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Botany Minor

Photo of botany students posing in front of the pond at Hawkins HallA Foundation for Life

We simply cannot live without plants! Plants provide us the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat, and many economically important medicines and materials. Botany (the study of plants) is a scientific branch of biology concerned with understanding the evolution of plants, their form and function, and their interactions with each other and their physical environment.

The study of plants has led to many ground breaking scientific discoveries, including the discovery of cells, genes, mutations, transposons, and DNA recombination.

Today, botanists work to solve some of our most pressing problems, such as how to feed an ever growing human population, as well as pushing forward the cutting edge of molecular biology.


At the Core: Experiential Learning and Professional Development

The botany minor provides you with numerous experiential learning opportunities, including field courses that explore plant diversity from Lake Champlain to the summits of the High Peaks, mentored research, regular trips to the Montreal Botanical Garden, and an open invitation to participate in a thriving Botany Club. The botany minor is also designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge you will need for taking the next step in your professional career, such as applying to graduate school, or an entry-level position at a government agency or environmental consulting firm.

Exploring the Wild Side of Botany

An emphasis of the botany minor is on exploring the connection of plants and people. You will gain an appreciation of the economic importance of plants through field trips to local businesses including a local coffee roaster, winery, and microbrewery. You will also gain hands-on experience learning the traditional uses, including sustainable harvesting and preparation techniques, of the wild edible and medicinal plants of our region.

Two Flagship Facilities

You will have the opportunity to make use of the greenhouse and herbarium, two flagship facilities of the Biology Department. The greenhouse houses a permanent living collection of plants, and provides ample space and support for research and independent study projects. The herbarium is a museum of plant life that houses over 2,000 dried plant, moss, and lichen specimens, many from our region. The herbarium is an invaluable scientific resource that provides a historical snapshot of our natural heritage and thus can be used to study the impacts of climate change, expansion of introduced species, evolution of populations, and much more.

Check out our Facebook page to learn more and see what botany students are up to here at Plattsburgh.


Minor in Botany (24 credits)

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Contact Information

If you would like more information about the botany minor, please contact:

Dr. Michael B. Burgess, Botany Minor Coordinator
Office: Hudson Hall 217
Phone: (518) 564-5277
Email: [email protected]

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about biological sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Dr. Neil Buckley, Chair
Office: Hudson Hall 337
Phone: (518) 564-3155
Email: [email protected]