Department of Botany & Plant Sciences

Academic Programs

Aaron greenhouse

(Graduate Student, Aaron Hoops, in the greenhouse.  Photo courtesy of Aaron Hoops)

        Plant Biology             Undergraduate Program

The demand for graduates is high throughout the United States and the world. A Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Biology provides a strong base for advanced degrees and prepares you for a variety of careers.

Here are a few examples of areas in which students may be employed:

  • Technical service for a private or public research institution or university in biotechnology or plant pharmacology
  • Regulatory oversight agency for plant quarantine
  • Conservation, restoration, and land management
  • Park/Forest/Fish & Wildlife Service botanist
  • Ornamental horticulture, nursery management
  • Crop production/management/ consulting
  • Pesticide, fertilizer, or seed sales

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For general graduate school information please refer to the Graduate School Search engine.


For current and detailed information please refer to Botany and Plant Sciences Requirements.

All of the most recent information on UCR Courses and Curricula can be found at UCR General Catalog. 

Additional Information

Plant Biology Graduate Program

PLANT BIOLOGY FUNDING CONSIDERATION PRIORITY DEADLINE: January 5, 2014 (applications should be complete by this date in order to receive priority consideration for funding and admission)

The Plant Biology Graduate Program at UC Riverside is unique and provides sweeping opportunities for plant-based research.  Research questions range from functional genomics to improving crop yields; from plant physiology and ecosystem science to restoration of natural ecosystems; from RNA interference to a more sustainable future; from theoretical ecology to weed ecology.  And that's just a small sample of what's going on here!  

We have an array of research facilities available: state-of-the-art labs, genomics and plant cell biology instrumentation facilities, a stable isotope lab, a campus farm, a natural reserve system covering California’s diverse biomes, greenhouses and plant growth rooms, and a number of germplasm collections.

The program offers both M.S. degrees and a Ph.D. degree with optional concentrations in:

  • Plant Genetics
  • Plant Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology
  • Plant Ecology

Our award-winning faculty are not only leaders in their fields, but also exceptional mentors to graduate students. This combination makes for a vibrant and productive program whose graduates typically proceed to successful science-based careers in academia, government, industry, and the non-profit sector.

Learn more about our program! 

Financial Information

Most M.S. and Ph.D. students admitted to our program are supported by research assistantships, scholarships, teaching assistantships, fellowships, or (for foreign students) by grants from other countries or international agencies. The Graduate Division of UCR offers several fellowships and other grants to students. 

For detailed information visit UCR Financial Support Information.

Contact Information

We recommend that you contact the Botany and Plant Sciences Student Affairs Officer, Jammy Yang, or the Botany and Plant Sciences Graduate Advisor for Admissions, Dr. Timothy Close, if you have any questions about the Plant Biology Graduate Program.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Department & Program Information

Department of Botany & Plant Sciences
2142 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-4619
Fax: (951) 827-4437
E-mail: bpschair@ucr.edu

Plant Biology Graduate Program
CNAS Grad Student Affairs Office
1140 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (800) 735-0717
Fax: (951) 827-5688
E-mail: Laura.mcgeehan@ucr.edu