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. Students are required to fulfill one of the two options offered: biotechnology or ecology and management.

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21 students enrolled for fall 2020
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Garrett Snodgrass, a junior agronomy major (left), works with Tauana Ferreira de Almeida, an agronomy doctoral student, to process corn seedlings

Career Opportunities

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(n):

  • Educator/Researcher
  • Ecosystem manager
  • Plant breeder
  • Field biologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Plant ecologist
  • Genetic engineer

Internships

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:

  • Dow Agro Sciences, York, Nebraska
  • 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

Undergraduate Student Services

Tai Pleasant

Tai Pleasant

Undergraduate Recruiter
tpleasant2@unl.edu
402-472-2827
202A Keim Hall
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Anne Streich

Anne Streich

Undergraduate Advisor
astreich2@unl.edu
402-472-1640
202B Keim Hall
East Campus
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