Open Calendar
A diverse group of students outside of classrooms on the first floor of the Morris Science Building.


Click to print this page

Biology - Area 4: Integrative Biology Plant Biology Emphasis BS

Integrative Biology

If you would like to prepare for an advanced degree so you can conduct research in plant biology, this is the program that will prepare you for future success. As you study plant biology, you will gain knowledge of the diversity within the major groups of living organisms, as well as learn the classification systems within each group and how the group functions. The main focus of this course of study is to develop an understanding of how structure and function are related, and how they develop through both evolutionary and developmental processes.

What you will learn

As a biology student at the University of Central Missouri, you will  study living organisms, focusing on;

  • Cellular and molecular processes
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Natural history
  • Evolution
  • Organismal physiology and morphology

Included in this focus are;

  • Fungi
  • Algae
  • Plants
  • Insects and other invertebrates
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Birds
  • Mammals

Learn How to Work with a Team!

Knowing how to work well with a team is an essential skill for any career. Being in a student organization teaches you how to do this by putting you in situations where you are required to take advice from others, as well as give your own. You have several opportunities to become an active member or leader of one of our biology organizations.


Unique Learning Opportunities

Chances are, the organization you choose to participate in will include a diverse group of people — you’ll be faced with the same situation in the working world! Learning how different people respond and react to certain situations will help you develop your skills in presenting and implementing ideas.

Students may also choose to expand their network and boost their resume by participating in organizations such as:


Icon of people and a magnifying glass

Career Choices

You will gain analytical and scientific skills that prepare you for exciting careers in a variety of STEM-related fields. Our students have been successful in gaining employment in private industries related to;

  • Yield and management of crops
  • Botany
  • The Missouri Department of Conservation
  • The Department of Natural Resources

Learn More

Icon of around a stack of books

Continued Education

This program lays the foundation for continued education in master’s and doctoral programs at universities across the United States. This includes UCM graduate programs like;

Schedule a Visit

Icon of a person with a briefcase walking up stairs

Job Market growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of Soil and Plant Scientists is projected to grow six percent from 2019 to 2029.*

Apply Today

 * Job market growth and salary statistics provided by the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics,


Program Coordinator

Dr. Scott Lankford
School Chair
WCM 306A
Tel: 660-543-4976


  • facebook
  • twitter
  • youtube
  • linkedin
  • instagram