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Plant Biology



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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.

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Plant Biology Academic Advisors

CNAS Professional Academic Advisors provide students with individual guidance throughout their academic careers at UCR and help them achieve realistic academic goals.  Professional Academic Advisors can assist you with declaring or changing your major or minor, course repeats, the process for taking courses outside of UCR, taking a leave from UCR, and questions about withdrawing or readmitting to UCR.

Norma Alt Scotty
Norma Palacios
Plant Biology Advisor
Advising Caseload: A - Z
Phone: 951-827-4857

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.

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Dr. Louis Santiago
Plant Biology Lead Faculty Advisor
Phone: 951-827-4951
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Dr. Carolyn Rasmussen
Plant Biology Lead Faculty Advisor
Phone: 951-827-4415
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