Plant Biotechnology


This minor exposes students to the field of plant biotechnology and related areas, including the tools and methods used to manipulate living organisms, as well as the ethical and social implications of these technologies.

Courses used for this minor cannot be used for the minor in Plant Biology or Horticulture, except for BIO 115, 116, or 191. A minimum 2.00 GPA is required for all courses in the minor; no courses for the minor may be taken credit/no-credit. Advanced courses must represent at least 10 hours of the total 18, and only 10 credit hours in this minor can count toward the A.B. or B.S. in Botany or Biology.

Program Requirements. (18 semester hours)

Choose at least one of the following:

BIO 101 Biotechnology: Coming of Age in the 21st Century (3)
BIO (MBI, ZOO) 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular
Biology (4)
BIO 131 Plants, Humanity, and Environment (3)
BIO 181 Medicinal and Therapeutic Plants (3)
BIO 191 Plant Biology (4)

Take the following:

BIO 203 Introduction to Cell Biology (3) or MBI 365 Molecular and Cell Biology(3)
BIO 255 Introduction to Biotechnology (3)

Additional courses selected from the following:

BIO 204 Evolution of Plant Biodiversity: Genes to Biosphere (4)
BIO 314 Plant and Fungal Diversity (4)
BIO 340 Internship in Plant Biology (1-4)
BIO/ZOO 342 Genetics (3)
BIO 425 Environmental Plant Physiology (4)
BIO/MBI/ZOO/CSE 466 Bioinformatics Computing Skills (3)
BIO/MBI/ZOO 485 Bioinformatics Principles (3)
CHM 332 Outlines of Biochemistry (4)
CHM 433 Biochemistry (3)
CHM 434 Biochemistry (3)
CHM 438 Biochemistry Laboratory (2)