Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology


The Horticultural Sciences Department facilitates this interdisciplinary minor, a cooperative effort of the departments of Agronomy, Environmental Horticulture, Horticultural Sciences, Plant Pathology and Microbiology and Cell Science. It is particularly appropriate for students majoring in horticultural science, microbiology and cell science, and plant science, although it is available to students in other majors.

About this Program

Department Information

The Horticultural Sciences Department is a team of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to improving fruit and vegetable production for the benefit of farmers and consumers. Florida’s climatic diversity and the facilities at UF provide opportunities for cutting-edge research in plant breeding & genetics, plant and environmental physiology, fruit & vegetable production, postharvest physiology, biochemistry, and other disciplines.


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P.O. Box 110690
2550 Hull Road


The minor offers academic training and hands-on experience in current laboratory techniques and helps students prepare for graduate school or lab positions in plant biotechnology.


Select one:4
Plant Diversity
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2
CHM 2210Organic Chemistry 13
CHM 2211Organic Chemistry 23

Required Courses

HOS 3305Introduction to Plant Molecular Biology3
HOS 4313CLaboratory Methods in Plant Molecular Biology2
Biochemistry elective 4
Genetics elective 3
Physiology elective3
Approved elective2-5
Total Credits17-20


Approved Electives

Biochemistry Electives

BCH 3025Fundamentals of Biochemistry4
BCH 4024Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology4
CHM 3217Organic Chemistry/Biochemistry 14

Genetics Electives

AGR 3303Genetics3
MCB 4304Genetics of Microorganisms3
PCB 3063Genetics4
PCB 4522Molecular Genetics3

Physiology Electives

BOT 3503Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants3
HOS 4304Horticultural Physiology3


MCB 3020Basic Biology of Microorganisms3
MCB 5305LMicrobial Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory2
PLS 4242CMicropropagation of Horticultural Crops4
XXX 4905Individual Studies in PMCB 13-5

Individual studies courses are registered by the department prefix appropriate to the student's major.