College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Genetics and Plant Biology


The Plant and Microbial Biology Departmentís undergraduate program in Genetics and Plant Biology (GPB) emphasizes the study of plants from the molecular genetic to the organismal levels. From oxygen to food to shelter to energy to shade, plants provide us with virtually everything we need to survive and to thrive. 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.

What will I study?

Lower division courses provide a foundation in biological and physical sciences as preparation for advanced study at the upper division level. Most courses offer laboratory classes that focus further on the subject matter and introduce students to the latest techniques in genetics and plant biology.

How much coursework is required?

GPB allows you plenty of unit room (25-28) to take courses from all over campus that interest you. So if you have interest in English or Music or Economics or Languages or even another science program, the Genetics and Plant Biology major and its advisors encourage you to pursue the diverse education you desire. Many of our students also study abroad for a semester and even a year (with good planning).

What can I do with this major?

The Genetics and Plant Biology major is very flexible. It mimics the requirements for medical school and other health science professional schools while also preparing you for graduate school in a number of fields. If you want to work right after school, you'll find that the experience you gain in laboratory research and the challenging courses will be invaluable on your resume.


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

Faculty Advisor: Mary Wildermuth