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College of Agriculture

Plant Science: Plant Ecology and Environment

The Plant Ecology and Environment concentration is for students interested in understanding how plants interact with other organisms in their environment. Courses in this major apply ecological principles to examining the processes structuring natural and managed plant systems such as forests, prairies, wetlands and croplands. Students will gain practical experience in marketable skills such as plant identification, plant sampling techniques, weed management and geographic information systems. This concentration is for students interested in careers with public and non-profit land management agencies, environmental consulting firms, and also for students preparing for advanced degrees in ecology and evolution.

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)
(4) HORT 30100 (Plant Physiology) (1) AGRY 32100 (Genetics Laboratory)
(3) Concentration selective (3) STAT 50300 (Statistical Methods for Biology)
(3) Social science selective (3) Concentration selective
(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)