Program Fact Sheet
Botany
B.S. in Botany
Botany students learn about plants at all levels of biological organization, from molecular and cellular processes to the global ecosystem. In addition to addressing fundamental questions in plant biology, plant scientists in the 21st century will be called upon to provide information useful for producing food, fiber, and medicine for an increasing population, and for increasing our understanding of the diversity of plant and ecological systems and their interactions with humans.
Gillian Bergmann

Faces of AgSci

“One of the most profound skills I’ve gained is learning to communicate with people of different backgrounds, particularly when addressing the urban-rural divide that surrounds U.S. agriculture today.” -Gillian Bergman (left), Presidential Scholar

College of Agricultural Sciences

 
  2,396 |  
Total number of AgSci
undergraduate students
 
  70 |  
Number of undergraduate
students in this major
 
  $500K |  
In scholarships for
AgSci students
 
  $90M |  
In funding for AgSci
research each year

Botany Degree Options

  • Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
  • Plant Pathology
  • Molecular, Cellular and Genomic Botany
  • Comprehensive Botany
  • Customizable Option (Ecampus)

Degrees that Pay. Careers that Matter.

Job opportunities are abundant for graduates with expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or ecological sustainability. This expertise helps solve the world’s most pressing issues in the arenas of world hunger, human health, and environmental conservation. Discover how you can build a meaningful career that helps make tomorrow better.

Examples of career paths with a degree in Botany include:

  • Pathology Consultant
  • Conservation Expert
  • County Extension Agent
  • Research Botanist
  • Ecologist or Pathologist
  • Federal or State Agency Botanist
  • Museum Botanist
  • Lab Tech

Individualized Advising

Advisors help students develop their course of study. They are the students’ link to scholarships and campus resources, advise on matters of professional development, and point students toward experiential learning and leadership opportunities that will help them be successful in their agricultural or business careers after graduation. For Botany advising, contact Marc Curtis

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B.S. in Botany Example 4-Year Plan | 2020-2021

  FALL   WINTER   SPRING  
1st Year BI 221 Prins of Bio or BI 204 Intro Bio I 4 BI 222 Prins of Bio or BI 205 Intro Bio II 4 BI 223 Prins of Bio or BI 206 Intro Bio III 4
  CH 121 or CH 231 or CH 261 Gen Chem and Lab for 231 5 CH 122 or CH 232 or CH 261 Gen Chem and Lab for 232 5 CH 123 Gen Chem or CH 233 Gen Chem or CH263 and Lab for Chem 233 5
  MTH 111-Algebra or MTH 11- Elem Functs or MTH 231-Elems of Discrete Math. 4 MTH 241-Calc for Mgmt or MTH 245-Mth for Mgmt, Life and SocialSci or MTH-251 Diff. Calc 4 MTH 252 Integral Calc 4
  WR 121 Eng Comp 3 Approved Speech (COMM) 3 Perspective Course 3
  Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16
2nd Year BOT 220 Intro to Plant Bio 4 BB314 Cell and Molecular Bio 4 BOT 321 Plant Systematics 4
  CH 331 Organic Chem 4 BOT 313 Plant Structure 4 ST 351 Intro to Stat Meth’s 4
  HHS 231 Lifetime Fitness 2 CH 332 Organic Chem 4 Perspectives Course 3
  Add’l Apprvd (WR II) Course 3 HHS 241 Lifetime Fitness (or any PAC course) 1-2 Approved Elective 3
      Perspectives Course 3    
  Total Credits 13 Total Credits 16-17 Total Credits 14
3rd Year BB 450 Gen Bio 4 BB 451 Gen BioChem 3 BB 350 Elem BioChem (if didn’t take BB 450 and BB 451) 4
  BOT 461 Mycology 5 BI 311 Genetics or PBG 430-Plant Genetics or PBG 431-Plant Genetics Recitation 4 BOT 331 Plant Physiology 4
  Synthesis Course 3 BOT 323 Flowering Plants of the World 3 Perspectives Courses 3
  Approved Elective 3
Approved Electives
6 Synthesis Course 3
          Approved Elective 3
  Total Credits 15 Total Credits 16 Total Credits 17
4th Year BOT 407 Seminar (for SR Undergrads) 1 BOT 332 Lab Techniques in Plant Bio 3 BOT 341 Plant Ecology 4
  CS 161 Intro to Comp Sci I 4 ST 352 Intro to Statistical Methods 4
Bot 465 Lichenology or BOT 466
4
  Approved Electives 10-12 Approved Electives 8-10 Approved Electives 7-10
  Total Credits 15-17 Total Credits 15-17 Total Credits 15-18
NOTES         Total Credits 184-192