Our undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students for careers in science. We are committed to the success of every single student who joins our department, and we offer unparalleled opportunities for state-of-the-art research and one-on-one mentorship experiences with faculty experts. Come learn and grow with us.
Programs and Opportunities
Our undergraduate programs provide classroom, laboratory, and field experience in the major subdisciplines of plant and microbial biology. We offer small class size and personalized attention to our students.
Students who wish to continue their academic careers in our graduate programs have the opportunity to conduct research in diverse and interdisciplinary areas of contemporary plant and microbial biology.
Research opportunities abound for graduate and undergraduate students in our department. And all of our students are given the chance to work with faculty one-on-one to obtain research experience.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
CALS awards more than $1 million in scholarships and fellowships each year. All students who apply for admission by October 15 and apply for financial aid via FAFSA by March 1 are automatically considered for university-level, need-based academic scholarships.
Life as an NC State student is not just about hitting the books. Student organizations and activities can help you develop social and leadership skills and meet new friends.
Clubs and Programs
Check out our department’s clubs and programs as well as the full list of clubs and organizations at CALS. Also, the NC State Student Organization Resource Center has information on more than 300 other student organizations.
What better way to expand your horizons than by traveling to another country? Or maybe two? Check out your options. The world awaits. For more information on studying abroad, visit the CALS International Programs website.
Highly motivated CALS students have an opportunity to enhance their educational experience through the invitation-only CALS Honors program, which aims to inspire students to take ownership of their education, explore their passions and pursue their goals. The University Scholars program introduces high-achieving students to the visual and performing arts, encourages them to consider issues drawn from the sciences and politics, challenges them to excel academically, and more.
The Integrative Molecular Plant Systems Undergraduate Research Experience is an NSF-funded, 10-week summer program during which students actively engage in a research project under faculty mentorship. We also offer the BEEMore program, an eight-week summer research experience funded by the USDA-NIFA Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduates (REU) Fellowships Program that focuses on building awareness and fundamental skills in the areas of microbiology and bee biology. (Please note that these summer REUs are geared more for students outside of NC State, and they typically only accept one NC State student, if any. NC State students should reference the NSF Database of REUs.)
W. Scott Chilton Undergraduate Research Award
These stipends are available to rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors with an interest in becoming involved in research with a faculty member in Plant and Microbial Biology. Learn more about the Chilton award and view the dates for the call for applications.See More Student Opportunities
Our Students Make News More Plant and Microbial Biology News
Nov 27, 2017
Student Spotlight: ‘Plant Research Immediately Impacts People’
After a summer undergraduate research experience with a leading NC State plant scientist, Catherine Doyle was hooked. The Ph.D. student traveled to Tanzania to see the problems posed by cassava mosaic disease.