Plant Sciences Major course requirements
Students who major in Plant Sciences must complete coursework for the college and program that includes:
- Completing approximately two years of “core” or foundational coursework, plus the required coursework in at least one concentration.
- Developing an ePortfolio.
- Engaging in an out-of-classroom experience related to the major.
Core coursework in biology, chemistry, statistics and plant biology should be completed as early as possible, and transfer students should complete most of these courses before matriculating at Cornell.
The current requirements are considered the minimum for a well-rounded foundation in plant science. Students interested in pursuing a scientific career or graduate education are encouraged to take biochemistry, calculus and physics as electives, over and above the core requirements.
- All courses taken for the major, including concentration courses, must be taken for a letter grade.
- In addition to the requirements below, you must also meet the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Graduation Requirements.
- To learn more about the courses listed, visit the Courses of Study website.
The faculty in the School of Integrative Plant Science have developed a revised curriculum for the Plant Sciences undergraduate program, outlined below. All students matriculating in Fall 2021 and later will be held to these revised requirements. Current students should refer to the lastest curriculum updates in Canvas. Continuing students may choose, in consultation with their faculty advisor, to complete either the previous curriculum or the new curriculum.
- Prerequisites: The Plant Sciences major does not have any specific prerequisites for students matriculating as freshmen. However, general science coursework at the high school level, especially in biology and chemistry, will better prepare students for the rigorous science coursework in this major.
- Plant Sciences majors are expected to take introductory coursework in biology, chemistry, and statistics, followed by a primary core of four plant-focused courses, plus a selection of foundational courses and a suite of courses concentrating on the student's area(s) of interest in the Plant Sciences, rounded out with a broadening course, an experiential practicum and a senior symposium.
- Number of credits/category breakdown:
- Introductory courses: minimum of 14 credits
- Primary courses: 14 credits
- Foundational courses: minimum of 13 credits
- Concentration courses: 10 credits
- Broadening course: minimum of 3 credits
- Experiential learning course: 1 credit
- Bookend courses: 6 credits
See details in accordion sections below.