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Botany - B.S.

COLLEGE: College of Arts and Sciences

DEPARTMENT: Department of Biological Sciences
256 Cunningham Hall
Tel: 330-672-3613
Fax: 330-672-3713
Web: http://www.kent.edu/cas/biology/

DESCRIPTION: Students in the Bachelor of Science in Botany study a wide variety of topics, concentrating on plant-related courses. Botany students often continue their education in a wide variety of postgraduate professional or graduate programs, leading them to careers involving the plant sciences. This degree is offered by the Department of Biological Sciences.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Many students completing an undergraduate botany degree will go on for additional education in graduate or professional programs.  Other students will opt to enter directly into the workforce upon Bachelors degree completion in fields related to the economic importance of plants including agriculturally-based and related professions, environmental consulting or in federal, state or local agencies. The Department of Biological Sciences has several mechanisms to help students prepare for their future careers. All students, particularly those who plan to go on to graduate school or seek employment directly after degree completion, are strongly encouraged to complete research projects, through our Individual Investigation course, and/or do an internship in the area in which they plan to be employed.  In addition, we offer BSCI 30005, Career Pathways in Biology, which provides students a chance to learn more about career paths and how to achieve their goals.  Lastly, students are expected to meet regularly with their faculty advisor to talk about career options, get help in selecting electives, and discuss ways to get experience required for their career goals.

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.

GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.00 GPA overall and 2.00 GPA in major required for graduation.

LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENT:
Yes

PROGRAM FEE:
None
STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of International Affairs.
GRADUATE
PROGRAMS:
M.S. in Biological Science: Botany

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