Plants are diverse and beautiful, and they're critical to ecosystems, climate regulation, and providing nutrition and medicinal compounds. The work of plant scientists is central to sustaining the global food supply, mitigating climate change, maintaining biological diversity, restoring degraded lands, and developing life-saving pharmaceuticals.

About the Major

The Botany major offers a foundation in biological principles with specialized courses in plant physiology, plant genetics, systematics, and ecology. As a Botany major you learn to identify, alter or manage the diversity & complexity of Earth’s flora.

Keywords: agriculture, botanical research, forestry, landscape design, horticulture, ecology, conservation, advanced research, laboratory science, field research, food supply, sustainability, environmental science, environmental education, health, medicine, pharmaceuticals.

Other majors in the Biological Sciences:

Biology Microbiology Genetics
Zoology Pre-Professional Zoology Neuroscience
Environment & Sustainability Health & Human Kinetics Biochemistry

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Graduate Outcomes

Jenna Reeger '14

Jenna is a graduate research assistant at Penn State University, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in plant biology. She majored in Botany and Chemistry at OWU.

Pathway to Graduate School


Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3907
F 740-368-3999

Department Contact

Chair: Chris Wolverton
Professor of Biological Sciences
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 339

Academic Assistant: Judy Arlington
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 201