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The science of botany is the study of plants including plant structure, function, systematics and ecology. Students study a wide variety of activities such as the relationship of plants to each other and their environment, plant growth and metabolism, classification and identification of plants, plant cell composition and plant heredity.

Departmental instruction is offered in the major area of Botany for students in all colleges of the university, but botany courses and instructional procedures are specially designed for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources. Completion of an undergraduate major prepares the students for graduate work or for professional employment. Graduate work in Botany is offered at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. A minor in Botany also is available. Botany majors may not pursue a minor in Biology or Botany.

Major Requirements

Major: Botany

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
UNIV 189Skills For Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take UNIV 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
ENGL 324Writing in the Sciences3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R):
STAT 330Introductory Statistics3
Science & Technology (S):10
The 10 credits required in the Science and Technology category will be fulfilled with requirements of the major.
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B): Select from current general education list6
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G): Select from current general education list
Total Credits40

College Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – An additional 6 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences*

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree – An additional 12 credits Humanities and Social Sciences* and proficiency at the second year level in a modern foreign language.


 Humanities and Social Sciences may be fulfilled by any course having the following prefix: ADHM, ANTH, ARCH, ART, CJ, CLAS, COMM, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEOG, GERM, HDFS, HIST, LA, LANG, MUSC, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, RELS, SOC, SPAN, THEA, WGS, or any course from the approved list of general education courses in humanities and social sciences (general education categories A and B). These credits must come from outside the department of the student’s major.

Major Requirements

Except for courses offered only as pass/fail grading, no course may be taken Pass/Fail.

General Education Requirements40
Science and Mathematics College Requirements6-12
Botany Core Requirements
BIOL 150
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 151
General Biology II
and General Biology II Laboratory
BIOL 359Evolution3
BOT 314Plant Systematics3
BOT 315
and Genetics Laboratory
BOT 460Plant Ecology3
BOT 372Structure and Diversity of Plants and Fungi4
BOT 491Seminar2
Major Electives: Select 11 credits from the following:11
General Ecology
Wetland Science
Plant Physiology
Antibiotic Drug Discovery
Cell Biology
Vertebrate Histology
Animal Physiology
Developmental Biology
Comparative Chordate Morphology
Animal Behavior
Physiological Ecology
Hormones and Behavior
Wildlife Ecology and Management
Wildlife and Fisheries Management Techniques
Related Required Courses
CHEM 121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 122
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry: Select one group from the following:7-10
Group 1:
Survey of Organic Chemistry
Elements of Biochemistry
Group 2:
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Organic Chemistry II
Foundations of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
MATH 146Applied Calculus I4
PHYS 211
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 212
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Degree Requirements: Potential of 21 credits to reach 12221
Total Credits122-131

Department and College Requirements

  • Students may not minor in biology or botany with this major

Minor Requirements

Botany Minor

Miinor Requirements

Required Credits: 19

Required Courses
BIOL 150General Biology I3
BIOL 150LGeneral Biology I Laboratory1
BIOL 151General Biology II3
BIOL 151LGeneral Biology II Laboratory1
BOT/BIOL 315Genetics3
BOT/BIOL 315LGenetics Laboratory1
BOT 372Structure and Diversity of Plants and Fungi4
Botony Elective300-400 level3
Total Credits19

Minor Requirements and Notes

  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.
  • Botany majors may not minor in Botany or Biology.