Plant Physiology

Plant physiology is the study of the vital processes of plant life. Students interested in this field can pursue an undergraduate degree in botany and master's and Ph.D. degrees in plant physiology. Read on to learn more.

Inside Plant Physiology

Plant physiology is a division of biology pertaining to plant life, along with their processes and functions. It is an experimental, laboratory-based field of science that requires knowledge of physics and chemistry. Plant physiologists study a wide range of processes and functions that plants use to live and survive, including respiration, metabolism, transpiration, plant hormones, environmental response and transport processes.

Education Information

Undergraduate degree programs in plant physiology are generally not available, but students may pursue a degree in botany with courses in plant physiology, chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry and botany. Other degree options include a bachelor's in soil and plant sciences concentrating in agronomic science or plant biology concentrating in botany. Students in a bachelor's degree program need to acquire a broad range of knowledge rather than specializing. Bachelor's degree programs offer classes that take place in the laboratory, as well as in the field. Possible courses for undergraduates in a plant biology degree program include plant anatomy, biochemistry and plant pathology. While entry-level positions in the field generally only require a bachelor's degree in botany or plant science, higher positions may require a graduate degree.

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