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Botany (BS)

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  • Program Prerequisite: Not required.
  • Minor: A minor is required.
  • Grade Requirements: An overall GPA of 2.00 in all courses required for this major. Also refer to the general grade requirements for graduation under Degree Requirements .
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation; 63 of these is required within the major. A total of 40 upper division credit hours is required (courses number 3000 and above) with a minimum of 21 required within the major.
  • Program Code: 6067BS
  • CIPC: 260301


Majors are encouraged to consult with their advisor each semester. Contact the Botany department (801-626-6174).

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Admission Requirements

Declare your program of study (see Enrollment Services and Information ). No special admission or application requirements are needed for this program.

General Education

Refer to pages Degree Requirements  for Bachelor of Science requirements. The following courses required for the Botany major will also satisfy general education requirements:

All Botany majors are required to complete a Botany Capstone Seminar. The requirements for the Capstone are explained in detail when a student takes BTNY 2121 . The final evaluation of the capstone seminar takes place in BTNY 4990 .

Program Learning Outcomes

  • The chemical and molecular machinations operating within all biological processes
  • The centrality of genetic systems’ governance of life’s actions from the cellular to the phyletic
  • The coordinated regulation of integrated cellular systems and their effect on the physiological functioning of organisms
  • The dynamic interaction of living systems with each other and their environments
  • The transforming role of evolution in changing life forms and how evolution explains both the unity and diversity of life.
  • The dynamic interaction of living systems with each other and their environments
  • The transforming role of evolution in changing life forms and how evolution explains both the unity and diversity of life.
  • The Process of Science: Students will use observational strategies to test hypotheses and critically evaluate experimental evidence.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Students will represent diverse experimental data sets graphically and apply statistical methods to them.
  • Communication: Students will disseminate results of experiments in a variety of presentation formats to a wide variety of audiences
  • Sustainability: Students will use their knowledge of biology to address environmental issues and solutions.
  • Basic Lab Techniques (For Example: pipetting, light microscopy, chromatography, aseptic technique, microbial culture and plating techniques, cell culture)
  • Molecular (For Example: DNA extractions, PCR, Gel electrophoresis)
  • Microscopy Techniques (For Example: Sectioning, Sample Infiltration and Embedding, Phase contrast, Confocal)
  • Safety (For Example: Chemical hygiene, Sharps, Waste management)
  • Navigation (For Example: GPS, Mapping, Remote Sensing, problem solving)
  • Plant Identification (For Example: Dichotomous keying, common Utah flora, curating specimen)
  • Plant Community Sampling (For example: plot selection and design, sampling strategies, vegetation sampling methods)
  • Safety (For example: minimizing risk from field hazards in remote areas such as weather, travel, wild animals, terrain)
  • Record Keeping (For example: lab notebook, field notebook)
  • Software Applications (For example: FLOUVIEW, ARCGIS, R, MATLAB, Spreadsheets, Databases, 4Peaks)

Botany Elective Courses (Minimum of 21 Credit Hours)

A minimum of 21 additional credits is required within the major. Of these, a minimum of 3 credit hours in each of the three categories (A, B, and C) is required. A maximum of 6 lower division credits can count towards the major course requirements.

Category A: Genetics, Cell, and Molecular (3 credit minimum)

Category B: Physiology and Organismal (3 credit minimum)

Category C: Evolution, Ecology, and Environmental (3 credit minimum)

Required Support Courses (23-36 credit hours)

For each of the following categories in the College of Science you must choose one of the course groupings to satisfy your required support courses.

Mathematics (3-5 credit hours)

Other Life Sciences (6 credit minimum)

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