Majors and Programs

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Botany (Biology)

Botany is the scientific study of plants. Plants are vital to the lives of humans, providing all our food, directly or indirectly, as well as the oxygen we breathe. As the population of people on earth continues to increase, productive crops and more nutritious foods will be needed. There will also be increasing stress on the environment and a need for botanists to help solve problems with air, soil, and water pollution. Iowa State University does not offer a botany major. However, students interested in botany may learn the basic principles of plant structure, function, ecology, and evolution through degrees in agronomy, biology, or horticulture. Such graduates pursue careers in biotechnology, biology, teaching, medicine, pharmacology, conservation, outdoor recreation, and research. Your courses will feature field botany, Iowa's natural history, plant-animal interactions, environmental systems, wetland and prairie ecology, aquatic plants and algae, and biodiversity. Iowa State also provides students with herbaria and greenhouses to promote hands-on experience.

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Biological Sciences
Premedical and Health Sciences
  Preveterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences
The Environment
The Expanding World of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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