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Overview
Botany, the study of plant biology, spans from molecules to ecosystems. Plants regulate global processes and form complex relationships with other organisms, and have intriguing patterns of development and diversity. Plants provide medicinal compounds, shelter, fuel, food, and oxygen, and support the existence of life on Earth. As human populations increase, the need for more and better supplies of food, fiber, and biofuels also increases. The study of botany underlies several applied sciences such as agronomy, forestry, natural resource management, horticulture, and plant pathology.

To major in botany a student should have a strong interest in life science with a good background in chemistry and mathematics. Majors with a BS degree are qualified to hold positions in federal and state agencies in areas such as conservation biology, habitat restoration, environmental biology, and plant inspection. They may be qualified for various research positions in private industry, such as plant biotechnology and drug development, and may qualify for secondary education certification.

Facilities used in undergraduate teaching include well-equipped plant physiology and ecology laboratories, environmental chambers, the 160-acre McPherson Preserve, and a herbarium with over 150,000 plant specimens. Faculty members teach and do research in their specialty areas of plant biology including ecology, biodiversity, evolution, physiology, biochemistry, biophysics, taxonomy and systematics, genetics and development, genomics, and cell and molecular biology.

Available Options
, B.S.


Occupations
Soil and Plant Scientists
Biological Technicians

Industries
Crop Production
Animal Production
Forest and Logging
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry

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