Graduate Training


The Center for Plant Biology offers an innovative curriculum through the Integrative Plant Sciences training group of the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Program (PULSe). Curriculum is designed to provide students with the basic information they need to succeed in the training group during their Ph.D. work. The core requirements are a combination of general courses, training group-specific survey courses, and laboratory rotations.

The core requirements comprise 15-18 credits, consisting of 6 credits of general course work divided into four focus areas. Those focus areas are scientific ethics, scientific communication, proposal writing, and analysis of data.

Recommended Classes

Below is a menu of recommended classes for first-year PULSe students in the Integrative Plant Sciences training group.


  • AGRY 53000 Advanced Plant Genetics
  • AGRY 59800/BIOL 59500 Cell Biology of Plants
  • AGRY 60000 Genomics
  • HORT 55100 Cellular and Molecular Plant Physiology
  • HORT 64000 Metabolic Plant Physiology
  • BCHM 56100 General Biochemistry I
  • BCHM 60501 Macromolecules
  • BIOL 59500 Theory of Molecular Methods
  • CHM 63400 Biochemistry: Structural Aspects
  • STAT 50300 Statistical Methods for Biology
  • STAT 51400 Design of Experiments

  • BCHM 56200 General Biochmistry II
  • BIOL 6200 Advanced Topics IN Eukaryotic Cell Biology
  • BTNY 53300 Plant Growth and Development
  • CHM 63800 Biophysical Chemistry
  • STAT 50300 Statistical Methods of Biology
  • GRAD 61200 Responsible Conduct in Research

Start Your Ph.D.

Apply through the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Program (PULSe) by December 1 and specify Integrated Plant Sciences as your training group.

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