Undergraduate minors

The School of Integrative Plant Science offers a minor in Plant Sciences. In addition, the Sections of the school offer seven separate minors to engage Cornell students more deeply in some of the critical areas of plant science.

Plant Sciences Minor

Advisor: Walter De Jong
Eligibility: Plant Sciences majors are not eligible.

  • At least 15 credits in Plant Sciences coursework.
  • PLBIO 2410, Introductory Plant Biodiversity and Evolution (fall, 3 credits)
  • At least one course from the list below:
    PLHRT 1115: The Nature of Plants (spring, 3 credits)
    PLBIO 2440: Evolutionary Plant Biology (spring, 3 credits)
    PLBIO 2480: Vascular Plant Systematics (spring, 4 credits)
    PLBRG 2250: Plant Genetics (spring, 4 credits)
    PLBIO 3420: Plant Physiology (spring, 3 credits)
    PLSCI 4460: Plant Interactive Biology (spring, 3 credits)
    PLSCS 2600: Soil Science (fall, 3 credits)
  • Any 2-3 instructor-led courses (minimum 9 credits) with the PL-prefix at the 2000 level or greater, except for PLBIO 2400, PLBIO 2490, PLSCS 2940, PLHRT 2010 and PLHRT 3250.

Crop Management Minor

Advisor: Toni DiTommaso
Eligibility: All undergraduates

  • 12 credits beyond major
  • At least 3 credits of crop science (PLSCS 2110, PLSCS 4050, PLSCS 3170, PLSCS 4130, PLSCS 4140)
  • At least 3 credits of plant protection/pest management (PLSCS 3150, PLSCS 4440, ENTOM 2410, PLPPM 3010)
  • At least 3 credits of soil science (PLSCS 2600, PLSCS 3210, PLSCS 3650, ANSC 4120, PLSCS 4660, PLSCS 4720)
  • Equivalent transferred courses can be substituted. For students with majors such as Agricultural Sciences and Plant Sciences, addition of this minor helps prepare them for the Certified Crop Advisor examination, which provides an important credential for jobs in agriculture and environmental management.

More information, application.

Fungal Biology

Advisors: Kathie Hodge, Michael Milgroom, Teresa Pawlowska, Gillian Turgeon
Eligibility: Plant Sciences majors should note that this minor is a forbidden overlap with the Plant Sciences concentration in Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology.

  • Requirement for 13 credits minimum, including 7 credits below.
  • PLPPM 3010 – Biology and Management of Plant Diseases (fall, 4 credits)
  • PLPPM 4490 – Advanced Mycology (fall, 3 credits)

More information, application.

Horticulture Minor (General)

Advisor: Frank Rossi
Eligibility: Plant Sciences majors are not eligible.

  • 15 credits beyond major
  • PLSCI 1101: Plant Science and Systems (fall, 4 credits)
  • PLHRT 1115: The Nature of Plants (spring, 3 credits)
  • 8 credits in 2000-level PLHRT courses
  • Accommodations for transfer students (course substitution per advisor)

More information, application.

Horticulture Minor with a Focus in the Botanical Arts

Advisor: Marcia Eames-Sheavly
Eligibility: Plant Sciences majors are not eligible.

  • 15 credits beyond major
  • PLSCI 1101: Plant Science and Systems (fall, 4 credits)
  • PLHRT 1115: The Nature of Plants (spring, 3 credits)
  • PLHRT 2010: The Art of Horticulture, (fall, 3 credits, including the Tuesday afternoon studio)
  • PLHRT 3250: Intensive Study in Botanical Illustration (spring semesters in even years beginning 2014, 4 credits)
  • PLHRT 4970, Individual Study, 1 credit

More information, application.

Infectious Disease Biology

Advisor: Michael Milgroom
Eligibility: All undergraduates

  • Requirement for 15 credits minimum, including 6 credits below.
  • PLPPM 2950 – Biology of Infectious Disease: From Molecules to Ecosystems (fall, 3 credits)
  • PLPPM 4330 – Infectious Disease Ecology and Evolution (fall, 3 credits)

More information, application.

Plant Breeding Minor

Advisors: Don Viands and Mark Sorrells (lead)
Eligibility: All undergraduates

  • Requirement for 15 credits minimum, including 10 credits below.
  • PLBRG 2010 - Plants, Genes, and Global Food Production (fall, 3 credits)
  • PLBRG 2250 - Plant Genetics (spring, 4 credits) Prerequisite: one majors-level biology course or equivalent.
  • PLBRG 4030 - Genetic Improvement of Crop Plants (fall, 3 credits) Prerequisite: BIOMG 2800, PLBRG 2250, or other standard genetics course and course in crops or horticulture.

More information, application.

Soil Science Minor

Advisor: Toni DiTommaso
Eligibility: All undergraduates

  • 15 credits beyond major
  • At least two courses (minimum 8 credits; PLSCS 2600 required) in soil science
  • At least one course (minimum 3 credits) in environmental information sciences (PLSCS 4110, PLSCS 4200)
  • Students qualify for the Civil Service classification as Soil Scientist (GS-0470) if they take an additional 12 credits in biological, physical, and earth sciences. Civil Service classification as Soil Conservationist (GS-0457) is achieved with the minor plus 12 credits in natural resources and agriculture and 3 credits in applied plant science.

More information, application.