Jul 23, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Applied Plant Biology (B.A.)

Major code BA2110

College of Arts and Sciences  
Environmental and Plant Biology Department  
Porter Hall 315
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1126

Harvey Ballard, contact person

Program Overview

The B.A. degree in applied plant biology is designed for students who are interested in the plant sciences as they apply to commercial enterprises, such as greenhouses, nurseries, landscaping, diversified and small scale agriculture, biofuels, and medicinal herbs. The course work in this program provides students with foundational knowledge of plant biology with the option of training in greenhouse management, sustainable agriculture, soil ecology, plant pathology, plant breeding, and/or medicinal plants. In addition to providing a background in applied plant biology, the program includes course work in economics, biology and communications. To help prepare students for their career, an internship is required. The flexibility in this program allows for either a minor or second major in another discipline, e.g. economics, business administration, communications and others, if desired.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

This program prepares students for entry level jobs in fields such as landscaping, diversified agriculture, horticulture, nurseries, tree care, and plant breeding. In order to enhance job prospects, students in this program are required to complete an internship in one of these areas. Faculty in the plant biology department will assist students in locating appropriate internships. Listings of internship opportunities can be found at the following web sites:

If you plan to pursue graduate studies in plant biology or a related biological science, a B.S. degree would be more appropriate. Consult a departmental advisor for assistance in selecting a program to prepare you for an advanced degree.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements .

Environmental and Plant Biology Hours Requirement

Complete a total of 38 semester hours of PBIO coursework (excluding PBIO 2170 , 2200 , 2250 , and 2840 ) , including all of the requirements below.

Plant Biology Requirements

Complete the following courses:

PBIO Professional Skills

Complete the following courses:


Complete the following course:

PBIO Internship

Complete two hours of internship credit.

PBIO Speciality Courses

Complete the following courses:

Core Speciality Course

Complete one of the following courses:

PBIO Electives

Complete two of the following courses for a minimum of 5 hours. You may not get credit for courses taken to fulfill another requirement.

Extradepartmental Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Economics, Marketing, Biological Science, or Geology Elective

Complete one of the following courses: