About the Plant Biology Degree
Learn about your environment and ecosystem to prepare for an exciting career.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology program at PennWest California offers students a unique opportunity to examine and build expertise in plant sciences. In Pennsylvania, PennWest California is a leader in offering distinctive courses in the field of plant biology.
Plant biology is the study of how plants function as organisms and interact with their environment. It is a highly integrated discipline across biology and the environmental sciences, and includes such areas as taxonomy, medicinal plants, ethnobotany, anatomy, morphology, physiology, cell and molecular biology, development, genetics and ecology.
This concentration combines fundamentals with in-depth study: Students receive a core foundation in biology with a specialized focus on plant science. In addition to completing core courses required by all biology majors in such areas as general botany, and cell and molecular biology, students deepen their knowledge by studying plant sciences.
Students also may choose either an ecology or a biology focus as related to plant biology to complete upper-level course program requirements:
- The plant ecology track focuses on plants and how they live in the environment.
- The plant biology degree track prepares you to work with natural products chemistry and plant bioengineering.
Students in this concentration benefit from exceptional faculty and their broad expertise in biological sciences, including plant taxonomy and speciation, ecology and wetlands, as well as plant interactions and agriculture. As a result, students receive broad yet directed study in botany.
Gain a career advantage with PennWest California’s emphasis on hands-on experience.
Biology students are encouraged to pursue an internship and/or to study abroad to gain further expertise and practical experience in the field. Many of our biology students have completed internships in professional offices, biological labs, hospitals and other medical settings, and at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
The undergraduate biology program also offers students opportunities to select a concentration in one of these key areas: pre-professional programs, mortuary science or nanotechnology, in addition to this concentration. The bachelor’s degree in biology can be completed in four years of full-time study.