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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences

256 Cunningham Hall
Tel: 330-672-3613


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 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 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Advanced Degree Programs

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (75-80 credits)*  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 10110 Biological Diversity 4
KAD   10120 Biological Foundations 4
    30156 Elements of Genetics 3
    40163 Evolution 3
WIC   40600 Writing in the Biological Sciences** 1
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I 4
KBS   10061 General Chemistry II 4
KAD   10062 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
KBS   10063 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1

Basic Organic Chemistry I (4)
Organic Chemistry I (3)
KMC MATH 12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5

Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (5)
Basic Probability and Statistics (3)
  Choose from the following: 1-3
  CHEM 20482 Basic Organic Chemistry II (2)  
    30475 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)  
    30482 Organic Chemistry II (3)  
  Choose from the following:Botany Core Course 12
  BSCI 30267 Plant Physiology (4)  
    30274 Forestry (3)  
    30275 Local Flora (4)  
    30277 Economic Botany (2)  
    40164 Molecular Systematics and Phylogenetics (4)  
    40272 Plant Anatomy (4)  
    40277 Morphology of Lower Plants (4)  
  Choose from the following: BSCI and/or CHEM and/or PHY 26
  BSCI Biology courses*** (in consultation with advisor)  
  CHEM 20482

Basic Organic Chemistry II (2)
Organic Chemistry II (3)
    30475 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)  
    30476 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1)  

PHY 13001


General College Physics I (4)
General College Physics Laboratory I (1)
General University Physics I (5)


General College Physics II (4)
General College Physics Laboratory II (1)
General University Physics II (5)
Type Course Title Credits
  Foreign Language**** 8-10
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum once course from each) 9
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  General Electives (13 credit hours must be upper division)
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours

* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

** A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

*** Must choose any one of the following:
Maximum 6 credit hours of any combination of the following may be used to fulfilling this elective (enrollment in these course must be determined with a faculty advisor):
BSCI 30005 Career Pathways in Biology (1)
         40099 Senior Honors Thesis (1-3) [ELR]
         40191 Senior Seminar (1)
         40192 Internship in Biological Sciences (3-6) [ELR]
         40196 Individual Investigation (1-3) [ELR]

The following Biological Sciences (BSCI) courses may NOT be used in the elective
category for majors or minors in the Department of Biological Sciences:

10001   Human Biology   3
10002   Life on Planet Earth   3
10003   Laboratory Experience in Biology   1
10100   Anatomy for Veterinary Technicians   5
11001   Anatomy for Physical and Occupational Therapy   5
11010   Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health   3
11020   Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health   3
16001   Horticultural Botany   3
20020   Biological Structure and Function   5
20021   Basic Microbiology   3
20022   Basic Microbiology Laboratory   1
26002   Ecological Principles of Pest Management   3
26003   Plant Identification and Selection I   3
26004   Plant Identification and Selection II   3
30050   Human Genetics   3
40020   Biology of Aging   3

**** Fulfills College General Requirement



Chem 20482 or 30482 may be substituted with CHEM 30284 Introductory Biological Chemistry with Faculty advisor approval.