Curriculum Requirements for B. S. in Plant Biology: Predental/Premedical Emphasis



ALS 103                        Introductory Topics in ALS                      1


Languages (9 credits)

ENG 111                       Composition and Rhetoric                       3

                                    Writing and Speaking1                            3


Humanities and Social Sciences (21 credits)2

A.  Two courses from the History and Literature Lists (may be either 2 History courses, 2 Literature courses, or 1 History course and 1 Literature course).

B.  One course from the Philosophy, Religion, or Visual and Performing Arts Electives List.

C.  Two courses from the Psychology, Economics, Politics and Government, Sociology,     Anthropology, and Cultural Geography Lists (courses must be selected from different lists).

D. One course from Science, Technology, and Society:  Humanities and Social Sciences   Perspectives list (not Science and Technology Perspectives list).

E. One course from any of the above-named Lists or from the Advanced Humanities and Social Sciences Lists.

F.  One of the courses elected to fulfill the Humanities and Social Sciences Requirement must focus on a non-English speaking culture.  This course may come from the Foreign Language Electives List.


Natural Sciences and Mathematics (51 - 59 credits)


Group I - Take all courses (34 - 38 credits).

PB 101                                     Perspectives on Plant Biology                                     1

BIO 181, 183                             Introductory Biology I & II3                                   4+4

PB 250                                     Plant Biology                                                    4

CH 101                                     Chemistry - A Molecular Science                        3

CH 102                                     Chemistry - A Molecular Science Lab                  1  

CH 2204                                    Introductory Organic Chemistry   OR

CH 221                                     Organic Chemistry I                                           4

GN 411                                     Principles of Genetics                                        4

PY 211, 212                              College Physics I & II                                         4+4


Group II - Research or teaching experience in one of the following (2credits):

PB    492                                  External Learning Experience   OR

PB    493                                  Special Problems in BOtany   OR

PB    495                                  Special Topics in BOtany  OR

ALS  498                                   Research or Teaching I                                       2


Group III - Take one calculus course and one statistics course.  (6 - 7credits).

MA 121                                     Elements of Calculus   OR

MA 131                                     Calculus for Life & Manage. Sci. A OR                 3

MA 141                                     Calculus I5                                                        4

ST  101                                     Statistics by Example   OR

ST  311                                     Introduction to Statistics 6                                   3


Group IV - Plant Biology Courses.  Take 3 courses.  At least one of these courses must be at 300- or 400-level. (9 - 12 credits).  A 2.0 GP is required in all Plant Biology courses:

PB 213                                     Plants and Civilization                                        3

PB 215                                     Medicinal Plants                                                3

PB 220                                     Local Flora                                                        3

PB 222                                     Kingdom of Fungi                                               3

PB 277                                     Space Biology                                                   3

PB 321                                      Intro. Whole Plant Physiology                             4

PB 3607                                   Introduction to Ecology                                       3

PB 365                                     Ecology Lab                                                      1

PB 400                                     Plant Structure & Diversity                                  4

PB 403                                     Systematic Plant Biology                                           4

PB 405                                     Wetland Flora                                                    3

PB(ZO) 414                               Cell Biology                                                       3

PB 421                                     Plant Physiology                                                3

PB 422                                     Plant Physiology Lab                                         1

PB 480                                     Introductory Plant Biotechnology                         3

Special topics or Graduate (for advanced undergraduates only) Plant Biology courses may also be used.



Advised Electives (Selected from Groups A, B, or C)8                                                                                        18-30


Required electives:                                                         ;

CH 201/202

CH 223

MA 231 or 241


Strongly recommend electives:

ZO 250

BCH 451


UNC Dental School requires Human Anatomy or Vertebrate Zoology course (ZO 212 or ZO 250)


Free Electives                                                                                                   14



Physical Education (2 credits)

One credit must be for completion of a 100-level PE Course                                   2



Minimum Hours Required for Graduation                                                        128


Foreign language proficiency at the FL_ 102 level is required for graduation.


1One course from either Advanced Writing Electives List, Communications/Speech Electives List, or Foreign Languages Electives List.  ENG 333 (Communication for Science and Research) is strongly recommended.


2Electives from lists approved by University Provost.


3BIO 105  & 106, PB 200, and any 4-hour PB course with a lab may be  approved as substitutes for BIO 181, BIO 183, and PB 250 by the Plant Biology Teaching Coordinator.


4CH 220 is a one semester course in the fundamental of organic chemistry; credit is not allowed for BOth CH 220 and CH 221.


5Credit is not allowed in more than one of MA 121, 131, and 141.  MA 121 is for students who only require one semester of calculus; it does not have a second semester sequence.


6Credit is not allowed for BOth ST 101 and ST 311.  Students  interested in research are strongly encouraged to take BOth ST 311 and ST 501 (Experimental Statistics for Biological Sciences I).


7Students are encouraged to take PB 365 concurrently.  ZO 260 may be used to substitute for PB 360/365.


8Adviser will help students select courses that augment their career objectives.