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Bruce O'Gara , Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
Science Complex B 221
Humboldt has the largest greenhouse of all the state campuses, containing an extensive collection of plants from around the world. Students also find a large collection of pressed plants in the herbarium.
Several plant growth chambers allow students to control growing conditions of plants. Native plants in nearby wilderness areas also provide excellent opportunity for study.
Our botany graduates do well in these careers: herbarium curator, naturalist, plant physiologist, technical writer, plant ecologist, environmental consultant, botanist, horticulturist, science librarian, and plant pathologist.
In high school, take biology, chemistry, and physics (with labs, if possible), algebra (beginning and intermediate), geometry, and trigonometry.
Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in all prerequisite courses.