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College of Earth, Life, and Health Sciences

Botany majors study all aspects of plant biology from microscopic levels to plant populations. Our students engage in undergraduate research, helping to solve critical problems in plant and fungal diseases, biodiversity, evolution, and plant ecology.

  • Flexible curriculum provides many options within the botany degree
  • Earn a B.S. or B.A. degree in botany
  • Excellent preparation for master’s and doctoral programs
  • A multitude of research opportunities with state-of-the-art lab equipment
  • Easy access to field research sites
  • Students work closely with award winning faculty
  • NEBHE PROGRAM: Applicants who reside in Massachusetts or New Hampshire are eligible for reduced tuition through the New England Board of Higher Education (nebhe.org)

Botany at UMaine offers students a diverse set of courses, allowing them to tailor the program to their interests within all major areas of plant biology. A wide range of upper-level courses in plant pathology, physiology, taxonomy, and genetic studies form the heart of our botany program. Many students engage in research, learning how to increase our basic knowledge about plants and solve problems in many fields including ecology and horticulture. As a result, students graduate as well-rounded botanists.

We offer both B.S. and B.A. degree options. Students can choose the basic program in botany or add a concentration in ecology. Interested students can include independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor in their program. The BS program has greater focus on organic chemistry, physics, and math, preparing students for careers in scientific research and development, environmental monitoring and plant genetics to name a few. The B.A. program in botany has greater flexibility to pair with a minor or second major, and solidly prepares students for careers such as educators, writers, lawyers, economists, artists, public policymakers, politicians and entrepreneurs.

The University of Maine is the ideal place to study botany. We have well-equipped teaching laboratories and easy access to nearby forests, fields, streams, ponds, and wetlands — the ultimate outdoor classroom! Many of our courses incorporate active learning techniques, which research shows improves student learning, performance, and persistence. Our introductory lab courses are inquiry-based, giving students the skills to ask their own scientific questions, and design and carry out experiments to find answers, to actually be scientists from their very first day.

Our botany faculty have active research programs providing students opportunities to participate in projects such as studying plant resilience to climate change, diseases, and improvements in agriculture. With UMaine’s three-fold mission in education, research, and service, undergraduate students find many opportunities to engage in projects of real importance to our world while preparing for careers, graduate studies, or professional school.

Ann Dieffenbacher-Krall

Undergraduate  Program Coordinator

Murray Hall, Room 100 
 207.581.2540 | annd@maine.edu


College of Earth, Health, and Life Sciences

Murray Hall, Room 100

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Schoodic Experience

The Schoodic Experience for incoming first-year students takes place at the Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park, the week before classes start. Incoming students spend three days with other School of Biology and Ecology first-year students, advisors, and professors viewing living species in a variety of habitats, and enjoying recreation in a beautiful setting.