At which campus can I study this program?
The Plant Pathology minor is designed for students who wish to learn more about the causes and control of plant diseases. These students may pursue careers in commercial crop production, industrial sales, private consulting, extension, or research. Increasing emphasis on biological control, integrated pest management, and sustainable agricultural practices requires knowledge of plant pathogen biology, host-parasite interactions, and environmental parameters influencing disease development. The Plant Pathology Minor focuses on these areas and gives students the background necessary to develop or utilize environmentally sound disease management strategies. This program is designed to supplement majors in any field of the biological sciences and also can be used to prepare students for graduate studies in Plant Pathology.
What is Plant Pathology?
Plant Pathology involves the study of all the biotic and abiotic causes of plant diseases, including pathogen biology and evolution; understanding infection processes, mechanisms of disease, and host resistance; and identifying environmental and nutritional factors influencing plant health. Results of this research are applied to developing management strategies to ensure adequate food and fiber production and to better understand and stabilize natural ecosystems to maintain a healthy and sustainable environment.
You Might Like This Program If...
You are interested in agriculture and international agriculture, food security, growing plants, environmental sustainability, disease management, forestry, environmental microbiology, and beneficial or pathogenic microbes.
|Requirements for the Minor||22|
Requirements for the Minor
The minor in Plant Pathology requires 22 credits in approved courses in addition to the major requirements of the student's choice.
A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|BIOL 110||Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity||4|
|PPEM 496||Independent Studies 1||3|
|Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|PPEM 300||Horticultural Crop Diseases 2||3|
|or PPEM 405||Microbe-Plant Interactions: Plant Disease and Biological Control|
|Select a minimum of 12 credits of the following:||12|
|Plant Stress: It's Not Easy Being Green|
|Principles of Integrated Pest Management|
|The Fungal Jungle: A Mycological Safari From Truffles to Slime Molds|
|Horticultural Crop Diseases|
|Diseases of Forest and Shade Trees|
|Microbe-Plant Interactions: Plant Disease and Biological Control|
|Turfgrass Disease Management|
|Plant Virology: Molecules to Populations|
|Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis in Plants|
|Biology of Fungi|
|Air Pollution Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems|
|Independent Studies 1|
Course(s) from the departmental list for the Plant Pathology Minor with the approval of the minor adviser
Students must select, in consultation with the Plant Pathology Minor adviser, at least 3 credits of PPEM 496 (Independent Study) working with one or more faculty in the department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology. An additional three Independent Study credits may be applied to the Minor requirements as Additional Courses.
Students may select one of these two courses for the second list of Additional Courses, but the same course cannot be counted toward both lists.
The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.
Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.
Maria del Mar Jimenez-Gasco
Associate Professor of Plant Pathology
309 Buckhout Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Plant Pathology students may pursue careers in commercial crop production, industry, private consulting, cooperative extension, or research. Increasing emphasis on biological control, integrated pest management, and sustainable agricultural practices requires knowledge of plant pathogen biology, host-parasite interactions, and environmental parameters influencing disease severity. The Plant Pathology minor focuses on these areas and gives students the background necessary to develop or utilize environmentally sound disease control strategies. This program can be designed to supplement majors in any field of the biological sciences and used to prepare students for graduate studies in plant pathology.
Opportunities for Graduate Studies
The Plant Pathology minor provides exceptional training in research. Through independent studies, students in Plant Pathology have the opportunity to work with faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in state-of-the-art facilities. Students who purse the Plant Pathology minor are ready for graduate school in plant pathology, environmental microbiology, and associated disciplines.