Botany

Botany is the study of plants, including a wide range of organisms from microscopic algae to the tallest trees.  Plant scientists approach the study of plants from several different levels of organization.  Molecular plant biologists study the structure and function of biological molecules in plants, including biochemical and molecular aspects of genetics.  Plant physiologists study the functions and vital processes of plants, including photosynthesis and mineral nutrition.  Plant systematists study the evolutionary history and relationships among plants.  Plant ecologists study the relationships between plants and the environments in which they live, both individually and in communities.

The Botany major is chosen by many students seeking a career in environmental assessment, agriculture, or horticulture.  It is also selected by those who wish to teach in the biological sciences or to conduct research in environmental science.

Program Requirements: Bachelor of Arts

(30 semester hours, 22 must be advanced hours)

Core Courses: (7-8 semester hours)
BIO/MBI 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity (4) and
BIO/MBI 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (4)
or
BIO 191 Plant Biology (4) and
Global Miami Plan Biological Science Foundation Course of 3 or more credit hours with the exception of BIO F107.

Advanced course requirement: (22 semester hours)
The remaining 22 semester hours must be fulfilled by taking courses at the 200 level or above. No more than three hours of independent study/research/internship may apply to the major.

This course is required:
BIO 204 Evolution of Plant Biodiversity (4)

At least one of these courses is required:
BIO 425 Environmental Plant Physiology (4)
BIO 490 Research, Internship in Botany (1)

At least one of these courses is required:
BIO 221 Plant Propagation (4)
BIO 244 Viticulture and Enology (3)
BIO 255 Introduction to Biotechnology (3)
BIO 306 Basic Horticulture (3)
BIO 331 Economic Botany (3)

At least one of these courses is required:
BIO 205 Dendrology (4)
BIO 302 Plant Taxonomy (4)
BIO 314 Plant and Fungal Diversity (4)

At least one of these courses is required:
BIO 203 Introduction to Cell Biology (3)
BIO 342 Genetics (3)
BIO 402 Plant Anatomy (3)
BIO 403 Plant Development (3)
BIO 425 Environmental Plant Physiology (4)

Related Hours: (12 semester hours)
One course in chemistry is required:
Any course in CHM of 3 credit hours or more

Remaining related courses can be chosen from CHM, CIT, CSE, GLG, GEO, IES, MTH, MBI, PCE, PHY or STA.


Program Requirements: Bachelor of Science

(40 semester hours, 28 must be advanced hours)

Core Courses: (7-8 semester hours)
BIO/MBI 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity (4) and
BIO/MBI 116 Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (4)
or
BIO 191 Plant Biology (4) and
Global Miami Plan Biological Science Foundation Course of 3 or more credit hours with the exception of F107.

Advanced course requirement: (28 semester hours)
The remaining 28 semester hours must be fulfilled by courses at the 200 level or above. No more than three hours of independent study/research/internship may apply to the major.

These courses are required:
BIO 203 Cell Biology (3)
BIO 204 Evolution of Plant Biodiversity (4)

At least one of these courses is required:
BIO 425 Environmental Plant Physiology (4)
BIO 490 Research, Internship in Botany (1)

At least one of these courses is required:
BIO 221 Plant Propagation (4)
BIO 244 Viticulture and Enology (3)
BIO 255 Introduction to Biotechnology (3)
BIO 306 Basic Horticulture (3)
BIO 331 Economic Botany (3)


At least one of these courses is required:
BIO 205 Dendrology (4)
BIO 302 Plant Taxonomy (4)
BIO 314 Plant and Fungal Diversity (4)

At least one of these courses is required:
BIO 203 Introduction to Cell Biology (3)
BIO 342 Genetics (3)
BIO 402 Plant Anatomy (3)
BIO 403 Plant Development (3)
BIO 425 Environmental Plant Physiology (4)

At least one of these courses is required:
BIO 209 Fundamentals of Ecology (3)
BIO 351 Environmental Education: Focus on Natural History (4)
BIO 431 Global Plant Diversity (3)
BIO 432 Ecoregions of North America (3)
BIO 467 Conservation Biology (3)

Related Hours: (25-33 required)
Any thematic sequence in chemistry is required (18):
Complete either the CHM1 or CHM2 thematic sequence

One of these options in geography, geology or physics is required:
PHY 171, 172 College Physics (3, 3) and PHY 173, 174 Physics Laboratory (1, 1)
PHY 181, 182 The Physical World (4, 4) and PHY 183, 184 Physics Laboratory (1, 1)
GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth (3) and GLG 115.L Geology Lab (1)
GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3) and GLG 115.L Geology Lab (1)
GLG 141 Geology of US National Parks (3) and GLG 115.L Geology Lab (1)
GEO 121 Global Physical Environments (4)

One statistics or calculus course (3-5)
STA 261 Statistics (4)
STA 301 Applied Statistics (3)
STA 368 Introduction to Statistics (4)
STA 462 Inferential Statistics (3)
MTH 151 Calculus I (5)
MTH 251 Calculus II (4)
MTH 252 Calculus III (4)