Plant Biology (11PBBS)

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
LSC 101 Critical & Creative Thinking in Life Sci. 2 BIO 183 Intro Bio: Cell & Molecular Bio1 4 (CP)
PB 103 Perspectives on Botany or
LSC 103 Exploring Opport. in the Life Sciences
1 CH 220 Introductory Organic Chemistry or
(CH 221 Organic Chem I and  CH 222 Organic Chem I Lab)
3 & 1
BIO 181 Intro Bio: Eco/Evol/Biodiv1 4 (CP) ENG 101 Academic Writing & Research 4
CH 101 Chem-A Molecular Science 3 (CP) Restricted Elective6 3
CH 102 Gen Chem Lab 1 HES_*** Health & Exercise Studies Course* 1
MA 121 Elements of Calculus or
MA 131 Calc. Life Management Sci or
MA 141 Calculus I 2
3
GEP Health & Exercise Studies 1
15 16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
PB 250 Plant Biology1 4 (CP)  GN 311 Principles of Genetics 4
ST 101 Statistics by Example or
ST 311 Intro Statistics3
3 PB Elective 4,5 3
Restricted Elective6 4 GEP Humanities Elective* 3
GEP Social Sciences Elective* 3 Restricted Elective6 3
Free Elective 3
14 16

Junior Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
PB Elective4,5 3 Advanced Communication Elective 8 3
PY 131 Conceptual Physics or
PY 211 College Physics I7
4 PB Elective 300-level or higher 4,5 3
Restricted Electives6 6 Applied Plant Science Elective9 3
GEP Social Sciences Elective* 3 GEP Humanities Elective* 3
Free Elective 3
16 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester Credit Spring Semester Credit
PB 492 External Learning Exp or
PB 493 Special Prob in Botany or
PB 495 Special Topics in Botany or
ALS 498 Honors Research or Teaching I
3 Restricted Electives 6 6
PB Elective 300-level or higher4,5 3 GEP Additional Breadth Elective* 3
Restricted Elective 6 3 Free Electives 5
Free Elective 3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives Elective* 3
15 14

 

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation*: 122

Major/Program Footnotes

1 BIO 105/106, PB 200, and a 4-hour PB course with a lab may be approved by the Plant Biology Undergraduate Coordinator as substitutes for BIO 181, BIO 183, and PB 250.

2 Credit is not allowed for more than one of MA 121, MA 131, and MA 141.

3 Credit is not allowed for both ST 101 and ST 311.  Students interested in research are strongly encouraged to take both ST 311 and ST 312 (Experimental Statistics for Biological Sciences II).

4 A minimum of four Plant Biology elective courses are required and must total 12 credit hours. At least two of these courses must be at the 300-level or higher and must total 6 credit hours. Select from the following list of courses: PB 213, PB 215, PB 219, PB 220, PB 321, PB 360, PB 400, PB 403, PB 405, PB 413, PB 414, PB 421, PB 422, PB 445, PB 464, PB/BIT 481, PB 500-level, and PB 600-level. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required across all PB coursework.

5 At least one course PB Elective course must have a laboratory or be a laboratory or field-based course. Courses that meet this requirement are PB 220, PB 360, PB 400, PB 403/503, PB 405, PB 413, PB 422, PB 445, PB/BIT 481, and PB 565.

6 Courses should be chosen from the CALS Elective Groups A (Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences), B (Economics and Business), and C (Applied Science and Technology) lists.

7 O Students interested in pursuing graduate and professional training should take PY 211 to meet the PY requirement followed by PB 212 (College Physics II) as a Restricted Elective.

8 Choose one course from the following list: COM 110, COM 211, ENG 215, ENG 323, ENG 331, ENG 332, ENG 333.

9 Choose one course from the following list: CS 312, CS 411, CS 413, CS 414, CS 415, CS 424, CS 430, FOR 303, FOR(PP) 318, FOR 339, FOR 411, HS 301, HS 411, HS 421, HS 422, HS 423, HS 431, HS 432, HS 440, HS 451, HS 462, PP 315, PP 501, and PP 540.

*General Education Program (GEP) requirements and GEP Footnotes
To complete the requirements for graduation and the General Education Program, the following category credit hours and co-requisites must be satisfied. University approved GEP course lists for each of the following categories can be found at https://oucc.dasa.ncsu.edu/general-education-program/.
*Courses/groupings in the above display with an asterisk may fulfill all or part of a GEP requirement. See categories below.

A. Mathematical Sciences (6 credit hours – one course with MA or ST prefix)
Choose from the University approved GEP Mathematical Sciences course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement: MA 121 or MA 131 or MA 141, ST 101 or ST 311.
B. Natural Sciences (7 credit hours – include one laboratory course or course with a lab)
Choose from the University approved GEP Natural Sciences course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement: BIO 181, BIO 183, CH 101/102, GN 311, PY 131 or PY 211.
C. Humanities (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes)
Choose from the University approved GEP Humanities course list. Some courses on this list will meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge Perspectives co-requisites.
D. Social Sciences (6 credit hours selected from two different disciplines/course prefixes)
Choose from the University approved GEP Social Sciences course list. Some courses on this list will meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge Perspectives co-requisites.
E. Health & Exercise Studies (2 credit hours – at least one 100-level Health & Exercise Studies Course)
Choose from the University approved GEP Health & Exercise Studies course list.
F. Additional Breadth  – (3 credit hours to be selected from the following checked University approved GEP course lists)
X Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts. Some courses on this list will meet the U.S. Diversity or Global Knowledge Perspectives co-requisites.
G. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (5-6 credit hours)
Choose from the University approved GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives course list or the following course(s) if completed as part of the Major requirements may fulfill part or all of this requirement: LSC 101
H. Introduction to Writing (4 credit hours satisfied by completing ENG 101 with a C- or better)

The following Co-Requisites must be satisfied to complete the General Education Program requirements
I. U.S. Diversity (USD)
Choose from the University approved GEP U.S. Diversity course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the U.S. Diversity (USD) co-requisite.
J. Global Knowledge (GK)
Choose from the University approved GEP Global Knowledge course list or choose a course identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the Global Knowledge (GK) co-requisite.
K. Foreign Language proficiency – Proficiency at the FL_102 level is required for graduation.

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