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College of Agriculture

Plant Science: Plant Cell and Molecular Biology

The Plant Cell and Molecular Biology concentration is for students who are interested in gaining a fundamental understanding of the basic cellular and molecular mechanisms that are responsible for how plants grow, develop and function in the world. The curriculum provides a broad background in plant sciences from the molecular to cellular and organismal levels. Students have the opportunity to carry out undergraduate research with a faculty member in their area of interest. The major is a good choice for a career with biotechnology and plant breeding companies, life science research-oriented companies, universities or government, and also as preparation for an advanced degree in graduate school.

Credit Hours Required: 130 (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year

First Semester
Second Semester
(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University) (3) AGEC 20400 (Introduction to Resource Economics and Environmental Policy) or AGEC 21700 (Economics)
(0.5) AGR 11600 (Introduction to Botany and Plant Pathology Academic Programs) (3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(4) BTNY 11000 (Introduction to Plant Science) (3) BTNY 20700 (The Microbial World)
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry) (4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication) (3) Elective
(3) MA 22000 (Introduction to Calculus)
(3) Elective
(17) (16)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(4) CHM 25700 (Organic Chemistry) (3) BCHM 30700 (Biochemistry)
(1) CHM 25701 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory) (1) BCHM 30900 (Biochemistry Laboratory)
(3) BTNY 20900 (Plant Diversity) (3) BTNY 30200 (Plant Ecology)
(3) Concentration selective (6) Concentration selectives
(3) Social science or humanities selective (3) Physics selective
(3) Elective
(17) (16)


Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(4) BTNY 31600 (Plant Anatomy) (3) AGRY 32000 (Genetics)
(3) BTNY 42000 (Plant Cellular and Developmental Biology) (1) AGRY 32100 (Genetics Laboratory)
(4) HORT 30100 (Plant Physiology) (3) BTNY 55200 (Molecular Approaches in Plant Biology)
(3) Social science selective (3) STAT 50300 (Statistical Methods for Biology)
(3) Written or oral communication selective (3) Humanities selective
(3) Elective
(17) (16)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) BTNY 49800 (Research in Plant Science) (1) BTNY 49700 (Undergraduate Seminar)
(6) Concentration selectives (3) Humanities selective
(3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level) (3) International understanding selective
(3) Elective (9) Electives
(15) (16)