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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. Organismal biology also explores how structure is related to the niche that a particular organism occupies. Included in this focus are fungi, algae, plants, insects and other invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Get Involved!

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.

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.



Student Involvement Opportunities

Tri Beta Honorary Society

Tri Beta National Honorary Society - Dr. Dana Tucker

The Wildlife Society

Para-Medico and Pre-Vet Club

Para-Medico and Pre-Vet Club - Dr. Anna Oller

UCM Fisheries Society

UCM Fisheries Society - Dr. Aaron Geheber

Program Coordinator

Selene Nikaido, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
WC Morris 315A
Tel: 660-543-4324
Fax: 660-543-4355


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