recommended, especially for chemistry. Remember that at least a C- must be earned to pass a course taken pass/fail. 

Courses used for the major may not be taken pass/fail.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A, B, or C:

  1. BIOLOGY 171, BIOLOGY 172 or 174; & BIOLOGY 173; or
  2. BIOLOGY 195 (AP/IB) & BIOLOGY 173; or
  3. BIOLOGY 191 (transfer credit), BIOLOGY 192, & BIOLOGY 173

Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM 210 & 211; and,
  • CHEM 215 & 216

Quantitative Analysis Sequence:

  • STATS 206 (only if elected F20 or later), STATS 180 (AP), STATS 250, or STATS 280; and
  • Two courses from the following options:
    CALCULUS I: MATH 115, 120 (AP), 175, 185, or 295
    CALCULUS II: MATH 116, 121 (AP), 156, 176, 186, or 296
    General Physics I: PHYSICS 125, 135, 139, 140, or 160
    General Physics II: PHYSICS 126, 235, 239, 240, or 260
    Elementary Programming: EECS 183
    Mathematics of Life: BIOLOGY 202

 

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30

Required General Courses: Select at least three of the four courses listed. (Note: the fourth course not used to fulfill this requirement may be taken as an additional elective.)

  • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 or EEB 381
  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Biochemistry: Choose from: MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
  • Evolution: EEB 390, 391, or 392

Required Plant Biology Courses: (Note: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as an Elective Plant Biology Course: i.e., a course cannot "double-count".)

  • BIOLOGY 230 (Plant Biology)
  • BIOLOGY 255 (Plant Diversity), or EEB 420 (Plant Evolution), or EEB 436 (Woody Plants)
  • MCDB 321 (Plant Physiology), or MCDB 430 (Plant Molecular Biology), or MCDB 433 (Plant Biochemistry)

Elective Plant Biology Courses: Two courses from the Elective Plant Biology Lab course list are required; one must be a lab.  (Note: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as a Required Plant Biology Course: i.e., a course cannot "double-count".)

  • Group I - Choose one course from the approved Elective Plant Biology Lab course list: EEB 300*, 348, 372, 400*, 436, 455, 457, 468, 556; MCDB 300*, 400*; EARTH 432
    (*EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term and conducted in a plant biology research lab, may be used to fulfill the lab requirement.) (3 credit max. applies; see CONSTRAINTS below.)
  • Group II - Choose one course from: EEB 348, 372, 401 (applicable sections only), 420, 436, 455, 457, 468, 472, 489, 491, 498, 556; MCDB 321, 401 (applicable sections only), 405, 406, 430, 433, 462; EARTH/ENVIRON 431; EARTH 432

Additional Courses:

  • Choose additional BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB courses at the 200-level and above, to reach 30 major credit hours.
    • BIOLOGY 200, BIOLOGY 241, BIOLOGY 299, EEB/MCDB 301, EEB/MCDB 302, EEB/MCDB 800, MCDB 412, MCDB 461 (only if elected WN21 or later), MCDB 600, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
    • The fourth course not taken under "Required General Courses" above may be used here.

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED from the 30 cr. required for the major.
  • A maximum of three credits of independent research (EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 or MCDB 360 or 460 if elected FA19 or later) may be counted toward the major.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the BIOLOGY, EEB, MCDB, and MICRBIOL subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

The Program in Biology administers an Honors Program to train students to conduct independent research in the biological sciences.  Participating in the honors program allows students to develop their research skills, deepen their understanding of the field, and form productive relationships with faculty and other students.  The achievement is noted on the diploma and official transcript.

In addition to completing all the requirements for the major, an honors degree requires:

  1. an overall and major GPA of at least 3.4, and
  2. the completion of a significant piece of independent research that is
    1. reported in an honors thesis and
    2. presented in a public forum.

For more information, consult the Program in Biology Honors Program Information page or a Program in Biology advisor.

Plant Biology (Major) (Fall 2018)

Effective Fall 2018

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in Plant Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, Biology, Health, and Society (formerly known as General Biology); Cellular and Molecular Biology; CMB:BME; Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

Advising

Students are advised by a combination of Undergraduate Biology Office staff and faculty department advisors. Advising topics include investigating majors, declaring a major, course planning, research and honors, major releases, graduate school and career advice. Students who are interested in the Program in Biology majors or minors should consult a general advisor during the freshman year, and are strongly encouraged to meet with a department advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the second term of their sophomore year. It is not necessary to complete every prerequisite before declaring a major.

