College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
290 Russell Labs, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-1410; www.plantpath.wisc.edu
Professors McManus (chair), Ahlquist, Allen, Ané, Bent, Charkowski, Clayton, Havey, Jiang, Kaeppler, Keller, MacGuidwin, Rouse, Yu; Associate Professors Barak, Gevens, Groves, Jansky, Willis; Assistant Professors Kabbage, Koch, Lankau, Rakotondrafara, Silva, Smith
This major can be earned through the Bachelor of Science degree program.
Plant pathology is the study of plants and their pathogens, the process of disease, and how plant health and disease are influenced by factors such as the weather, nonpathogenic microorganisms, and plant nutrition. It encompasses fundamental biology as well as applied agricultural sciences.
Plant pathology involves the study of plants and pathogens at the genetic, biochemical, physiological, cellular, population, and community levels, and how the knowledge derived is integrated and put into agricultural practice. Prerequisite to effective research, teaching, and extension in plant pathology is a breadth of interdisciplinary interest and knowledge, in a department and in its individual members, reaching from ecology to microbiology, from meteorology to applied mathematics, and from molecular biology to communication skills.
Plant pathology is a field that thrives in, and makes its greatest contribution to, comprehensive institutions like the University of Wisconsin–Madison where the proximity and complementarity of basic sciences and the other applied agricultural sciences are exceptionally strong.
Undergraduates in plant pathology can choose between two tracks. The plant-microbe biology track has courses in basic math and sciences; including biology, chemistry and physics, along with upper-level courses in plant pathology, biochemistry and microbiology. This track is geared toward students who have an interest in receiving a broad education in the basic science or plan to pursue a graduate or professional degree. The plant health and industry track includes some courses in basic math and sciences, as well as additional courses in agriculture and economics/management and upper-level courses in plant pathology, entomology and other agricultural sciences. This track is designed for students who intend to work in industry after receiving their undergraduate degree. More information about careers in plant pathology is available from the department.
For those interested in graduate studies, the Department of Plant Pathology offers a broad program leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, which is described in the Graduate School Catalog. Contact the department for more information.
Courses may not double count within the major (unless specifically noted otherwise), but courses counted toward the major requirements may also be used to satisfy a university requirement and/or a college requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be completed in the major that are not used elsewhere.
Math [112 and 113], or 114, or 171 or may be satisfied by placement exam
Students in the Plant Health and Industry Track may request permission to complete this requirement with Math 112 plus one of the following:
any Math course above 200 or Stat 224 or 301 or 371 or 541 or 571 or Comp Sci 302
Chem [103 and 104] or 109
Physics 103 or 201 or 207
Plant Pathology Core
Pl Path 300
Pl Path/Botany 332
Another Pl Path course above 300 (not including Pl Path 375 or independent study credits—Pl Path 299, 399, 681, 682, 691, 692, and 699)
Capstone (3 credits)
Pl Path 590
Complete one track:
Plant-Microbe Biology Track
Additional Mathematics and Statistics (8–10 cr)
Math 211 or 217* or 221
Math 222** or Stat 301 or Stat 371
*Math 171 and 217 must be taken together.
**Math 221 is a prerequisite for Math 222
Additional Chemistry (8 cr)
Satisfy one option below:
Chem 343 and 344 and 345
Chem 341 and 342
Biology (8 cr)
Satisfy one option below:
Microbio 303 and 304
Two of the following:
Biocore 485 or 486 or 587
Additional Physics (4–5 cr)
Physics 104 or 202 or 208
Plant Physiology (3-4 cr)
Plant-Microbe Electives (5 cr)
5 credits from: Biochem 501, Botany 300, [400 or 401], 460, Entom 302, or any Pl Path course above 300
Plant Health and Industry Track
Biology (3 cr)
Genetics 160 or 466
Core (3 cr)
Pl Path 558 or 559
Plant Health and Industry Electives (24 cr)
24 credits taken from at least two different departments of the courses listed below:
Agronomy 100, 300, 302, 328
Botany 260, 300, 460, 500
C&E Soc 140, 222, 230, 578, 650
Entom 201, 302, 342, 541
F&W Ecol 100, 335, 360, 455, 460, 550
Hort 120, 232, 233, 263, 320, 345
Microbio 101, 102, 303, 304
Nutr Sci 132, 311, 332, 350, 510, 540
Pl Path any course above 300 not already taken for another category
Soil Sci 132, 230, 301, 322, 324, 325, 326, 336
Business (6 cr)
6 credits from the following list: Acct IS 100, 211, 300, 301, 302, 329, AAE 215, 320, 322, 323, 419, 421, 474, Econ 101, 102, L Sc Com 270, MHR 300, 305