The plant biology major is for students who love plants and science. You can explore plants at the molecular, cellular, organismal, whole plant, and ecological levels. The coursework in plant biology is flexible, so it's all about helping you discover the right career path. The plant biology major offers two options: biotechnology and ecology and management. Click to view the sample four year degree plan for the plant biology major.
Several plant biology scholarships are awarded to students through the department each year. These scholarships are added to those that are awarded by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln or the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
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Internships and research experiences are key components of your academic experience. They allow you to explore different areas of plant biology, make connections with future employers, and experience a professional environment. One research experience and one internship are required for graduation. Plant biology internships and research experiences are available across Nebraska and the United States. Recent student internships include:
- Buffalograss breeding, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
- Plant pathology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
- Corn genetics and breeding, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
- Evolutionary ecology in sunflower, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
- Molecular genetics and abiotic stresses in crops, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
- Crop diseases, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Johnston, Iowa
- Eastern filbert blight resistance on Hazelnut, Nebraska Forest Service, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
- Maize breeding, Monsanto, Lincoln, Nebraska
- Drought in maize, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Woodland, California
While the major offers many career opportunities after graduation, most students choose to continue their education and go on to earn graduate degrees. Careers are possible as a:
- Ecosystem manager
- Plant breeder
- Field biologist
- Environmental consultant
- Plant ecologist
- Medical professional
- Genetic engineer
The amount of research opportunities here are endless, and cover a wide variety of areas. Much of the credit goes to the faculty and professors that are so willing to offer up suggestions and opportunities. I started helping with research as a freshman, and I am now working with two professors on hops. Experience both in the greenhouse and the lab has helped me to narrow down what I want to do with my career.