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Plant Science undergraduate minors

The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) offers six different minors, from a general minor in Plant Sciences to others that engage Cornell students more deeply in some of the critical areas of plant and soil science. Minors are available only to matriculated Cornell University students, and classes used for any minor requirement must be taken in person, not online. Transfer students must get approval from the minor faculty advisor to use a course completed at another institution for a minor program requirement. No more than three credits from another institution may be used towards a minor program.

  • Students may not complete more than one minor in the School of Integrative Plant Science. 
  • Special topic courses, seminar courses, and courses without regular instruction cannot be counted towards any minor requirement.
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade, and a grade of "C" or better must be received to count towards the minor.
  • Minor requirements were updated for the Fall 2023 semester. Students who enrolled in a minor by the end of the Spring 2023 semester are “grandfathered” in on the old requirements.  
  • Plant Sciences majors are not eligible to complete a minor offered through SIPS.

    How to Apply

    Students must submit a Declaration of Intent form for the minor they are interested in pursuing, and the declaration must be received no later than the last day of classes in the student’s final semester at Cornell. 

    Verifying Completion of Minor

    1. In your second-to-last semester, prior to pre-enrollment for your last semester at Cornell, meet with your minor advisor to determine if you have completed all requirements or which requirements must be completed in your last semester. 
    2. Fill out the attestation form emailed to you before the start of your last semester, detailing which if any requirements you are completing in your last semester. Your minor advisor will confirm your standing in the program.
    3. Once your last semester’s grades are posted by the University Registrar, the minor coordinator will check your transcript against your attestation form and notify your college whether you have completed the minor. There is no need for you to follow up separately with the minor coordinator about completing the minor or having it added to your academic record.
    4. Your minor should appear on your official transcript 2 to 3 weeks after your last semester’s final grades post. If you do not see it by the end of June (for May graduates), the end of September (for August graduates) or the end of January (for December graduates), please contact the SIPS minor coordinator:

      Lauren Boggs
      105 Academic Surge A 
      leb69 [at] (leb69[at]cornell[dot]edu)

    Questions? Contact us

    Lauren Boggs
    Plant Sciences Major Coordinator
    Phone: (607) 255-8826
    Email: leb69 [at]

    Marvin Pritts
    Director of Undergraduate Studies
    Phone: (607) 255-1778
    Email: mpp3 [at] (mpp3[at]cornell[dot]edu)

    Current majors:
    Find more information on Canvas. (Cornell netid required.)

    Other minors

    Plant Sciences Majors and students in other majors can broaden or focus their education and experience by adding one of the many other minors offered at Cornell. (Check eligibility requirements carefully.)

    Courses for non-majors

    If you are interested in plants but don't have a strong science background, here are some courses that will expose you to the wonders of plants -- even if you decide not to pursue one of our minors. (Plant Sciences Majors can take most of these, too.) 

    • PLSCI 1102 - Hands-On Horticulture for Gardeners
    • PLSCI 1115 - The Nature of Plants
    • PLSCI 1130 - Light and Life: The Relationship between Light and Life in the Natural World
    • PLSCI 1150 - CSI: Forensic Botany
    • PLSCI 1300 - Just Food: Exploring the Modern Food System
    • PLSCI 1900 - Sustainable Agriculture: Food, Farming, and the Future
    • PLSCI 2000 - The Art of Horticulture
    • PLSCI 2010 - Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds
    • PLSCI 2020 – Foods of the Future
    • PLSCI 2260 - Practicum in Forest Farming as an Agroforestry System
    • PLSCI 2400 - Green World/Blue Planet 
    • PLSCI 2470 - Plants and Cultures around the World
    • PLSCI 2490 - Hollywood Biology: Science in Cinema

    To learn more about these courses,  visit the Courses of Study website.