Valerian Dolja and colleagues published a paper detailing an operational definition of virus, and exploring the virosphere as a multidimensional parameter space home to viruses and other replicators.

The grant aims to cultivate future academic, industry, or government leaders who can solve emerging agricultural challenges of the 21st century. Nick's award will support his research on evolutionary genomics of the sudden oak death pa...

Congratulations to Nik Grünwald, USDA-ARS-Horticultural Crops Research Unit and Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, who was elected as incoming vice president of the American Phytopathological Society and will serve as its presid...

Congratulations to Dr. Ying Chang.  Ying is a postdoc in the laboratories of Joey Spatafora and Jared LeBoldus.  She will start a new tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Yale-NUS (National University of Singapore) in Life Scie...

Congratulations to the BPP and MCB graduates of 2021!

2021 REEU Big Data in Ag

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

Applications are due by 5:00 PM PST on February 26, 2021.

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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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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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Outreach and Extension

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