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College of Agriculture

Plant Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology

This Department of Agronomy option offers exciting opportunities in agricultural biotechnology, genetic engineering and research in genetic mechanisms that control crop growth and development. Students specializing in plant breeding are prepared for careers involving development of improved crop varieties and their adaptation to crop production systems. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of genetics and plant breeding, the latest developments in genetic engineering, environmentally sound crop production practices, development of varieties for the agriculture of developing countries, and the strategies for developing plant lines adapted to environmental stresses. Opportunities for laboratory and field practices are available.

Credit Hours Required: 132* (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) (4) BIOL 11100 (Fundamentals of Biology II) or BTNY 11000 (Introduction to Plant Science)
(0.5) AGR 11300 (Introduction to Agronomy
Academic Programs)
(4) CHM 11600 (General Chemistry)
(1) AGR 29000 (Introduction to Plant Science) (3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II) or
(5) MA 16200 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus II)‡
(4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I) (2) Directed selective
(4) CHM 11500 (General Chemistry) (3) Elective
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)
(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I) or
(5) MA 16100 (Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus I)†
(17) (16)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(3) AGRY 32000 (Genetics) (4) CHM 25700 (Organic Chemistry)
(1) AGRY 32100 (Genetics Laboratory) (1) CHM 25701 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory)
(1) AGRY 39800 (Agronomy Seminar) (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(4) PHYS 17200 (Modern Mechanics) or
PHYS 22000
(General Physics)
(4) PHYS 22100 (General Physics) or
(3) PHYS 24100 (Electricity and Optics)§
(3) Directed selective (3) Core economics selective
(3) Social science selective (3) Directed selective
(15) (18)


Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) AGRY 25500 (Soil Science) (4) BIOL 22100 (Introduction to Microbiology)
(3) BCHM 30700 (Biochemistry) (4) Directed selective
(1) BCHM 30900 (Biochemistry Laboratory) (6) Humanities selectives
(3) BIOL 23100 (Biology III: Cell Structure and Function) (3) Written or oral communication selective
(3) Social science or humanities selective    
(3) Elective 
(16) (17)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) AGRY 48000 (Plant Genetics) (3) AGRY 52500 (Crop Physiology and Ecology) or (4) HORT 30100 (Plant Physiology) //
(1) AGRY 49800 (Agronomy Senior Seminar) (3) Directed selective
(3) AGRY 52000 (Principles and Methods of
Plant Breeding)
(3) Social science or humanities selective (30000+ level)
(3) BIOL 41500 (Introduction to Molecular Biology) or BTNY 35000 (Biotechnology in Agriculture) (8) Electives
(3) STAT 50300 (Statistical Methods for Biology)
(3) Elective
   
(16) (17)

 

* A professional internship in plant genetics or plant breeding is required.

† Reduce elective requirements by two credits if MA 16100 is selected.

‡ Reduce elective requirements by two credits if MA 16200 is selected.

§ Increase elective requirements by one credit if PHYS 24100 is selected.

// Reduce elective requirements by one credit if HORT 30100 is selected.