Plants are diverse and beautiful, but are also 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:
|Environment & Sustainability||Health & Human Kinetics||Biochemistry (Dept. of Chemistry)|
Original research, performed under faculty mentors, is a central component of The OWU Connection.
Students are encouraged to seek distinctive learning, research, and field experiences, which can include independent study, summer research at OWU or other institutions, or competitively awarded Theory-to-Practice Grants. You can present your research at the Student Symposium in the spring.
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Botany students have held internships at New York’s Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, Michigan State’s Plant Genomics Program, the Morton Arboretum at the University of Chicago, and the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis.
OWU faculty are outstanding scholars and researchers—and passionate teachers. They will push you, challenge you, inspire you, and work with you on your own research and creative projects.
They can even pack a 3-minute lecture with ideas, insight, and imagination. Check out our unique I³ lectures.