University Catalog 2023-2024

Plant Biology (Minor)

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology offers a Minor in Plant Biology to all undergraduate degree-seeking students at NC State in any major except Plant Biology. As the fundamental discipline of the plant sciences, plant biology involves the study of the structure, function, classification, diversity, ecology, and uses of plants. The program also provides a strong background for research in all areas of the plant sciences.


Currently enrolled NC State students with more than 12 hours of NC State coursework may request admission to the Minor in Plant Biology by completing the Change of Degree Application (CODA) process for academic minors


Dr. Jordan will certify the minor prior to graduation. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from their degree program. An electronic application to graduate with the minor should be made in MyPack Portal no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.

Contact Person

Dr. Chad V. Jordan
2214-A Gardner Hall

SIS Code: 11PBM

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

Plan Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 15 semester hours.
  • Courses counting toward the minor must be taken for a letter grade unless noted otherwise.
  • A grade of ‘C’ or above in each course for it to be included in the minor.
  • Transfer credit will only be allowed for the PB 200 Plant Life/PB 250 Plant Biology requirement.
Required Course
PB 200Plant Life4
or PB 250 Plant Biology
Elective Courses
Select 11 credits of the following: 111
Plants and Civilization
Medicinal Plants
Plants in Folklore, Myth, and religion
Local Flora
Introduction to Whole Plant Physiology
Plant Diversity and Evolution
Systematic Botany
Plant Anatomy
Plant Physiology
Rare Plants of North Carolina
Introduction to Plant Biotechnology
Total Hours15