The Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology undergraduate curriculum is designed for students with diverse interests ranging from basic infectious disease biology to applied disease management in agriculture. Prospective students are encouraged to explore our course offerings and invited to contact Prof. Eric Nelson with further questions about the program, courses, field experiences, or research opportunities.
The undergraduate program focuses broadly on the biology, ecology, and evolution of infectious diseases of plants, animals, and humans and integrates concepts and principles across all major host species.
Students can access our curriculum through several undergraduate majors
- Plant Sciences
- Environmental Science and Sustainability
- Agricultural Sciences
- Biology & Society
- Human Biology, Health, and Society
Why Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell?
Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology courses are typically small (15-35 students), fostering a very personal environment that encourages a high level of interaction between students and faculty and facilitates opportunities for all students to excel. Undergraduates not only learn the conceptual foundations of infectious diseases and disease development, but they also gain exposure to real-world applications and research through hands-on field and lab exercises. Such experiences are critical to learning scientific concepts and processes, and there are numerous opportunities for more in-depth research with faculty during the academic year and the summer.