College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture

Plant Biology

What issues do plant scientists research and help find solutions for? World hunger, climate change, environmental stress: drought, salt & temperature stress, food safety, crop security, and much more!

Plant Biology combines basic science courses with applied technical classes to prepare students for the many and varied careers in this growing field. 

The Plant Biology concentration introduces students to the fundamental principles of plant biology using topical instruction, individual research, and collaborative project approaches. Topical subjects integrated into instructional programs include: food security, food safety, medicinal plant use, organic and sustainable food systems, conservation biology, human interactions with local and global ecosystems, and adaptation to global climate change. Students generally participate in research/learning communities centered around Plant Ecology, Plant Pathology/Food Safety, or Plant Physiology and Development. Graduates from the program go on to graduate school or to careers in biotechnology, government, and education.

Plant Biology is designed to prepare students for graduate or professional schools and/or a career in research. This area provides a strong foundation for postgraduate education in many aspects of plant biology including biotechnology, breeding, conservation, ecology, genomics or plant protection. Some of our alumni have gone on to medical school, pharmacy school, are growing plants for pharmaceutical production, amongst other great opportunities!

Areas of Interest

Plant Ecology/ Conservation

Plant Physiology & Development

Plant Pathology & Microbiology

• Urban/Forest/Wetland  Ecology
• Conservation biology
• Population biology
• Systematic taxonomy
• Agricultural ecology
• Fungal ecology
• Plant physiology
• Plant genetics
• Plant adaptation to climate change
• Developmental biology
• Crop Improvement
• Mechanisms of plant pathogen interactions
• Virology
• Food safety
• Food security
• Mycology


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop technical and knowledge-based skills in the required areas of study.
  • Students will use technical and basic learned knowledge to collaborate, solve problems and then articulate conclusions.
  • Students shall develop effective communication skills and demonstrate the ability to present ideas with clarity to an appropriate audience.
  • Students will connect and build relationships with external groups in the appropriate fields of study.

Did you know?

Plants can be used to fight diseases such as cancer and diabetes. We need more scientists to focus on this research.

Will you be the one that makes a discovery?

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Dr. Gary Coleman
Director & Associate Professor

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