Undergraduate 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                                 

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Tammy Long, Director of Undergraduate Studies
S336 Plant Biology Bldg.
(517) 432-2706
longta@msu.edu

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

To schedule an advising appointment, please log in to the Student Success Dashboard.

  • Click “Schedule Appointment” in the upper right corner of the home page.
  • Choose Advising as the type of appointment.
  • Choose “Natural Science Advising” under Pick a Service Category (for both NatSci and Lyman Briggs students).
  • Choose your major as Pick a Service for your Appointment.

Plant Biology Secretary:
Jessica Leadbetter
166 Plant Biology Bldg.
(517) 432-1346
leadbet2@msu.edu