By: Kayla Noe, 4th hour

"BOTANY, n. The science of vegetables—those that are not good to eat, as well as those that are. It deals largely with their flowers, which are commonly badly designed, inartistic in color, and ill-smelling."

~ Ambrose Bierce

Basic information

• The study of living organisms and their relationship to their environment

• Study new species discovered in the New World

• Minimal degree level required is a Professional/Doctoral Degree

• May work in management or administration

• May test foods and prescription drugs

• Work direct activities at zoos and botanical gardens

• Most specialize in a specific area of the life sciences

• Mostly conduct and record research

• Hours may vary depending where you work

• You should have accuracy and attention to detail

Pros and Cons


  • You can work in a lab and also out side
  • The salary is a good starting rate and you can earn more money the harder you work
  • You could be exploring new, unknown plants


  • You could be exploring weird and disgusting plants
  • You might not be able to work in the field or in a lab
  • You may not be able to work in the direct field you want because you may need further training before a lab working job

What You Need to Succeed

High School Courses:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Calculus
  • Advanced Chemistry, Statistics and Probability

These courses will help you most with learning about plants and help you get into better colleges.

College Courses:

  • Applied Calculus
  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology
  • Elementary Probability and Statistics
  • Elements of Physics
  • English Composition
  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Plant Anatomy and Physiology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Systematic Botany
  • Taxonomy of Vascular Plants

These courses would help you with excelling your understanding and help you get better jobs.

University of Wisconsin - Madison


Here there is a reasonable price to get into their program and the SAT and ACT scores are at a reasonable overall ranking.


Cost is reasonable

Rooms on campus

SAT and ACT scores are not that high to get in


Kind of far from family

A lot of classes required for degree

Higher scores for SAT and ACT

California State University - Long Beach


There are many classes to help you with getting a good degree, there is also a lot to do outside of classes. You will be able to have access to internet and computers on campus.


On campus rooms

Computers and computer lab on campus

Computer network can be accessed from off campus


4 - 5 years to get a bachelors degree

More expensive

Very far from family

Minnesota State University - Moorhead


You can take all the classes that you need to take to get a good degree and then get a good job. There is on campus housing and you can access the internet in your dorm room.


Computer network access from off campus and in dorms

On campus housing

Most applicants excepted


Kind of far from family

Kind of expensive

Higher SAT and ACT scores

Associations/Professional Organizations

Kearns, Kelly Conservation Biologist, GEF2 DNR CENTRAL OFFICE - Madison, (608) 267-5066,, DNR -

Becky Zwadyk, (202) 942-9214,, AMS Society -

Job Advertisement

Are you interested in the study of plants and their environments? If so botany is a job for you. The minimal wage is $35,700, $17.16 per hour. You need a Professional/Doctoral Degree. For more information please contact Kelly Kearns at (608) 267-5066 or or Becky Zwadyk at (202) 942-9214 or


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