College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Genetics and Plant Biology

From oxygen to food to shelter to energy to shade, plants provide us with virtually everything we need to survive and to thrive. Genetics and Plant Biology (GPB) majors study the distribution and diversity of plant life from the sub-molecular to the organismal level. There is important work for those who want to unravel the mystery of genes, bring expertise to medical school, teach the next generation of biologists, or to devise ways to feed the world! The opportunities abound and await your discovery.

Sample Classes

  • Physiology & Biochemistry of Plants
  • Plant Molecular Genetics
  • Comparitive Virology
  • Computational Biology and Genomics
  • Medical Ethnobotany
  • Biology, Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Physics

GPB classes


Careers for GPB Majors

  • Medicine or Public Health
  • Teaching and research
  • Federal, state, and local agencies
  • Zoos, aquariums, museums, botanical gardens
  • Food and agriculture
  • Biotechnology

GPB careers

Undergraduate Advisor

Jenny Cornet-Carrillo
(510) 642-4249
260 Mulford Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3100

Student Learning Goals for GPB

The Mycophytes

The Mycophytes is a support network of students majoring or minoring in GPB or Microbial Biology.