Botany – Online Minor

Study the fundamental biology of plants

Increase the world's understanding of the diversity of plant and ecological systems and how they interact with humans by earning your minor in botany online from Oregon State University. Delivered online by Oregon State Ecampus, this program will provide you with the concrete skills you need to stand out as a plant scientist. 

Play a key role in advancing the world

The field of plant biology involves the study of plants at levels of organization ranging from the molecular to the global ecosystem. Plant scientists in the 21st century are needed to provide information about the production of food, fiber and medicine for an increasing population.

Adding this minor to your OSU Ecampus degree program will help you build a foundation in botany that's necessary for you to thrive in a career within plant science.

A blend of history and innovation

Oregon State’s Department of Botany and Plant Pathology was founded in 1909 and has developed a high level of expertise in delivering undergraduate education for the past 110 years.

This program blends the department’s deep roots with the cutting-edge learning format offered by OSU Ecampus, one of the nation’s top-ranked providers of online education.


As a student in the botany minor, you'll take an interdisciplinary approach to learning about a variety of topics, including the identification and analysis of the features of plants and plant structures. Equip yourself with the skills to communicate scientific concepts and apply scientific methods to describe, explain and understand biological systems.

You can find complete curriculum details on the OSU academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Genetics
  • Plant systematics
  • Plant physiology
  • Plant ecology

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their expertise, research and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • As an Oregon State Ecampus student, you’ll receive the same certificate and transcript as OSU’s on-campus students.