Plant Biology, Minor College of Biological Sciences

The Plant Biology minor explores plants and their dynamic means of interacting with the environment. The Plant Biology minor has an 18-unit minimum requirement. Four areas of specialization are offered with a small, strategic course selection per area:

  • (a) Anatomy & Morphology
  • (b) Physiology & Development
  • (c) Evolution & Ecology
  • (d) Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Faculty Advisor

Philipp Zerbe, Ph.D.


Biology Academic Success Center (BASC) in 1023 Katherine Esau Science Hall (formerly Sciences Laboratory Building); 530-752-0410.

Only one course used to satisfy a requirement for the minor may be applied toward a student’s major.
Upper division units, including at least one course from each of the following four groups:18
(a) Anatomy & Morphology
Developmental Plant Anatomy
Plant Morphology & Evolution
(b) Physiology & Development
Plant Physiology
Plant Growth & Development
Plant-Virus-Vector Interaction
Fungal Biology & Disease
(c) Evolution & Ecology
Introduction to Evolution
(Discontinued) 1
(Discontinued) 1
Plant Ecology
Evolution of Crop Plants
(d) Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
Principles of Plant Biotechnology
Molecular & Cellular Biology of Plants
Plant Biochemistry
Plant Genetics
Introduction to Plant Breeding
Principles & Practices of Plant Propagation
Biology and Quality of Harvested Crops
Total Units18

PLB/PLS 102 & PLB 108/EVE 108 are replaced by EVE/PLB/PLS 127.