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Our Department

We focus on the foundations of life.
Join us and dig deep.

Dedicated to Your Success

Collaboration is the foundation of the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology (PMB). We foster strong ties with a number of other departments across the college and beyond to give our students the best possible education.

We focus on the biology of plants and of microorganisms, while partnering with the College of Sciences to support graduate and undergraduate programs in Biological Sciences, Microbiology, and Genetics. Our department also offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Plant Biology, as well as our interdepartmental Microbiology graduate degrees. 

Our department is internationally-recognized, with faculty who have won numerous awards for teaching and scholarly excellence. And our graduates go on to distinguish themselves in careers in academia, government, industry, and environmental and public service organizations. We are committed to student success, and it shows.

Our Roots Run Deep

Plant Biology and Microbiology have been part of NC State since the University’s inception. Today, the discipline of microbiology is represented in both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Science.

Special thanks to former professor Dr. James Troyer, who assembled a detailed history of Plant Biology at NC State.

Scientist in a lab holding a tray of Arabidopsis