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Dig into the world of plants plants and associated organisms, including fungi and algae, through the plant biology minor at the University of Minnesota. 

Plant biology minor

Plant biologists seek to understand plants and associated organisms, including fungi and algae, at all levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems. Biochemical, physiological, developmental, genetic, evolutionary, and ecological studies of plants are fundamental to improve human welfare and global conditions in the areas of health, food, energy, and environment. Some current examples of research in plant biology include developmental genetics for bioenergy and food production, ecological studies of carbon cycling, evolutionary responses to climate change, cellular responses to pathogens and abiotic stress, natural product discovery, symbiosis, molecular evolution, informatics, and the pursuit of other fundamental questions.

The plant biology minor is available to non-CBS majors, as well as CBS students who are not pursuing the Biology or Plant and Microbial Biology major programs.


General biology 

  • BIOL 1009 or 
  • BIOL 1951/1951H

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