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Plant Biology Undergraduate Program

Why Study Plant Biology at NC State?

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You're Not Just a Number

While NC State is a large university, you won't get lost in the crowd in our department. Small class sizes lend to engaged learning and one-on-one interactions with faculty experts.

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We Care About Your Success

The success of our students is our number-one priority, and our faculty and staff will provide the assistance you need to advance in your college career and beyond.

Hands-on. Real-world.

Our undergraduate major provides classroom, laboratory, and field experience in the major subdisciplines of plant and microbial biology. We offer small class size and personalized attention to our majors. As part of their degree program, students work one-on-one with faculty and graduate students to obtain teaching or research experience.


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We Support Student Success

We are dedicated to the success of our students and strive to offer opportunities for growth and enrichment in the classroom and beyond. And our faculty and staff will help prepare you for any number of careers in plant and microbial biology. Check out some of the options below.

Honors and Scholars Programs

Highly motivated CALS students have an opportunity to enhance their educational experience through the invitation-only CALS Honors program that 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.

Career Opportunities

Plant Biology graduates find employment as researchers in academic, government, or industrial labs, as field botanists and naturalists in state and national parks, and as employees of environmental, educational, or public service organizations. Majors are also well prepared for professional schools (medical, dental) and graduate school in biological, molecular and environmental sciences.

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