Area of Focus
  • Environmental Science & Sustainability
Degrees Offered
  • B.S.
Academic Division
  • Physical and Biological Sciences
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Program overview

The plant sciences major is designed for students with an interest in plant biology and its associated curricular fields such as plant ecology, plant physiology, plant pathology, plant molecular biology, and soil science. The plant sciences curriculum draws from faculty expertise in the departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies, and Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. The close integration of coursework in Biology and Environmental Studies, combined with off-campus internships with diverse agencies, creates the opportunity for outstanding training in applied plant science fields such as agroecology, restoration ecology, and natural resource management.

Students working in plant garden

First-Year (Freshman) Requirements

In addition to the courses required for UC admission, high school students who intend to major in plant sciences should take high school courses in biology, chemistry, advanced mathematics (precalculus and/or calculus), and physics.

Student in chadwick garden

Transfer Requirements

The faculty encourage applications from students who are prepared to transfer into the plant sciences major at the junior level. Transfer applicants are screened by Admissions for completion of required equivalents of calculus, general chemistry, and introductory biology courses prior to transfer.  

California community college students should follow the prescribed coursework in the UCSC transfer agreements available at for course equivalency information.

Student with plant

Internships and Career Opportunities

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department degrees are designed to prepare students to go on to:

  • Graduate and professional programs
  • Positions in industry, government, or NGO’s



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