To make an appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at www.lsa.umich.edu/biology.

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for Plant Biology

Minimum 30 cr. in Major

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Major

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for major requirements (including cognates), and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

The introductory biology sequence must be taken for a grade. Prerequisites other than introductory biology may be taken pass/fail; however, it is not recommended, especially for chemistry. Remember that at least a C- must be earned to pass a course taken pass/fail. 

Courses used for the major may not be taken pass/fail.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A, B, or C:

  1. BIOLOGY 171, BIOLOGY 172 or 174; & BIOLOGY 173; or
  2. BIOLOGY 195 (AP/IB) & BIOLOGY 173; or
  3. BIOLOGY 191 (transfer credit), BIOLOGY 192, & BIOLOGY 173

Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM 210 & 211; and,
  • CHEM 215 & 216

Quantitative Analysis Sequence:

  • CALCULUS I: MATH 115, 120 (AP), 175, 185, or 295; and,
  • One course from: MATH 116, 121 (AP), 156, 176, 186, or 296; STATS 180 (AP), 206 (only if elected F20 or later), 250 or 280; STATS 400-level or above (min. 3 credits); BIOLOGY 202; BIOPHYS/PHYSICS 290; EECS 183, 203 or 280; EARTH 468; or other course with a MATH 115 prereq. chosen in consultation with a major advisor. [NOTE: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as a major elective, i.e., a course cannot "double-count".]

Physics Sequence:

  • Physics I (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 125 & 127, 135 & 136, 140 & 141, or 160 & 161.  PHYSICS 139 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.
  • Physics II (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 126 & 128, 235 & 236, 240 & 241, or 260 & 261. PHYSICS 239 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30

Required General Courses: Select at least three of the four courses listed. (Note: the fourth course not used to fulfill this requirement may be taken as an additional elective.)

  • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 or EEB 381
  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Biochemistry: Choose from: MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
  • Evolution: EEB 390, 391, or 392

Required Plant Biology Courses: (Note: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as an Elective Plant Biology Course: i.e., a course cannot "double-count".)

  • BIOLOGY 230 (Plant Biology)
  • BIOLOGY 255 (Plant Diversity), or EEB 436 (Woody Plants), or EEB 420 (Plant Evolution)
  • MCDB 321 (Plant Physiology), or MCDB 430 (Plant Molecular Biology), or MCDB 433 (Plant Biochemistry)

Elective Plant Biology Courses: Two courses from the Elective Plant Biology Lab course list are required; one must be a lab.  (Note: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as a Required Plant Biology Course: i.e., a course cannot "double-count".)

  • Group I - Choose one course from the approved Elective Plant Biology Lab course list: EEB 300*, EEB/ENVIRON 348, 372, 400*, 436, 455, 457, 459, 463, 468, 556; EARTH 432; MCDB 300*, 400*, 413 (*EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term and conducted in a plant biology research lab, may be used to fulfill the lab requirement.) (3 credit max. applies; see CONSTRAINTS below.)
  • Group II - Choose one course from: EEB 372, EEB/ENVIRON 348, 401 (applicable sections only), 412, 420, 436, 455, 457, 459, 463, 468, 472, 489, 491, 498, 556; MCDB 321, 401 (applicable sections only), 405, 406, 413, 430, 433, 462; EARTH/ENVIRON 431; EARTH 432

Additional Courses:

  • Choose additional BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB courses at the 200-level and above, to reach 30 major credit hours.
    • BIOLOGY 200, BIOLOGY 241, BIOLOGY 299 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), EEB/MCDB 301, EEB/MCDB 302, EEB/MCDB 800, MCDB 412, MCDB 461 (only if elected WN21 or later) and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
    • The fourth course not taken under "Required General Courses" above may be used here.
    • One cognate course, with advisor approval, may be used toward the major.

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED from the 30 cr. required for the major.
  • A maximum of three credits of independent research (EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 or MCDB 360 or 460 if elected FA19 or later) may be counted toward the major.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the BIOLOGY, EEB, MCDB, and MICRBIOL subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

The Program in Biology administers an Honors Program to train students to conduct independent research in the biological sciences.  Participating in the honors program allows students to develop their research skills, deepen their understanding of the field, and form productive relationships with faculty and other students.  The achievement is noted on the diploma and official transcript.

