Undergrad Program

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A plant biology degree is an excellent credential for a wide range of career options, including domestic and international opportunities in business, research and teaching in both governmental and private sectors. Plant biologists can work in the field, in the forest, in the laboratory, in botanical gardens or nurseries, in food or seed companies, or in pharmaceutical, energy or chemical industries, and pursue rewarding careers in the areas of biotechnology, environmental science and stewardship or agribusiness. The program is also an excellent background for students wishing to enter graduate or other professional schools, including medicine, law or journalism.

Undergraduate Degrees

For the Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant Biology or Environmental Science/Plant Biology, you must complete 120 credits, including general elective credits. The University Tier II writing requirement for the majors is met by completing Plant Biology 498 and 499 and one of the following courses: Zoology 355L or 445.

Degrees in Plant Biology

  1. Bachelor of Science (BS) in Plant Biology
  2. Bachelor of Science (BS) in Environmental Biology/Plant Biology

PLB 498 Undergraduate Research Form
(to use this form as a fillable form, download and then open with Acrobat Reader)

  • All PLB undergraduates must complete at least 3 credits of PLB 498
  • Completed form and proposal must be submitted to Dr. Ebert-May for approval
  • Proposals are due by the first week of classes during the semester you wish to complete the research. Note, you may begin the research in semesters before you register for the course.                                                

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Diane Ebert-May, Director of Undergraduate Studies
270 Plant Biology Bldg.
(517) 432-7171
ebertmay@msu.edu

Academic Advisor
Kendra Pyle Kanaboshi
105B Biochemistry Bldg.
(517) 353-5556
kpyle@msu.edu

To schedule an appointment with Kendra, please log in to the Student Success Dashboard

  • Click 'Get Advising' in the upper right corner of the home page.
  • Choose the location as 'College of Natural Science (for both CNS and Lyman Briggs students)

Undergraduate Secretary:
Shawna Prater
166 Plant Biology Bldg.
(517) 353-9650
praters@msu.edu