Ethnobotany Education and Training Program Information

In a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Ethnobotany program students explore human-plant relationships and plant use and its evolution through time. Students build research skills through traditional coursework and direct experience in laboratories.

Essential Information

B.S. in Ethnobotany programs examine the discipline from a scientific perspective and enrollees gain critical thinking, problem-solving, analytical and data interpretation skills through laboratory sessions and research projects. These programs are extremely rare and require a high school diploma or GED equivalent, letters of recommendation and SAT or ACT scores. Those with a background in biology and chemistry have an advantage.


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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Ethnobotany

These programs combine general educational requirements with introductory and advanced courses in ethnobotany. Some common class topics are:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Plant taxonomy
  • Plant physiology
  • Ecology
  • Medicinal botany

Popular Career Options

Students with a bachelor's degree in ethnobotany may pursue careers in botany or ecology. Graduates are poised to seek internships or entry-level positions in a number of diverse fields. Possible career paths include:

  • Field researcher
  • Teacher
  • Research technician
  • Plant taxonomist
  • Conservation scientist

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted 5% job growth for biological technicians from 2014-2024, and these workers earned a mean annual salary of $45,230 as of May 2015.

Continuing Education

Graduate programs specifically in ethnobotany are virtually non-existent. However, students looking for advanced education can pursue graduate degrees in botany or ecology with a concentration in the subject. Advanced degrees often lead to greater job prospects and potentially higher starting salaries.

An B.S. in Ethnobotany program asks students to examine the interactions between humans and plants, currently and throughout history. Students are trained in topics such as plant taxonomy, ecology, and medicinal botany.


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