Biological Data Sciences

A transdisciplinary undergraduate major offered at OSU!

The Biological Data Sciences (BDS) program is administered by the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, and offered in collaboration with faculty from Botany and Plant Pathology, Computer Science, Fisheries and Wildlife, Horticulture, Microbiology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Biological Data Sciences offers 3 options, new BDS courses and a minor! Enroll today!

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Earn your Botany degree online!

Join more than 300 students from around the world and start on your journey to earning an online degree.

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Get a Bachelor of Science Degree in Botany 

One degree, five options. Learn the core scientific and analytical skills surrounding botany and plant pathology, and focus your education on one of five key areas of focus.

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Graduate Programs

We offer Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Within each program, students may elect to specialize in one of eight key areas of concentration.

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Luisa Santamaria

Luisa Santamaria

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Achala KC
Associate Professor with Indefinite Tenure

Toby Westberry

Toby Westberry

Associate Professor, Sr. Research

Kelsey Sondreli

Sr. Research Associate I

Ellie Kurth
Sr. Faculty Research Assistant II

Victoria Skillman
Sr. Faculty Research Assistant I

Briana Richardson
Sr. Faculty Research Assistant I

Caity Smyth

Caity Smyth
Sr. Instructor I

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