In addition to completing all the requirements for the major, an honors degree requires:

  1. a major GPA of at least 3.4, and
  2. the completion of a significant piece of independent research that is
    1. reported in an honors thesis and
    2. presented in a public forum.

For more information, consult the Program in Biology Honors Program Information page or a Program in Biology advisor.

Plant Biology (Major) (Winter 2017 - Summer 2018)

Effective Winter 2017

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in Plant Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, Biology, Health, and Society (formerly known as General Biology); Cellular and Molecular Biology; CMB:BME; Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

Advising

Students are advised by a combination of Undergraduate Biology Office staff and faculty department advisors. Advising topics include investigating majors, declaring a major, course planning, research and honors, major releases, graduate school and career advice. Students who are interested in the Program in Biology majors or minors should consult a general advisor during the freshman year, and are strongly encouraged to meet with a department advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the second term of their sophomore year. It is not necessary to complete every prerequisite before declaring a major.

To make an appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at www.lsa.umich.edu/biology.

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for Plant Biology

Minimum 30 cr. in Major

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Major

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for major requirements (including cognates), and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

The introductory biology sequence must be taken for a grade. Prerequisites other than introductory biology may be taken pass/fail; however, it is not recommended, especially for chemistry. Remember that at least a C- must be earned to pass a course taken pass/fail. 

Courses used for the major may not be taken pass/fail.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A or B:

  1. BIOLOGY 171, 172 or 174; & 173; or,
  2. BIOLOGY 195 (AP) & 173

Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM 210 & 211; and,
  • CHEM 215 & 216

Quantitative Analysis Sequence:

  • CALCULUS I: MATH 115, 120 (AP), 175, 185, or 295; and,
  • One course from: MATH 116, 121 (AP), 156, 176, 186, or 296; STATS 180, 206 (only if elected F20 or later), 250 or 280; STATS 400-level or above (min. 3 credits); BIOLOGY 202; BIOPHYS/PHYSICS 290; EECS 183 (W18), 203 or 280; EARTH 468; or other course with a MATH 115 prereq. chosen in consultation with a major advisor. [NOTE: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as a major elective, i.e., a course cannot "double-count".]

Physics Sequence:

  • Physics I (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 125 & 127, 135 & 136, 140 & 141, or 160 & 161.  PHYSICS 139 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.
  • Physics II (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 126 & 128, 235 & 236, 240 & 241, or 260 & 261. PHYSICS 239 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30

Required General Courses: Select at least three of the four courses listed. (Note: the fourth course not used to fulfill this requirement may be taken as an additional elective.)

  • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 or EEB 381
  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Biochemistry: Choose from: MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
  • Evolution: EEB 390, 391, or 392

Required Plant Biology Courses: (Note: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as an Elective Plant Biology Course: i.e., a course cannot "double-count".)

  • BIOLOGY 230 (Plant Biology)
  • BIOLOGY 255 (Plant Diversity), or EEB 436 (Woody Plants), or EEB 420 (Plant Evolution)
  • MCDB 321 (Plant Physiology), or MCDB 430 (Plant Molecular Biology), or MCDB 433 (Plant Biochemistry)

Elective Plant Biology Courses: Two courses from the Elective Plant Biology Lab course list are required; one must be a lab.  (Note: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as a Required Plant Biology Course: i.e., a course cannot "double-count".)

  • Group I - Choose one course from the approved Elective Plant Biology Lab course list: EEB/ENVIRON 348, EEB 300*, 372, 400*, 436, 455, 457, 459, 463, 468, 556; EARTH 432; MCDB 300*, 400*, 413 (*EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term and conducted in a plant biology research lab, may be used to fulfill the lab requirement.) (3 credit max. applies; see CONSTRAINTS below.)
  • Group II - Choose one course from: EEB/ENVIRON 348, EEB 372, 401 (applicable sections only), 412, 420, 436, 455, 457, 459, 463, 468, 472, 489, 491, 498, 556; MCDB 321, 401 (applicable sections only), 405, 406, 413, 430, 433, 462; EARTH/ENVIRON 431; EARTH 432

Additional Courses:

  • Choose additional BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB courses at the 200-level and above, to reach 30 major credit hours.
    • BIOLOGY 200, BIOLOGY 241, BIOLOGY 262, BIOLOGY 299 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), EEB/MCDB 301, EEB/MCDB 302, EEB/MCDB 800, MCDB 412, MCDB 461 (only if elected WN21 or later) and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
    • The fourth course not taken under "Required General Courses" above may be used here.
    • One cognate course, with advisor approval, may be used toward the major.

