Botany is the general study of plants and plant-like organisms from microscopic algae to giant redwoods, from mushrooming fungi to flowering angiosperms. Plant anatomy, how plants grow and develop, and how they survive and interrelate within their environments are topics of study. For students who like the outdoors, a career in plant ecology, taxonomy, or forestry might be appealing. Students attracted to the beauty and design of the microscopic world might enjoy a career in plant anatomy or plant developmental biology. Those interested in chemistry might enjoy plant biochemistry, molecular biology, or plant biotechnology. Those intrigued by plant diseases might become plant pathologists and the mathematically oriented might explore systems ecology, genetics, or plant biotechnology.

The Botany curriculum begins with a solid foundation in mathematics, the biological sciences, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, evolution, and genetics. Botany emphasizing terrestrial plant studies including plant systematics, anatomy, and ecology, biochemistry, and earth sciences round out the core. Botany students also take liberal arts and communications courses to give breadth to their education.

Effective Fall 2015

To be qualified for graduation, students in the Biological Science major must have a minimum grade of C- in each of their biological, physical science, and mathematical courses used to meet requirements for the major. This applies to courses taken as substitutions for meeting these requirements. The minimum scholastic average acceptable for graduation is 2.000 computed only for courses attempted at CSU.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
Select one group from the following: 8
Group A:
  
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)3A 
Group B:
  
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
Biology of Organisms-Animals and Plants  
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
Select one from the following: 4
Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B 
Arts and Humanities3B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Elective 4
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
Select two courses from the following: 5-7
Introduction to Weather and Climate  
Physical Geography  
The Blue Planet: Geology of Our Environment (GT-SC2)3A 
Global Environmental Systems (GT-SC2)3A 
Introductory Soil Science  
BZ 220Introduction to Evolution 3
Select one group from the following: 3-5
Group A:
  
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry  
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Group B:
  
Modern Organic Chemistry I  
STAT 301 or 307Introduction to Statistical Methods
Introduction to Biostatistics
 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Electives 2-6
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
Select one group from the following: 4-6
Group A:  
Principles of Biochemistry  
Group B:  
Comprehensive Biochemistry I  
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
BZ 325Plant Systematics 4
BZ 331Developmental Plant Anatomy 4
BZ 440Plant Physiology 3
BZ 441Plant Physiology Laboratory 2
Students should take the following two courses only if CHEM 341 was selected in the sophomore year: 0-5
Modern Organic Chemistry II  
Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory  
Select one group from the following: 10
Group A:
  
General Physics I (GT-SC1)3A 
General Physics II (GT-SC1)3A 
Group B:
  
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A 
 Total Credits 27-32
Senior
 
BZ 310Cell Biology 4
Select at least two courses from the following: 8
Introductory Phycology  
Introductory Mycology  
Comparative Morphology of Vascular Plants  
BZ 350Molecular and General Genetics4A,4B4
BZ 450Plant Ecology4C4
Advanced Writing23
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Electives1 2-7
 Total Credits 28-33
 Program Total Credits: 120
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Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
TO PREPARE FOR FIRST SEMESTER:   The curriculum for the Biological Sciences major ‐ Botany concentration assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus.  Entering students who are not prepared to take calculus will need to fulfill pre‐calculus requirements in the first semester.  Talk to your advisor.  LIFE 102 requires high school chemistry as a prerequisite; CHEM 111 requires Algebra II as a prerequisite (this prerequisite is met by having Algebra II by test credit, transfer credit, or placement out of MATH 117 and MATH 118 on Math Placement Exam). C or better in all biological, physical science, and mathematical courses used to meet requirements for the major.  Term 4 may have to be adjusted if the student chooses 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry, do not attempt more than three science and math courses per term.   Do not attempt BZ 310 and BZ 350 before Junior year.  Do not take BZ 310 and BZ 350 together.
 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one group from the following:   4
Group A:
    
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)X 3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)X 3A 
Group B:
    
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)X 3A 
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Electives   4
MATH 117, MATH 118 may be necessary for some students to fulfill pre-calculus requirements. X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   4
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)X 3A 
Biology of Organisms-Animals and PlantsX   
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)X 3A1
Select one course from the following:   4
Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)  1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)  1B 
Historical Perspectives  3D3
CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
MATH 124, MATH 125 may be necessary for some students to fulfill pre-calculus requirements.X   
 Total Credits   16
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   2-4
Introduction to Weather and Climate    
Physical Geography    
The Blue Planet: Geology of Our Environment (GT-SC2)  3A 
Global Environmental Systems (GT-SC2)  3A 
Introductory Soil Science    
BZ 220Introduction to EvolutionX  3
CHEM 113General Chemistry II X 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II X 1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Elective   1-3
MATH 155 or MATH 160 must be completed by the end of Semester 3.X   
 Total Credits   13-17
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   2-4
Introduction to Weather and Climate    
Physical Geography    
Exploring Earth: Physical Geology (GT-SC2)  3A 
Global Environmental Systems (GT-SC2)  3A 
Introductory Soil Science    
Select one group from the following:   3-5
Group A:
    
Fundamentals of Organic ChemistryX   
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry LaboratoryX   
Group B:    
Modern Organic Chemistry IX   
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to Statistical Methods X  
Introduction to Biostatistics X  
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
Elective   1-3
 Total Credits   13-17
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Principles of Biochemistry    
Comprehensive Biochemistry I    
BZ 331Developmental Plant Anatomy   4
To complete CHEM 341 series option:   0-5
Modern Organic Chemistry II    
Modern Organic Chemistry Laboratory    
Select one course from the following:   5
General Physics I (GT-SC1)  3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)  3A 
STAT 301 or STAT 307 must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   13-17
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
To complete BC 401 series option:   0-3
Comprehensive Biochemistry II    
BZ 325Plant Systematics   4
BZ 440Plant Physiology   3
BZ 441Plant Physiology Laboratory   2
Select one course from the following:   5
General Physics II (GT-SC1) X3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1) X3A 
 Total Credits   14-17
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BZ 310Cell BiologyX  4
Select one course from the following:   4
Introductory Phycology    
Introductory Mycology    
Comparative Morphology of Vascular Plants    
Advanced Writing  23
Electives   2-4
 Total Credits   13-15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   4
Introductory PhycologyX   
Introductory MycologyX   
Comparative Morphology of Vascular PlantsX   
BZ 350Molecular and General GeneticsX 4A,4B4
BZ 450Plant EcologyX 4C4
Global and Cultural AwarenessX 3E3
ElectiveX  0-3
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15-18
 Program Total Credits:   120