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Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Botany

DaturaThe Botany program at San Francisco State University is designed to provide students with a broad background in biology of plants and their interrelationships with other organisms. Owing to the extensive and well-balanced curriculum in botany, students working toward the Bachelor of Science: Concentration in Botany have opportunities to study structural, physiological, ecological, and evolutionary aspects of plants. Interested students are encouraged to combine or supplement their studies with pertinent course-work in zoology, microbiology, or molecular biology. Upon graduation from SFSU with the B.S. in Biology: Concentration in Botany, students will be well-prepared for occupations in botanical fields or for graduate study in Botany.

 

Facilities

Facilities available for instruction and student research are extensive and modern, including vascular plant and cryptogamic herbaria, growth chambers, greenhouses housing diverse collections, photographic laboratories, scanning and transmission electron microscopes, and complete computer facilities. SFSU also maintains two field stations that see extensive use by Botany students and faculty. The Sierra Nevada Field Campus, situated in the northern Sierra Nevada at an elevation of 1700 meters, provides an excellent base from which to study the plants and natural history of the region. The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, located in the northwest portion of San Francisco Bay, is actively used by students and faculty involved with marine and estuarine botany.

The Botany program maintains a close association with the California Academy of Sciences, located in nearby Golden Gate Park. The Academy's extensive research collection of plants is available for a wide variety of studies in Botany. Also located in Golden Gate Park is the San Francisco Botanical Garden, a 40-acre collection of exotic and native plant specimens, plus the Conservatory of Flowers, housing an excellent collection of tropical plants. The Botany program also maintains cordial relationships with other institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area, enhancing and encouraging opportunities for students of Botany to interact.

Lower-Division Requirements (34-35 units)
Units
BIOL 230
Introductory Biology I
5
BIOL 240
Introductory Biology II
5
CHEM 115
General Chemistry I: Essential Concepts of Chemistry
5
CHEM 130
General Organic Chemistry
3
Units selected from the following
16-17
CHEM 215/216
General Chemistry II & Laboratory (3/2)
 
MATH 226
Calculus I (4)
 
MATH 227
Calculus II (4)
 
PHYS 111/112
General Physics I and Laboratory (3/1)
 
PHYS 121/122
General Physics II and Laboratory (3/1)
 
Total lower-division requirements
34-35
Upper-Division Requirements (32-33 units)
BIOL 337
Evolution
3
BIOL 355
Genetics
3
BIOL 458
Biometry
4
BIOL 525/526
Plant Physiology and Laboratory (3/2)
5
Units selected from the following
4
BIOL 529
Plant Ecology
 
BIOL 534
Wetland Ecology
 
Units selected from the following
4
BIOL 500
Evolution and Diversity of Plants
 
BIOL 505
Comparative Anatomy of Vascular Plants
 
Units selected from the following
3-5
BIOL 502
Biology of the Algae (3)
 
BIOL 504
Biology of the Fungi (4)
 
BIOL 514
Plant Taxonomy (5)
 
Upon advisement, electives from the alternates not used in fulfilling the requirements listed above or any other upper division biology courses not specifically excluded for major credit, or any graduate course in biology
4-7
Total upper-division requirements:
32-33
Total for major
67

B.S. in Biology:  Concentration in Botany degree description (pdf)

Recommended 4-year course plan for B.S. in Biology, Concentration in Botany

Additionally, keep in mind that most upper division classes are not taught every semester, and some are taught in alternate years. 

Classes taught only in fall:

Biol 500 — Evolution and Diversity of Plants (odd numbered years only) 
Biol 504 — Biology of the Fungi (even numbered years only) 
Biol 505 — Plant Anatomy (even numbered years only) 
Biol 529 — Plant Ecology (every year) 
Biol 800 — Higher Fungi (odd numbered years only)

Classes taught only in spring:

Biol 502 — Biology of the Algae (every year) 
Biol 514 — Plant Taxonomy (every year) 

 

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