Undergraduate Resources, FAQ, Forms

How do I prepare? How do I apply?

Students enter the BS degree program in Botany in three different ways. Choose the one that applies to you for information on preparation and applying.

  1. Admission Planner for High School Students
  2. Admission Planner for Community College Students
  3. Admission Planner for Post-baccalaureate Students (have a college degree)

You are always welcome to contact our Office Specialist, Kimberly Callahan, with any questions at kimberly.callahan@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-5261.

Undergraduate Learning Outcomes for students in Botany and Plant Pathology (as of June 2017)

  1. Communicate scientific concepts, experimental results and analytical arguments clearly and concisely verbally and in writing.
  2. Apply scientific methods, reasoning and appropriate mathematics to describe, explain and understand biological systems.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of five core concepts in biology: evolution; pathways and transformations of energy and matter; information flow, exchange and storage; structure and function; biological systems.
  4. Use interdisciplinary approaches (applying chemistry and quantitative skills) to work on biological problems.
  5. Ecosystems are defined by complex networks of interactions that determine energy flow, and the cycling of water, carbon, nitrogen, and minerals.
  6. Identify and analyze the anatomical and morphological features of plants and plant structures as they enable plant function and reveal plant evolutionary histories.
  7. Recognize and describe the features of plant groups using standard botanical terminology. Interpret the evolutionary and phylogenetic relationships of plants by evaluating analytical and experimental tools used to understand organismal diversity.
  8. Incorporate information from physiology, genetics, developmental biology, biochemistry and genomics to explain how plants integrate water-relations, mineral and organic nutrition, solute transport, respiration and photosynthesis, hormonal and environmental signals to regulate the processes of growth and reproduction.
  9. Describe and implement laboratory methods typically used in genome-enabled plant molecular and cellular biology studies.

What can I do with a degree in Botany?

A botany degree is applicable to many types of careers. Some plant biologists work primarily outdoors, in forests, parklands, or fields. Others work in laboratories, museums, in botanical gardens, or in industry. Graduates go into fields as diverse as biotechnology, environmental monitoring and protection, and agriculture. More than half of Botany students go on to graduate studies in natural science, agriculture, environmental sciences, and education.

Learn More About Botany Careers

Where can I find Class registration/Override information?

There are several different options on how to register for classes depending on if someone is a new student, continuing student, and also for those interested in changing majors. Additionally, for those looking for course registration overrides, there is help. For all questions on registering for classes regardless of if you are a Botany and Plant Pathology major or not look here and reach out for help at the resources that match your needs.

Class Registration Info and Overrides