Mar 18, 2018  
2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog

Plant Science, BS

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About the Program

This major is designed for students who are interested in the biology of plants: how they grow, develop and evolve; the interactions of plants with other organisms and their role in the environment; how to manage plants that are grown for food, fiber and fuel. Our major allows students to develop expertise in these areas, prepare for a career in fields such as biotechnology and environmental management, and move forward to advanced graduate studies.

Plant Science Website

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses 102.5-103.5 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (77.5-78.5 credits)

Electives (16.5-17.5 credits)

Elective - Credit Hours: 16.50-17.50

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree
  • 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
  • 9 credits International Understanding
  • 3 credits Multicultural Awareness
  • 9 credits of Hum and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Additional Requirements

Select here  for additional lists.

Program Requirements

14.5-15.5 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

14 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • BTNY 49700 - Undergraduate Seminar
  • Focus Selective (30000 level or higher) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities or Social Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Electives - Credit Hours: 4.50-5.50

11.5-12.5 Credits


2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

Official and complete prerequisite lists are in the course catalog; the incomplete listing presented here regards this program and course sequencing.

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

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