Introduction to the Department

Plants, fungi, algae, bacteria, and viruses have shaped human civilization. These organisms form the base of our food supply, start pandemics, cause crop failures, allow baking and brewing, facilitate genetic engineering, and cycle carbon, water, and vital nutrients through the global ecosystem. In OWU's Department of Botany and Microbiology (BOMI), our hands-on, experiential curriculum prepares you to impact the planet's high-stakes issues in health, agriculture, technology, and the environment. Our students graduate with a strong foundation in scientific skills and concepts, coupled with a liberal arts perspective that prepares them to become leaders in solving complex problems in biology and beyond.

Department Features

  • Two closely integrated life science departments: Botany/Microbiology and Zoology. These twin departments, uncommon at smaller colleges, offer students greater diversity of specialized courses across the biological sciences to prepare them for careers immediately after graduation and for the finest graduate programs.
  • Access to advanced research labs and state-of-the art instrumentation, as well as a multi-climate greenhouse, 16,000-specimen herbarium (botanical museum), two forested nature preserves, and a campus arboretum.
  • Internships, fellowships, research grants, and unique travel opportunities. OWU hosts a highly competitive Summer Science Research Program each year.
  • Coursework that serves interdisciplinary majors (Environmental Studies, Neuroscience, Health and Human Kinetics, Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentistry, and Biomedical Engineering) and combines easily with others, such as Secondary Education.

Available Majors

Available Minors

Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015

P 740-368-3500
F 740-368-3999

Department Contact

Secretary: Kathy Boger