Botany- Bachelor of Arts

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 A.B. to obtain an emphasis in these areas.

Program Requirements

(30 semester hours, 22 hours must be advanced)1

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 Biological Science Foundation Course from the Global Miami Plan
Take the following:
BIO 204Evolution of Plant Biodiversity: Genes to Biosphere4
Select one of the following:
BIO 425/BIO 525Environmental Plant Physiology (3) 24
or BIO 490 Botany Capstone Seminar
Select at least one of the following courses in applied botany:3-4
Plant Propagation
Viticulture and Enology
Introduction to Biotechnology
Basic Horticulture
Select at least one of the following courses in plant diversity:4
Dendrology
Plant Taxonomy
Plant and Fungal Diversity
Select at least one of the following courses in genetics, cell biology, or physioloogy:3-4
Introduction to Cell Biology
Genetics
Plant Anatomy
Plant Development
Environmental Plant Physiology
Related Hours
A course in CHM of 3 credit hours or more, plus other courses from the departments of CHM, CSE, IES, GEO, GLG, MTH, MBI, PHY, or STA 312
1

One course must be at the 300 or 400 level. No more than three hours of research/internship may count toward the major. Research/internship hours must be taken credit/no credit.

2

 Both BIO 425/BIO 525 and BIO 490 fulfill the CAS writing requirement

3

 Within Mathematics, MTH 151MTH 251, or MTH 252 is recommended.

The following courses may be applied to the major:

BIO 209Fundamentals of Ecology3
BIO 241Botanical Principles in Landscape Gardening3
BIO 333Field Ecology3
BIO 340Internship3
BIO 351Environmental Education: Focus on Natural History4
BIO 364Molecular Techniques2
BIO 401/BIO 501Plant Ecology3
BIO 424/BIO 524Advanced Experimental Techniques in Structural and Functional Genomics4
BIO 431/BIO 531Global Plant Diversity3
BIO 432/BIO 532Ecoregions of North America3
BIO 466/BIO 566Bioinformatics Computing Skills3
BIO 467/BIO 567Conservation Biology3
BIO 480Departmental Honors1-6
BIO 481/BIO 581Theory of Electron Microscopy3
BIO 482/BIO 582Scanning Electron Microscopy Laboratory2
BIO 483/BIO 583Transmission Electron Microscopy Laboratory3
BIO 485/BIO 585Bioinformatics Principles3

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

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Botany meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following courses: BIO 204 and BIO 425/BIO 525 or BIO 490.