Botany and Plant Pathology

Protect the environment, apply genetic knowledge to improve plants, manage natural resources, control weeds, and diagnose plant diseases with a degree from Purdue's Botany and Plant Pathology department.

Majors Offered:

  • Plant Science - The plant science major is designed for students who are interested in the biology of plants; how they grow, develop and evolve; the interactions of plants with other organisms and their role in the environment; and how to manage plants that are grown for food, fiber, and fuel. ​
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Whether pursuing current interests or exploring new ones, students make friends and establish their on-campus community by getting involved. As a Big Ten university with nearly 30,000 undergraduate students from across the country and around the world, there are literally thousands of things to do at Purdue.

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  • Study Abroad
  • Botany Club​
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    The cost varies depending on factors such as where a student chooses to live, travel expenses, food costs, enrollment in a specific program, etc.

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    Student Experiences

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    Ashley Holmes Plant Science

    Ashley Holmes set her course in environmental science after repeatedly seeing a poster on natural disasters in a high school class. “I would stare at it during downtime in class,” she says. “I thought doing something for the environment would be a good way to apply my interest in science.”

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    Eli Hugghis Plant Science

    Eli always had a love for plants, often helping his parents and great-aunt in their gardens. And if a particular plant wasn’t producing, he would look to science to find the reason why. Working with his family to raise much of their own food further piqued his interest in plant growth and breeding. Little did the aspiring Peace Corps volunteer know that committing to Purdue sight-unseen would give him the opportunity of a lifetime—working with a world-renowned plant breeder and humanitarian.

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