What will I learn?

Botany is the study of all aspects of the biology of plants. Students studying botany will learn:

How plants function at the cellular, tissue, organ, and organism levels.

The evolution of plants and how they contribute to biodiversity.

How interactions with each other impacts their physical environment.

The study of botany aims to expand and increase current knowledge about plants in order to solve problems in many fields including agriculture, ecology, and horticulture.

The BA degree has a stronger focus on the social sciences and humanities and is particularly well suited for students pursuing a double major or seeking an international perspective.

Students pursuing a BA in Botany can declare a concentration in Ecology.

The program is solidly grounded in the basic sciences (general biology, chemistry, math, and physics) needed to understand the latest research in plant biology. It also allows a range of choice in upper level courses permitting students to tailor their degrees to their particular interests within plant biology. Students choose from upper level courses taught by distinguished faculty who are accomplished teachers and have cutting edge research programs. These courses are offered by biology faculty and by faculty in related disciplines (biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, plant science, and marine science). Each student works with an academic adviser in the faculty to develop a curriculum that best meets the student’s goals and allows for exploration or specialization as desired.

Students interested in research have many opportunities to participate in important investigations in faculty research laboratories or in the field. This can be for academic credit or for employment during the academic year or the summer and is an important resume builder. Students in their third and fourth years of study who intend to pursue graduate studies are strongly encouraged to include independent research under the guidance of a member of the biology faculty in their program.

This concentration is intended for students interested in exposure to ecological principles within the context of a rigorous biological sciences curriculum.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,030.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

5782 Winslow Hall, Room 100,

ORONO,

Maine,

04469, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed secondary/high school or university work.

For international students

Students must have completed secondary/high school or university work. Entry requirements may vary from country to country.

All applicants must request that an official English language proficiency exam score is submitted to UMaine by the testing agency:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - minimum score of 79 (IBT) or 550 (paper-based test).

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - minimum score of 6.5.

PTE (Pearson Test of English) - minimum score of 53.

CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) - completed level C1 Advanced (Certificate of Advanced English).

Waived language tests if:

Native speaker of English (e.g., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, U.K.); SAT Verbal score is 550 or higher; ACT English score is 24 or higher; high school transcript clearly states that English is the language of instruction of all subjects; student studying in the U.S. or Canada for two or more years and not in an ESL track; student has successfully passed an English Composition course at a U.S. higher education institution with a grade of C or higher, even if student has not studied in the U.S. for two or more years; successfully passed the English placement test at UMaine’s Intensive English Institute.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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