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:

Biology Microbiology Genetics
Zoology Pre-Professional Zoology Neuroscience
Environment & Sustainability Health & Human Kinetics Biochemistry (Dept. of Chemistry)


Graduate Outcomes

Paige Ruppel '13

Paige is a Seed Technician at the Ohio Seed Improvement Association, a nonprofit commercial seed testing laboratory in Dublin, OH. She carries out a variety of tests on crop, vegetable, flower, ornamental, and grass seed.


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Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3500
F 740-368-3999

Department Contact

Chair: Laurel Anderson
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center Room 243