Botany- Bachelor of Science

For information, contact the Department of Biology, 212 Pearson Hall, 513-529-3100.

Students may double major in Botany and Zoology, but in that case only nine credits of the Advanced Hours requirement may be used for both degrees.

The Minor in Horticulture, Minor in Plant Biotechnology, Minor in Molecular Biology and/or the Co-major in Environmental Science may be completed along with the B.S. to obtain an emphasis in these areas.

Program Requirements: Basic Major

(40 BIO semester hours, 28 must be advanced hours)

Core Courses
Select one of the following options:7-8
Option A:
Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity
Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology
Option B:
Plant Biology
Plus any Global Miami Plan (Biological Science Foundation Course)
Select the following:
BIO 203Introduction to Cell Biology3
BIO 204Evolution of Plant Biodiversity: Genes to Biosphere4
BIO 425/BIO 525Environmental Plant Physiology4
or BIO 490 Botany Capstone Seminar
Select at least one course in applied botany:3-4
Plant Propagation
Viticulture and Enology
Introduction to Biotechnology
Basic Horticulture
Select at least one course in plant diversity:4
Plant Taxonomy
Plant and Fungal Diversity
Select at least one course in genetics, cell biology, or physiology:3-4
Plant Anatomy
Plant Development
Environmental Plant Physiology
Select at least one course in ecology:3-4
Fundamentals of Ecology
Environmental Education: Focus on Natural History
Global Plant Diversity
Ecoregions of North America
Conservation Biology
The following additional courses may be applied to the major:
Botanical Principles in Landscape Gardening
Field Ecology
Molecular Techniques
Capstone Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Biology
Plant Ecology
Advanced Experimental Techniques in Structural and Functional Genomics
Bioinformatics Computing Skills
Departmental Honors
Theory of Electron Microscopy
Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory
Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory
Bioinformatics Principles
Related Hours
Any Thematic Sequence in Chemistry18
Select one of the following:3-10
Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory I
and Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory II
General Physics with Laboratory I
and General Physics with Laboratory II
The Dynamic Earth
Environmental Geology
Geology of U.S. National Parks
Earth's Physical Environment
Select one of the following:
Applied Statistics
Introduction to Statistics
Inferential Statistics
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III

Note: No more than three hours of research/internship may count toward the major. Research/internship hours must be taken credit/no credit.

Note: For graduate study in biological sciences, many require calculus and/or statistics, and some require a physics sequence.