The major requirements in Plant Science are kept to a minimum to offer you greater flexibility to devise your own academic path. Developing your own track within the major, called the Program of Study, is an important learning experience. The process gives you an opportunity to think carefully about how your education will prepare you for your future both personally and professionally. The University offers a wide range of learning opportunities and we encourage you to think broadly as you put together a package of coursework that provides you with the specific expertise you seek, and, at the same time, includes a breadth of experience that will help you become a creative problem solver, an excellent communicator, and a skilled team member.

See the requirements for this major in the University Catalog, and more details in this Major Requirements PDF, which includes the list of classes for some of the popular focus areas. Below are some of the popular focus areas in the major, with their courses listed and sample 4-year academic plans.

  • Plant Breeding (PDF)
    • Chem 1062: Chemistry Principles II (3 cr) 
    • Chem 1066: Chemistry Principles II lab (1 cr) 
    • Chem 2301: Organic Chemistry I (3 cr)
    • Biol 4003: Genetics (3 cr)
    • Agro 1103: Crops, Environment, and Society (4 cr)
    • Agro 2022: Growth and Development of Minnesota Crop Plants (1 cr)
    • Agro 3660: Plant Genetic Resources: Identification, Conservation, & Utilization (3 cr) — assuming took Hort 4401 for core
    • Agro 4105: Crop Management Field School (1 cr)
    • Agro 5431: Applied Plant Genomics and Bioinformatics (3 cr)
    • Hort 4071W: Applications of Biotechnology to Plant Improvement (4 cr) — assuming took Hort 4401 for core
    • Stat 3011: Introduction to Statistical Analysis (4 cr)
    • Agro 4505: Biology, Ecology & Management of Invasive Plants (3cr)
    • Hort 5007: Advanced Plant Propagation (3 cr)
    • AGRO 4097 - Undergraduate Research Thesis (1 cr)
    • PLPA 5301: Large Scale Omic Data in Plant Biology (3 cr)
    • PLSC 3002: Seed Science, Technology, and Society (2 cr)
  • Horticultural Production (PDF)
    • Hort 3131: Student Organic Farm Planning, Growing & Marketing (3cr)
    • Agro 3203W: Environment, Global Food Production, and the Citizen (3 cr) — if not used for Interdisciplinary Learning course
    • Agro 4505: Biology, Ecology & Management of Invasive Plants (3cr)
    • Agro 4888: Issues in Sustainable Agriculture (2cr)
    • Ento 1005: Insect Biology (4 cr)
    • Hort 1014: Edible Landscape (3 cr)
    • PlPa 2001: Introductory Plant Pathology (3 cr)
    • Agro 4605: Management Strategies for Crop Production (3cr)
    • Soil 3416: Plant Nutrients and the Environment (3 cr)
  • Agronomy Production (PDF)
    • Chem 1062: Chemical Principles II (3cr)
    • Chem 1066: Chemincal Principles II Lab (1cr)
    • Agro 1103: Crops, Environment, and Society (4cr)
    • Agro 2022: Growth and Development of Minnesota Crop Plants (1cr)
    • Agro 2501: Plant Identification for Urban and Rural Landscapes (2cr)
    • Agro 3305: Agroecosystems of the World (3cr)
    • Agro 4105: Crop Management Field School (1cr)
    • Agro 4015: Functional Crop Diversity (1cr)
    • Agro 4093: Special Topics (Field School Course) (1cr)
    • CFANS 3001: Pests and Crop Production (3cr)
    • Agro 4505: Biology, Ecology & Management of Invasive Plants (3cr)
    • Agro 4605: Management Strategies for Crop Production (3cr)
    • Ento 1005: Insect Biology (4 cr)
    • PlPa 2001: Introductory Plant Pathology (3 cr)
    • PLSC 3002: Seed Science, Technology, and Society (2cr)
    • Soil 3416: Plant Nutrients and the Environment (3 cr)
    • Soil 4111: Introduction to Precision Agriculture (3cr)
  • Nursery and Floriculture (PDF)
    • Hort 4015: Advanced Woody & Herbaceous Plant Topics (1 cr) (could take twice)
    • Hort 4141W: Scheduling Crops for Protected Environments (4 cr)
    • Hort 5031: Organic Viticulture & Fruit Production (3cr)
    • Ento 4021: Honey Bees and Insect Societies(3 cr)
    • FNRM 3501: Arboriculture: Selection & Maintenance of Trees (3 cr)
    • PlPa 2001: Introductory Plant Pathology (3 cr)
    • Soil 3416: Plant Nutrients and the Environment (3 cr)
    • Hort 5023: Public Garden Mgmt (2 cr)
