Plant Science
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Course Requirements

Areas of Emphasis:

Applied Plant Science

This area of emphasis is designed for students interested in various aspects of crop production or plant breeding.   It builds upon the core curriculum in basic plant sciences with courses in ecology, soils, pest management and horticultural, crop and turfgrass sciences. There are also opportunities to take courses in tissue culture, genetics and breeding.  This area of emphasis will prepare students for advanced graduate degrees and careers related to agricultural production or breeding.

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Botany

This area of emphasis is recommended for students who wish to explore the intricacies of plant growth and development, plant-environment interactions and the wide variety of economic uses for plants. This area of emphasis will prepare students for advanced graduate degrees and careers related to furthering the knowledge of plants and their development; plant identification, conservation, monitoring and retaining biodiversity; and ecological consulting.  Of particular interest is the exciting field of ethnobotany, tracing aboriginal uses of plant-based remedies with the aim of developing new pharmaceuticals.

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Plant Biotechnology

This area of emphasis is designed for students interested in designing and producing novel plant products. The core curriculum in basic plant science is enriched with training in plant molecular genetics, genetic engineering, tissue culture, bioinformatics, genomics and plant-microbe interactions. Students are required to complete a comprehensive laboratory course in molecular methods and are encouraged to participate in a 4th-year research project. This area of emphasis will prepare students for advanced graduate degrees and careers related to the genetic engineering of plants and monitoring their application.

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Plant Environmental Sciences

This area of emphasis is for students seeking an improved understanding of plant communities and populations as they relate to environmental management, preservation of natural environments, and influences from human activities. In addition to the core curriculum, students take course concentrating on ecology and the environment. This area of emphasis will prepare students for advanced graduate degrees and careers related to natural resource management, environmental consulting, conservation management, Natural history and outdoor education, and ecosystem restoration.

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Unspecialized

This area of emphasis is for students that would like to custom-design a program based on personal interest and goals. Individuals are free to choose from courses offered in any of the above areas of emphasis to build upon core curriculum.

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Students with a Major in another field of study may complete the Plant Science Minor for recognition upon graduation.

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