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Plant Biology

In a lab, a plant biology major holds up a beaker of green liquid while a professor explains a concept for class.

The plant biology major is designed for students who plan to pursue careers in plant biotechnology industries, nurseries, botanical gardens, museums, herbaria, agricultural extension or research laboratories, or who plan to pursue graduate study in the field of plant biology or related disciplines. The program is also an excellent background for students wishing to enter graduate or other professional schools, including medicine, law or journalism. 

Students may also complete this major through Lyman Briggs College


Graduates in plant biology pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of botany, biotechnology, research and agriculture. 

Alumni work at: 

  • Biotechnology firms
  • Federal, state and local agencies
  • High schools and middle schools
  • Nature/environmental organizations
  • Research laboratories
  • U.S. Army

Alumni work as: 

  • Arborists and pesticide applicators
  • Botanists
  • Biomass plant technicians
  • Extension specialists
  • Ecologists
  • Farm managers
  • High school teachers

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