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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Welcome to incoming BPP Graduate Students!

Nathan Bearden

PI: LeBoldus

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Keonny Cosek
PI: Goyer

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Madeleine Duong
PI: Frost

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Daniel Farthing
PI: Spatafora

Nicholas Francis

PI: Leiboff

scientist in the woods

Joe Gagne
PI: Jones

Anupa Gaire


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Andreas Guerrero
PI: Uehling

Smiling scientist in the valley

Grace Hardy
PI: Dung

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Alex Kurowski
PI: Liston

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Hayley Park
PI: Busby & Mundt

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Brooklyn Richards
PI: Jones

happy scientist in agriculture field

Isabelle Stiver
PI: Halliday

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Brent Warneke
PI: Pscheidt

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Kassondra Watson
PI: Behrenfeld

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