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Plant Sciences (Breeding, Biology and Biotechnology)

I am Interested in This Major

From the food on our plates to the homes we live in to the fuel in our vehicles, plants impact all aspects of our daily lives. As an ever-growing human population continues to increase the demand for crops and other plant products, so too does the demand for plant scientists. Plant Sciences addresses the challenges from the field to the laboratory.  Students enroll in a generalized core curriculum, then further refine their expertise in the Breeding, Biology & Biotechnology emphasis area.   Plants are an integral component of the food, fiber, and medicinal components necessary to meet current and future population demands.  Manipulation of plants at the cellular level can improve yields, pest resistance, and enhance nutritional value.  Students in this emphasis area will gain classroom and real world experience (research opportunities in labs; internships with industry partners) to prepare for challenging careers or advanced education.  From commercial plant breeders to lab managers, trained students are in high demand for rewarding opportunities. 

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Common Career Paths

You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: