Welcome to the Department of Plant Biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences!

The Department of Plant Biology provides students with training in cutting-edge science and maintains a tight-knit community for students to study plants and/or fungi within an overarching evolutionary framework. Students majoring in Plant Biology may select from three areas of emphasis: Plant Ecology and Environment, Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, or Plants and Microbes.

Plant Biology students take introductory biology classes (e.g. evolution and ecology, genetics) then select an area of emphasis to put together an interdisciplinary program of study with a wider range of electives than a standard Biology degree. Our advanced upper-level classes are small and promote learning through a combination of interactive labs and lectures. We also offer a thought-provoking departmental seminar series in the fall and spring semesters, that undergraduates are welcome and encouraged to attend.

We require undergraduates to pursue independent research or an internship, as it is a central theme in our department. Our leading faculty mentors provide directed study in the field or laboratory to give students hands-on experience with the process of botanical investigation. Many of our undergraduate students have the opportunity to present talks or posters and/or co-author research papers published in primary scientific literature.

Sample Four-Year Schedule (coming soon)

Careers with a Plant Biology Degree

Success after UGA is extremely important to us. Many of our majors have gone on to continue their education at top graduate and medical schools, such as Emory University. They have also pursued careers as plant breeding research professionals, medical research technicians, and more. A degree in Plant Biology opens doors to diverse career opportunities. Some examples of careers include working in research at universities, government laboratories, and biotech companies; teaching at the high school, college or university level; management and interpretation as staff biologists with state and federal agencies; and administration and sales with plant and plant product related industries. As technology evolves, new job opportunities are created.

For more information contact

Dr. Dorset Trapnell, Undergraduate Coordinator & Chair of Undergraduate Affairs Committee
Phone: 706-542-6506
Email: dorset@uga.edu

Michael Hill, Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Phone: 706-542-8529
Email: kmhill@uga.edu

Dr. Wendy Zomlefer, Undergraduate Affairs Committee member
Phone: 706-583-0389
Email: wendyz@uga.edu

Dr. Wolfgang Lukowitz, Undergraduate Affairs Committee member
Phone: 706-542-9252
Email: lukowitz@uga.edu

Derek Denney, Undergraduate Liaison
Email: derek.denney@uga.edu 


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