What Can I Do with a Major in Botany?

Botany or plant biology in its simplest sense is the scientific study of plants; as such, its focus of study is broad and includes organisms ranging from microscopic algae to tall redwood trees and generally includes the study of fungi as well.

Botany majors*:

  • test hypotheses
  • use scientific equipment and instrumentation
  • apply concepts and utilize formulas
  • write proposals, reports, and articles
  • use digital imaging and image analyses

Botany majors are highly successful at gaining admission into graduate and professional schools or entering the profession in education, industry, government, and non-governmental organizations.

Career options for Botany graduates include**:

  • U.S. Forest Service botanist
  • landscape management & design consultant
  • marine/freshwater biologist
  • tissue culture specialist
  • plant physiologist
  • agricultural commodity grader
  • forensic scientist

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*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Botany majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Botany majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.