  • Sustainable Plant Health (PDF)
    • ENT 1005: Insect Biology (4cr)
    • PlPa 2001: Intro Plant Pathology (3cr) or PlPa 5480: Principles of Plant Pathology (3cr)
    • PlPa 3003: Diseases of Forest and Shade Trees (3cr)
    • Soil 3416: Plant Nutrients in the Environment (3 cr) or ESPM 3612W: Soil and Environmental Biology (3cr)
    • Agro 4505: Biology, Ecology & Management of Invasive Plants (3cr)
    • Hort 4850: Pollinator Protection in Managed Landscapes (3cr)
    • Ent 5341: Biological Control of Insects & Weeds (3cr)
    • PlPa 5660: Plant Disease Resistance and Applications (3cr)
  • Turfgrass Science (PDF)
    • Hort 4061W: Turfgrass Management (3 cr)
    • Hort 4062: Turfgrass Weed and Disease Science (3 cr)
    • Hort 4063: Turfgrass Science (3 cr)
    • Plpa 2001: Introductory Plant Pathology (3 cr)
    • Ento 4015: Ornamentals and Turf Entomology (3 cr)
    • Agro 4505: Biology, Ecology & Management of Invasive Plants (3 cr)
    • Soil 3416: Plant Nutrients and the Environment (3 cr)
    • Hort 3480: Topics in Turfgrass (1 – 4 cr)
    • Hort 4141W: Scheduling Crops for Protected Environments (4 cr)
  • Agroecology (PDF)
    • Chem 1062: Chemistry Principles II (3 cr)
    • Chem 1066: Chemistry Principles II lab (1 cr)
    • Chem 2301: Organic Chemistry I (3 cr)
    • Agro 1103: Crops, Environment and Society (4cr)
    • Agro 2022: Growth and Developement of Minnesota Crop Plants (1cr)
    • Agro 4505: Biology, Ecology & Management of Invasive Plants (3cr)
    • Agro 3203W: Environment, Global Food Production, and the Citizen (3 cr) — if not used for IL course
    • Agro 3305: Agroecosystems of the World (3cr)
    • Agro 3660: Plant Genetic Resources: Identification, Conservation, and Utilization (3cr)
    • Agro 4105: Crop Management Field School (1cr)
    • Agro 4605: Strategies for Agricultural Production and Management (3cr)
    • Ento 3925: Insects, Aquatic Habitats, and Pollution (3 cr)
    • ESPM 5071: Ecological Restoration (4 cr)
    • PlPa 2001: Introductory Plant Pathology (3 cr)
    • PLSC 3002: Seed Science, Technology, and Society (2cr)
    • ESPM 3108: Ecology of Managed Systems (3 cr)
  • Integrated Plant Science BS/MS Subplan (PDF)
    • CFANS offers an integrated Bachelor of Science (BS) in Plant Science and Master of Science (MS) in Applied Plant Sciences (Plant Breeding and Molecular Genetics track). The integrated BS/MS program offers students the opportunity to earn both degrees in five years by working toward a master's degree while simultaneously working toward their undergraduate degree. Plant Science undergraduate students in the Plant Breeding and Genetics subplan are welcome to apply to this program during their 3rd year of undergraduate study. During the 4th year, students take undergraduate and graduate courses concurrently and are advised by an undergraduate and graduate program advisor. Students must complete undergraduate degree requirements before the end of their fourth year. Students in this program will complete the 120 undergraduate credits required for a BS degree in Plant Science by the end of the 4th year and must be awarded an undergraduate degree at the 4th year mark or earlier. During the 4th and 5th years, student will complete 30 graduate credits and a Plan A or B research project with a final oral defense as required for the Applied Plant Sciences MS degree. Student cannot double count credits to meet credit requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Each Plant Science student will work with a faculty mentor to create their Program of Study. Your self-designed Program of Study consists of at least 24 credits (15 upper-level) and a short essay that describes your educational goals and. If you're currently developing your Program of Study, see more in the Forms and Advising section. You must submit your Program of Study before starting your fourth semester at the University of Minnesota, if you entered as a freshman. Students who transfer into Plant Science must submit a Program of Study by the start of their third semester in the major. These are the final deadlines; you can also submit earlier.

Agriculture students just getting out of the field

 

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