Curriculum Requirements for B. S. in Plant Biology

Ethnobotany Concentration



ALS 103                                  Introductory Topics in ALS                                                   1


Languages (9 credits)

ENG 111                                 Composition and Rhetoric                                                    3

ENG 112                                 Composition and Reading                                                     3

                                                Writing and Speaking1                                                           3

                                                Recommended:  Minor in foreign language.


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).

            Recommended courses:      

                                                AFS/HI 275.  Introduction to History of South & East Africa.

                                                AFS/HI 276.  Introduction to History of West Africa.

                                                HI 207.  Ancient World to 180 A.D.

                                                HI 208.  The Middle Ages.

HI 215.  Latin America to 1826.

HI 216.  Latin America since 1826.

HI 222.  History of British Cultures and Societies.

                                                HI 263.  Asian Civilizations to 1800.


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

            Recommended courses:      

                                                            AFS/MDS 343.  African Religions.

REL 300.  Religious Traditions of the World.

                                                            REL 331.  The Hindu Tradition.

                                                            REL 332.  The Buddhist Tradition.

                                                            REL 333.  Chinese Religions.


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

            Recommended courses:      

ANT 251.  Physical Anthropology.

                                                            ANT 252.  Cultural Anthropology.

                                                            ANT 253.  Introduction to Prehistory.

                                                            ANT 254.  Language and Culture.

                                                            GEO 200.  Principles of Geography.

                                                            GEO (SOC) 220.  Cultural Geography.

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

            Recommended courses:      

                                                            HI  321.     Ancient and Medieval Science.

MDS 323.  World Population & Food Prospects.


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

            Recommended courses:      

                                                            ANT 310.  Native Peoples & Cultures of N. America.

                                                            ANT 325.  Andean South America.

                                                            ANT 330.  Peoples & Cultures of Africa.

                                                            ANT 346.  Peoples & Cultures of Southeast Asia.

HI 400.      Civilization of the Ancient Near East.

HI 403.     Ancient Greek Civilization.

HI 407.      Islamic History to 1798.

                                                            HI 419.      Modern European Imperialism.

                                                            MDS 240.  African Civilization.

                                                            REL 481.  Myth, Metaphor, and Religious Imagination.


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 Botany                                                          1

PB 102                                                Introduction to Research                                                       1

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

PB 250                                                Plant Biology3                                                                         4

CH 101                                   Chemistry - A Molecular Science                                          3

CH 102                                   Chemistry - A Molecular Science Lab                                  1

CH 2204                                  Introductory Organic Chemistry                                         


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 (2 credits):

PB    492                                 External Learning Experience   OR                                      2

PB    493                                 Special Problems in Botany   OR                                           2

PB    495                                 Special Topics in Botany   OR                                                           2

ALS  498                                 Honors Research or Teaching I                                             2

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

MA 121                                   Elements of Calculus   OR                                        

MA 131                                   Calculus for Life & Management Sciences A                       3


MA 141                                   Calculus I5                                                                              4

ST   101                                   Statistics by Example   OR                                                    

ST   311                                   Introduction to Statistics6                                                      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.      

Recommended courses (in bold):


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 319                       Plants in Folklore, Myth, and Religion                                          3

PB 325                                    Whole plant physiology                                                                     4

PB 3607                       Introduction to Ecology                                                                     3

PB 400                                    Plant Diversity                                                                                   4

PB 403                       Plant Systematics                                                                              4

PB 405                                    Wetland Flora                                                                                                3

PB(ZO) 414                Cell Biology                                                                                        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

            Recommended courses:      

CS 213.           Crops:  Adaptation and Production.

                                                            FOR 212.        Dendrology.

                                                            HS 201.           Principles of Horticulture.


Free Electives                                                                                                                       14

Recommended courses:       GRK (LAT) 310.  Classical Mythology.

                                           GRK (LAT) 371.  The Origins of American Mythology.


Physical Education (2 credits)

One credit must be for completion of a Fitness and Wellness Course                                2


Minimum Hours Required for Graduation                                                                               128


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

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


2Electives from lists approved by University Provost.


3Credit cannot be earned for both PB 200 and PB 250; PB 200 may be substituted for PB 250 with permission from the Plant BiologyTeaching Coordinator.  BIO 105 or BIO 125 and any 4-hour PB course with a lab may be approved as substitutes for BIO 181 and 183 by the Plant Biology Teaching Coordinator.


4CH 220 is a one semester course in the fundamentals 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 on 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.


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