People interested in studying the vast variety of plant species around the world should consider majoring in botany. Earning a bachelor's degree in botany can lead to work growing and studying plants in greenhouses, on farms, in forests and in other natural settings. While many universities offer degrees in plant biology or plant sciences, only a few colleges throughout the country award students a Bachelor of Science degree in botany.
Universitites in the Midwest
Students interested in botany can study at the University of Wisconsin, which features a relatively small program that allows for a high level of student-to-faculty interaction. As a program requirement, botany majors at UW conduct independent research under faculty advisement. North Dakota State University's bachelor's program in botany gives students opportunities to conduct research in modern laboratories and specialized facilities, including greenhouses and plant growth chambers. The botany program at Western Illinois University is provides undergraduate students with research and field experiences in a number of plant-related areas. The curriculum at WIU is focused on the natural and social sciences, humanities and writing.
Universities in West
The University of Wyoming's Department of Botany instructs undergraduate students in areas including cell and molecular biology, molecular structure, and function and genetics. The bachelor's program at Wyoming also fosters critical thinking and problem solving skills as they relate to botany research. San Francisco State University's Bachelor of Science in botany program gives students a broad background in plant biology and their interrelationships with other organisms. Botany majors at SFSU have access to extensive and modern facilities, including photographic labs and greenhouses. The undergrad program in botany at Colorado State University prepares students for positions in government agencies, industry and business through a course of study that emphasizes terrestrial, vascular and plant studies.
Universities in the Northeast
Millersville University in Pennsylvania offers students a Bachelor of Science degree in botany that provides depth of knowledge in botany and a broad background in biology through a rigorous curriculum. Botany majors at Millersville have opportunities to engage in studies in the three glass teaching laboratories, a histological lab and large growth chambers found on campus. Students studying botany at Connecticut College benefit from working closely with faculty members in independent studies, presentations and publications. The teaching and research greenhouse at Connecticut College was recently renovated to include modern, sophisticated materials.
Universities in the South
The University of Florida's undergraduate program in botany prepares students for careers in teaching, at government agencies and in industry positions. Botany majors at UF benefit from small class sizes led by a faculty that has a strong commitment to undergraduate education. Students have opportunities to complete independent research or work with faculty members on projects. The Botany Department at Oklahoma State University provides undergraduate students with comprehensive training in plant biology, including genetics, molecular biology and evolution. Many botany students at OSU complete a double major with programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
- University of Wisconsin Department of Botany: Undergraduate Program
- North Dakota State University: Botany
- San Francisco State University: Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Botany
- Colorado State University: Botany
- Millersville University: Botany Option- B.S.
- Connecticut College: Botany
- University of Florida: Botany Major
- Oklahoma State University: Department of Botany
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