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Environmental and Plant Biology Major (B.S.)

Program Overview

The B.S. degree in environmental and plant biology provides broad training in plant biology including cell and molecular biology, physiology, ecology, and plant identification and classification. The program allows the flexibility to tailor a degree program to the individual interests of the student and prepares students for entry-level positions in a wide range of careers relating to environmental & plant biology or for further study at the graduate level.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admissions requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admissions requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Preparation with a degree in Environmental and Plant Biology can lead to technical careers or graduate-level training in ecology, nature resource management, conservation, evolution and development, phylogenics, biotechnology, plant physiology or molecular and cellular biology. Graduates can pursue employment in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to, academia, private industry or governmental agencies dealing with agriculture/horticulture/floriculture, biotechnology or pharmaceutical firms, conservation agencies and museums of natural history, environmental consulting firms, food companies, the brewing and fermentation industry, lumber/pulping companies, plant nurseries, greenhouses, botanical gardens, and arboreta.

Listings of internship opportunities can be found at the following web sites:

Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic Catalog

Program Details

Bachelor of Science


Administrative Contact

Allen Showalter, Chair/contact person

Harvey Ballard, Advising Coordinator/contact person