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:

Biology Microbiology Genetics
Zoology Pre-Professional Zoology Neuroscience
Environmental Studies 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