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HSU Catalog for 2018/19

  • Course Descriptions
  • Botany Minor - Advisor Dr. Tomescu

    Department Chair
    Bruce O'Gara , Ph.D.

    Department of Biological Sciences
    Science Complex B 221
    (707) 826-3245

    The Program

    Humboldt State has the largest greenhouse of all the state campuses, containing an extensive collection of plants from around the world. Students can also find a large collection of pressed plants in the herbarium.

    Several plant growth chambers allow students to control growing conditions of plants. Native plants in nearby wilderness areas also provide excellent opportunity for study.

    Our botany graduates do well in these careers: herbarium curator, naturalist, plant physiologist, technical writer, plant ecologist, environmental consultant, botanist, horticulturist, science librarian, and plant pathologist.


    In high school, take biology, chemistry, and physics (with labs, if possible), algebra (beginning and intermediate), geometry, and trigonometry.

    Requirements for the Major

    Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in all prerequisite courses.

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