College of Arts and
Porter Hall 315
Gar W. Rothwell, Chair
The department’s mission is education, research and professional service focusing on plants and their environmental interactions. The department’s courses and programs help prepare students for careers in a wide range of disciplines, including plant biology, plant pathology, biotechnology, environmental biology, natural resources, conservation, field biology, agronomy, plant breeding, freshwater biology, and cell biology.
The Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University offers the following academic programs:
Plant Biology Major (BS2111 and BA2111)
Environmental Biology Major (BS2113)
Applied Ecology Major (BS2115)
Cell Biology and Biotechnology Major (BS2118)
Plant Biology Minor (OR2111)
Global Studies in Plant Biology is one of only a few programs in the United States to integrate study abroad with opportunity for research by undergraduate natural science majors. Although the ecological and geographic theme will change from year to year, the program is designed to spotlight different regions and their plant life through a series of three interrelated courses: an introductory seminar, an intensive international field course, and a laboratory research course. Locales for the field courses have included Brazil, French Guiana, Hawaii, New Zealand, Sarawak, and Thailand.