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED from the 30 cr. required for the major.
  • A maximum of three credits of independent research (EEB/MCDB 300 or 400or MCDB 360 or 460 if elected FA19 or later) may be counted toward the major.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the BIOLOGY, EEB, MCDB, and MICRBIOL subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

The Program in Biology administers an Honors Program to train students to conduct independent research in the biological sciences.  Participating in the honors program allows students to develop their research skills, deepen their understanding of the field, and form productive relationships with faculty and other students.  The achievement is noted on the diploma and official transcript.

In addition to completing all the requirements for the major, an honors degree requires:

  1. a major GPA of at least 3.4, and
  2. the completion of a significant piece of independent research that is
    1. reported in an honors thesis and
    2. presented in a public forum.

For more information, consult the Program in Biology Honors Program Information page or a Program in Biology advisor.

Plant Biology (Major) (Winter 2016 - Fall 2016)

Effective Winter 2016

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in Plant Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology; Cellular and Molecular Biology; CMB:BME; Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology; or Neuroscience. They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

Advising

Students are advised by a combination of Undergraduate Biology Office staff and faculty department advisors. Advising topics include investigating majors, declaring a major, course planning, research and honors, major releases, graduate school and career advice. Students who are interested in the Program in Biology majors or minors should consult a general advisor during the freshman year, and are strongly encouraged to meet with a department advisor early in their academic career, but no later than the second term of their sophomore year. It is not necessary to complete every prerequisite before declaring a major.

To make an appointment, go to the Program in Biology website at www.lsa.umich.edu/biology.

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for Plant Biology

Minimum 30 cr. in Major

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Major

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for major requirements (including cognates), and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A or B:

  • A. BIOLOGY 171, 172 or 174; & 173; or,
  • B. BIOLOGY 195 (AP) & 173

Chemistry Sequence:

  • CHEM 210 & 211; and,
  • CHEM 215 & 216

Quantitative Analysis Sequence:

  • CALCULUS I: MATH 115, 120 (AP), 175, 185, or 295; and,
  • One course from: MATH 116, 121 (AP), 156, 176, 186, or 296; STATS 180, 206 (only if elected F20 or later), 250 or 280; STATS 400-level or above (min. 3 credits); BIOLOGY 202; BIOPHYS/PHYSICS 290; EECS 203 or 280; EARTH 468; or other course with a MATH 115 prereq. chosen in consultation with a major advisor. [NOTE: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as a major elective, i.e., a course cannot "double-count".]

Physics Sequence:

  • Physics I (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 125 & 127, 135 & 136, 140 & 141, or 160 & 161.  PHYSICS 139 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.
  • Physics II (lecture & lab): One of the following combinations: PHYSICS 126 & 128, 235 & 236, 240 & 241, or 260 & 261. PHYSICS 239 (AP) will also fulfill this requirement.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 30

Required General Courses: Select at least three of the four courses listed. (Note: the fourth course not used to fulfill this requirement may be taken as an additional elective.)

  • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 or EEB 381
  • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
  • Biochemistry: Choose from: MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351
  • Evolution: EEB 390, 391, or 392

Required Plant Biology Courses: (Note: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as an Elective Plant Biology Course: i.e., a course cannot "double-count".)

  • BIOLOGY 230 (Plant Biology)
  • BIOLOGY 255 (Plant Diversity), or EEB 436 (Woody Plants), or EEB 420 (Plant Evolution)
  • MCDB 321 (Plant Physiology), or MCDB 430 (Plant Molecular Biology), or MCDB 433 (Plant Biochemistry)

Elective Plant Biology Courses: Two courses from the Elective Plant Biology Lab course list are required; one must be a lab.  (Note: Any course used to fulfill this requirement cannot also be used as a Required Plant Biology Course: i.e., a course cannot "double-count".)

