Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Plant Biology (CASNR)

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Don Lee
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Plant Biology (CASNR)

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Plant Biology (CASNR)

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Don Lee

DESCRIPTION

Steering Committee: Paparozzi (chair) (agronomy and horticulture), Cahoon (center for plant science innovation and biochemistry), Lee (agronomy and horticulture), Markwell (biochemistry), Osterman (biological sciences), Powers (plant pathology), Wedin (natural resources),Yuen (agronomy and horticulture)

Website: http://agronomy.unl.edu/plantbiology

The plant biology degree program provides flexible entry for undergraduate students that have an interest in the plant sciences. Once enrolled in the program, students will take a core of classes that will allow them to continue in the plant biology degree program or allow them to easily transfer to other Life Sciences programs. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the faculty of the Center for Plant Science Innovation as well as the above departments and schools for advising, internships and research opportunities.

Studying plant biology will allow students to explore their knowledge of plants at the: 1) molecular (biotechnology option), 2) cellular and organismal (biological, biochemical/chemical sciences), 3) whole plant/applied physiological (horticulture and agronomy courses), and 4) ecological levels (ecology and management option). Students may select a bachelor of science track through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources or a bachelor of science or arts track through the College of Arts and Sciences. Every student must complete a set of core courses that provide breadth in basic sciences. Introduction to plant biology should be taken during the first semester in the program. Students also must complete an emphasis to provide depth in one of the following options: Biotechnology or Ecology and Management.

The plant biology program includes a career experience/internship course (AGRO 295/RNGE 295/SOIL 295; BIOS 395; HORT 395; NRES 497) which provides the opportunity to gain work experience in an off-campus setting related to a students academic and career objectives.

A research project initiated by the beginning of the junior year is required. Presentation of this work will be part of the Plant Biology Portfolio and Assessment course.

Students interested in plant biology through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources are advised to make an initial appointment with the Chief Academic Advisor who will then assign them to a faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

The core courses and one of the options must be completed.

Core Requirements

College Integrative Courses5

SCIL 101 Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3

Career Experience1

Select from: AGRO 295/RNGE 295/SOIL 295; BIOS 395; AGRO 395/HORT 395/TLMT 395; NRES 497

Independent Study/Current Project1

Select from: AGRO 496/RNGE 496/SOIL 496; BIOS 498; HORT 396 or HORT 399; NRES 496; PLPT 496

AGRO 92 Plant Biology Portfolio & Assessment (HORT 92/NRES 92)0

Mathematical and Statistics (ACE 3)8

MATH 106 Calculus I or MATH 106B Calculus I for Biology & Medicine5

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics3

Communications6

Written Communication (ACE 1)3

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254; JGEN 120, JGEN 200, JGEN 300

Oral Communication (ACE 2)3

Select from: COMM 109, COMM 209, COMM 286

Natural Sciences25

AGRO 153 Soil Resources (HORT 153/SOIL 153)4

BIOC 321 & BIOC 321L Elements of Biochemistry & Lab or higher4

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (ACE 4)4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

CHEM 255 & CHEM 257 Biological Organic Chemistry & Lab or CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab4

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I or higher (ACE 4)5

Biological Sciences24

AGRO 315 Genetics or BIOS 206 General Genetics4

AGRO 325 Introductory Plant Physiology4

BIOS 109 General Botany (4 cr) or AGRO 131 Plant Science (HORT 131) (3 cr) and either AGRO 132 Plant Science Lab (1 cr) or HORT 133 Horticultural Plant Science Lab (1 cr)4

BIOS 207 Ecology & Evolution or BIOS 220 Principles of Ecology (NRES 220) & BIOS 222 Ecology Lab (NRES 222)4

LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I & Lab4

LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II & Lab4

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences15

ECON 211 or ECON 212 (ACE 6)3

ACE Courses12

Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 9.

Total Core Requirements83

Option Requirements37

Total Requirements for Graduation120

Ecology and Management Option

Within this option one course must be taken to fulfill the ACE 10 outcome. Suggested courses:

AGRO 403 Scientific Writing & Communication (HORT 403) (3 cr)

BIOS 454 Ecological Interactions (NRES 454) (3 cr)

BIOS 457 Ecosystem Ecology (4 cr)

Courses6-7

AGRO 245 Introduction to Grassland Ecology (NRES 245 ) (3 cr) or NRES 310 Introduction to Forest Management (4 cr)3-4

AGRO 444 Vegetation Analysis (NRES 444/RNGE 444)3

Earth Sciences6-8

Water/Climate3-4

Select one from:

METR 100 Weather & Climate (4 cr)

NRES 208 Applied Climate Sciences (3 cr)

NRES 408 Microclimate: The Biological Environment (AGRO 408/GEOG 408/HORT 408/METR 408/WATS 408) (3 cr)

WATS 281 Introduction to Water Science (GEOG 281/NRES 281) (3 cr)

Geospatial Information Sciences3-4

Select one from:

GEOG 412 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (NRES 412) (4 cr)

GEOG 418 Introduction to Remote Sensing (NRES 418) (4 cr)

NRES 312 Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences (GEOG 312) (3 cr)

Biology6-8

Plant Identification3-4

Select one from:

AGRO 442 Wildland Plants (NRES 442/RNGE 442) (3 cr)

BIOS 455 Great Plains Flora (4 cr)

Plant-Animal-Organismal Interactions3-4

Select one from:

AGRO 340 Range Management & Improvement (RNGE 340) (3 cr)

AGRO 460 Soil Microbiology (BIOS 447/NRES 460/SOIL 460) (3 cr)

BIOS 475 Ornithology (3 cr)

BIOS 476 Mammalogy (NRES 476) (4 cr)

