The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Plant Biology is a liberal arts degree with a concentration in the plant sciences. It prepares students for ecologically or biotechnology oriented careers that are foundational to understanding the earth's biota and essential for supplying the world with food, fuel, and fiber.
The Plant Biology major is designed to give students a broad understanding of plant biology and/or fungal biology and prepares them to address some of the pressing global environmental challenges the world is facing today. It is a stepping stone towards a rewarding job and diverse post-graduate programs of study.
The Plant Biology major includes several core classes, similar to those for other majors in the Biology Division (e.g. Genetics, Evolutionary Biology). However, the Plant Biology major provides the flexibility to build an interdisciplinary program of study from a broad range of courses. Areas of emphasis include Plant Ecology & Environment, Plant Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, or Plants & Microbes.
Our advanced classes are small and promote interactive learning and a combinations of laboratory, field, and lecture experiences. Independent Research in the field or laboratory, guided by a faculty member and graduate students, gives our undergraduate students first-hand experiences with the scientific process and it builds skills relevant for many careers in the Sciences.