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Plant Biology Minor

Effective Fall 2018

Exclusions:

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

 

Advising

Please note: The Plant Biology Minor has been discontinued as of Winter 2019.

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

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for Plant Biology Minor:

Minimum 15 cr. in Minor

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Minor

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for minor requirements, and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

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

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 15

Core Courses:
Select at least two of the four courses listed.

  • 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

Plant Biology Course:
(Courses with an asterisk (*) may overlap with the lab requirement)

  • Choose one of the following: BIOLOGY 230*, BIOLOGY 255*, or MCDB 321

Upper-Level Elective:
(Courses with an asterisk (*) may overlap with the lab requirement)

  • Choose one course from the following: EEB 372*, 401 (applicable sections only), 412, 420, 436*, 455*, 457*, 459*, 463*, 472, 556*; MCDB 321, 401 (applicable sections only), 413*, 430, 433

Lab Requirement:
(This requirement may OVERLAP with other minor reqs.)

  • Choose one Plant Biology lab course from the following: BIOLOGY 230, 255; EEB 300*, 372, 400*, 436, 455, 457, 459, 463, 556; MCDB 300*, 400*, 413 
    *EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term, may be used to fulfill a lab requirement. (3 credit max. applies; see CONSTRAINTS below.)

Additional Plant Biology Minor Electives:

  • Choose additional Plant Biology minor electives from the approved list, to reach at least 15 credits in the minor: BIOLOGY 230, 255; EEB 372, 401 (applicable sections only), 412, 420, 436, 455, 457, 459, 463, 472, 556; MCDB 321, 401 (applicable sections only), 406, 413, 430, 433

 

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED from the 15 cr. required for the minor.
  • A maximum of three credits of independent research (EEB/MCDB 300 or 400) may be counted toward the minor.

Plant Biology (Minor) (Winter 2016 - Summer 2018)

Effective Winter 2016

Exclusions:

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

 

Advising

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

Grade Policies

Total Credits and GPA Requirement for Plant Biology Minor:

Minimum 15 cr. in Minor

Minimum 2.0 GPA in Minor

GPA is calculated from all mandatory prerequisites, all courses used for minor requirements, and all courses in BIOLOGY, EEB, and MCDB.

Prerequisites

Introductory Biology Sequence:

Choose Sequence A or B:

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

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 15

Core Courses:
Select at least two of the four courses listed.

  • 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

Plant Biology Course:
(Courses with an asterisk (*) may overlap with the lab requirement)

  • Choose one of the following: BIOLOGY 230*, BIOLOGY 255*, or MCDB 321

Upper-Level Elective:
(Courses with an asterisk (*) may overlap with the lab requirement)

  • Choose one course from the following: EEB 372*, 401 (applicable sections only), 412, 420, 436*, 455*, 457*, 459*, 463*, 472, 556*; MCDB 321, 401 (applicable sections only), 406, 413*, 430, 433

Lab Requirement:
(This requirement may OVERLAP with other minor reqs.)

  • Choose one Plant Biology lab course from the following: BIOLOGY 230, 255; EEB 300*, 372, 400*, 436, 455, 457, 459, 463, 556; MCDB 300*, 400*, 413 
    *EEB/MCDB 300 or 400 (Independent Research), elected for a minimum of 3 credits in a single term, may be used to fulfill a lab requirement. (3 credit max. applies; see CONSTRAINTS below.)

Additional Plant Biology Minor Electives:

  • Choose additional Plant Biology minor electives from the approved list, to reach at least 15 credits in the minor: BIOLOGY 230, 255; EEB 372, 401 (applicable sections only), 412, 420, 436, 455, 457, 459, 463, 472, 556; MCDB 321, 401 (applicable sections only), 406, 413, 430, 433

 

Constraints

  • Prerequisites, introductory science courses, and non-specific (departmental) transfer courses are EXCLUDED from the 15 cr. required for the minor.
  • A maximum of three credits of independent research (EEB/MCDB 300 or 400) may be counted toward the minor.

Plant Biology Minor (Fall 2011-Fall 2015)

Effective Fall 2011-Fall 2015

A minor in Plant Biology provides undergraduates with exposure to several areas of science that are essential to an understanding of modern Botany. This program is well suited for those who wish to study plant biology as part of a liberal arts education, to prepare for a teaching career in secondary schools, as additional breadth for pre-professional students, or who simply have an interest in learning more about plants. It is not intended to provide preparation for graduate study in basic and applied areas of the plant sciences and related fields, such as ecology, microbiology, and biochemistry.

A minor in Plant Biology is not open to students with a major in Biology, General Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience or Biochemistry, nor to students electing a minor in Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, or Global Change.

The minor in Plant Biology is not recommended for students interested in graduate work in the biological sciences.

Prerequisites to the Minor

 BIOLOGY 171, 172 and 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and BIOLOGY 173; or BIOLOGY 162; or BIOLOGY 163

Requirements for the Minor

A minimum of 15 credits of BIOLOGY, MCDB and EEB courses at the 200-level or above for students who have elected BIOLOGY 171 & 172/174 & 173 (or BIOLOGY 195 & 173) [17 credits for students who have elected BIOLOGY 162 or 163 or or have AP credit for BIOLOGY 162] distributed as follows:

  1. Core courses in ecology, evolution, biochemistry, and genetics.  Choose two courses from the following:
    1. Ecology: BIOLOGY 281 [or EEB 381 at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) ]
    2. Evolution: EEB 390, offered in Ann Arbor or at the UMBS;  or EEB 392 (UMBS) (effective Winter 2016, retroactive to Fall 2008)
    3. Genetics: BIOLOGY 305
    4. Biochemistry: MCDB 310 
  2. Plant Biology 
    1. Plant Biology Core.  Select one course from the following list:
      • BIOLOGY 230*; 255*; 
      • MCDB 321 
    2. Plant Biology electives. Select additional courses from the following list encompassing plant ecology, biodiversity, evolution, structure and development, and physiology, to bring your credit hours to at least 15(17):
      • BIOLOGY  230*;  255*
      • EEB  372*, 401, 412, 420, 436*, 459*, 463*
      • MCDB 321,  401 (when topic is appropriate), 405,  430. 
  3. At least one course must be a 300-or 400- level course. 

    At least one lab course or course including a lab must be included.  
    (* indicates a lab course or course including a lab)