Genetics and Plant Biology

A student and a professor examine yellow monkeyflowers in a greenhouse

Undergraduate student Shayne Estill and professor Benjamin Blackman examine yellow monkeyflower plants in a research greenhouse. Photo by Jim Block.

From oxygen to food to shelter to energy to shade, plants provide us with virtually everything we need to survive and to thrive. Genetics and Plant Biology (GPB) majors study the distribution and diversity of plant life from the sub-molecular to the organismal level. There is momentous work to be done for those who want to unravel the mystery of genes, bring expertise to medical school, educate future biologists, or develop methods to feed the world!

Click here for the GPB Major Snapshot and a 2- or 4-year Sample Plan.

Microbial Biology 

Microbes are the dominant life form on earth, weighing more than all other life forms combined. Bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, viruses; they're everywhere, and we need to know more about them. Industry, government, and academia agree, since we are seeing an increased demand for employees and students with knowledge and skills related to microbial biology.

Click here for the Microbial Biology Major Snapshot and a 2- or 4-year Sample Plan.