  • Group I - Choose one course from the approved Elective Plant Biology Lab course list: EEB/ENVIRON 348, EEB 300*, 372, 400*, 436, 455, 457, 459, 463, 468, 556; EARTH 432; MCDB 300*, 400*, 413 (*EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term and conducted in a plant biology research lab, may be used to fulfill the lab requirement. (3 credit max. applies; see CONSTRAINTS below.))
  • Group II - Choose one course from: EEB/ENVIRON 348, EEB 372, 401 (applicable sections only), 412, 420, 436, 455, 457, 459, 463, 468, 472, 489, 491, 498, 556; MCDB 321, 401 (applicable sections only), 405, 406, 413, 430, 433, 462; EARTH/ENVIRON 431; EARTH 432

Additional Courses:

  • Choose additional BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB courses at the 200-level and above, to reach 30 major credit hours.
    • BIOLOGY 200, BIOLOGY 241, BIOLOGY 262, BIOLOGY 299 (only if elected Winter 2019 or later), EEB/MCDB 301, EEB/MCDB 302, EEB/MCDB 800, MCDB 412,MCDB 461 (only if elected WN21 or later) and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED.
    • The fourth course not taken under "Required General Courses" above may be used here.
    • One cognate course, with advisor approval, may be used toward the major.

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED from the 30 cr. required for the major.
  • A maximum of three credits of independent research (EEB/MCDB 300 or 400, or MCDB 360 or 460 if elected FA19 or later) may be counted toward the major.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the BIOLOGY, EEB, MCDB, and MICRBIOL subject areas may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.

Honors

The Program in Biology administers an Honors Program to train students to conduct independent research in the biological sciences.  Participating in the honors program allows students to develop their research skills, deepen their understanding of the field, and form productive relationships with faculty and other students.  The achievement is noted on the diploma and official transcript.

In addition to completing all the requirements for the major, an honors degree requires:

  1. a major GPA of at least 3.4, and
  2. the completion of a significant piece of independent research that is
  3. reported in an honors thesis and
  4. presented in a public forum.

For more information, consult the Program in Biology Honors Program Information page or a Program in Biology advisor.

Plant Biology Major (Winter 2015-Fall 2015)

Effective Winter 2015, with  course additions through Fall 2015

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Plant Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology; or Neuroscience.   They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The Plant Biology major provides undergraduates with training in those areas of science that are essential to an understanding of modern plant sciences. Like the Biology major, this major deals with all of the major levels of biological organization (molecular, cellular, organismal, ecological, and evolutionary), but differs from the Biology major by its greater emphasis on the biology of plants. This program is well suited for those who wish to study biology as part of a liberal education, or to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools. It also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in basic and applied areas of the plant sciences and related fields, such as ecology, genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry.

Prerequisites to the Major

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172/174, and 173; or
    BIOLOGY 195 and 173
  • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or
    PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or
    PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241
  • CHEM 210/211 and 215/216;
  • Quantitative Analysis 1: One of MATH 115, 120, 156, 175, 185, or 295
  • Quantitative Analysis 2: One of
    • MATH 116, 121, 255, 176, 186, or 296
    • STATS 250; 400-level or above
    • BIOPHYS 290 / PHYSICS 290
    • EECS 203 or 280
    • EARTH 468
    • Any other course with a MATH 115 prerequisite chosen in consultation with a major advisor
    [Note: any course used to meet this requirement cannot also be used as a major elective, i.e., a course cannot “double count”.]

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 30 credits (Students who took BIOLOGY 162 or 163, or have AP credit for BIOLOGY 162 must take 33 credits), including:

