Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences [Department of Plant Biology and Pathology]

Plant Biology (formerly Plant Science) Undergraduate Program

The plant biology program prepares students for careers or further study in areas related to food, fiber, turfgrass, ornamental plant production, pest management, plant breeding, plant pathology, or plant science education. There are five program goals for students completing the Bachelor of Science in Plant Science:

  1. Understand the role of plants in agriculture, society and the environment
  2. Acquire basic knowledge of the principles and practices of the plant sciences
  3. Develop critical thinking skills to formulate hypotheses and interpret data in the plant sciences
  4. Develop critical thinking skills to solve practical problems in the plant sciences
  5. Develop technical, written, and oral communication skills to discuss plant science knowledge with other experts and to transmit plant science information to society
The curriculum offers three options: horticulture and turf industry, for students intending to pursue business careers; research, for students intending to pursue careers in laboratories or graduate study; and professional preparation, for students intending to pursue careers in education or horticultural therapy.