Plant Biology is the field of science dealing with the study of the form, function, development, genetics, diversity, reproduction, evolution, and uses of plants and their interactions with the biosphere. The B.S. and B.A. degrees in Plant Biology completely fulfill the undergraduate science requirements for medical and professional schools and provide students with a solid background in the modern principles and practices of plant biology, along with an area of specialization. Students choose from these areas: Plant cellular, molecular, and developmental biology; Plant genetics, breeding, and biotechnology; Ecology, evolution, and systematics; Plant pathology, nematology, and pest management.
Plant biologists work in biotechnology, medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural or energy industries; environmental protection, land management or agri-business; the USDA, National Park Service, and other state and national agencies; and public and private schools, colleges, and universities. A degree in plant biology is an excellent background for students wishing to enter graduate school and other professional schools such as education, pharmacy, medicine, law, or journalism.
Plant Biology Advising
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Plant Biology Additional Documents
- Plant Biology Brochure - The Major at a Glance
- Plant Biology Degree Requirements in the UCR Catalog
- Academic Advising Syllabus
Plant Biology Degree Summary Sheets
Plant Biology Sample Four-Year Course Plan
Plant Biology Schedule of Course Offerings
- Schedule of Course Offerings (updated schedule of course offerings coming soon!)
- Life Sciences Core Curriculum Tentative Annual Schedule
Plant Biology Academic Advisors
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Plant Biology Lead Faculty Advisor
A Lead Faculty Advisor is assigned for each major. Faculty advisors are available to assist students with guidance regarding graduate or professional school, opportunities to participate in research, independent study, or internships. Faculty advisors also may provide students with advice and mentoring regarding career goals.