  1. General Courses. Choose at least three of the following four courses (* indicates lab courses):
    • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305.
    • Biochemistry : MCDB 310, or BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351.
    • Evolution : EEB 390 or 391 ;  or EEB 392 (UMBS) (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 [or EEB 381*].
  2. Required Plant Biology Courses:
    1. Plant Biology : BIOLOGY 230*;
    2. Plant Diversity : BIOLOGY 255* [EEB 436* or EEB 420 may be substituted];
    3. Plant Physiology  : MCDB 321;
  3. Choose at least two plant biology elective courses from: EEB/ENVIRON 348*, EEB 401(appropriate sections), 412 (retroactive to Fall 2008), 420, 432*, 436*, 455*, 457*, 459*, 463*, 468*, 472, 489*, 491, 498; MCDB  321, 401 (appropriate sections), 405,  406, 430, 433, 462; EARTH/ENVIRON 431; EARTH 432; at least one of these must be a lab course (indicated by *). Three credits of EEB 300/400 or MCDB 300/400 can be included as one of these elective courses, and will count for laboratory credit as well, as long as the research is conducted in a plant biology research lab. Only three credits (total) of independent research credits may count toward the major. "Library research" and introductory biology laboratories do not qualify.
  4. Additional BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB courses at the 200-level or above (except BIOLOGY 200, BIOLOGY 262, EEB 301, 302, MCDB 301, 302, MCDB 412) to bring the major total to at least 30 credits (33 credits for students who took BIOLOGY 162 or 163, or have AP credit for BIOLOGY 162 ). One cognate course may be used here (e.g., advanced math, chemistry, physics courses; STATS 400; BIOSTAT 503) with advisor approval. You are strongly encouraged to elect at least two credits of independent research and to enroll for a summer session at the Biological Station. The fourth course, from the required general courses listed in the first category (above) may also be taken and will count as an elective in this category.

Plant Biology Major (Fall 2013-Fall 2014)

Effective Fall 2013-Fall 2014

 

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Plant Biology may not elect the following majors: Biology, General Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology; or Neuroscience.   They may also not elect a minor in Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Plant Biology; Chemistry; or Biochemistry.

The Plant Biology major provides undergraduates with training in those areas of science that are essential to an understanding of modern plant sciences. Like the Biology major, this major deals with all of the major levels of biological organization (molecular, cellular, organismal, ecological, and evolutionary), but differs from the Biology major by its greater emphasis on the biology of plants. This program is well suited for those who wish to study biology as part of a liberal education, or to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools. It also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in basic and applied areas of the plant sciences and related fields, such as ecology, genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry.

Prerequisites to the Major.

  • BIOLOGY 171, 172/174 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and BIOLOGY 173;
  • CHEMISTRY 210/211 and CHEMISTRY 215/216;
  • MATH 115 and 116;
  • PHYSICS 125/127 and 126/128; or PHYSICS 135/136 and 235/236; or PHYSICS 140/141 and 240/241.

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 30 credits (Students who took BIOLOGY 162 or 163, or have AP credit for BIOLOGY 162 must take 33 credits), including:

  1. General Courses. Choose at least three of the following four courses (* indicates lab courses):
    • Genetics: BIOLOGY 305.
    • Biochemistry : MCDB 310, or BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351.
    • Evolution : EEB 390 or 391 ;  or EEB 392 (UMBS) (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    • Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 [or EEB 381*].
  2. Required Plant Biology Courses:
    1. Plant Biology : BIOLOGY 230*;
    2. Plant Diversity : BIOLOGY 255* [EEB 436* or EEB 420 (F10) may be substituted];
    3. Plant Physiology  : MCDB 321;
  3. Choose at least two plant biology elective courses from the specialized course list (EEB/ENVIRON 348* (F10), EEB 401, 412 (effective Fall 2015 made retroactive to Fall 2008), 420, 436*, 455*, 457*, 459*, 463*, 468* (F10), 472, 489* (F10), 491 (F10), 498 (F10); MCDB  321(F10), 401 (appropriate sections), 405 (F10), 406 (F10), 430, 433); 462 (F10); EARTH/ENVIRON 431 (F10); EARTH 432* (F10); at least one of these must be a lab course (indicated by *). Three credits of EEB 300/400 or MCDB 300/400 can be included as one of these elective courses, and will count for laboratory credit as well, as long as the research is conducted in a plant biology research lab. Only three credits (total) of independent research credits may count toward the major. "Library research" and introductory biology laboratories do not qualify.
  4. Additional BIOLOGY, EEB, or MCDB courses at the 200-level or above (except BIOLOGY 200, BIOLOGY 262, EEB 302, MCDB 302, MCDB 412) to bring the major total to at least 30 credits (33 credits for students who took BIOLOGY 162 or 163, or have AP credit for BIOLOGY 162 ). One cognate course may be used here (e.g., advanced math, chemistry, physics courses; STATS 400; BIOSTAT 503) with advisor approval. You are strongly encouraged to elect at least two credits of independent research and to enroll for a summer session at the Biological Station. The fourth course, from the required general courses listed in the first category (above) may also be taken and will count as an elective in this category.