ENTO 115 Insect Biology (BIOS 115) (3 cr) & ENTO 116 Insect Identification (BIOS 116) (1 cr)

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology (3 cr)

NRES 311 Wildlife Ecology & Management (3 cr)

NRES 348 Wildlife Damage Management (3 cr)

Ecology and Management7-8

Select two from:

AGRO 204 Resource-Efficient Crop Management (3 cr)

AGRO 240 Forage Crop & Range Management (RNGE 240) (4 cr)

AGRO 440 Great Plains Ecosystem (NRES 440/RNGE 440) (3 cr)

BIOS 454 Ecological Interactions (NRES 454) (3 cr)

BIOS 457 Ecosystem Ecology (GEOL 457) (4 cr)

BIOS 470 Prairie Ecology (4 cr)

NRES 310 Introduction to Forest Management (4 cr)

NRES 417 Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture (HORT 418) (3 cr)

NRES 424 Forest Ecology (4 cr)

NRES 459 Limnology (BIOS 459/WATS 459) (4 cr)

NRES 468 Wetlands (BIOS 458/WATS 468) (4 cr)

Electives7-12

Biotechnology Option

Within this option one course must be taken to fulfill the ACE 10 outcome. Suggested courses:

AGRO 403 Scientific Writing and Communication (HORT 403) (3 cr)

BIOS 454 Ecological Interactions (NRES 454) (3 cr)

BIOS 457 Ecosystem Ecology (4 cr)

Courses10-11

BIOS 312 Microbiology3

BIOS 237 Basic Applications of Bioinformatics (4 cr) or BIOC 442 Computational Biology (STAT 442) (3 cr) or BIOS 427 Practical Bioinformatics Lab (3 cr)3-4

BIOS 478 Plant Anatomy4

Select at least 3 credits from each of the three categories below for a total of 17 hours or more17

Biological Sciences

AGRO 270 Biological Invaders (HORT 270/NRES 270/PLPT 270) (3 cr)

AGRO 460 Soil Microbiology (BIOS 447/NRES 460/SOIL 460) (3 cr)

BIOS 205 Genetics, Molecular & Cellular Biology Lab (2 cr)

BIOS 302 Cell Biology (3 cr)

BIOS 407 Biology of Cells & Organelles (3 cr)

BIOS 418 Advanced Genetics (3 cr)

BIOS 420 Molecular Genetics (MBIO 420) (3 cr)

BIOS 425 Plant Biotechnology (3 cr)

BIOS 471 Plant Systematics or BIOS 429 Plylogenetic Biology (4 cr)

BIOS 477 Bioinformatics & Molecular Evolution (3 cr)

Applied Plant Biology

AGRO 131 Plant Science (HORT 131) (3 cr) and either AGRO 132 Plant Science Lab (1 cr) or HORT 133 Horticultural Plant Science Lab (1 cr) - if not taken in Core

AGRO 408 Microclimate: The Biological Environment (GEOG 408/HORT 408/METR 408/NRES 408/WATS 408) (3 cr)

AGRO 411 Crop Genetic Engineering (2 cr)

AGRO 412 Crop & Weed Genetics (1 cr)

HORT 221 Plant Propagation (3 cr)

NRES 406 Plant Ecophysiology: Theory & Practice (HORT 406/AGRO 406) (4 cr)

PLPT 369 Introductory Plant Pathology (BIOS 369) (3 cr)

Plant and Food System Management

AGRO 204 Resource-Efficient Crop Management (3 cr)

AGRO 240 Forage Crop & Range Management (RNGE 240) (4 cr) or AGRO 227 Introductory Turfgrass Management (HORT 227/PGAM 227/TLMT 227) (3 cr)

AGRO 405 Crop Management Strategies (ACE 10) or AGRO 435 Agroecology (HORT 435/NRES 435) (3 cr)

AGRO 426 Invasive Plants (HORT 426/NRES 426) (3 cr)

AGRO 437 Animal, Food & Industrial Uses of Grain (2 cr)

AGRO 438 Producing Grain for Animal, Food & Industrial Uses (1 cr)

ENTO 115 Insect Biology (BIOS 115) (3 cr) & ENTO 116 Insect Identification (BIOS 116) (1 cr)

FDST 205 Food Composition & Analysis (3 cr)

HORT 325 Greenhouse Practices & Management (4 cr)

HORT 352 Production & Physiology of Horticultural Crops (2 cr)

HORT 355 Perennial, Pot & Bedding Plant Production Lab (2 cr)

HORT 462 Nursery Management & Crop Production (4 cr) (ACE 10)

Electives10

Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor include a minimum of 19 hours of course work with a minimum of 7 hours at the 300 level or above.

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Grade Rules

Pass/No Pass

Students in plant biology may not take any of the core or option courses required for the degree Pass/No Pass except for the Exploring Plant Biology and Career Experience courses.

Program Assessment. To gauge the effectiveness of this program, students will be required to start and maintain an experiential portfolio throughout their program, culminating with a presentation of their research in the Introduction to Plant Biology course.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Plant Biology Minor

Courses12

AGRO 131 Plant Science (HORT 131) and either AGRO 132 Plant Science Lab or HORT 133 Horticultural Plant Science Lab4

AGRO 325 Introductory Plant Physiology4

BIOS 109 General Botany4

Select either the Biotechnology Focus or Ecology and Management Focus

Biotechnology Focus7-8

AGRO 315 Genetics or BIOS 206 General Genetics4

Any 300 or 400 level course listed under the Plant Biology Major–Biotechnology Option3-4

Ecology and Management Focus7-8

BIOS 220 Principles of Ecology (NRES 220) (3 cr) & BIOS 222 Ecology Lab (NRES 222)4

Any 300 or 400 level course listed under the Plant Biology Major–Ecology & Management Option3-4