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What is plant biology?

Plant Biology develops your appreciation for the diversity, complexity and unity of life and provide the basis for sciences that include the development of pharmaceuticals, biofuels and improved crops.

Why plant biology at OSU?

The Plant Biology department prepares you for government and industry jobs, and entry into graduate, medical and other professional schools. Our Pre-Pharmacy program at OSU is uniquely suited for preparing you for pharmaceutical school. The OSU Botanical Society on campus is also a great resource for our students who may have an aptitude for the biological sciences, chemistry and mathematics!

Career paths

Plant Biology majors are competitive for all types of jobs and enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields:

  • Biotechnologist
  • Field Botanist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • High School Science Teacher/Counselor
  • Horticulturist
  • Laboratory Technician/Analyst
  • Plant Ecologist
  • Graduate School
  • Pharmaceutical School
  • Law School
  • Medical School

Highlights

Plant Biology develops your appreciation for the diversity, complexity and unity of life. Your studies provide the basis for the applied plant sciences that includes the development of pharmaceuticals, biofuels and improved crops. This major is well-suited for preparing you for pharmaceutical school. A Plant Biology major prepares you for the job market in government and industry, and for entry into graduate, medical, and other professional schools.

Courses to expect for this major include Plant Biology, Fungi: Myths and More, and Plants and People.

Opportunities

  • Research opportunities in the field and in laboratories
  • Oklahoma State University Botanical Society is a student-based organization that hosts social events, co-sponsors special seminar speakers, takes field trips to natural areas and botanic gardens, and holds education outreach activities throughout the year.
  • The OSU Herbarium contains approximately 140,000 specimens, largely from Oklahoma and surrounding states. The oldest specimen dates from 1862, and there are 215 types.

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