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Plant Biology majors develop an appreciation for the diversity, complexity and unity of life. The study of plant biology provides the basis for the applied plant sciences that includes the development of pharmaceuticals, biofuels and improved crops. This major is well-suited for students seeking to continue on to pharmaceutical school. Graduates are prepared for the job market in government and industry, and for entry into graduate, medical, and other professional schools. Courses to expect for this major include Plant Biology, Fungi: Myths and More, and Plants and People.

Career Options

Students interested in careers in plant science should have a strong interest in the biological sciences in general, as well as an aptitude for chemistry and mathematics. Plant Biology majors are competitive for all types of jobs as well as for acceptance into graduate and medical schools. A bachelor’s degree in plant biology leads to opportunities in federal and state agencies, research and development companies, research foundations and institutes, conservation organizations, natural history museums, public and private schools and college and universities. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields.

  • Biotechnologist
  • Field Botanist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • High School Science Teacher/Counselor
  • Horticulturist
  • Laboratory Technician/Analyst
  • Plant Ecologist
  • Graduate School
  • Pharmaceutical School
  • Law School
  • Medical School

Finish in Four

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The Finish in Four plans are designed to assist students in an eight semester plan guiding them to graduate within four years. Students may use this as a guide as they plan their undergraduate education, but should adjust it to fit their personal goals.

BS - Plant Biology
Option - BS - Plant Biology - Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Option - BS - Plant Biology - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Scholarships are available for prospective freshmen, transfer students, current students and continuing students through the University, College of Arts & Sciences, and respective Departments.

When students complete the OSU admission application, they are automatically considered for the University Level scholarships.

Students are eligible for College Level scholarships within the College of Arts and Sciences after completing 12 hours at OSU. Some exceptions may apply. See specific scholarships for criteria.

The Department of Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolution offers Departmental Level scholarships for eligible students.

Become an OK-LSAMP Scholar! OK-LSAMP is a consortium of Oklahoma colleges and universities working together to develop programs aimed at increasing the number of students from under-represented populations who receive degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The OK-LSAMP scholarship program provides scholars with increased opportunities and connections, including undergraduate research experiences, graduate school preparation, international experiences, and internships/externships with companies in the STEM fields. 

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Plant Biology, Ecology and Evolution
301 Physical Sciences
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078