Plant Biology undergrads in the desert (c) UCR

Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Programs in Botany & Plant Sciences

The mission of the interdepartmental Undergraduate Program leading to a Bachelor of Science (or Arts) degree in Plant Biology is to provide students with a solid background in modern principles and research practices of basic Plant Biology and in an area of specialization.  These include:

student sampling soil of plants in greenhouse (c) UCR
  • Plant Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology
  • Plant Genetics, Breeding, and Biotechnology
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
  • Plant Pathology, Nematology and Pest Management

A program of specialization is chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. Courses prerequisite to the major, courses that satisfy major requirements, and the 16 units (for B.S. degree) related to the major must be taken for letter grades. Students may elect to take other courses on a Satisfactory/No Credit basis.

Information on programs and on course requirements is provided by the Undergraduate Professional Advisor, Norma Palacios, CNAS Academic Advising Center, 1223 Pierce Hall, (951) 827-4857l or by email at   Counseling, course recommendations and information on education and career goals are provided by the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor, Dr. Exequiel Ezcurra, (951) 827-4368, or by email at or  Dr. Carolyn Rasmussen,  (951) 827-4415, or by e-mail at 


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