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. As a botany major, you study the Earth’s beautiful flora in all its diversity and complexity.
About the Major
The Botany major offers a solid foundation in biological principles with specialized courses in plant physiology, genetics, systematics, and ecology. With a degree in Botany, you will be well-prepared for advanced studies in graduate programs in fields such as agricultural and botanical research, forestry, landscape design, horticulture, ecology, conservation, sustainability, and environmental science and environmental education. You can also work with governmental agencies, private companies, or international organizations that address complex environmental, food supply, and health issues.
Other majors in the Biological Sciences:
|Environmental Studies||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.
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