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Undergraduate Plant Sciences Major

Passionate about plants?

Majoring in Plant Sciences will help you make a positive difference in the world. Plant science expertise is needed to address many of our most challenging problems:

  • Producing enough food for a growing world population.
  • Breeding plants to tolerate the heat- and drought-stress caused by climate change.
  • Developing sustainable cropping practices to produce healthful and nutritious food.
  • Investigating new methods to fight plant diseases.
  • Restoring damaged ecosystems to better support those who live there.
  • Conserving species, through plant collections in gardens and arboretums, for future generations.

Read more:  10 reasons to study plant science at Cornell

"Why Plant Science Is Right For Me"

Current majors explain why Cornell is a great place to study plant science.

Hear from other Plant Sciences students.

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Plant Sciences major and alumni spotlight

Alex Traven

Alex Traven '13

Traven has a passion for food, and he knows many of his fellow millennials want their plants to be edible as well as ornamental. Now he's putting to work what he learned managing Dilmun Hill student farm in his family's business.