Oregon has approved the use of this species, Psilocybe cubensis, in its psilocybin program.  photo contributed Getty Images

A new paper recently published in the journal Fungal Biology summarizes centuries of psilocybin use among shamans and guides who treated people for a host of ailments, from anxiety and rheumatism to toothaches and stomach pain. The pap...

I love plants! Yes, the ubiquitous, but often overlooked green stuff. When plants colonized the earth over 500 million years ago, they transformed the planet — producing oxygen and cooling the planet. Now, nearly all life on the planet...

Melodie Putnam received the Lifetime Achievement Award! Walt Mahaffee received the Distinguished Service Award; and Christina Hagerty received the Early Career Award.  Wonderful news for three very deserving plant pathologists. Also, H...

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The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University is excited to offer an internship for undergraduate students.

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Biological Data Sciences


A new 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! Enrollment is open for Spring 2020!


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New! Earn your Botany degree online!

Oregon State is the first university in the U.S. to offer a botany degree online.

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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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