Plant Science (Plant Biology)
What issues do plant scientists research and help find solutions for? World hunger, climate change, environmental stress: drought, salt & temperature stress, food safety, crop security, and much more!
Plant Science combines basic science courses with applied technical classes to prepare students for the many and varied careers in this growing field.
The Plant Science (Plant Biology) concentration introduces students to the fundamental principles of plant biology using topical instruction, individual research, and collaborative project approaches. Topical subjects integrated into instructional programs include: food security, food safety, medicinal plant use, organic and sustainable food systems, conservation biology, human interactions with local and global ecosystems, and adaptation to global climate change. Students generally participate in research/learning communities centered around Plant Ecology, Plant Pathology/Food Safety, or Plant Physiology and Development. Graduates from the program go on to graduate school or to careers in biotechnology, government, and education.
Plant Science is designed to prepare students for graduate or professional schools and/or a career in research. This area provides a strong foundation for postgraduate education in many aspects of plant biology including biotechnology, breeding, conservation, ecology, genomics or plant protection. Some of our alumni have gone on to medical school, pharmacy school, are growing plants for pharmaceutical production, amongst other great opportunities!
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Did you know?
Plants can be used to fight diseases such as cancer and diabetes. We need more scientists to focus on this research.
Will you be the one that makes a discovery?
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Dr. Gary Coleman
Associate Professor & Advisor
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