Botany - B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
256 Cunningham Hall
Kent Campus
339-672-3613
kentbiology@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/biology


Description

The Bachelor of Science in Botany focuses on the scientific study of plants, and the understanding of how plants provide aesthetic beauty as well as materials for the basic needs, including food, shelter and oxygen. Botanical research has diverse applications in modern horticulture, agriculture, soil science and forestry, in addition to pharmacology and biotechnology. After earning their bachelor's, many students continue their education in graduate or professional programs. Those opting to enter directly into the workforce find jobs in fields related to the economic importance of plants, including agriculturally-based and related professions, environmental consulting or in federal, state or local agencies. The Department of Biological Sciences offers several mechanisms to help students prepare for their future careers.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental biological principles as outlined in specific courses. 
  2. Acquire fundamental skills necessary for laboratory and field investigations. 
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of proper experimental design, analysis of biological data and communication of research results. 
  4. Demonstrate a greater knowledge and appreciation of the role that biology plays in societal issues, such as those related to the environment, biodiversity, ethics, human health and disease. 
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-BS-BOT]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 10110BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 10120BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 30156ELEMENTS OF GENETICS 3
BSCI 40163EVOLUTION 3
BSCI 40600WRITING IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (WIC) 11
CHEM 10060GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10061GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
CHEM 10063GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
CHEM 20481BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 3-4
or CHEM 30481 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
Organic Chemistry Elective, choose from the following: 21-3
BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (ELR)
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
MATH 12002ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
MATH 12003ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS II 3-5
or MATH 30011 BASIC PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
Botany Electives, choose from the following:12
GENERAL PLANT BIOLOGY
GENERAL PLANT BIOLOGY LABORATORY
FORESTRY
LOCAL FLORA (ELR)
ECONOMIC BOTANY
SOIL BIOLOGY
PLANT ANATOMY
Science Electives, choose from the following:26
Students must choose from the following; (1-6) 3
CAREER PATHWAYS IN BIOLOGY
SENIOR SEMINAR
INTERNSHIP IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (ELR)
INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION (ELR)
SENIOR HONORS THESIS (ELR)
Biology (BSCI) Electives (11-25) 4
BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (ELR)
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS)
and GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB)
GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I (KBS) (KLAB)
GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS)
and GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB)
GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II (KBS) (KLAB)
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below)8
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)15
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

CHEM 20482 may be substituted with CHEM 30284 with faculty advisor approval.

3

No more than 4 credit hours may be S/U graded. Enrollment in these courses must be determined with a faculty advisor.

4

Students should select their biology electives in consultation with an advisor.

  • The following Biological Sciences (BSCI) courses may NOT be used in the elective category for majors or minors in the Department of Biological Sciences:
    BSCI 10001HUMAN BIOLOGY (KBS) 3
    BSCI 10002LIFE ON PLANET EARTH (KBS) 3
    BSCI 10003LABORATORY EXPERIENCE IN BIOLOGY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
    BSCI 10005ANATOMY FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANS 5
    BSCI 11010FOUNDATIONAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 3
    BSCI 11020FOUNDATIONAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB) 3
    BSCI 16001HORTICULTURAL BOTANY 3
    BSCI 20019BIOLOGICAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION 4
    BSCI 20021BASIC MICROBIOLOGY 3
    BSCI 20022BASIC MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY 1
    BSCI 21010ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 4
    BSCI 21020ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 4
    BSCI 26002ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES OF PEST MANAGEMENT 3
    BSCI 26003PLANT IDENTIFICATION AND SELECTION I 3
    BSCI 26004PLANT IDENTIFICATION AND SELECTION II 3
    BSCI 30050HUMAN GENETICS 3
    BSCI 40020BIOLOGY OF AGING 3

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Foreign Language College Requirement

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 8 credit hours of foreign language.1

  • Minimum Elementary I and II of the same language
1

 All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by: (1) passing a course beyond the Elementary I through Intermediate II level or (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP),  the Advanced Placement (AP) exam or credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program; or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional Information) . When students complete the requirement with fewer than 8 credit hours and two courses, they will complete the remaining hours with general electives.

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!BSCI 10110 BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
!CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
!CHEM 10062 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
!BSCI 10120 BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (KBS) (KLAB) 4
!CHEM 10061 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 4
!CHEM 10063 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
!CHEM 20481
BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
or ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
3-4
Botany Elective 4
Organic Chemistry Elective 0-3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Four
!BSCI 30156 ELEMENTS OF GENETICS 3
Botany Elective 4
Organic Chemistry Elective 0-3
Science Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Five
MATH 12002 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I (KMCR) 5
Botany Elective 4
Science Elective 3
Foreign Language 4
 Credit Hours16
Semester Six
MATH 12003
ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS II
or BASIC PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
3-5
Science Electives 9
Foreign Language 4
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
BSCI 40163 EVOLUTION 3
BSCI 40600 WRITING IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (WIC) 1
Science Electives 8
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
Science Elective 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120