Mar 23, 2018  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Environmental and Plant Biology Major (B.S.)

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Major code BS2120

College of Arts and Sciences  
Environmental and Plant Biology Department  
Porter Hall 315
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1126
Fax: 740.593.1130

Harvey Ballard, contact person

Program Overview

The B.S. degree in environmental and plant biology provides broad training in plant biology including cell and molecular biology, physiology, ecology, and plant identification and classification. The program allows the flexibility to tailor a degree program to the individual interests of the student and prepares students for entry-level positions in a wide range of careers relating to environmental & plant biology or for further study at the graduate level.Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admissions requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admissions requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Preparation with a degree in Environmental and Plant Biology can lead to technical careers or graduate-level training in ecology, nature resource management, conservation, evolution and development, phylogenics, biotechnology, plant physiology or molecular and cellular biology. Graduates can pursue in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to, academia, private industry or governmental agencies dealing with agriculture/horticulture/floriculture, biotechnology or pharmaceutical firms, conservation agencies and museums of natural history, environmental consulting firms, food companies, the brewing and fermentation industry, lumber/pulping companies, plant nurseries, greenhouses, botanical gardens, and arboreta.

Listings of internship opportunities can be found at the following web sites:


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Environmental and Plant Biology Hours Requirement

Complete a total of 49 semester hours of PBIO coursework (excluding PBIO 2170 , 2200 , 2250 , and 2840 ), including all of the requirements below.

Plant Biology Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Plant Physiology

Complete one of the following courses:

PBIO Professional Skills

Complete the following courses:

PBIO Research

Complete one of the following for a minimum of 2 hours:

Extradepartmental Requirements

Chemistry Courses

Complete the following courses:

Chemistry Specialty Course

Complete one of the following courses:

Other Courses

Complete the following courses:

Plant Biology Major Electives

An additional 18 hours of electives are required; 12 hours must be from PBIO. Choose from any PBIO course, at the 2000 level or higher, that is not a required course (excluding PBIO 2170,2200,2250,2840, 4910, 4940, 4941). 

Possible Extradepartmental Electives

Of the 18 hours of Major Electives, 6 hours may be taken from the list below, if not previously taken to satifisfy a requirement.

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