Plant BiologyCollege of Arts and Sciences

What you will learn

The Plant Biology degree program trains students in the modern life-sciences using plants as model systems. Students completing the program will be able to pursue careers in medicine and allied health professions, graduate training in biomedical sciences, natural resources conservation, environmental consulting, crop protection and seed industries. Approximately one-half of Plant Biology graduates go on to pursue graduate or professional degrees.

Career Opportunities

With a professional degree in plant biology, careers are possible in:

  • Crop engineering
  • Pesticide/insecticide development
  • Patent law
  • Biodegradation/bioremediation research
  • Forensic science
  • Pharmacy
  • Medicine/health sciences
  • Cooperative extension
  • Plant and soil analysis laboratories
  • State and federal land management and regulatory agencies
  • Private conservation organizations
  • Environmental consulting

The NEBRASKA difference

Our faculty has won awards for both teaching and research, and we also have a dedicated group of academic advisers. The degree program is offered through two Colleges (Arts & Sciences, and Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources), and requirements met by majors satisfy most Pharmacy School and Allied Health School admissions requirements, and prepare students for graduate training in the sciences Hands-on research provides experience through one-on-one interactions in faculty research labs and field research sites. There is a high degree of interactions between undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty, with outstanding opportunities to intern in potential career/interest areas.


Classrooms and teaching laboratories in the Beadle Center, Manter Hall and newly remodeled Hardin Hall and Keim Hall/Plant Science Complex, our facilities include modern multimedia classrooms and teaching labs, state-of-the-art research labs, a large number of attached and near-by greenhouses, faculty researchers in areas spanning molecular biology to ecology, core research facilities for microscopy, DNA analysis and bioinformatics, and on and off-campus grasslands, arboretums, and croplands for teaching and student research.