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What is plant biology?

Plant biology develops your appreciation for the diversity, complexity and unity of life and provides 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:


Opportunities for plant biology students include:

  • Research opportunities in the field and in laboratories

  • Courses like Fungi: Myths and More and Plants and People

  • Participation in the OSU Botanical Society, a student-based organization that hosts social events, co-sponsors seminar speakers, takes field trips to natural areas and botanic gardens, and holds education outreach activities

  • Access to the OSU Herbarium, which contains approximately 140,000 specimens, largely from Oklahoma and surrounding states, with the oldest specimen dating back to 1862

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